West Indies win by five wickets!
Hope tucks a couple off his hip, they run two and the West Indies balcony erupts. What a triumph.
OVER 92: WI 320/5 (S Hope 116*) target 322
A wicket for Moeen, but too little too late for England. Five overs remaining.
WICKET! Blackwood st Bairstow b Moeen 41
Blackwood looks to finish it off with one shot… and he’s dropped!!!! It was an ugly shot to Stokes at cow corner, who would have put his house on holding onto what is an utter dolly of a catch. But he shells it. Blackwood then, hilariously, takes his helmet off, charges down the track and attempts to launch Moeen into another stratosphere, only to miss the ball entirely and Bairstow whips the bails off. No bother, he’s done his job. FOW 320/5
OVER 91: WI 316/4 (S Hope 114* Blackwood 40*) target 322
Woakes returns in place of Broad. Not sure Blackwood will be treating him with too much respect… nope. Huge swing and a miss. And another huge swing and a miss. Then a horrible wide that barely lands on the strip, before Blackwood pushes a single. Six overs remaining.
OVER 90: WI 312/4 (S Hope 113* Blackwood 37*) target 322
Moeen carries on, blowing on his hands to keep them warm in the gloom. Hope nudges a couple and that’s all for this over. Seven overs remaining.
OVER 89: WI 310/4 (S Hope 111* Blackwood 37*) target 322
“I can’t think of a more astonishing victory,” says Michael Atherton, of West Indies’ imminent triumph here. And Michael Holding agrees. From the plunging lows of the first Test, it has been a quite superb turnaround by the tourists.
Blackwood continues to move all over his crease to Broad and succeeds in upper-cutting him over the slip cordon for four. Broad fires in a yorker next ball, it thuds into Blackwood’s pads and rolls away to the fine-leg boundary, only for the umpire to somehow (and totally incorrectly) rule the batsman had not attempted to play a shot. Dead ball is the call. No bother – Blackwood simply follows up by stepping back and upper-cutting over third man again for six! Eight overs remaining.
OVER 88: WI 298/4 (S Hope 111* Blackwood 25*) target 322
A bit of spin there for Moeen… but the ball turns past Hope’s leg stump, missing everything as it goes and rolls away for four byes. Six runs off the over. Nine overs remaining.
OVER 87: WI 292/4 (S Hope 110* Blackwood 24*) target 322
Broad continues and there are plenty of conversations going on between bowler/fielders out there. England are more than happy to slow things down and Broad puts Hope on his backside with a brutal bouncer directed straight at the batsman’s throat. Just three singles off the over, but the tourists don’t need any more than that. It’s all pointing at a West Indies victory now. 10 overs remaining.
OVER 86: WI 289/4 (S Hope 108* Blackwood 23*) target 322
An interesting move here from Root as he takes Anderson out of the attack and gives the ball to Moeen. What on earth will Blackwood do now? Well, to the surprise of no one at all, he attempts to hit the very first ball into another county and only succeeds in edging it short of third man. Hope then tries to get in on the act, misses the ball completely and Bairstow whips the bails off. The third umpire is asked to adjudicate on the stumping but… Hope’s foot never moved. 11 overs remaining.
OVER 84: WI 287/4 (S Hope 107* Blackwood 22*) target 322
Blackwood is at it again, freeing his arms and toeing the ball to third man for a single. I’m not too sure how to bowl/attack Blackwood here because the ball could go anywhere. That single brings Hope back on strike and Cook drops him!!!! Hope had a big slash at it and the ball went quickly to the former skipper, but he should really have held on. And that’s his second dropped catch of the day. How costly will that be? 12 overs remaining.
OVER 83: WI 284/4 (S Hope 106* Blackwood 20*) target 322
West Indies in pole position now and Hope has played a stunning innings to put them there. Anderson gives him some width outside off and Hope drives nicely through the covers for four. He’s finding some swing with this new ball but the batsmen are untroubled. 13 overs remaining.
OVER 82: WI 278/4 (S Hope 100* Blackwood 20*) target 322
Unsurprisingly, a refreshed Broad will share the second new ball with Anderson and we are now into the final hour (England must bowl a minimum of 15 overs, although it is highly unlikely they will bowl any more than that unless the game situation changes greatly). An inside edge and a scampered single means a century for Shai Hope, who becomes the first batsman in history to hit a ton in both innings in a first class match at Headingley. Wonderfully well batted. A cracking innings. 14 overs remaining.
OVER 81: WI 275/4 (S Hope 99* Blackwood 17*) target 322
The new ball has been taken, which means Anderson is back and the crowd are urging him on as he runs in. It’s gloomy out there but the floodlights are on and time is not an issue – it’s all a matter of overs that must be bowled tonight.
“This is unbelievable cricket,” says David Gower, and he’s correct. Blackwood steps away to leg and wallops Anderson straight back over his head for six! That is a monster shot and it forces Root to put a long-on and long-off in place… in his first over with the new ball. Blackwood doesn’t care one bit though and attempts the same thing, only to skew it short of the man on the boundary and live to fight another day. 15 overs remaining.
OVER 80: WI 266/4 (S Hope 97* Blackwood 11*) target 322
Woakes continues with what will surely be the final over with this old ball. Just the three singles from the first five balls… before Blackwood shows that I was totally incorrect with my final comment in the last over by marmalising Woakes for four over mid-on. He’s certainly not going to go quietly. 16 overs remaining.
OVER 79: WI 259/4 (S Hope 95* Blackwood 6*) target 322
Moeen hits Hope on the front pad and appeals. Umpire says not out, but England decide to challenge the decision because their reviews will be reset after 80 overs. The verdict is… not out.
OVER 78: WI 256/4 (S Hope 93* Blackwood 5*) target 322
It looks as though Blackwood has been given free rein from the management in this innings. First up he steps down the track and flat-bats it baseball-style, albeit without any timing whatsoever. A* for intent. E for execution. Judging by the rest of the over, it looks as though he’s losing his head a bit here. Twice he loses balance by attempting to smash Woakes out of the park and totally missing the ball. 18 overs remaining.
OVER 77: WI 255/4 (S Hope 92* Blackwood 5*) target 322
A double bowling change sees Moeen return to the attack. Hope thick outside-edges an attempted heave to pick up three down to the third-man boundary, which brings Blackwood on strike and he is not a man to die wondering what might have been. The new man throws the kitchen sink at the ball to pick up an ugly four through cow corner. Half an hour of Blackwood on the offensive could win this match for the tourists. 19 overs remaining.
OVER 76: WI 246/4 (S Hope 88* Blackwood 0*) target 322
That wicket has resurrected this contest again. Woakes is hiding the ball as he runs in, while tempting new man Blackwood outside off stump. He misses with one slash, before resisting for the rest of the over. Wicket maiden. 20 overs remaining.
WICKET! Chase c Crane (sub) b Woakes 30
A change arrives as Woakes is given his chance with this old ball… AND WHAT AN IMPACT. Mason Crane, that is a wonderful catch young man. Chase decides to step down the track to Woakes’ first ball, looks to loft him over mid-on, but Crane (on as a sub fielder), sprints to his left and catches the ball at full stretch over his head. Cracking stuff. FOW 246/4
OVER 75: WI 246/3 (S Hope 88* Chase 30*) target 322
This is tiring work for the two leaders of the England seam attack as Anderson continues. The Sky Sports WinViz (whatever that might be) has the draw at more than 50 per cent, with England’s chance of victory down to a measly one per cent. Just a single from the over. 21 overs remaining.
OVER 74: WI 245/3 (S Hope 88* Chase 29*) target 322
So the new ball is imminent, but Broad and Anderson are continuing to slog their guts out with the old one at the moment. And Broad might just boil over right… about… now. The reason is that Stokes has just had a wild shy at the stumps that then rolled all the way to the boundary for four overthrows. Still the runs keep coming. 22 overs remaining.
OVER 73: WI 240/3 (S Hope 88* Chase 24*) target 322
Hi folks. Alan Tyers has done the hard slog and I’m here for the glory of a West Indies victory… possibly.
Oh wowser – it’s all happening. First of all Anderson finds Chase’s outside edge, only for the ball to fly between keeper and slip for four.
OVER 72: WI 235/3 (S Hope 88* Chase 19*) target 322
They have just made Sir Ian Botham, off all people, apologise for bad language picked up by the microphone. “Sorry if you heard anyone expressing their emotions there,” he growls passive-aggressively. Well, just aggressively. Anyway. Broad is bowling. After two balls of the over, he has a moan about the run up and gets the groundstaff on.
OVER 71: WI 232/3 (S Hope 87* Chase 17*) target 322
Anderson. Splice-splitter! Hope needs a new bat. This one seems to have run out of runs, aside from anything else: he has been stuck in the 70s for a year and a day. Seems to do the trick. He carves the ball through backward point for four. And now tucks the ball to fine leg for another four. He is on to 87. New bat has done the trick.
OVER 70: WI 224/3 (S Hope 79* Chase 17*) target 322
England review when Broad hits Hope on the pads.
I would be amazed if this is given out.
OVER 69: WI 219/3 (S Hope 78* Chase 17*) target 322
And a third maiden! Anderson to Chase. No quarter asked for. Accurate. Jars the splice. Chase solid, determined. Crowd small but passionate. 11 overs until the new ball. West Indies want to see off Broad and Anderson. But how long can Root keep using them, if he also needs to save them for the new pill?
OVER 68: WI 219/3 (S Hope 78* Chase 17*) target 322
Broad. Accurate, tight, backed up by his fielders. This is a maiden as well.
A new type of question for the West Indies batsmen. I would guess they’d be thinking “if we can stay in we can probably score at a decent enough rate”. On paper at least, there are plenty of overs. But a few maidens, does the pressure mount?
Tremendous stuff at Headingley.
OVER 67: WI 219/3 (S Hope 78* Chase 17*) target 322
Anderson definitely getting that ball to tail in now. Chase, gamely forward, a tall man, nullifying it in this maiden.
OVER 66: WI 219/3 (S Hope 78* Chase 17*) target 322
No cracks in the pitch, and little or no turn for Moeen. He’s still a threat with that straight-onner though! This has shaved the edge of Hope’s bat. Wow. That was so close to the outside edge.
OVER 65: WI 214/3 (S Hope 77* Chase 13*) target 322
Anderson. Single to each man. Roston Chase has dominated this nascent partnership thus far. Anderson has got his reverse swing going and nearly does for Hope with one that jags in late.
OVER 64: WI 212/3 (S Hope 76* Chase 12*) target 322
Chase goes hard and is not going home just yet as he throws the hands at a wide one from Mo.. Four to third man.
OVER 63: WI 206/3 (S Hope 75* Chase 7*) target 322
Anderson. Suggestions of late movement. What’s interesting now, I think, is how the pressure shifts. England were the ones really feeling it in the afternoon session. But with the finish line in sight, how do the West Indies handle the pressure? How does a team that rarely wins deal with the chance of a victory?
OVER 62: WI 204/3 (S Hope 74* Chase 6*) target 322
Moeen with a terrible ball – a no ball full toss, spanked for four ie five.
An exciting finish awaits! All results in play, as they say.
TEA: West Indies 199/3 (S Hope 74* Chase 2*) off 61 overs. Target 322
123 runs needed, seven wickets remaining. 35 overs remaining. Lights on. Game on.
OVER 61: WI 199/3 (S Hope 74* Chase 2*) target 322
Chase, having made a rod for his own back, manages to endure Anderson for an over. Jimmy measuring him up for the LBW, and the lazy, slow arc of Chase’s bat as he drives at the inswinger here suggests that the cap fits. Anyway. That’s tea.
OVER 60: WI 198/3 (S Hope 74* Chase 1*) target 322
Roston Chase comes in and survives two balls. I think most people thought that would be tea, but the umpires allow England another. I wonder if Roston Chase would have taken a single off the last ball of the over had he known?
WICKET! Brathwaite c Stokes b Ali 95
Such a shame! Bad luck, sir. I don’t know if thoughts of tea, or thoughts of a century, or thoughts of being stuck on 95* over tea played their part. But either way, Moeen gave him the tempter outside off, Brathwaite had a huge booming drive at the ball, he was playing just inside the line of it, maybe expecting turn that didn’t come, maybe he didn’t pick the right line… But whatever it was, it’s a big edge, it’s a smart catch from Stokes at slip. FOW 197/3
OVER 59: WI 197/2 (Brathwaite 95* S Hope 74*) target 322
Anderson gets a bit of lift from a length, some vague wobble, rather than inswing.
OVER 58: WI 195/2 (Brathwaite 92* S Hope 74*) target 322
Moeen continues. One to Hope. Brathwaite solid.
OVER 57: WI 194/2 (Brathwaite 92* S Hope 74*) target 322
Anderson, switches to the Football Stand End. Brathwaite tucks him for two. Then a one. Nervous nineties now. Will that have any bearing? Meanwhile, England continue to kvetch about the ball. Umpires unmoved.
OVER 56: WI 190/2 (Brathwaite 89* S Hope 74*) target 322
Moeen flicks the back pad of Hope, but this was too high. Easy four to fine leg – there is no leg slip – all Hope had to do was get a bit of a tickle on it.
Tea is delayed until 3.55pm.
Just one over for Jimmy…
… Moeen is coming back.
West Indies are now odds-on favourites.
OVER 55: WI 185/2 (Brathwaite 88* S Hope 70*) target 322
Stokes giving his all for the cause, hard and heavy stuff, mixing his lengths up well. Not exactly threatening a wicket but doing a job. Excellent, thumping on drive from Brathwaite for four.
OVER 54: WI 180/2 (Brathwaite 83* S Hope 70*) target 322
Two key things in this over: Anderson does not swing the ball. Broad dives, bravely but perhaps not wisely, to stop a ball and does himself a mischief in the shoulder. Seems to be okay.
OVER 53: WI 178/2 (Brathwaite 83* S Hope 68*) target 322
The floodlights are noticeably on now. Stokes bangs it in. Brathwaite goes for a pull, doesn’t really play this very well, hurried, flaps it. Stokes is pumped, Brathwaite’s pumped. Slashed to third man for two. England are huffing and puffing. Stokes + Woakes have between them bowled 12 overs for 50 and not caused too much alarm.
What they need is their classiest bowler to make this about the head not the heart, and here comes James Anderson for a new spell.
OVER 52: WI 170/2 (Brathwaite 76* S Hope 67*) target 322
Broad whistles the ball past the outside edge of Brathwaite’s bat. Woof. No review, and rightly so, again.
OVER 51: WI 169/2 (Brathwaite 75* S Hope 67*) target 322
OVER 50: WI 168/2 (Brathwaite 74* S Hope 67*) target 322
The fans, who have all been kettled into one or two areas of the stand, are starting to make some noise as they try to inspire Broad. It seems to be working, there’s just a leetle extra bit of hot sauce in this over from Stu. Hope very positive, exaggerated even, as he gets forward to block. Good over, well played, it’s a maiden.
OVER 49: WI 168/2 (Brathwaite 74* S Hope 67*) target 322
Stokes. Four off the over. England unable to exert any pressure at the moment. If this pair are still together at tea… They currently need 154
OVER 48: WI 164/2 (Brathwaite 72* S Hope 66*) target 322
Hope likes to get forward, and he is doing a grand job of that in this Broad over.
OVER 47: WI 163/2 (Brathwaite 71* S Hope 66*) target 322
Stokes gets Hope driving and missing. Hope dibbles the ball to third man for four. Scoring at a good clip: 69 since lunch. 49 overs left in the day and they are going along at a fraction under 3.5….
OVER 46: WI 155/2 (Brathwaite 70* S Hope 59*) target 322
Brathwaite knocks the ball to Anderson’s left at mid on. Jimmy has a choice of diving and stopping a boundary, or swooping and trying to throw down the stumps. He gambles… but fails to gather! That is four. Broad loses his line, and that’s another four. The hundred partnership is up, and England have plenty to talk about over drinks.
Talking of talking, the umpire has a word with Broad, who kicked the turf in frustration at the end of the over.
OVER 45: WI 147/2 (Brathwaite 62* S Hope 59*) target 322
Moeen has been so-so for a while, but this is just actively rubbish, this over. A variety of short, wide and short and wide balls, cheap runs for Hope and that’s a soft 11 runs off the over.
OVER 44: WI 136/2 (Brathwaite 59* S Hope 51*) target 322
Hope pulls Broad away and, if I may be allowed a pun, the West Indies now dare to hope. Shai Hope has scored a really excellent fifty here.
That said, Broad is lurking, quiet at the moment but with the threat of danger, like a simmering Glaswegian in-law glaring at you from across the bar at a family wedding.
OVER 43: WI 132/2 (Brathwaite 59* S Hope 47*) target 322
Hope beaten on the outside edge by that delivery Moeen has really improved of late.
OVER 42: WI 129/2 (Brathwaite 59* S Hope 44*) target 322
Broad getting variable bounce in this over, both kinds as well. This ball keeps low, an inside edge saves KB from an LB. This one pings from nowhere and gives Hope an nasty nip on the hand.
OVER 41: WI 128/2 (Brathwaite 59* S Hope 43*) target 322
That’s a maiden from Ali. This pair doing a grand job, partnership worth 75. England will be telling themselves that one wicket might well bring, er, eight.
OVER 40: WI 128/2 (Brathwaite 59* S Hope 43*) target 322
Broad replaces Woakes. Chris, it pains me to say, looked rather ordinaire. Broad gets one ball to move late, which is something. Are we into “England need a wicket” territory yet? I think we might be.
OVER 38: WI 126/2 (Brathwaite 58* S Hope 42*)
Woakes, full. Hope, accomplished clip for four. But this is a good comeback from Chris! Venomous lifter, stings him on the glove. Did well to keep that down. On a livelier pitch, that was a wicket.
OVER 36: WI 119/2 (Brathwaite 58* S Hope 35*)
Brathwaite starting to look commanding. Woakes causing no worries. England asking about the ball being out of shape. It ain’t.
OVER 35: WI 115/2 (Brathwaite 54* S Hope 35*)
Moeen Ali bowls.
Jimmy Anderson is at short mid on, and he’s in the Wide Awake Club [©Big Wrong] as he reacts quickly to a driven ball, flicking it on to the non-striker’s stumps. Fortunately for West Indies, Shai Hope has done what his brother Kyle Hope did not, he’s alert to the danger and he gets back in time. Phew!
OVER 34: WI 114/2 (Brathwaite 53* S Hope 35*)
Woakes is not looking a threat. He’s bowling full, fair play, but he’s not getting any movement and it’s at a friendly pace. Hope pings him for a two and four, looking comfortable.
OVER 33: WI 106/2 (Brathwaite 52* S Hope 28*)
Hope with two flamboyant strokes well outside off, legit drive behind square for four, then a thick edge for four. Nine runs off the Anderson over.
OVER 32: WI 97/2 (Brathwaite 52* S Hope 19*)
Woakesy’s pace is not what it has sometimes (before injury?) been. He tries two short balls here, one to each man, both sit up nice and friendly likes, and each man pulls him for three. Brathwaite’s shot takes him to a gritty, if slightly fortunate, half century. Well batted.
OVER 31: WI 91/2 (Brathwaite 49* S Hope 16*)
Anderson, with three slips, a gully, and a man at short mid on for the mis-hit drive, gets to work on Hope. The batsman, trying to shovel him through leg, is squared up and beaten all ends up by a ball that moves away. Very next delivery, either down to bravery or foolishness, he tries the exact same shot and nails it through the legside for four.
OVER 30: WI 87/2 (Brathwaite 49* S Hope 12*)
Blameless start from all parties. Woakes hitting his line and length, Shai Hope leaving and lining the ball up well. Blameless start from NEARLY all parties, I should say: the ball has misbehaved here, keeping low.
The players are back out
Chris Woakes has the ball.
Mike Atherton on England asking the umpire to make the decision on that catch
“Disappointing from England. Even if Westley did not know, Stokes did. He saw it.”
LUNCH: West Indies 86/2 (Brathwaite 49* S Hope 11*) 29 overs, chasing 322
West Indies battled hard this morning. Anderson and Broad were a really tough prospect. There was a rotten bit of luck for the tourists when Kyle Hope was run out backing up.
OVER 27: WI 85/2 (Brathwaite 49* S Hope 10*)
Moeen is getting some turn but these gus are playing him pretty well, all told.
OVER 26: WI 84/2 (Brathwaite 48* S Hope 10*)
Chris Woakes with a good ball, Shai Hope trapped on the crease and hit on the pads. Umpire S Ravi fancies this is going down leg, calls not out, and is correct to do so. England, whose use (or rather, non-use) of the review has been exemplary so far today, choose not to ask the third umpire. An attractive back-foot drive from Shai Hope gives him four.
OVER 25: WI 80/2 (Brathwaite 48* S Hope 6*)
Brathwaite, who has been under pressure but has remained positive, slogs Moeen for four.
OVER 24: WI 73/2 (Brathwaite 43* S Hope 4*)
Titanic eight-over spell from Broad. Nicest man in cricket Chris Woakes comes on, keeps the pressure right on there as he swings the first one past the outside edge of S Hope’s bat. Bit of legside stuff later in the over though.
OVER 23: WI 70/2 (Brathwaite 43* S Hope 3*)
Off his seventh ball, Hope is off the mark. A nice drive for three into the covers off Mo.
OVER 22: WI 67/2 (Brathwaite 43* S Hope 0*)
Broad continues his dissection of Brathwaite, he’s beating his edge repeatedly. But Brathwaite hanging in there. Overpitches though here, and Brathwaite drives him for four! Batted.
OVER 21: WI 61/2 (Brathwaite 37* S Hope 0*)
A Moeen maiden. He is getting significant turn.
OVER 20: WI 61/2 (Brathwaite 37* S Hope 0*)
Brathwaite, having unwittingly caused the demise of one Hope, is joined by A New Hope. But Shai can watch from the “safety” of the non-striker’s end for a bit as Brathwaite tries to deal with a tail-up Stuart Broad. Thick edge! Four. Another thick edge! Another four. Broad is all over Brathwaite here.
WICKET! K Hope run out 0
Oh that is an absolute bison of a way to go. Poor old Kyle Hope. He is at the non-striker’s end, Brathwaite wellies the ball back at the bowler Broad, who drops a regulation caught and bowled. SB gets two hands on it, cannot hold on, but the ball is hit hard enough that its momentum keeps it going and it crashes into the non-striker’s stumps. Kyle Hope is run out by a street and, well, that’s just a sickener for the lad. FOW 53/2
OVER 19: WI 53/1 (Brathwaite 29* K Hope 0*)
Hope gets the pulse racing when he plays back to Moeen’s quicker, flatter ball… but he gets the bat down.
OVER 18: WI 52/1 (Brathwaite 28* K Hope 0*)
Broad (and Anderson) really putting some mustard on it this morning, this one absolutely pings off a length from Stuart and climbs past the Brathwaite edge. Kraiggggg faces five, takes a single off the last.
And that will give him first look at Moeen Ali, who is to bowl the next over.
OVER 17: WI 49/1 (Brathwaite 25* K Hope 0*)
Brathwaite edges the ball. It goes to third slip, Westley the man who grabs it. Has it bounced? Westley is non-plussed, not really claming it. Stokes next to him looks also unsure. The umpires are going to have to sort this one out. They decide it has bounced before going into Westley’s hands, and the TV evidence is clear. Not out. (It was a ‘soft signal’ not out on the field, too.)
OVER 16: WI 46/1 (Brathwaite 22*)
That off the last ball of the over. Who knows if the verbals with Anderson played a part in Powell’s loose shot?
WICKET! Powell c Stokes b Broad 23
Broad the triumphant bowler, and you have to sat that it has been coming. Full ball, Powell pushes hard at it, he’s not really moved his feet. Loose. Flies waist-high to Stokes at fourth slip, he does the rest. FOW 46/1
OVER 15: WI 43/0 (Powell 23* Brathwaite 19*)
Anderson finds Powell’s edge, it flies wide of slips for four. At the end of the over, the batsman and bowler exchange a few words, and there’s a bit of macho posturing, coming quite close to each other. Ump steps in.
Gower on the arbitrary-seeming sudden attention on swearing. “You should not have a rule just handed down like that, it’s like a rule handed down by Brussels”
OVER 14: WI 39/0 (Powell 19* Brathwaite 19*)
Broad seams it past Powell’s edge. Now Powell drives, square of the wicket, flamboyant and on the up! West Indies opener rolling back the years there. Lovely stuff. Crunching four. Single to cover, and now a couple to Brathwaite complete a productive over for the tourists. Nasser Hussain notes the pleasing symmetry of the fact that both batsmen have 19 from 42 balls.
OVER 13: WI 32/0 (Powell 14* Brathwaite 17*)
Brathwaite really under the pump here. Anderson has the scalpel out. Thick edge flies wide of fourth slip – there is no gully, incidentally. Now Anderson hits him on the pads with a ball that moves late, but this is going to miss off stump and England are again correct not to review. Beaten later in the over again, by a ball that keeps low.
OVER 12: WI 28/0 (Powell 14* Brathwaite 13*)
Two nice shots in this over, one per batter. Broad overpitches, smartly driven by Brathwaite for four down the ground. And now Powell drills the ball through mid on for four as well. G’wan West Indies.
OVER 11: WI 19/0 (Powell 10* Brathwaite 8*)
You don’t get many freebies from Anderson, so it’s gather ye rosebuds while ye may* for Powell as he tucks this legside ball away for four.
Let’s see if we cannot get some more up-to-date references into the blog as the day goes on, mm? 1648 to start us off with.
* [Robert Herrick, 1648]
OVER 10: WI 15/0 (Powell 6* Brathwaite 8*)
Broad is all over Brathwaite here, he’s jagging the ball off the seam and, at time of writing, he looks a class above the West Indies opening bat. And here he is with a perfect delivery, quick and on Broad’s perfect length, it does just enough. Edged. Cook! Has dropped it. It came quick, but it was at a nice height and very much in Cook’s wheelhouse at first slip. A surprising drop, England’s fourth of the game. I believe that makes 11 for the match in total?
OVER 9: WI 11/0 (Powell 6* Brathwaite 4*)
Some searching stuff from Anderson but also a few down the legside. For a split second there it looked like Powell had auto-asphyxiated himself into a legside strange. But not. He has survived this maiden over.
OVER 8: WI 11/0 (Powell 6* Brathwaite 4*)
Broad to Powell. Edge first ball! Four through the slips. He is squared up second ball but squirts a single. Broad was a bit leg-sidey earlier in the match but this is classy stuff: perfect channel, nibble, one ball keeps low. Tough exam. Brathwaite survives.
OVER 7: WI 6/0 (Powell 1* Brathwaite 4*)
A leg bye gets Powell down the other end. Four slips await, but it’s the ball in to the right-handed Brathwaite that is the first moment of note on day five. It comes back in and raps him on the pad as he tries to shovel away to the legside. Height the saviour, England do not review. Now he beats him outside off. This is a spicy over from Anderson, he gets the ball to climb sharply off a length. Brathwaite does well/is a bit lucky to survive the over.
The England players emerge, the skies are leaden, the West Indies are chasing 322. So far, they’ve got 5/0.
West Indies resume on 5/0 (Powell 1* Brathewaite 4*) off 6 overs
Powell is the man on strike, and one JM Anderson is the man with the ball in his hand.
Scyld Berry on yesterday’s play
Moeen Ali owed England, after dropping a sitter in West Indies’ first innings, and he repaid as handsomely as he cover-drove. Moeen’s 84 off only 93 balls enabled England to set a target of 322, which on a wearing pitch would be very challenging for a team used to winning, never mind losing.
Moeen took the bubble that is West Indian self-belief and, with the rapier he wields, burst it long before it could become a balloon. When he came in, England were only 143 runs ahead. When he lofted to long-on, England were out of sight, like an escaped prisoner from Armley jail down the road.
Sir Ian Botham’s pitch report
Sir Ian says that it’s turning off the pitch, there are some cracks. “Jimmy will be delighted, he has got cloud cover. And Moeen will have a big part to play.”
The first thing to tell you is that there is a delayed start at Headingley. 11.15am kick off. Wet outfield.
Tyers here. Day five of the Test match, the closest Test we have had for a while.