England are chasing victory after a dramatic day four at Old Trafford, having bowled out the Windies for 287 and scored some quick runs before the close.
After a washout yesterday, Joe Root’s men started Sunday knowing they needed 19 wickets in two days to win the second test.
The Windies needed 270 to avoid the follow on and made a quick start with nightwatchman Alzarri Joseph demonstrating his ability with the bat before Dom Bess had him caught at short-leg.
Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope frustrated Rooty’s men, remaining solid up until lunch, but the latter nicked one behind off Sam Curran not long after the break.
Another strong Windies partnership, this time with Sharmarh Brooks at the crease, put the visitors in good shape but England rallied after Ben Stokes made a key breakthrough.
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95 at The Ageas Bowl but a 🦆 at Old Trafford for Blackwood as Broad splatters his stumps with ball that keeps low 🏴🏝️
Windies 248-6, needing 270 to avoid follow-on…😬#ENGvWI
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) July 19, 2020
Stuart Broad got his hands on the new ball and took three quick wickets with one of his signature spells before some late wickets from Chris Woakes helped England bowl the visitors out for 287.
That gave a new-look opening pair of Stokesy and Jos Buttler a chance to build on the lead before the evening session.
Buttler, however, fell for a duck and Zak Crawley followed him quickly after. Stokesy and Rooty played positively before the break and took England to 37-2 at stumps.
A big final day of Test cricket to look forward to tomorrow, with England searching for a victory that would level the series.