England vs West Indies 2nd Test Day 4 at Old Trafford: Day 4 presented with umpteen sunshine as the rain gods looked appeased after Day 3 was washed out without a ball being bowled. It was an enthralling day of cricket- from Brathwaite’s resilience to England’s superior bowling performance in the third session to umpires using disinfictents on the ball.
While the rain diluted England’s chances of a win, the Three Lions made a strong start striking early on Day 4. Dom Bess got the breakthrough after dismissing Alzarri Joseph and kept England in the hunt.
In an interesting development, the ball got a rub with a disinfectant wipe from the umpires. As per reports, Dom Sibley admitted to accidentally using some saliva on the ball.
At lunch, West Indies reach 118/2 at lunch on Day 4 in Manchester and were trailing England by 352 runs. It was a good morning session for the visitors and they hopied to keep the momentum going.
The pair of Alzarri Joseph and Kraigg Brathwaite added 48 off 112 balls. Brathwaite was the highest scorer for the visitors making 75, while Brooks’ 68 also played a crucial role in helping West Indies avoid follow-on.
West Indies looked at the top, but the situation soon changed post Tea break. The visitors batting lineup was left dismantled as Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes picked up three wickets each to bundle out West Indies for 287.
Hoping for an encore of the World Cup final, Butler and Stokes opened the batting for England. Kemar Roach struck early to pour water over England’s ambition. Roach did a double to dismiss Zak Crawley as England finished Day 4 at 37/2 with a lead of 219.