After the rocky start of the second test on and off the field, Ben Strokes and Dom Sibley have regained some composure for England by putting on an unbeatable 126 run partnership to increase the total to 207-3 at stumps on the first day of second Test against West Indies.
England started their day with the exclusion of the best paceman Jofra Archer from the match due to the breaching of isolation protocols, before collapsing on 81-3 which is a decent batting track after losing the toss and then two batsmen by Roston Chase’s easy off-breaks.
According to the Cricket Betting Tips Free from Bhaiji, Stokes was unbeatable on 59 while Sibley was on 86 not out that was his second-highest score. It could have been much worse for England team after the loss of Zak Crawley, Joe Root and Rory Burns.
Jason Holder won the toss and chose to bowl first to make the most of sullen overhead conditions when the game finally begun after 90 minutes because of the mop-up operation.
Holder played around with his attack while replacing Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel in just three overs with Alzarri Joseph. Root survived the hat-trick ball by Gabriel after lunch and with the partnership of Sibley built a 52 run. However, when Gabriel left the field, holder turned back to Joseph and then Holder who at last replaced Root.
After that Sibley and Strokes in the partnership, while Sibley kept the game low-key – Strokes produced the strokeplay including the first six of the series.
Either Strokes or Sibley or both have involved in the five of the highest partnership of the series where they are yielding in more than 50 runs. Besides, their over on Thursday took the team past first innings total of England of 204 and proved to be a factor for the host’s defeat.
If England would be able to push past on the second day at Manchester, it will lessen the pressure on the team. For more such information and details keep checking all the latest CBTF updates at Bhaiji.