Twitter Reactions: West Indies and England stare at another draw in second Test ahead of closing day
West Indies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite played a superb knock of 160 runs on Day four.
With only three sessions left and England still batting with a lead of 136 runs in their second innings, a draw is likely on the cards in the second Test match being played between the visitors and West Indies at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados. However, anything is possible on day five with England might look to extend their lead past 250 and then declare their innings.
At the end of Day 4, the visitors have scored 40/0 in 15 overs in their second innings. Opener Zak Crawley (21 off 40 balls) and Alex Lees (18 off 50 balls) are still at the crease and will look to play more freely on the final day. On Day 4, West Indies resumed their first innings at 287/4 with skipper Kraigg Brathwaite batting on 109 runs and was partnered by night-watchman Alzarri Joseph (4 off 20 balls).
The visitors were made to toil hard to get a wicket, with Brathwaite batting cautiously and Joseph going for the big shots. England finally managed to get a wicket after the Lunch break as Joseph was caught by Daniel Lawrence off the bowling of Ben Stokes. After Joseph’s wicket, the visitors did manage to get wickets at regular intervals.
West Indies lost seven wickets while adding just 75 runs in their first innings
West Indies batters including Jason Holder and Joshua Da Silva did get start in their innings, but could not convert it to big scores. Meanwhile, skipper Brathwaite completed his 150-run mark in the 156th over. However, he could also manage to add just ten more runs before being bowled by spinner Jack Leach.
The home side’s lower-order did show some resistance, but they were also scalped by England pacers as West Indies finished their first innings at 411/10 in 187.5 overs. The left-arm-spinner Leach was the pick of the bowlers for the visitors getting three wickets while pacers Stokes and Saqib Mahmood took two wickets each.
Earlier in the match, England skipper Joe Root opted to bat first on a flat-looking pitch. The decision was proven right by the captain himself as he stroked 153 runs in 316 balls. All-rounder Stokes also stroked a century in the visitors’ first innings.
Meanwhile, let us take a look at some of the Twitter reactions:
England have More Chance To Force A Win Today than Antigua IMO, The Pitch Is MUCH More Trickier, Although Having Taken 188 Overs To Bowl West Indies Out 1st Innings😬Will Be Tough To Do It In 60 Overs 2nd Innings😳 #WIvENG
— LAHBCFC💙🇺🇦 (@YouBearsssssss) March 20, 2022
Appreciation tweet for WI TEST CAPTAIN KRAIG BRAITHWAITE.
HE SCORED 160 RUNS OF 489 BALLS IN THE 1ST INNINGS OF 2ND TEST match between WI and ENG while staying 710 minutes (12 hr approx.) on the crease.
👏👏👏👏👏👏👏#WIvENG #WTC23 #KraiggBrathwaite #JoeRoot #CricketTwitter pic.twitter.com/Bub3KZFAlZ
— Ravi Dubey (@itsravidubey) March 20, 2022
#WIvsENG | 2nd Test
Kraigg Brathwaite's marathon 160 moves the game towards a draw going into the final day at Barbados
— TOI Sports (@toisports) March 20, 2022
Wohi to, hume to wi vs sa game mai dono mai koi bhi haare dono se fayda hai..
Sa hara to uske bhar hone ke chance ho jaege , fir wi,ind,eng, aus qualify..
or agar wi hara to fir ind,eng,sa,aus qualifies..
Nz is already out.
Bass aus jeet jae sa se or hum bhi apne dono match..
— Anurag DeshwaL(अनुराग देशवाल)🇮🇳 (@Anurag__Deshwal) March 20, 2022
Well unless someone has gone over the wicket with a cultivator overnight it's safe to say this test is gonna be a draw (barring a complete banter declaration from Root of course) #WIvsENG
— Pete 🇪🇺 (@DreamingDejaVu) March 20, 2022
ENG vs WI, 2nd Test: क्रेग ब्रेथवेट की मैराथन पारी ने इंग्लैंड के जबड़े से छीनी जीत, 489 गेंद खेल बना डाला खास रिकॉर्ड https://t.co/jzFFxOkAiE
— nand kishor verma (@nandkis09458351) March 20, 2022
Saqib Mahmood explains the no-ball that cost him maiden Test wicket @SaqMahmood25 bowled Blackwood with a brilliant yorker, but the 25-year-old's celebration was cut short when the umpire called a no-ba… pic.twitter.com/ROkWtj9pWy
— Mooha Swartz (@CyberAnonymous) March 20, 2022
WI vs ENG, 2nd Test: England leads West Indies by 136 as draw beckons in Barbados https://t.co/9XtS71gNxS
— Daily Mail India (@dailymailindia) March 20, 2022
— BetHive (@The_BetHive) March 20, 2022