Twitter Reactions: Kraigg Brathwaite’s blockathon effort leads West Indies to draw in Barbados Test
West Indies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite batted with remarkable resilience as he returned unbeaten after scoring 56 off 184 balls.
Updated - Mar 21, 2022 8:19 am
The second Test match between England and West Indies also ended in a draw as the home team survived 65 overs on the final day to avoid a defeat. This means the three-match series still stands at 0-0 after the first two Tests. West Indies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite batted with remarkable resilience as he returned unbeaten after scoring 56 off 184 balls.
For England, Jack Leach was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets. Speaking of how the final day panned out, England, who had earned a 96-run lead in the first innings, resumed at their overnight score of 40/0. On expected lines, the visiting team batters were aggressive in their approach as some fireworks were on display in the initial half of the game.
The likes of Zak Crawley, Dan Lawrence, and Jonny Bairstow chipped in with significant contributions as the Three Lions declared at 185/6, setting West Indies a target of 282 runs. With just two sessions of play left in the game, the target was beyond the home team’s reach as they just looked to survive. However, the Caribbean team’s approach didn’t seem to be working as they lost three wickets inside 40 runs.
Kraigg Brathwaite’s remarkable resilience kept England away from win
Two of them belonged to Saqib Mahmood, who was brilliant with the new ball. Skipper Brathwaite then found a substantial partner in Jermaine Blackwood as the duo put up a blockathon. The proceedings were then spiced up by Jack Leach, who dismissed Blackwood and Jason Holder in quick succession. However, Brathwaite didn’t put a foot wrong and he stitched up another important partnership with Joshua Da Silva.
The duo walked back unbeaten as the hosts ended at 135/5 in 65 overs. Notably, Brathwaite scored a hundred in West Indies’ first innings and followed it up with a match-saving 56 not out. Hence, he unsurprisingly received the Player-of-the-Match award. Meanwhile, the third and final Test is scheduled to get underway on March 24 at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada.
Meanwhile, let’s look at how Twitterati reacted to the drawn affair:
Stat: West Indies captain Kraig Brathwaite has now faced 578* balls in this Test match so far. The only openers to face more balls in a Test match this century are Alastair Cook – 596 vs Australia at Brisbane, 2010 and Imam Ul Haq – 581 vs Australia at Rawalpindi, 2022. #WIvENG
— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) March 20, 2022
— S A G A R (@CricCrazySagar7) March 21, 2022
Kraig Brathwaite‼️ bat the whole day without a fuss… Love to see it Kraigo
— Danza🇧🇧🏏 (@JadanJones03) March 18, 2022
— saurabh the sportmelon (@MelonSport) March 20, 2022
Day 3: 2nd Session – West Indies trail by 338 runs.
WI – 169/3 (69 overs)
Jermaine Blackwood 38*(67)
Kraig Brathwaite 66*(212)
Great fightback shown by Brathwaite and Blackwood in this session. The pitch is helping the bowlers a bit but wickets are hard to come by. #WIvsENG pic.twitter.com/6PSqXDjM0q
— Rahul Choudhary (@Rahulc7official) March 18, 2022
Kraig Brathwaite batted for 710 mins which is almost 12 hrs and scored 160 runs.
— Silverwood is Sacked (@GyawaliShikhu) March 19, 2022
Well played, Kraig Brathwaite 👏🏻👏🏻#WIvENG
— Richard Upton (@richupton1970) March 20, 2022
Kraig Brathwaite. What a game 👏🏻 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻#WIvENG
— Niall 🇺🇦 (@Crusty_Crouton) March 20, 2022
Kraig brathwaite you are a gem of windies test cricket ✨💜
— Christopher kili (stay home stay safe wear mask❗) (@PEXh0UwZX24oJh2) March 19, 2022
— Irtaza (@Irtaza_____) March 19, 2022
just look at the concentration and determination by kraig brathwaite it's just fantastic from him proper test batting and facing 500 balls Is not a joke #ENGvsWI
— MALLIK TEJ🙏😷🇮🇳 (@MallikAnumula) March 19, 2022
— Nick Matthews#FairtradeFortnight (@NickCooperative) March 20, 2022
Catching up on the cricket – Kraig Brathwaite has had a great test.
And as I tweet they've taken Blackwood!
— Bagpuss Grognard (@davepaters) March 20, 2022
Congrats to Kraig Brathwaite on his monumental batting in this 2nd test. Extreme powers of concentration. Let's try for a result in the 3rd test fellas. 👏🏼 #WIvENG
— Jesse J 🇹🇹 (@JesseJoFuentes) March 20, 2022
Superb batting from @kraigbrathwaite in both the innings to save the test
— Hashim363 (@Hashim3631) March 21, 2022