Ben Stokes shines as England win the second test against West Indies
With the help of Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad runs, England secured a victory over West Indies with 113 runs. This happened at the second test at Emirates Old Trafford. West Indies have had a target of 312 runs or 85 overs to survive.
78 runs of 57 balls of Stokes score gave the liberty to England to declare at 129 for 3. Second damage was done by Broad putting 3-1 score on the fourth day and fifth day morning making it 37-4 wickets.
West Indies tried coming back in the game with the 50s made by Jermaine Blackwood and Shamarh Brooks. Stokes took the wicket of Blackwood breaking the partnership. The path for England victory pathway was decorated when the West Indies Captain Jason Holder was bowled out by Dom Bess.
There were still 15 overs left when England won the match leveling the game with 1-1.
Though the game is played behind-closed-doors there were two stupendous finishes seen; West Indies’ run-chase in Southampton and England’s race against time in Manchester.
England played well and overcame Jofra Archer’s breach of the bio-secure protocols, being asked to bat in difficult conditions on day one and the obstacle of the entire third day being lost to rain.
With scores settled to 1-1, the last game would be interesting to watch. The best team who plays the best game will lift the Wisden Trophy. West Indies have been taking away this trophy since 1988.
England can decide a playing eleven with Broad, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran, or recall Archer and either of rested pair James Anderson and Mark Wood along with off-spinner Bess or partial selections.
Stokes and Broad
Together Stokes and Broad made this win possible. The first match Broad was seen sitting outside because of a decision of makeshift Captain Ben Stokes which ignited the fuel for Broad to crack a victory. Broad did the magic with ball and Stokes with the bat.
West Indies defense wall breaks.
The Indies were good with the bat throughout the series and wanted to drive the second match towards a draw. But post 15 overs they were all disorganized and were seen some awful shots.
Campbell’s drive showed him the pavilion, Shai Hope was bowled and Roston Chase was declared LBW; all succumbing to Broad’s bowling. Stokes got Alzarri Joseph caught by Bess at his fielding position.
‘I expected this from England a week ago’ – what they said
While speaking with BBC Ben Stokes said that they were disappointed by their game in Southampton and this win proved what they were capable of.
England captain Joe Root on BBC Test Match Special said that Ben Stokes has the capability of evolving and improvising his game every time. He also added that he never misses an opportunity to learn and come out as a better player.
Indeed it is a win written in golden words in England’s Cricket history.