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Twitter Reactions: England fold for 187 as Kemar Roach shines with a 4-wicket haul

Another humiliation on the way for England?

Kemar Roach
Kemar Roach. (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

The troubles for England in the Caribbean islands are increasing manifold. After they were slapped with a 381-run defeat in the first Test, their performance didn’t seem to improve much in the second Test either. They were bundled out of only 187 runs in the first innings of the game. Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel were terrific with the ball for the Windies.

If not for half-centuries from Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali, the Brits would’ve been in a much more difficult situation. The Windies openers successfully got through the final passage of play on the day without losing any wickets. At the close of play on day-1, the hosts clearly have the upper hand.

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Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow come to the rescue

Jason Holder won the toss on a green surface that seemed to have a lot of assistance for the pacers. He had no hesitations in putting England to bat first. Rory Burns and the debutant Joe Denly both failed to deliver and were dismissed for 4 and 6 runs respectively. Also, skipper Joe Root wasn’t amongst the runs and got out for 7 runs.

Jonny Bairstow played counter-attacking cricket at this juncture. He stretched his score to 52 off just 64 balls before Kemar Roach got the better of him. Moeen Ali was the leading run-scorer in the innings with 60 runs. Ben Foakes, with 35 runs, came in handy to a certain extent. England was all-out for 187 in 61 overs.

The English bowlers didn’t enjoy as much success as the Windies bowlers did. Kraigg Brathwaite was brilliant at doing his usual job while there were some plays and misses for John Campbell. Both James Anderson and Stuart Broad were great with the new ball while Sam Curran was fantastic too. Ben Stokes though was a little bit wayward. Windies survived the 21 overs of play and put up 30 runs on the board. They trail England’s score by 157 runs.

Twitterati feels that the Windies are announcing their comeback in style with this young crop of cricketers. The team hasn’t dominated any opposition in recent times as they are doing now. Kemar Roach was praised for his brilliant efforts.

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