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.

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West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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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: