The second Test match between England and West Indies at Old Trafford in Manchester scripted the resurgence of the hosts who are well placed at stumps on Day 2.
The first innings of England will be memorable for the solid partnership between opener Dominic Sibley (120) and vice-captain Ben Stokes (176) who added 260 runs for the fourth wicket.
Youngster Sibley, who was playing only in his eighth Test match, brought up his second Test ton while Stokes completed his 10th century in red-ball cricket.
Stokes arrived at the crease with the score at 81-3 and captain Joe Root already back in the hut. Thus, highlighting the importance of the Stokes-Sibley alliance for the home team, which was under the pump. During Stokes’ majestic knock, the left-hander hit 17 dazzling boundaries and a couple of maximums.
One of those hits over the fence came off the bowling of Alzarri Joseph who bowled a full-lengthed delivery at his pads. In turn, the southpaw nonchalantly flicked the ball over long-on with minimal follow through to complete a ridiculous shot.
As soon as the shot was hit, the English fans went gaga over it. England cricket board Twitter handle could not help but share the video, which is doing rounds on social media.
That is ridiculous @benstokes38! 😱
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 17, 2020
After the end of Day 2, England set up a daunting total of 469 for the loss of 9 wickets, before declaring their innings. Off-spinner Roston Chase ended up with five wickets, during West Indies’ effort with the ball.
The Maroon Caps ended the day’s play with the score at 32 for the loss of one wicket in the 14 overs bowled. The visitors will resume the third day’s play with a trail of 437 runs.
West Indies lead the three-match Test series by 1-0. However, with England’s effort in the first innings, the host are comfortably placed to draw level in the series.