Ben Stokes led the English to a brilliant final-day victory over the Windies in the second test at Old Trafford on Monday. England who began the day at 37 for 2, started with a quickfire 92 in 11 overs before declaring. The declaration left the Windies with a target of 312 to chase in 85 overs. Windies hope of chasing down the target was left reeling by a clinical spell from Stuart Broad who finished with 3-42. The Windies batsmen Brooks (62) and Blackwood (55) then put up a century stand for the 4th wicket. Ben Stokes finally was able to break the crucial partnership on the stroke of tea.
While Windies skipper Holder made a gritty 32, the English win was never in doubt after the two set batsmen were back to the pavilion. They were finally bowled out for 198 with a tad under 15 overs left in the day. Stokes will be a worry for England after he pulled up after bowling 4 balls into his 15th over. He was adjudged as man of the match and later said, “I’m fine; my body just started to get stiff.”
Stokes was lucky to get away when he was dropped on 29 by John Campell in what looked like a straight forward catch at extra cover. Joe Root was the only wicket to fall for the English with many experts feeling the declaration was left too late. But in the morning, the English bowlers looked as if they were out on a mission. Broad removed opener Campbell with the fifth ball of the day with Woakes getting rid of Braithwaite in the very next over. Broad then dismissed Shai Hope and Roston Chase in quick succession to leave the Windies reeling at 37-4.