• Sunday, Jan 23, 2022
  • Last Update : 03:32 am

Moeen delivers again as England take charge

  • Published at 12:29 pm August 29th, 2017
  • Last updated at 02:52 pm August 29th, 2017
Moeen delivers again as England take charge
West Indies ended the fourth day of the unexpectedly enthralling second test requiring 317 more runs to win after England turned the contest firmly in their favour. Having taken a 169 run first innings advantage, the tourists will be disappointed to find themselves facing a final day with the odds against them but credit for that must go to some fine lower order England batting. England had managed only 258 in their first innings but their middle and lower order is their strength and combined to make 490 for eight before captain Joe Root decided to declare. West Indies' opening pair survived the remaining six overs of the day, always a tricky task after a long day in the field, but it will take a most unexpected twist in the plot if they are to level the three test series. It has been a test match with plenty of momentum shifts but the final session of the fourth day was when England finally grabbed a firm grip on proceedings. Not for the first time this summer, Moeen Ali was the key figure, striking 84 off 93 balls, including 14 boundaries, as England turned a decent effort with the bat into what should be a match-winning score. Moeen's partnership with Chris Woakes, who ended unbeaten on 61, put on 117 runs for the eighth wicket and that could well prove to be the difference between the two teams. After losing Root for 72 in the morning session, a patient 61 off 186 balls from Dawid Malan and a more aggressive 58 from Ben Stokes gave England a decent platform. Malan and Stokes put on 91 runs for the fifth wicket partnership before Stokes was well caught by Kraigg Brathwaite on the long-off boundary. Spinner Roston Chase bowled Malan before picking up the crucial wicket of Jonny Bairstow (18), who dragged on when reverse-sweeping. There was fight left in the Caribbean team. The young West Indies team that been dismissed as no-hopers in some quarters after their poor first test display had once again shown determination to get back into the game but then Moeen took the attack to them. The Man-of-the-Series from England's successful four-test campaign against South Africa is clearly batting with great confidence and he made good use of the sweep shot against spin as well as the right judgement against seam. Moeen will have plenty of work to do on the final day as England look to his off-spin to keep the pressure on once the new ball has worn off for James Anderson and Stuart Broad. West Indies will resume on Tuesday on five without loss with openers Brathwaite and Kieran Powell knowing they need to make a strong start to avoid defeat. BRIEF SCORE: West Indies 427 and 5 for 0 (Brathwaite 4*, Powell 1*) need 317 more runs to beat England 258 and 490 for 8 dec (Moeen 84, Root 72, Woakes 61*, Malan 61, Stokes 58, Stoneman 52, Chase 3-86)
Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail