West Indies bowl

Eng­land out for 277

Deccan Chronicle - - Cricket -

Gros-islet: West Indies were two with­out loss at lunch on Sun­day af­ter dis­miss­ing Eng­land for 277 on the sec­ond day of the third and fi­nal Test at the Dar­ren Sammy Sta­dium in St Lu­cia. West Indies hold a 2-0 lead in the series fol­low­ing vic­to­ries by 381 runs in Bar­ba­dos and by 10 wick­ets in An­tigua. Ear­lier, Jos But­tler and Ben Stokes fea­tured in Eng­land’s best part­ner­ship of a deeply dis­ap­point­ing series as they lifted their team to 231 for four at stumps on the open­ing day. Put in to bat by West Indies stand-in cap­tain Kraigg Brath­waite, and seek­ing to re­gain some lost pres­tige af­ter al­ready sur­ren­der­ing the series and the Wis­den Tro­phy, the fifth­wicket pair played with in­creas­ing flu­ency through an ex­tended fi­nal ses­sion in putting on 124 runs to the close of play at the Dar­ren Sammy Sta­dium. It was Eng­land’s first cen­tury part­ner­ship of the series with But­tler getting to 67 and Stokes reach­ing 62 at the close. Both made the most of lucky es­capes. But­tler’s first scor­ing shot was an edge off Shan­non Gabriel to which a leap­ing Shim­ron Het­myer at sec­ond slip could only get his fin­ger­tips. Stokes was caught and bowled on 52 by Alzarri Joseph.

Brief scores: Eng­land 277 in 101.5 overs (B. Stokes 79, J. But­tler 67; K. Roach 4/48, S. Gabriel 2/49) vs West Indies two for no loss.

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