West Indies on top as England batting collapses on day 1

Leach and Mahmood rescued England. Image : AFP

Leach and Mahmood rescued England. Image : AFP

West Indies’ fantasy start to the series decider was tarnished by a coarse last wicket association between Jack Leach and Saqib Mahmood, worth 90 runs off 218 balls. The pair hauled England from 114 for 9 right off the bat in the last meeting and verged on finishing the day with the association still flawless, until Jermaine Blackwood tidied up Mahmood on 49. Britain’s innings completed on 204, carrying the finish to the day’s play. Filter was unbeaten on 41.

The home side bowlers had their tails up after Kraigg Brathwaite won the throw and selected to bowl on a surface in Grenada with live grass on, and some dampness under. Kyle Mayers defended his choice instead of the main spinner in the side – Veerasammy Permaul as he bowled five ladies out of five and represented the wickets of Zak Crawley and Joe Root – the commander succumb to a nine-ball duck while being amidst his uncommon spat Test cricket.

West Indies bowlers got a few lopsided skip off the surface and misrepresented crease development the two methods for alarming the England hitters. Towards the finish of the morning meeting, Jayden Seales struck to guarantee an organization doesn’t begin to work as he a sharp nip-patron caught Dan Lawrence.

From 46 for 3, England slipped to 85 for 7 in the main hour of the subsequent meeting, as evident commotion kicked in after Lunch. The England parade started with the wicket of Ben Stokes, who slapped a short ball from Alzarri Joseph straight back to the bowler. Alex Lees, who got away out of the morning meeting entanglement, was sucked in by a back of a length Kemar Roach conveyance that molded away a touch and conveyed the external edge with it to the guardian.

Jonny Bairstow tumbled to a set up taht saw Joseph get one ball jag back in from length before one molded away somewhat from a comparable length, taking the external edge en route to the guardian. Seales then, at that point, thumped back Chris Woakes’ stumps to leave England seven down at the beverages break. West Indies’ effeciency with the ball continued onward, as even late in the second meeting there was sufficient crease development to break bat-cushion holes. Craig Overton was tidied up by Roach, taking more time to 114 for 8.

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Right off the bat in the last meeting, Chris Woakes tumbled to a comparative conveyance – bowled via Seales, as England were nine down and gazed at an embarrassingly below average completion. However, with a milder, more seasoned ball and the circumstances beginning to back out a little, the last wicket sets of Leach and Mahmood adhered it out together to gradually yet consistently push England towards the 200-run mark.

West Indies’ shoulders started to hang and they maybe took the foot off the pedal a piece considering the last two resistance players were in the center, yet scholarly it the most difficult way possible that the last wicket was anything but guaranteed. While heading to his best red-ball score, Mahmood likewise hit his initial six in the configuration as the organization expanded. Filter showed incredible self-restraint, shutting out conveyances and getting behind the line of balls that seamed in or away visciously. As the bowlers drained, the pair filled in certainty and kept the scoreboard ticking.

Indeed, even the early overs with the new ball were demonstrating to useless against the decided pair. The pair were set to take the group through to stumps at nine down yet Mahmood cleaved one on from the parttime spinner Blackwood only two balls from the finish of day’s play.

Brief Score : England 204/10 (Saqib Mahmood 49, Jack Leach 41; Jayden Seales 3-40, Kyle Mayers 2-13) vs West Indies on day 1.

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