WI pac­ers ex­pose Eng­land once again

Roach Takes 4, Vis­i­tors Out For 277 In Gros-Islet

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES SPORT - Eng­land 277 (B Stokes 79, J But­tler 67; Roach 4-48, Gabriel 2-49) .

Gros-Islet: bats­men col­lapsed to West In­dian pace yet again as they lost six wick­ets for 45 runs to be dis­missed for 277 in their first in­nings just be­fore lunch on the sec­ond day of the third and fi­nal Test at the Dar­ren Sammy Sta­dium in St Lu­cia on Sun­day. Hav­ing al­ready re­claimed the Wis­den Tro­phy with com­pre­hen­sive vic­to­ries in the first two Tests, and seek­ing a first clean sweep of their op­po­nents for 33 years, the home side was two for no loss at lunch.

Wick­et­less on the first day when an un­bro­ken fifth-wicket part­ner­ship of 124 be­tween Jos But­tler and Ben Stokes lifted the tourists to 231for four, Ke­mar Roach stole the spot­light in scyth­ing through the mid­dle and lower or­der to fin­ish with fig­ures of four for 48. He now has 17 wick­ets in se­ries.

It was Shan­non Gabriel though who made the first strike of the morn­ing by bowl­ing But­tler on his overnight score of 67 with just one run added to the to­tal. That was the trig­ger for the slide and a rein­vig­o­rated Roach quickly got in­volved by dis­miss­ing Stokes for 79 when he mis­cued an at­tempted pull and wick­et­keeper Shane Dowrich sprinted 30 me­tres to back­ward square-leg in cling­ing on to a su­perb div­ing catch.

BRIEF SCORES: Dubai: The An­tigua pitch, where West Indies and Eng­land played the sec­ond Test of the three-match se­ries, has been rated as “be­low av­er­age”. Con­se­quently, the venue has re­ceived one de­merit point ac­cord­ing to the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) Pitch and Out­field Mon­i­tor­ing Process.

ICC match ref­eree Jeff Crowe, who ga- ve the rat­ing, cited the un­even bounce at the south­ern main pavil­ion end as the rea­son for the rat­ing in his re­port. As per the re­vised ICC Pitch and Out­field Mon­i­tor­ing Process, which was in­tro­duced in Jan­uary 2018, if a pitch or out­field is rated as be­ing sub­stan­dard, that venue will be al­lo­cated a num­ber of de­merit points.

Reuters

Eng­land’s Jos But­tler is bowled by Shan­non Gabriel dur­ing the third Test on Sun­day

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