England vs West Indies, 2nd Test, Day 1 highlights: Sibley, Stokes fifties put England on top

England vs West Indies 2nd Test match: Get the highlights, team squad, ball by ball commentary of Eng vs WI at the Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.

Rory Burns celebrates after picking the wicket of Rory Burns on Day one of the second Test at Old Trafford.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's highlights of the second Test match between England and West Indies at the Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.

- Stumps, Day 1: England ends a gripping day at 207/3 with Ben Stokes (59 not out off 159 balls) and Dom Sibley (86 not out off 253 balls) put up a 126-run partnership for the fourth wicket to put England in a good position. The pair made the West Indies bowlers toil hard while giving away nothing. Kemar Roach and Jason Holder bowled some brilliant spells but were unable to shake Stokes and Sibley.

- Just one run from Holder's penultimate over of day 1 at Manchester. Roston Chase to bowl the final over. England 207/3 after 81 overs.

- Stokes shuffles across off-stump as he tries to go after an out-swinger from Roach and gets beaten. Just one from the over. England 206/3 after 80 overs.

- Sibley takes one run from Roach's over as Holder runs in to have another go for an elusive wicket. Sibley dabs towards the offside and rushes for a single. The new ball is available but it looks highly unlikely West Indies will take it with just three overs remaining. England 205/3 after 79 overs.

- For once, Stokes goes after Holder, an out-swinger from the pacer, but will be glad to have not edged that. Another maiden from the Windies' skipper. England 204/3 after 203/3 after 78 overs.

- Stokes survives! Roach hits Stokes on the pads and appeals but umpire Michael Gough is unmoved. The Windies ask for a review but the height looks like a problem and England breathes a sigh of relief. England 203/3 after 77 overs.

- Stokes takes two runs off Holder with a flick over fine leg off the first ball. England 202/3 after 76 overs.

- Stokes remains a close observer of another Holder over to play out a maiden. Sibley clips Roach for a boundary over fine leg to take England past 200. England 200/3 after 75 overs.
- Kemar Roach is back the attack after a fruitless spell in the session. With just over 10 overs left in the day, England batsmen go back into survival mode. Sibley flicks a fuller-length ball towards fine leg and runs two. England 195/3 after 73 overs.

- England's patience has paid off as Jason Holder takes over the bowling from Shannon Gabriel. He varies his length and keeps the ball outside the off. Stokes takes on the watching duty for the over, leaving all of it for the keeper to collect. England 193/3 after 72 overs.

- Some tidy overs from Shannon Gabriel and Alzarri Joseph here. They are maintaining the pressure on the english batsmen. Partnership is 91 now and West Indies is trying hard to end it. England 172/3 after 69 overs.

- DROP CATCH! West Indies captain Jason Holder drops one at slips off the bowling of Shannon Gabriel. Dom Sibley should be a relieved man. This was a lazy shot from him. Gabriel should have been brought in earlier. England 165/3 after 66 overs.

- The partnership between Dom Sibley and Ben Stokes is 72. The English batsmen are totally in control now. Jason Holder has to keep shuffling his bowlers here, otherwise West Indies might be batted out of this game. England 153/3 after 63 overs.

- Holder is bowling a brilliant spell, he has kept his line on the stumps and hits Stokes and Sibley on the pads which go for runs but puts the pressure back on England. England 143/3 after 61 overs.

- A loose over from Chase goes for 9 runs. The spinner strays his on the leg-side as Stokes smashes a boundary over fine leg and runs two doubles. England 139/3 after 58 overs.

- After Chase gives away three runs from his over, Holder has the batsmen pinned to the crease with some brilliant movement. He hits Sibley on the pads and hollers for an LBW but the umpire turns it down. England 130/3 after 57 overs.

- Roach's barren spell comes to an end as Jason Holder takes the ball. He almost gets a edge off Stokes which misses the bat by the smallest of margins. The England vice-captain digs out a fuller-length delivery towards leg-side and runs two. England 127/3 after 55 overs.

- Sibley survives a mix-up! Sibley nudges Chase towards the mid-wicket and scampers for a single which was not there. He survives thanks to a weak throw from Campbell at the non-striker's end. England 125/3 after 54 overs.

- Sibley hits the first boundary of the session with a drive on the leg-side off Roach. England 124/3 after 53 overs.

- Fifty for Dom Sibley! The opener rolls his wrist around a fuller-length delivery towards square for a single to bring up a 164-ball half century. Gabriel does not look comfortable in the field as limps behind Stokes' drive on the leg side which allows the batsmen to run three. England 120/3 after 51 overs.

- Sibley moves a run closer to his fifty with a two clipped towards square leg off Chase. England 116/3 after 50 overs.

- Sibley nudges Chase towards square leg and scampers towards the non-striker's end. Brathwaite has a shy at the stumps but Sibley had safely reached by then.  Good news for West Indies as Shannon Gabriel comes backs on the field after walking off earlier with a groin issue. England 114/3 after 50 overs.

- The England batsmen are in no hurry to attack the ball with Kemar Roach consistently hitting outside the off in search of an edge. He oversteps on the fourth ball of the over to give the host its first runs of the session. England 113/3 after 49 overs.

- Roston Chase back in the attack. He gets a slip, leg slip and a forward short-leg to attack Denly. The batsman uses his feet well to see out the over despite looking nervous playing the pitched-up deliveries. England 112/3 after 48 overs.

- Stokes negotiates Kemar Roach's first over of the session carefully and plays out a maiden. England 112/3 after 47 overs.

- The players are back on the field for the final session of Day 1.

- Tea, Day 1: England 112/3 after 46 overs (Sibley 46, Stokes 18)  Good session for both sides as West Indies picked two wickets but Sibley continues to hold fort along with Ben Stokes to enter Tea on Day one. This session saw 83 runs being scored and two wickets. The final session in about 20 minutes.

- SIX- First six of the match and it comes from the willow of Ben Stokes. Skips down the track and lofts high and handsome straight into the stands.

- England 103/3 after 45 overs (Sibley 46, Stokes 9) Just a single from the over and the light is deteriorating.

- Spin at both ends as Kraigg Brathwaite comes into the attack.

- England 102/3 after 44 overs (Sibley 46, Stokes 8) Roston Chase almost had Dom Sibley but it was put down. Chase gets the ball to talk.   

- DROPPED - Life for Sibley! The batsman hits straight to forward short leg and Brooks fails to latch on to it.

- England 100/3 after 43 overs (Sibley 44, Stokes 8) Maiden from Roach and the lightmeter is out.   

- England 100/3 after 42 overs (Sibley 44, Stokes 8) The 100 comes up for England and Sibley has been the anchor around the innings.   

- England 98/3 after 41 overs (Sibley 42, Stokes 8) Couple of byes as Roach sends one down the leg side.  

- Kemar Roach into the attack.

- England 96/3 after 40 overs (Sibley 42, Stokes 8) Alzarri Joseph bowls another maiden - his third so far.  

- England 96/3 after 39 overs (Sibley 42, Stokes 8) Sibley moves into the fourties and he deserves to reach a mini landmark. Just eight short from his fifty.  


- England 91/3 after 38overs (Sibley 38, Stokes 7) Joseph clicks 140kmph on one occasion and he is bowling a terrific line, making the batsman play on most occassions. Just a single and Sibley will retain strike.  

- England 90/3 after 37 overs (Sibley 37, Stokes 7) Fascinating battle between Stokes and Holder and this time the West Indies bowler goes round the wicket. A maiden.

- England 90/3 after 36 overs (Sibley 37, Stokes 7) Stokes and Sibley are rotating the strike but the West Indies quicks are sharp with their line and length.

- England 87/3 after 35 overs (Sibley 37, Stokes 4) Sibley has managed to get runs between the slips and gully and continues to do so.

- England 85/3 after 34 overs (Sibley 35, Stokes 4) Beautiful over from Alzarri Joseph and he is fired-up after getting Joe Root. Maiden.

- England 85/3 after 33 overs (Sibley 35, Stokes 4) Holder bowls a maiden.

- England 85/3 after 32 overs (Sibley 35, Stokes 4) Ben Stokes opens his account but Alzari Joseph has removed the big fish - Joe Root.

- Ben Stokes is the new man in.

- WICKET- Alzarri Joseph strikes and removes Joe Root. Full delivery, just a hint of swing, Root drives, gets a thick outside outside edge and the ball flies straight into the hands of Holder at second slip.

- England 81/2 after 31 overs (Sibley 35, Root 23) Seven runs from the over and the fifty-run partnership between the duo is up. Time for Drinks.

- FOUR - Shouts of catch it but the ball takes the outside edge and flies wide of the slips for a boundary.

- England 74/2 after 30 overs (Sibley 31, Root 20) Four runs from the over and Root and Sibley remain unseparated.

- England 70/2 after 29 overs (Sibley 27, Root 20) Compact defence from Root and he takes a couple in the penultimate ball, defends the last ball to give Sibley the strike.

- England 68/2 after 28 overs (Sibley 27, Root 18) Sibley gets a move-on with a flashy boundary and the partnership has crossed the 40-run mark.

- FOUR - Gabriel offers width and Sibley cuts loose as he slashes hard to the third man boundary.

- England 64/2 after 27 overs (Sibley 23, Root 18) Looks like Dom Sibley is ready for the grind. He has taken 86 deliveries for his 23 and that shows he is ready to leave the balls and is in ho hurry. Important for England he stays.


- Jason Holder back into the attack

- England 63/2 after 26 overs (Sibley 22, Root 18) Just a single from the Shannon Gabriel over.

- England 62/2 after 25 overs (Sibley 21, Root 18) Root is slowly but surely finding his feet and the glorious flick shows he is determined to battle it out.

- FOUR - On the pads and Root gleefully flicks it through the mid-wicket and the ball has enough legs to beat the sluggish outfield and cross the ropes.

- England 58/2 after 24 overs (Sibley 21, Root 14) The last 10 overs, England has scored 29 runs with the loss of one wicket. Root and Sibley have been solid, ever since the departure of Crawley.   

- Shannon Gabriel back into the attack

- England 55/2 after 23 overs (Sibley 21, Root 13) England recovering slowly after the fall of Crawley with their skipper Joe Root battling out there in the middle.  

- England 53/2 after 22 overs (Sibley 19, Root 13) Root and Sibley kind of have settled and most importantly their feet are moving against the spin of Chase.

- England 49/2 after 21 overs (Sibley 18, Root 10) Kemar Roach prayers for a wicket continues. Bowling in the right channel but the ball continues to evade the outside edge.

- England 47/2 after 20 overs (Sibley 17, Root 9) Root finds ways to unsettle Chase and was ready to go on the backfoot on one occassion. Very watchful from the England skipper.

- England 43/2 after 19 overs (Sibley 16, Root 6) A risky boundary from Root but that has got the England captain going. England in desperate need for a partnership.

- FOUR- Root breaks away from the shackles as he slashes hard over the cordon and the ball flies in between second slip and gully for a boundary.

- England 38/2 after 18 overs (Sibley 16, Root 1) The England captain is off the mark but Roston Chase is up for the task. A long discussion with Holder in the middle of the over, probably discussing with the line and length.


- England 35/2 after 17 overs (Sibley 14, Root 0) Four runs from the Roach over. 

- England 31/2 after 16 overs (Sibley 10, Root 0) Roston Chase is keeping the England batsmen on the toes and a wicket here would certainly out West Indies on top.

- England 30/2 after 15 overs (Sibley 9, Root 0) Roach continues to be wicketless despite bowling well. This time he thought he had trapped the England skipper but the impact was outside the line and the on-field decision stays.

- England 29/2 after 14 overs (Sibley 8, Root 0) Superb start from Roston Chase as the off-spinner gets two wickets in a space of three balls. England in trouble.

- Hat-trick Ball - Lots of turn there, goes down the leg side and Root leaves it.

- Joe Root is the new man in and Chase is on a hat-trick.

- WICKET - Three ball two wickets! What a start for Roston Chase. He removes Zak Crawley for a duck.

- We are back and this should be an interesting second session.

- Lunch, Day 1: England 29/1 after 13.2 overs (Burns 15 (LBW), Sibley 8) - West Indies strike at the stroke of Lunch and they would take that considering that Holder used as many as five bowlers in an hour of play. England would be disappointed, having lost Burns, who was looking good until he was dismissed. Plenty of action to come and we will be back in 45 minutes. 

- WICKET- Success straightaway and Chase gets the breakthrough. Nothing much in the delivery, just straightens up and hits Burns flush on the knee roll. The umpire raises his finger but Burns goes for the review, only to be overturned.

- Roston Chase into the attack

- England 28/0 after 13 overs (Burns 15, Sibley 7) Burns is not trying to overhit deliveries as he allows the ball to come to him and deals with soft hands. 

- England 24/0 after 12 overs (Burns 12, Sibley 6) West Indies bowlers are trying to get the batsmen play. Not an easy pitch to bat on and the openers are careful. Seven from the over and Burns moves into double digits with a boundary.

- FOUR- Down the leg side and Burns tucks it to the fine leg boundary. First boundary for England.

- England 17/0 after 11 overs (Burns 5, Sibley 6) Excellent over from Alzarri Joseph. Gets a maiden under his belt.

- England 17/0 after 10 overs (Burns 5, Sibley 6) Holder operates with three slips and a gully and there was some extra bounce that surprised Sibley a bit.

- England 16/0 after 9 overs (Burns 5, Sibley 5) Very watchful from the England openers. Three runs from the Alzarri Zoseph over

- England 13/0 after 8 overs (Burns 3, Sibley 4) Holder hits the right length and angles across on one occassion. Slow start from the England openers.


- Jason Holder into the attack

- England 11/0 after 7 overs (Burns 1, Sibley 4) Rory Burns is off the mark with a tickle to the mid-wicket. 

- Alzarri Joseph into the attack

- England 9/0 after 6 overs (Burns 0, Sibley 3) Excellent over from Gabriel and he almost has Burns trapped. Probably went just down the leg side. 

- England 9/0 after 5 overs (Burns 0, Sibley 3) Shane Dowrich is having some catching practice behind the stumps as after Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach tests the keeper by bowling a huge wide!

- Huge appeal for LBW but that was going down the leg side. Wide wide of the crease, Roach gets one to come in, Sibley misses his flick and the ball thuds on the pads.

- England 8/0 after 4 overs (Burns 0, Sibley 3) Better over from Shannon Gabriel after he started off the radar in his opening one. Burns is yet to open his account.

- England 7/0 after 3 overs (Burns 0, Sibley 2) Just a single from the over and Roach does what he does best - get the ball into the batsmen and he is looking good.

-  England 6/0 after 2 overs (Burns 0, Sibley 1) Shannon Gabriel is yet to find his rhythm. 5wides and a single from the over as Sibley gets off the mark. 

- Shannon Gabriel to partner Kemar Roach

- England 0/0 after 1 over (Burns 0, Sibley 0) - Roach starts with a maiden ending up with a beauty to Burns. There was swing, pace and some late movement.

- Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley are the England openers and it will be Kemar Roach with the new ball with Burns on strike.

- The players are on the field taking a knee lending their support to the BLM movement.

Joe Root spins the coin before the start of Day one of the second Test at Old Trafford in Manchester. West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl first.   -  AP


- Playing XI:

England: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (C), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (WK), Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad

West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shai Hope, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich(WK), Jason Holder (C), Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel


- Revised Plating Conditions:  83 overs in the day | Toss: 16:30 IST | Start: 17:00 IST | Lunch: 18:00 IST | Tea: 20:55 IST | Stumps: 11:30 IST (Extra 30 minutes alloted)

- Toss Time: West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl first.  Jason Holder and his fast bowlers want to have a crack first-up, given the overhead conditions. The team is unchanged.

- Update: Toss at 16:30 IST,  Play to start at 17:00 IST followed by Lunch at 18:00 IST.

- Good news is it has stopped raining and the covers are coming off but it will take some time for the Toss to happen.


- Toss delayed due to rain: It's still raining and the toss has been delayed. It promises to clear though as the day progresses.

- Carlos Brathwaite on Jofra Archer: "I just want to see his cricket do the talking, more than the concerns - which I think are misplaced - about his character." - Source: Test Match Special

- Archer Update: ECB confirms that Jofra Archer paid a visit to his home in Brighton during the journey from Southampton to Manchester which is a breach of bio-secure protocol.

- Weather Update: It's raining in Manchester. However, there are predictions of dry spells as the day progresses.

Blackwood: ‘I was disappointed for getting out before WI could cross the line’

He missed out on a well-deserving century during the opening Test against England but West Indies batsman Jermaine Blackwood is more disappointed about not being able to stay till the target was achieved.

Blackwood scored a match-winning 95 in the second innings as West Indies claimed a four-wicket win over England on Sunday. He was dismissed with his team just 11 short of the target of 200.

- Here's what England skipper Joe Root has to say about the pitch.


- England’s Jofra Archer has been excluded from the second Test against the West Indies starting on Thursday at Old Trafford following a breach of the team’s COVID-19 protocols.

- One down and England has already received a blow much before the Test started, with Jofra Archer being dropped for the second Test after having breached the team's bio-secure protocol.

- Good noon and welcome to Day one of the second Test at the Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.



The Preview

Root back with team in familiar territory

Fresh from becoming a father of two, Joe Root will be reinstalled as England captain on Thursday with his team in very familiar territory.

With Root absent so he could be with his wife for the birth of their second child, England lost the first Test against the West Indies last week in what was the first international cricket match since the sport’s shutdown because of the coronavirus outbreak.

It leaves England with a bizarre record of having lost the first Test in eight of the team’s last 10 series.


The doors are certainly not closed on Denly: Joe Root

Joe Root, who missed England’s first Test in Southampton last week, will return to the squad as captain for the second Test in Manchester, with Joe Denly facing the axe. Denly's scores of 18 and 29 at the Ageas Bowl didn't help his cause, but Root maintained that this isn't the end of the road for the top-order batsman.

“It's never easy having to leave someone out of the team. Joe, over a period of time, has done a brilliant job for us. He has helped show our identity as a side and how we would want to play moving forward,” said Root.

READ: Phil Simmons: Extended preparation period played key part in beating England

“The doors are certainly not closed on him and if he gets a chance to come back [into the squad], I’m sure he will be desperate to take it.”


Southampton Test erased swing doubts, says ball-maker

The ball moved enough in last week's Southampton Test between England and West Indies to erase any lingering doubt about swing bowling under cricket's COVID-19 protocols, manufacturer of the Dukes ball told Reuters.

READ: How West Indies won the first Test

Strict health regulations that greeted international cricket on its return from a 117-day stoppage included a ban on saliva to shine the ball, even though players can still use sweat to polish it in order to generate swing.

“The ball did swing and it was a balanced game of cricket,” Dilip Jajodia, managing director of British Cricket Balls Ltd, which produces the Dukes balls used in England, told Reuters by telephone.


Shannon Gabriel: Windies plans to approach next Tests with intensity

As West Indies stunned England in the first Test at Southampton last week, captain Jason Holder admitted that such a feat was possible because of Shannon Gabriel’s heroics.

The Caribbean pace ace scalped nine wickets and was adjudged Man of the Match as Test cricket returned after lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was certainly an incredible moment for the fans across the globe as they witnessed a lethal West Indies pace attack ripping apart a star-studded England batting line-up.

What: West Indies tour of England, 2020

When: July 16-20

Where: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

Time in IST: 03:30 PM


West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shai Hope, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich(WK), Jason Holder(C), Rahkeem Cornwall, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph, Chemar Holder, Raymon Reifer, Nkrumah Bonner

England: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root(C), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(WK), Sam Curran, Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes, Ollie Robinson


West Indies Tour of England will be aired LIVE only on Sony Six channels from 3.30 pm