Honours were shared on the second day’s play of the 1st Test at North Sound in Antigua as England reduced West Indies to 155 for 4 after they were disappointingly bowled out under 400. The visitors were well placed at 341 for 5 when play started on Day 2 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium and the expectations was for them to extend it to a total of 500. However, that wasn’t to be as the West Indian bowlers once again made good use of the morning freshness in the pitch to curtail the batsmen.
Above photo: ANTIGUA, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA – APRIL 14: Jason Holder (R) of West Indies celebrates taking the wicket of James Tredwell of England during day two of the 1st Test match between West Indies and England at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on April 14, 2015 in Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Much was expected from the bats of overnight batsman Ben Stokes, who was on 71* and Wicket Keeper batsman Jos Buttler. The left-handed Ben Stokes could add only eight more runs before he was nicked out to gully off Jerome Taylor. Night watchman James Tredwell was sent back cheaply by Jason Holder while Jos Buttler was caught behind for a 22-ball duck when he edged his tentative drive off Kemar Roach to the West Indian Captain Denesh Ramdin.
Kemar Roach produced another duck for England when he had Stuart Broad slashing him to backward point. England managed to get a 38-run stand for the last wicket with Chris Jordan and James Anderson chipping in with 20s. Kemar Roach was the pick for the hosts taking 4 for 94 in 29 overs, his new ball partner Jerome Taylor taking 3 for 90 and Jason Holder taking two wickets.
Above photo: ANTIGUA, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA – APRIL 14: Chris Jordan (L) of England takes a catch at first slip off the bowling of James Tredwell to dismiss Kraigg Braithwaite of West Indies during day two of the 1st Test match between West Indies and England at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on April 14, 2015 in Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
West Indies went slow in reply to England’s 399 and ultimately their batsmen played into the hands of the English bowlers. By the 38th over, the West Indies could only score 99 runs while losing its top four. James Anderson struck early in the 9th over when he had Devon Smith caught behind. Chris Jordan came up with the next blow when Darren Bravo was indecisive outside off and ended up with a weak edge to the keeper. There was a third catch behind the wickets for Jos Buttler as Stuart Broad enticed a well set Marlon Samuels (33) into a false drive.
England’s final success of the day came through a blinder of a catch from Chris Jordan at slip when opener Kraigg Brathwaite edged off-spinner James Tredwell after a 102-ball 39. By the close of day two, West Indies recovered slightly at 155 for 4 in 66 overs with veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul scoring 29 not out and Jermaine Blackwood scoring 30*.