Twitter Reactions: Kraigg Brathwaite and Shane Dowrich help West Indies take a crucial 114-run lead in first innings

Twitter Reactions: Kraigg Brathwaite and Shane Dowrich help West Indies take a crucial 114-run lead in first innings

England ended Day 3 at 15/0 and still trail by 99 runs.

Shane Dowrich
Shane Dowrich. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Half centuries by Kraigg Brathwaite and Shane Dowrich allowed the West Indies to gain control of the first Test at Southampton at the end of Day 3. The visitors were bowled out for 318 in the first innings to gain a lead of 114 runs. The home side negotiated 10 overs from the West Indian pacers, to end the day at 15/0.

In the morning session of the day, it was Brathwaite who held fort for his side to score a sedate 65. The right-hander was severe on the bowlers if they offered width and, at the same time, blended caution with equal measure to score his first half century in Test cricket in almost 2 years.

After Brathwaite’s departure, Shane Dowrich and Roston Chase put on 81 runs for the sixth wicket to tilt the balance of the match in their team’s favour. In a knock studded with 8 boundaries, Dowrich scored 61, while Chase consumed 142 balls for his 47, allowing the Windies to post a total of 318 runs on the board.

For the hosts, skipper Stokes was the pick of the bowlers with 4/49, while veteran James Anderson picked up 3 wickets to put the brakes on the Windies batsmen. Anderson was sublime throughout the day, moving the ball both ways at a probing line. He accounted for Shamarh Brooks and Chase while Stokes polished off the lower order.

The England skipper also recorded a personal milestone on the way, as he went past 150 wickets in Test cricket. The off spinner Dom Bess chipped in with a couple of wickets.

Sibley and Burns see out a tricky phase

It was necessary for England that their openers don’t get out at the fag end of the day. They had weather some excellent pace bowling again from the likes of Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach. The ball missed the bat many times during the 10 overs they batted. However, Dom Sibley and Rory Burns were lucky enough not to edge enough but they didn’t look comfortable in the middle either.

As many as 92.3 overs were bowled in the day, as the sun came out at last, and we had the first day of play that was not affected by rain. The day definitely belonged to the visitors, and England will have to bat out of their skins to stay alive in this Test match  from here on.

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