Joe Root’s men secured an encapsulating victory to eclipse West Indies by 113 runs in the 2nd Test in Manchester. It was an exceptional display of cricket from both teams, but it was the hosts who won this drama-of a contest.
Following the victory, the cricket fraternity heaped praises on Joe Root’s captaincy and the Three Lions squad for the emphatic win.
Ben Stokes also received plaudits, from none other than cricketing maestro Sachin Tendulkar for his stellar performance both with the willow and the ball. Stokes’ knock of 176 in the first innings was a testament of his prowess. Ben Stokes also went into the record books as the first English cricketer to score 250+ runs and take 1 wicket in a Test.
Sachin took to his Twitter handle and wrote, “Great comeback by England to win this Test. This is turning out to be a brilliant Test Series! England have been superb & the way
With England’s chances diluted after rain washed out Day 3’s play, it was a magnificent tale of comeback from the Joe Root-led side. With this win, the Three Lions have levelled the series at 1-1 and now have a chance to bring the Wisden Trophy Home.
England resumed Day 5 at 37/2 with Stokes and Butler at crease. Ben Stokes once again put up a flamboyant display, unleashing himself as England enjoyed a good morning session.
Brooks and Blackwood tried to hold fort for the Windies on Day 5 with a solid 100-run partnership. Brooks was the highest scorer for the visitors at 62. But their hopes were short lived, after Broad trapped Brooks lbw.
Following the departure of Blackwood, and skipper Jason Holder, it was a one-sided affair as the Three Lions cruised to victory to level the series.
The Third and the final Test is slated to start from July 24, and will be played at the same venue.
Twitter was filled with sports fraternity praising the brilliant fightback by England to draw level in the series at Old Trafford, Manchester.
Great comeback by England to win this Test.
This is turning out to be a brilliant Test Series! England have been superb & the way @benstokes38 has played is just remarkable.
It will be a great finale to this Series! Looking ? forward to the 3rd Test already!#ENGvWI pic.twitter.com/Ck5ZFW3nqP
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 20, 2020
Superb comeback by England to square series. But West Indies will be disappointed with inconsistent and somewhat loose batting in both innings. But riveting match. See-saw contest, highlighting all the vicissitudes and charm that makes Test cricket unique.
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) July 20, 2020
Well played England led by an inspirational @benstokes38 and Stuart Broad has also made enough noise to show the dropping was perhaps not the best call.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) July 20, 2020
High class England performance … 1st innings runs the key … quality all round bowling performance … Now all the talk will be about the Team for the last Test !!! Good luck picking that bowling line up …. #OnOn #BloodyLoveTestCricket
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 20, 2020
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 20, 2020
What a test match again..!!! Just love this format ?..evenly poised and everything to play for..!!! Congrats to England specially Ben stokes..DoN’t know when we will able to play test match again ??-MR15 pic.twitter.com/2IkwgZscMv
— Mushfiqur Rahim (@mushfiqur15) July 20, 2020