Magnificent Root hits unbeaten 182 as England take controlArchive
ST GEORGE’S: Joe Root struck an unbeaten 182 as England were bowled out 464 against West Indies in the second Test at Grenada before strengthening their position with a wicket before lunch on the fourth day.
West Indies had six overs to negotiate and James Anderson removed Devon Smith for two when he tried to pull out of his shot and dragged an inside edge on to the stumps.
West Indies reached the interval on 22 for one, 143 runs behind with nine second-innings wickets remaining.
After an outstanding innings Root was left frustrated when last man James Anderson was run out, leaving him 18 short of a double century.
England resumed on 373 for six with Root on 118 but he quickly lost Jos Buttler (13) who was stumped off leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.
Chris Jordan (16) was run out, Jason Holder firing in a superb throw from the deep to remove the England batsman who, seeking a second run, had been turned back by Root.
Root took the attack to the West Indies bowlers, producing some fine aggressive strokes, but he was running out of partners and Stuart Broad gloved an attempted sweep into the air and Devon Smith snaffled up the catch.
Anderson became the third England player to be run out in the innings when he casually strolled towards the crease having apparently given up hope of making it and Holder at the bowler’s end removed the bails in time.
WEST INDIES (1st Innings) 299 (M.N. Samuels 103; S.C.J. Broad 4-61, J.M. Anderson 2-47), C.J. Jordan 2-65).
ENGLAND (1st Innings, overnight 373-6):
A.N. Cook b Gabriel76 I.J.L. Trott c Blackwood b Bishoo59 G.S. Ballance b Samuels77 I.R. Bell b Gabriel1 J.E. Root not out182 Moeen Ali run out0 B.A. Stokes c Blackwood b Bishoo8 J.C. Buttler st Ramdin b Bishoo13 C.J. Jordan run out16 S.C.J. Broad c Smith b Bishoo0 J.M. Anderson run out2
EXTRAS: (B-9, LB-2, W-1, NB-18)30
TOTAL: (all out, 144.1 overs)143
FALL OF WKTS: 1-125, 2-159, 3-164, 4-329, 5-335, 6-364, 7-387, 8-426, 9-431.
BOWLING: Roach 28-4-100-0 (5nb); Gabriel 22-3-67-2 (6nb, 1w); Holder 21.1-6-57-0 (1nb); Bishoo 51-10-177-4 (2nb); Samuels 21-4-38-1; Blackwood 1-0-14-0.
WEST INDIES (2nd Innings):
K.C. Brathwaite not out5 D.S. Smith b Anderson2 D.M. Bravo not out15
TOTAL: (for one wkt, 6 overs)22
FALL OF WKT: 1-3.
BOWLING (to-date): Anderson 3-1-5-1; Broad 2-0-7-0; Moeen Ali 1-0-10-0.
UMPIRES: Steve Davis and Bruce Oxenford
TV UMPIRE: Billy Bowden
MATCH REFEREE: Andy Pycroft.
Published in Dawn, April 25th, 2015
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