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England Vs West Indies Live Score (TEST)

Date: Thursday, 07 September 2017 Venue: Lord's, London Match Status: Match Ended

England beat West Indies by 9 wickets

123/10
Overs
57.3
R/R
2.15
Fours
21
Sixes
0
Extras
3
194/10
Overs
52.5
R/R
3.7
Fours
25
Sixes
2
Extras
11
177/10
Overs
65.1
R/R
2.72
Fours
25
Sixes
0
Extras
17
107/1
Overs
28.0
R/R
3.82
Fours
13
Sixes
0
Extras
6
  • Kemar Roach to start from the other end.
  • However overcast the conditions may be, 123 does not look like a total which will cause tremors in the English camp. They should be out in a while and will be aiming to end this day with at the most 2 wickets down. Stay tuned...
  • Cannot fathom what would be going through Jason Holder's mind at the moment. It was not as overcast at the toss but suddenly, when his team came out to bat, the clouds came looming in. For a brief period, it looked like Powell and Shai Hope are weathering the storm with a 56-run stand but once the latter was dismissed, the remaining 7 wickets fell for just 45 runs.
  • So it has taken England just a few moments after Tea to wrap up the innings. It was the story of two bowlers - Stokes and Anderson as the former took 6 wickets to end on top but it was Jimmy who started the rut with the wickets of Brathwaite and Kyle Hope. Roland-Jones helped himself with a couple as well.
  • 57.3 OUT! Take a bow, Stokes! His third 6-fer in Tests! That's the final nail in the coffin! Fullish delivery outside off, curving in substantially. Gabriel attempts an agricultural slog over mid on but misses it completely to get his stumps rattled. Stokes is all smiles and these are his career-best figures in Tests. His teammates encircle to congratulate him. So two-in-two for the all-rounder which means he will be on a hat-trick when he will come out to bowl in the next innings. THE WINDIES ARE BOWLED OUT FOR 123!
  • SHANNON GABRIEL is the last man in.
  • 57.2 OUT! What a catch from Anderson! He hands Stokes his 4th Test 5-fer! The all-rounder hits the deck hard around off and extracts extra bounce from the surface. Roach is taken aback by the bite. He looks to fend it away but gets a thick outside edge. Anderson at third slip dives to his left like a goalkeeper and takes a terrific catch.
  • 57.1 Back of a length delivery outside off, seaming away after pitching. Roach keeps his bat inside the line and lets it go.
  • 56.6 Another length delivery that nips away going past Devendra's hanging bat. 123/8
  • 56.5 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball but fails.
  • 56.4 How did that miss the off stump? Anderson is too good for the tailender. On a fullish length on middle, swinging away. Bishoo has no choice but to play at it but is beaten comprehensively.
  • 56.3 Close shave! The English bowlers are making the ball do the talking. Curving into Bishoo. He lets it go but the ball just goes past the off stump.
  • 56.2 Prodigious movement again from outside off and seams away after hitting the deck. Devendra has no clue about it.
  • 56.1 FOUR! Streaky runs! Good length delivery angling in from outside off. Bishoo looks to block it but gets a thick outside edge past gully to find the fence.
  • 55.6 On a length outside off, swings back in substantially again. Roach looks to play at it but has to leave it in the end. Terrific over from Stokes. 119/8
  • 55.5 Length delivery on off, straightens a bit after pitching. Roach is squared up and manages to get it off the outer half of the bat to point.
  • KEMAR ROACH is the new man in.
  • 55.4 OUT! What a brute of a delivery from Stokes! Even a top order batsman would have found it really difficult to tackle it. Ben steams in and bowls it on a fuller length well outside off. It swings in prodigiously. Holder looks to keep it out gingerly but is beaten for pace and swing. The ball goes onto shatter the stumps. This is an absolute classic display of fast bowling. Very well-deserved!
  • 55.3 Fuller in length outside off, nipping in. Holder shapes for the drive but bails out of it eventually.
  • 55.2 In the length outside off, Holder doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 55.1 Length delivery on leg stump, tucked to mid-wicket.
  • Ben Stokes to continue from the other end.
  • 54.6 In the channel around off, holds its line this time. Bishoo lets it go. End of a testing over from Anderson. 119/7
  • 54.5 Another beautiful delivery! On a length around off, shapes away after landing. Bishoo is opened up in his stance and is beaten all ends up.
  • 54.4 Peach! Good length delivery on off, seams away substantially after pitching. Devendra keeps his bat inside the line and does well to leave it.
  • 54.3 Around off, swinging away. Bishoo covers his stumps and makes a watchful leave. The inswinger is around the corner.
  • 54.2 This one is on a length outside off and good seam position on that. The ball seams away after pitching. Bishoo points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 54.1 Full length delivery well outside off, swinging away. Bishoo doesn't bother to play at that one.
  • Welcome back for the third session. A lot to look forward to. Here comes Jimmy Anderson with his tail up. Devendra Bishoo will face the first ball after tea. Four slips in place for him...
  • ... Day 1, Session 3...
  • The Windies on the other hand looked absolutely clueless against the onslaught that was on offer. They are 7 down at the moment and by the looks of things, it seems like they won't even reach 150. Will the Windies' tail wag? Will we see Anderson getting his 500th Test scalp? We shall find out in a very short while....
  • Another brilliant session for England! They have continued from where they left off in the first session. They scalped 5 wickets in 34 overs and gave away just 84 runs in this session and are on the verge to bowl the tourists out. It was Toby Roland-Jones and Ben Stokes who led the way for their side. The latter in particular was really impressive in his extended spell as he got the ball to move both ways. James Anderson towards the end was called back but wasn't that effective. A worry for the hosts - Stuart Broad is off the field due to a sore ankle, let's hope it's nothing serious.
  • 53.6 Sprays it down the leg side, Holder looks to work it away but fails to do so. IT'S TEA ON DAY 1! 119/7
  • 53.5 Length ball outside off, Holder stands back and plays inside the line.
  • 53.4 Fuller in length and getting it to curl away. Holder once again leans into it to drive but gets beaten once more.
  • 53.3 FOUR! Edgyy! Fuller and bowled wide outside off, Holder once again drives it away from the body. Gets it off the outer half of the blade and rolls behind point for a boundary.
  • 53.2 Edged and it's dropped! Joe Root is the culprit! Stokes is fuming at the moment. He comes running in and serves a length delivery on off. Holder plays it away from the body and that almost brings his downfall. An outside edge is induced but much to the batsman's delight, the English skipper at second slip dives to his left but spills the catch. A chance goes down abegging.
  • 53.1 A bit short and outside off, Holder taps it in front of cover-point and sets off. Bishoo is quick to say a NO and send his skipper back.
  • 52.6 Beaten again! On a length and curving away just enough to beat the blade. But not getting that edge he is waiting for. The wait continues as Tea is looming. 115/7
  • 52.5 Goes full and wide outside off, Bishoo is not going to play at those. Anderson and Bishoo share a smile.
  • 52.4 Goes from around the wicket and drops it on a good length around off. Bishoo has a tentative push inside the line and hence gets beaten.
  • 52.3 Trying too much? Anderson once again bowls it wider outside off. The angle that he his opting to bowl is taking the ball further away from the batsman. Left alone.
  • 52.2 Fuller and slanting away outside off, easy leave for Devendra.
  • 52.1 Back of a length delivery, coming back in a bit, dealt with a straight blade.
  • 51.6 Goes wide of the crease and drops it on the shorter side. Jason stays back and pushes it off the inner half back to Ben Stokes who shares some words of wisdom. 115/7
  • 51.5 A bit short and hurled around off, Bishoo lunges forward and taps it towards cover for a brisk single.
  • 51.4 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • Apparently Stuart Broad has gone off the field with a sore heel. Meanwhile, Moeen Ali has come back onto the field and is stationed at leg slip.
  • 51.3 Sprays it too full and wide outside off to make the Windies leggie play at it.
  • 51.2 How did that miss the stumps? That was mighty close! He's getting some real swing here. Keeps it full but it turns out to be a yorker which nips back in. Bishoo is late to bring his bat down as the ball nearly takes the off pole apart.
  • 51.1 From around the wicket, fires it full and outside off, Bishoo shoulders his arms to that one.
  • 50.6 Anderson sticks to his length, keeps it around off and induces an edge as well. However, the ball doesn't carry to Stokes stationed at fourth slip. Hands on head! A maiden for Jimmy! 114/7
  • 50.5 Shortish and angling in, tucked towards the leg side.
  • What scenes. Every bowler would love this. As soon as Anderson comes steaming in the Lord's crowd is right behind him....
  • 50.4 Fuller in length and swinging away sharply, Holder is tempted to go after it. Once again is beaten.
  • 50.3 On a length around off, Holder once again strides forward but the ball straightens a touch to nearly take the outside edge.
  • 50.2 Bowls it outside off, it curves away, Jason lunges forward to poke at it but is beaten all ends up. Oohhhs and Aaahsss follows!
  • 50.1 On a length and served in the channel outside off, left alone by the Windies skipper.
  • He's back! A loud cheer from the crowd as JAMES ANDERSON is back into the attack. Can he reach the milestone we are all waiting for?
  • 49.6 The leggie is happy to leave it alone this time. 114/7
  • 49.5 Stokes goes over the wicket and angles it in from outside off. Bishoo plays inside the line of this.
  • 49.4 Good length delivery, nipping back in from around off and hits DB on the thigh pad.
  • 49.3 FOUR! Inside edge and through! Stokes is getting heavy swing but isn't able to control it. Fuller and angling in from around off, Bishoo brings his bat down to drive it away from the body but the ball takes the inside edge and dribbles down to the fine leg fence for a boundary.
  • 49.3 Stokes oversteps! Very full and attacking the stumps. Bishoo stays leg side and jams it out. Umpire Erasmus signals it as a no ball as Stokes oversteps. He'll have to deliver it again.
  • 49.2 Fuller again but this time the line is down the leg side. Devendra looks to flick but is undone by the pace on the ball. Bairstow behind the stumps does well to stop that one.
  • 49.1 Stokes from around the wicket sprays it fuller and wide outside off. Bishoo has got nothing to offer to that one.
  • Moeen Ali is going off the field. This could also signal Jimmy Anderson to come on from his end.
  • 48.6 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 109/7
  • 48.5 Another one outside off and Holder once again looks to go hard at it. He is not able to connect with the ball at all right now.
  • 48.4 Flighted around off, Holder looks to play it through covers but misses.
  • 48.3 Outside off, Holder opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man for a couple.
  • 48.2 Loopy ball around off, played straight back to the bowler.
  • 48.1 Floated around middle and off, Holder plays it straight to mid-wicket.
  • 47.6 Very full and swinging into the batsman. Bishoo does well to keep it out. 107/7
  • 47.5 Full outside off, Holder pushes it towards covers and sets off. That's a poor run by the skipper as a direct hit from Roland-Jones at the striker's end could have dismissed Bishoo.
  • 47.4 Back of a length ball wide outside off. Easy leave for Holder.
  • 47.3 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 47.2 Close! A good length ball around off, seams slightly away and goes just past the outside edge of Holder. He was looking to defend it off the back foot but could not get behind the line of the delivery.
  • 47.1 Fuller outside off, Holder chooses to leave it alone.
  • 46.6 Ends the over by defending this one off the back foot. It was tossed up around middle and off and Bishoo does well to keep it out. 106/7
  • 46.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • Jimmy Anderson is loosening up, as he should be. He will be sensing to clean up the tail now.
  • 46.4 Floats this one around off, Bishoo defends it towards the off side.
  • 46.3 Loopy ball on middle, played straight back to the bowler.
  • 46.2 Plays this one off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 46.1 FOUR! Floated on off, Bishoo slashes hard at it and good thing that he does. The ball shoots off his outside edge past first slip towards the ropes. Lucky runs for Windies but they'll take them.
  • 45.6 The batsman failed to make contact and was hit low on the pads. A strong appeal from the bowler and fielders. The Umpire decides the batsman is not out. 102/7
  • 45.5 The batsman goes after this one but misses the line completely.
  • 45.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 45.3 The batsman fails to put bat on ball.
  • 45.2 Fuller around middle and off, Holder defends it off the front foot.
  • 45.1 Going down the leg side, Holder goes for it but misses.
  • 44.6 That ball has struck the batsman on the thigh-pad. The fielding side are asking the question. 102/7
  • 44.5 Floated on middle, Bishoo defends it off the back foot solidly.
  • 44.4 Gets right behind the line of the delivery and defends it.
  • 44.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 44.2 Flighted on off, Bishoo plays it straight towards point.
  • 44.1 Floated on off, played off the front foot and into the ground towards covers for a single.
  • 43.6 Ends the over by leaving the ball outside his off stump. 101/7
  • 43.5 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • DEVENDRA BISHOO is the new man in.
  • 43.4 OUT! The catch is legal and Dowrich has to depart! Another one bites the dust. Like the previous dismissal, this one too seams slightly away from the batsman. Dowrich pushes inside the line and the ball takes the outside edge of the bat and goes low towards Cook at first slip. The former English skipper makes no mistake. The umpires want to check whether everything is fine and so refer it upstairs. The landing of the foot is fine according to the replays and it takes just one view for the third umpire S.Ravi to decide that the catch is perfectly legal. The decision stays as it is and the 7th wicket is down. So after dropping three catches in a row, Cook has bounced back with two catches and this one was a beauty. West Indies in danger of getting bowled out in this session itself.
  • That is a brilliant catch! Or is it? England are celebrating and so is Stokes. However, the umpires want to check the legality of the catch. Referred upstairs...
  • 43.3 Good length ball on off, defended off the back foot towards covers for a single.
  • JASON HOLDER walks in to bat next. Can the skipper bail his side out of trouble?
  • 43.2 OUT! That's a jaffa from Ben Stokes! He bowls a full length ball around off and it shapes slightly away. Chase looks to defend but this is just unplayable as the ball goes past his outside edge and strikes the off stump. Stokes is elated with this and he's really enjoying the movement he's getting off the pitch. The first ball was an inswinger and this time the away swinger does the trick for him and his side.
  • 43.1 Full outside off, Dowrich pushes it through the covers for a single. 100 up for the visitors.
  • 42.6 Pushes this one off the back foot to end the over. 99/5
  • 42.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 42.4 Floats this on middle, Chase defends it off the back foot.
  • 42.3 Loopy ball on off, driven through the covers for a couple.
  • 42.2 Floated on middle and off, Chase defends it off the back foot.
  • 42.1 FOUR! Outside off, Chase goes for it but the ball takes an outside edge and goes through the slip region for a boundary. Almost a wicket in the first ball itself.
  • MOEEN ALI is introduced into the attack. Pretty interesting tactics. Ben Stokes is bowling from the end of Toby Roland-Jones, so either it is a change of end for him and Stokes or something else.
  • 41.6 Wide down the leg side, No trouble at all for the batsman. 93/5
  • 41.6 No ball. On a good length outside off, Dowrich looks to defend it but gets an outside edge which falls short of the slip fielder.
  • 41.5 Wide down the leg side this time. Dowrich does not go for it.
  • 41.4 Good length but this time nipping into the batsman. Dowrich is caught off guard as he looks to flick it away. The ball takes an inside edge and thuds onto this pads. That could easily have been an LBW there!
  • 41.3 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 41.2 Fuller just outside off, the ball seams away after pitching as well. Dowrich looks to drive but misses as the ball goes just past his outside edge.
  • 41.1 Another one outside off, Dowrich shoulders his arms and lets it through.
  • 40.6 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman. 92/5
  • 40.5 FOUR! Short ball and it has been put away. Chase rocks onto his back foot and pulls it through fine leg for a boundary. The fielder in the deep is way too wide and could not get there to make a stop.
  • 40.4 Another full length ball just outside off. Chase pushes it down the ground but TRJ does really well to get down and make the stop to his leg.
  • 40.3 Full around off and middle, played straight back to the bowler off the front foot.
  • 40.2 Another fuller length ball outside off. Chase leaves it alone.
  • 40.1 Fuller on off, Chase plays it straight to point.
  • 39.6 Leg bye. This one is also going down the leg side. It brushes off his pads and goes towards fine leg. Single sneaked through and the umpire signals Leg Bye. 88/5
  • 39.5 Another one going down leg, Chase leaves it alone.
  • 39.4 Wide down the leg side, No trouble at all for the batsman.
  • 39.3 On the pads this time, Chase flicks it and the ball ball falls just short of the fielder at short leg.
  • 39.2 Good length ball on middle and off, Chase defends it.
  • 39.1 Bowls this on middle, Chase plays it straight to mid-wicket.
  • 38.6 Good length ball around middle and off, defended off the back foot. 87/5
  • 38.5 Gets right behind the line of the delivery and defends it solidly.
  • 38.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 38.3 Very full from TRJ, Dowrich gets his bat down in time to block it out.
  • 38.2 Fuller on off, Dowrich plays it straight to point.
  • 38.1 Bowls this outside off, Dowrich leaves it alone.
  • 37.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 87/5
  • 37.5 Another one that takes an inside edge. This is on middle and leg and Chase looks to defend it. The ball takes the inside edge and thuds onto his pads. The fielders ask the question but the umpire shows no interest.
  • 37.4 Back of a length outside off. Chase looks to leave it late but the ball takes an edge and falls short of the fielder at third slip.
  • 37.3 This one is fuller but outside off, Chase leaves it alone.
  • 37.2 Back of a length ball angling down leg. Chase looks to clip it down the leg side but but misses. The ball clips his thigh pad and the keeper takes the catch. The fielders go up to appeal but the umpire shows no interest as that went off the pad.
  • 37.1 Length ball outside off, left alone.
  • 36.6 Fuller on middle, Dowrich looks to drive it but gets an inside edge to mid-wicket. 87/5
  • 36.5 Gets to his back foot and shows the full face of the bat and defends it solidly.
  • 36.4 Full and wide outside off, Dowrich leaves it alone.
  • 36.3 Good length ball on middle, played off the back foot towards mid-wicket.
  • Drinks are on the field. Meanwhile, SHANE DOWRICH has walked in to replace Blackwood.
  • 36.2 OUT! Bowled 'em! Blackwood plays all round this full length delivery shaping in from off. He was looking to slog it across the line but misses the ball completely. The ball goes through his bat and pad and castles onto his middle stump. The Windies are in trouble now with half their side back in the hut!
  • 36.1 Length ball around off, tapped off the back foot towards point.
  • 35.6 Bowls this around middle, defended solidly by Chase off the back foot. 87/4
  • 35.5 Once again leaves the ball outside off.
  • 35.4 Another one bowled outside off. Chase wants nothing to do with it.
  • 35.3 Wide outside off, easy leave for Chase.
  • 35.2 Good length outside off, Chase looks to prod at it but misses.
  • Short leg comes in.
  • 35.1 Full on middle, Blackwood pushes it through the covers for a single to get off the mark.
  • 34.6 Another one outside off, Chase leaves it alone. 86/4
  • 34.5 Full on middle, Chase drives it straight back.
  • 34.4 Length ball, Chase gets behind the line of the delivery and defends it off the back foot.
  • 34.3 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 34.2 FOUR! Good length ball on middle and this time Chase flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 34.1 FOUR! Angles this one from over the wicket on middle and leg. Chase looks to clip it fine but end up edging it onto his pads off the inside half of the bat. The ball brushes off the pads and races away to the fine leg fence.
  • 33.6 This one swings the other way. Jermaine keeps his calm and leaves it alone. A testing and a successful over from Stokes comes to an end. 78/4
  • 33.5 Swinging in sharply from outside off, Blackwood covers his off pole and allows it through safely.
  • JERMAINE BLACKWOOD walks in to bat next.
  • 33.4 OUT! England are on top once again! This time it is Stokes who provides another breakthrough in quick succession. Keeps this one full and straight in line of the stumps. Powell goes for a drive down the ground but doesn't bother keeping it down. Ben in his followthrough bends, maintains his balance and grabs a very good catch. A resolute knock from the southpaw comes to an end. He pays the price for driving with minimal foot movement. He is absolutely gutted with himself. Can the home side trigger a collapse now?
  • 33.3 Another one outside off and the southpaw doesn't show any interest to play again.
  • 33.2 In the zone outside off, Kieran doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 33.1 Fuller length delivery around off, swinging away. Powell lets it go.
  • ROSTON CHASE is the new man in.
  • 32.6 OUT! The hero of the last match has been dismissed! England will be delighted with this, both the dangermen have been removed. First it was Brathwaite and now it's Shai Hope. This is bowled on a good length outside off and Hope looks to defend it tentatively off the back foot. The ball seams slightly away after pitching, bounces a tad extra and takes the outside edge of Hope's bat. Cook at first slip takes the catch and is proud of himself. He has been dropping catches on a consistent basis since the last match and will be relieved not to make a mistake this time. 78/3
  • 32.5 Going down the leg side, Hope looks to clip it away but misses.
  • 32.4 FOUR! Delightful shot from Hope. This is served full outside off and Hope gets on his front foot to drive it through the covers.
  • 32.3 Gets right behind the line of the delivery and defends this off the back foot.
  • The wind has picked up at Lord's at the moment. Hopefully, it will blow away the dark clouds as well.
  • 32.2 Another one that has been defended off the back foot by Hope. This is bowled on a length on off as well.
  • 32.1 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 31.6 Short ball from stokes this time. Powell looks to hook it behind but the ball goes over his head. 74/2
  • 31.5 Full and outside off, Powell leaves it alone.
  • 31.4 Another one outside off, Powell leaves it alone.
  • 31.3 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 31.2 Full on off, Powell drives it straight down the ground. Stokes does really well to dive to his left and stop the ball.
  • 31.1 Looks to drive this one from outside off. The ball swings swings away and beats the outside edge of the bat.
  • 30.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 74/2
  • 30.5 This time Hope leaves the ball outside off alone.
  • 30.4 Hope looks to go for the one outside off. He was looking to guide it towards third man but failed to meet the ball.
  • 50-run partnership comes up between Powell and Hope. These two have played sensible cricket and are providing a good foundation for the middle order to capitalize on.
  • 30.3 Fuller on middle and leg. Powell flicks it through mid-wicket and takes three runs. Good chase by the fielder who prevents a boundary. Superb batting by these two as they get their first 50-run stand.
  • 30.2 Another one outside off that has been left alone by Powell.
  • 30.1 Outside off, Powell leaves it alone.
  • 29.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 71/2
  • 29.5 Full on middle, played through mid wicket for a single.
  • 29.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 29.3 Back of a length this time, Powell defends it off the back foot.
  • 29.2 Another one swung into the pads, played through mid wicket for a couple.
  • 29.1 FOUR! Edgy from Powell! Bowls a fullish length ball on middle and the ball swings away as well. Powell looks to defend it but gets an outside edge which flies past backward point and races away to the fence. Lucky for Powell, Stokes will not mind that.
  • Ben Stokes is introduced into the attack.
  • 28.6 Once again the ball outside off has been left alone by Hope. 64/2
  • 28.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 28.4 FOUR! Good length around leg. Hope flicks it nicely through mid-wicket for a boundary. The slope certainly helps Hope as the ball makes it way to the ropes.
  • 28.3 Fuller outside off, Hope goes for it but misses.
  • 28.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 28.1 Very, very full from Roland-Jones. Powell gets to his front foot and drives it magnificently through mid off. Good chase by the fielder at wide mid off to save a run for his team. Three runs taken.
  • Nasser Hussain on air makes another good analysis. He says that Powell's front foot is pretty stiff while he is driving. He doesn't show much decisive footwork and that is the reason he has been beaten on several occasions. In contrast, Ben Stokes is much more confident and he commits himself completely while driving. He gets the desired results as well.
  • 27.6 Good length this time, Hope gets behind the line and defends it from within the crease. 57/2
  • 27.5 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 27.4 Fuller from Broad, Hope defends it off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 27.3 Shout for LBW! Not given by the umpire. This is a good length ball on middle and leg, nips in sharply. Hope looks to defend it off the back foot. He misses and the ball strikes him on the thigh pad. Perhaps the height factor saved him there. Good shout nevertheless. Broad was interested in a review but Root knew that it was probably a touch too high.
  • 27.2 FOUR! Angles this one down the leg side. Hope flicks it superbly fine down the leg side. The ball races away to the fine leg fence.
  • 27.1 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 26.6 Outside off from TRJ, Powell plays it straight to point. 53/2
  • 26.5 Full and on the leg side. Powell tries tucking it behind but misses and the ball strikes him on the thigh pad.
  • 26.4 Full on middle, Powell drives it straight to mid on.
  • 26.3 This is on middle and off, Powell defends it solidly off the back foot.
  • 26.2 Another one that beats the outside edge of the bat. Powell has not looked comfortable at all with the balls outside off. This was also full outside off and Powell could not connect with his attempt to play at it.
  • 26.1 Flashy! TRJ bowls a full length ball just outside off. Powell looks to play a drive through the covers but misses the ball completely.
  • 25.6 Fuller just outside off. Hope looks to defend but is tentative and misses it in the end. He is lucky that he did not get an edge there. 53/2
  • 25.5 Good length ball around middle and leg. Hope gets behind the line to defend it.
  • 25.4 Good length ball wide outside off. Once again, Hope does not go for it.
  • 25.3 Another one outside off which Hope ignores.
  • 25.2 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • Nasser Hussain on air mentions that Kieran Powell is playing much better today. In Headingley, he was hurrying into his strokes and as a result, wasn't getting his timing right. Today, he is taking his time and allowing the ball to come which is a much better way to play.
  • 25.1 Good length ball on middle and off, Hope defends it off the back foot.
  • 24.6 Goes for the one outside off. The ball swings away from the outside edge. Another play and a miss by Powell! 53/2
  • 24.5 Fuller this time, Powell defends it off his front foot.
  • 24.4 Powell shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 24.3 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 24.2 FOUR! Easy does it for Powell! He gets a short length ball outside off and Powell cuts it off the back foot through covers for a boundary.
  • 24.1 Bowls this full on the pads, Hope clips it towards fine leg for a single.
  • Toby Roland-Jones replaces Anderson.
  • 23.6 Ends the over by leaving the ball outside off. He could do that all day. 48/2
  • 23.5 Fuller this time on off, Powell plays it to mid-wicket.
  • 23.4 Another one outside off, left alone.
  • 23.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 23.2 On a good length, Powell defends it off the back foot.
  • 23.1 Bowls this outside off and Powell does not look to play at it.
  • 22.6 This time Hope offers no shot at the ball outside off. 48/2
  • 22.5 Play and a miss this time! This is a superb delivery from Anderson. Bowls it around middle and gets the ball to move away from the outside edge of the bat. That was close!
  • 22.4 FOUR! Another superb shot through the covers. Anderson once again bowls a fuller length delivery outside off. Hope is confident now and creams it through the covers for the second boundary of the over.
  • 22.3 Back of a length, defended off the back foot.
  • 22.2 FOUR! Not that convincing but effective! Full length delivery outside off, swinging away. Hope leans ahead a touch and drives it with an open face past point to find the fence.
  • 22.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 21.6 FOUR! Superb shot from the southpaw. This is full outside off and Powell simply pushes it off his front foot towards the long off fence. 40/2
  • 21.5 Edged but safe! Broad bowls a good length ball just outside off and Powell tries to defend it with soft hands. Gets an outside edge but falls short of the man at fourth slip. He needs to be more careful.
  • 21.4 Fuller this time, Powell defends it off the front foot.
  • 21.3 Gets right behind the line of this delivery to defend it.
  • 21.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 21.1 Bowls this one on a good length outside off. Powell leaves it alone.
  • Stuart Broad to bowl from the other end.
  • 20.6 Full on off, Hope drives it straight to mid off. 36/2
  • 20.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 20.4 Peach! Outside off on a shortish length, Hope feels for it but gets beaten all ends up. He is lucky that he didn't nick that.
  • 20.3 On the pads this time, Powell flicks it away off the inner half behind square leg for a single.
  • 20.2 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 20.1 Bowls an inswinging delivery on the leg stump, Powell looks to flick it but misses and is struck on the pads. No real appeal from the Englishmen as it was heading down leg.
  • The players are walking back out to the middle for the second session. James Anderson to continue with the ball. An important update - Tea will be taken at 1610 local time due to the rain stoppage in the first session.
  • ... Day 1, Session 2...
  • The star of the previous game, Shai Hope is looking confident from the word go. Kieran Powell has been very patient and is playing a key role from the other end. The conditions are still overcast and the seam bowlers need to make it count. There was a slight rain stoppage but thankfully, it didn't last long. However, dark clouds are still looking threatening and we can only hope that they will stay away. Join us in a while for the afternoon session.
  • A good session for England! Their senior most pro, James Anderson has been right on the money and is just one shy of 500 Test wickets - a rare feat indeed. He has bowled testing lines and lengths and made the ball do the talking. Brathwaite was dropped on 3 but it didn't cost the home side much. He continued to be tentative and Anderson nipped him out. Kyle Hope also struggled to get going and gifted his wicket away.
  • 19.6 Fuller and swinging away, Shai Hope lunges forward and then lifts his bat to make another leave. LUNCH ON DAY 1! 35/2
  • 19.5 Fuller and sprayed outside off, Hope ignores.
  • 19.4 Back of a length delivery outside off, Shai hangs back in defense.
  • 19.3 Tad fuller and served around the off stump line, Shai Hope lunges forward in defense.
  • 19.2 Fuller and strayed down the leg side. The batsman tries helping it on its way but fails to do so.
  • 19.1 On a good length and shaping away from outside off. The length is such that it allows the batsman to let it be.
  • Just a minute left for the break. Jonny Bairstow rushes across to the other end to ensure that there is one more over bowled in this session. The clock on the ground is showing 12.59 but Michael Holding on air says that more often than not the umpires check their wrist watches. Here comes Roland-Jones.
  • 18.6 A bit fuller and served wider outside off, Kieran leaves it alone. 35/2
  • 18.5 Back to out-swingers again. No harm in leaving them alone.
  • 18.4 There it is! He is setting him up here. Beware Powell! Brings it back into the left-hander but KP stands behind the line and offers a straight bat defense.
  • 18.3 Once again bowls it outside off and it moves further away. Easy peasy leave for the southpaw.
  • 18.2 Slants it across the left-hander who has no issue in letting it be.
  • 18.1 Bowls it on middle and it jags away with the angle as Powell sees it go past him to the keeper.
  • 17.6 Hope shoulders arms to let that one through. 35/2
  • 17.5 Beaten! That's more like it! A fuller ball, curling away off the deck and tempts Hope to go for it. The batsman does so and gets beaten all ends up.
  • 17.4 Listens to me and pitches it right up there. Shai Hope offers no stroke.
  • 17.3 Length delivery outside off, defended off the back foot. He should be bowling much fuller.
  • 17.2 Ahead of a length and around off, all the time in the world for Hope to keep that one out.
  • 17.1 Begins his spell with a back of a length delivery outside off, punched through covers for an easy single.
  • TOBY ROLAND-JONES is brought into the attack now.
  • 16.6 Fuller and swinging in on the pads, Hope walks across a touch and flicks it towards mid-wicket. A maiden for Jimmy! 34/2
  • 16.5 Pitches it on a fuller length outside off, SH stabs it into the ground.
  • 16.4 On a length and outside off, this one kicks off the deck. Hope hangs his bat out in defense but once again gets beaten.
  • 16.3 Good length delivery on off, Shai Hope has a tentative poke inside the line. Luckily, he didn't nick that one.
  • Toby Roland-Jones is warming up.
  • 16.2 Around off, curling away, no harm for Shai to make a leave.
  • 16.1 Serves it fuller outside off, Hope takes his front foot across to block it down on the pitch.
  • 15.6 Marginally overpitched around off, Powell brings his bat down at the angle but drives it straight to the fielder at short cover. 34/2
  • 15.5 Fuller on middle and leg, worked towards mid on.
  • 15.4 Fuller and swinging further away, Powell lets it be.
  • 15.3 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 15.2 Fuller and outside off, nicely left alone.
  • 15.1 FOUR! Fuller and swinging back in on the pads, Powell uses the pace of the ball and clips it behind square on the leg side for a boundary.
  • 14.6 FOUR! Easily done! Slants it away on a length outside off, Hope stands tall, opens the face of the bat and dabs it past fourth slip to find the fence again. Good positive start from Shai! 30/2
  • 14.5 Good length delivery outside off, once again defended nicely off the back foot.
  • 14.4 FOUR! Shot, that! Continuing from where he left off? Anderson actually shouldn't be worried with that. He sticks to a fuller ball outside off, Hope lunges ahead and drives it on the up through covers. Pierces the gap and finds the fence. That's some way to get off the mark.
  • SHAI HOPE walks in next, replacing his brother. He was the star of the previous game and with his side in early trouble, can he replicate it?
  • 14.3 OUT! Anderson is up and running! Wicket number 499 for the veteran! He keeps it fuller around off, Kyle Hope leans ahead to play at that but then at the last moment decides not to do so. His bat is hanging out and the ball takes the outside edge and flies towards first slip. However, Jonny Bairstow dives full length to his right and takes it near the face of Alastair Cook. A typical Anderson celebration follows - right arm up with a finger pointing skywards. Oh wait, they are checking for the no ball. But much to the bowler's delight, the front foot is fine. Another failure for Kyle Hope as he walks back dejected.
  • 14.2 Angles it in from around off, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 14.1 Fuller and a bit wide outside off, Hope has got nothing to do with that one.
  • 13.6 Fires in a fuller ball on the pads, Powell misses his attempted flick shot and wears it on the pads. No real appeal as it was going down leg. 22/1
  • 13.5 Pitches it on a length outside off and straightens off the deck to beat Powell.
  • 13.4 This is much better from Broad. He persists to bowl it outside the off stump. Kieran Powell shows patience and leaves it alone.
  • 13.3 Gets his front foot across and stabs it straight towards the point fielder.
  • 13.2 Hits the deck hard and hurls it around the off stump channel, Kieran lifts his bat to let it be.
  • 13.1 FOUR! Broad begins the spell from around the wicket and straightaway offers a gift. Strays on the pads and it's easily flicked away through mid-wicket for a boundary by Powell.
  • Stuart Broad to have a go from the other end...
  • 12.6 In the channel outside off, Hope lets it be. 18/1
  • 12.5 Arrows in a good length delivery on middle and off, defended gently off the front foot.
  • 12.4 Similar delivery! Serves it on a length and then gets it to move away beating the outside edge of Kyle Hope's bat.
  • 12.3 On a length and angling in from around off, Hope has a push at it but the ball nips away to nearly take the outside edge.
  • 12.2 Pitches it up again, Hope lunges forward and blocks it off the front foot.
  • 12.1 Starts off with a fuller ball, moving away nicely. Kyle Hope watches it till the last moment before making a leave.
  • The players are back. The weather is still gloomy but let's hope it clears out soon. KYLE HOPE and KIERAN POWELL to continue their innings. JAMES ANDERSON to continue with the ball. Here we go...
  • UPDATE 1210 local time - Good news! The rain has stopped and the umpires are out having a check. The covers are also being removed. Play should resume in about 20 minutes.
  • This was more or less coming. Mike Atherton on air is hopeful that this is just a passing shower and adds that the forecast is not that bad. It is not raining heavily but they are not continuing for now. Stay tuned for updates...
  • There is a lot of delay to bowl this over. Gaffaney is not particularly keen to continue because it has gone really dark and the drizzle is getting heavier. Anderson is smiling but no one is getting a move on. Okay the decision is taken. THE PLAYERS ARE WALKING OFF.
  • 11.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 18/1
  • 11.5 Landed on a good length outside off, not played at again. Broad needs to be closer.
  • 11.4 One more leave outside off.
  • Rain drops on the camera lens... the umbrellas are opening up in the stands...
  • 11.3 On a good length around off, watchfully defended.
  • 11.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • Umpire Marais Erasmus has a chat with Chris Gaffaney about the lights. Should the stadium lights be switched on? It is looking really gloomy out there. But nothing from the umpires as of now.
  • 11.1 Landed around off, watchfully defended.
  • 10.6 Full on middle, pushed towards mid on. 18/1
  • 10.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • KYLE HOPE walks in at number 3, replacing Brathwaite.
  • 10.4 OUT! Caught behind! Wicket number 498 for Jimmy in Tests! He is pumped up. His perseverance has paid dividends. He has been toiling, toiling, toiling for the last 45 minutes and eventually gets the edge. He has been bowling mainly inswingers but this one goes away from the batsman. Brathwaite has a tentative poke, perhaps expecting the inswinger. But instead he gets a thick nick behind to Jonny Bairstow who collects and jumps in jubilation. West Indies have lost their first quickly after surviving some really torrid 45 minutes.
  • 10.3 Fishing... Brathwaite pokes at that one slightly outside off and is beaten.
  • 10.2 One more leave outside off.
  • 10.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 9.6 Outside off, left alone. 18/0
  • 9.5 Another indipper, but down the leg side, Kieran misses his flick and is hit on the pads.
  • 9.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • Nasser Hussain on air remarks on the lengths to be bowled on this pitch. Not necessarily here but mostly in England. Surprisingly, amongst the English bowlers, it has been Toby Roland-Jones who has been the fullest with 28 percent of his deliveries being on the fuller side. Anderson, on the other side, has been only bowling 13 percent of his deliveries this summer on that length. It has reflected as well with TRJ getting plenty of wickets this summer. Even today, the batsmen have been comfortable whenever the length has been short. But the moment the ball is pitched up, the batsmen are getting squared up.
  • 9.3 This is down the leg side, flicked away for a single.
  • 9.2 This one swings in, Kraigg looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 9.1 A rare full ball from Broad, puts it just around off, then gets it to move away. Brathwaite pushes but misses.
  • 8.6 Full and around off, watchfully defended. 17/0
  • 8.5 Landed outside off, shaping away, Kieran pokes at it with soft hands and dabs it to gully.
  • 8.4 Another quick single. This is good running from West Indies and nice thinking too. Runs are hard to come by and rotation of strike will frustrate the bowler. This time he just pushes one to cover and takes one more.
  • 8.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 8.2 Full and outside off, pushed through the covers. The fielders come charging in but Powell still goes for the single. Chancy run but he makes it.
  • 8.1 Beautiful bowling. Broad needs to take a lesson or two from Jimmy. He bowls this really full, lands it around middle and then gets it to swing in. Powell looks to flick but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 7.6 Outside off, a play and a miss to end a very ordinary over. Broad has not made the batsmen play much at all. His lines have predominantly been wide. 15/0
  • 7.5 On middle and leg, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 7.4 On a length but wide outside off, gets it to move away but Brathwaite never looked to play at that. Kept his bat well inside the line.
  • 7.3 Outside off, pushed through the covers for a couple.
  • 7.2 Goes back and tucks it to the covers for a single.
  • Whoa... one look at the dark grey clouds from the end where James Anderson is bowling and it gives us the creeps. Seems like the heavens may open anytime soon.
  • 7.1 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 6.6 Landed around off, watchfully blocked. 12/0
  • 6.5 Goes back and tucks it through the leg side for a couple.
  • 6.4 This time he stays deep in his crease and blocks.
  • 6.3 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 6.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 6.1 Full and outside off, driven straight back.
  • 5.6 Outside off, left alone. 10/0
  • 5.5 FOUR! Nicely done. Welcome runs for the Windies. A length ball outside off, Powell waits for the ball to come to him and then guides it to the third man fence.
  • 5.4 HOW DID THAT MISS? Tremendous, tremendous bowling. Broad bowls this on a length and the line is well outside off. Powell, assuming that it is going to be a successor of the ones before, lets it go. However, to his dismay, the ball comes in a long way. Luckily for him, it goes over the stumps.
  • 5.3 Fuller and miles outside off, left alone.
  • 5.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 5.1 Landed outside off, but pretty wide, left alone.
  • 4.6 Gets his radar slightly wrong this time, Powell flicks this through mid-wicket for a single. 6/0
  • 4.5 Wider outside off, easier leave.
  • 4.4 Another lovely delivery, almost similar to the one bowled previously. Only this time the line is outside off and is comfortably left alone.
  • 4.3 That is a peach. Anderson keeps this really full and invites Powell to drive. The batsman obliges but does not move his feet at all. Prodigious movement away from him takes the ball past the outside edge. Brilliant bowling.
  • 4.2 On a length this time, outside off, angling away, left alone.
  • 4.1 Outside off, pushed through the covers for a single.
  • 3.6 Finally makes the batsman play, by bowling it on a length from around the wicket, then getting it to come back in. Powell looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. A mild LBW shout ensues but that seemed to be going down leg. 4/0
  • 3.5 Keep counting. Five dots on the trot, all made contact directly by the keeper. The batsman has had nothing to do with any of those.
  • 3.4 Make that four leaves in a row now.
  • 3.3 Fuller in length, outside off again, left alone once more.
  • 3.2 On a good length outside off, left alone again.
  • 3.1 Landed outside off, angling away, let through.
  • 2.6 On middle and leg, flicked straight to short mid-wicket. Eventful over. Could have had a wicket on more than one occasion. 4/0
  • 2.5 Shorter in length this time, KB thinks there are some freebies on offer, slashes hard but misses.
  • 2.4 ANOTHER EDGE! This one does not go to hand. This is on a length again, outside off, Kraigg pushes at it tentatively once more and gets another outside edge. However, luckily for him, it does not carry to the diving Ben Stokes at gully.
  • 2.3 EDGED, DROPPED! It is Cook. One of the safest fielders in the slip cordon. But he has shelled one. And this is not new. He put down two in the previous Test too. Anderson bowls a beautiful delivery, landing it on a length outside off and gets it to curve away. Brathwaite is forced to defend coming forward but then gets squared up as the ball moves away. It takes the outside edge and goes straight to Alastair Cook at first slip who gets down to catch but then puts it down. Shai Hope and Brathwaite were the beneficiaries in the previous game.
  • 2.2 Fuller outside off, Powell looks to flick it away but gets a leading edge through the covers. A single taken.
  • 2.1 Landed on a good length around off, defended from the crease.
  • 1.6 Better than the previous one, closer to the stumps, let through. 3/0
  • 1.5 Anti-climax. This is sprayed wide outside off, Brathwaite lets it go.
  • 1.4 Much, much fuller, around off, that is the length to bowl, KB comes forward and blocks it out.
  • 1.3 Stays back in his crease this time and blocks.
  • 1.2 This is much fuller around off, Brathwaite comes forward and defends.
  • 1.1 Good length ball on middle, defended from within the crease.
  • Stuart Broad to bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 Fuller around off, Brathwaite taps it towards covers for a single. 3/0
  • 0.5 Another one outside off, Brathwaite taps it towards point watchfully.
  • 0.4 Bowls this slightly wide outside off. Brathwaite does not go for it.
  • 0.3 Forces the batsman to play this one. On a good length around off, Brathwaite defends it off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 0.2 Good length outside off, Brathwaite leaves it alone.
  • 0.1 Starts off with a good length ball around off. Punched through the covers off the back foot for a brace.
  • The players are out in the middle as KRAIGG BRATHWAITE and KIERAN POWELL take their guard. JAMES ANDERSON to open the bowling for the hosts. He is on 497 wickets! Conditions are a little overcast but hopefully there will be no rain. Three slips and a gully in place, here we go!
  • WEST INDIES WIN THE TOSS AND WILL BAT FIRST. Team changes - As announced last evening, the hosts bring in Toby Roland-Jones in place of Chris Woakes. West Indies remain unchanged.
  • Hello and welcome to the third and final Test match between England and West Indies. The hosts were given a wake-up call after Windies shocked everyone with a win at Headingley. It was the brilliance of Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope (with the bat) that handed the visitors their first victory in 17 years on English soil. They will hope to win their second consecutive Test away from home after a very long time. So it all sets up for a thrilling decider at the Mecca of cricket - Lord's. Stay tuned for the toss.
  • England seem to have a problem with the ball. The umpires are having a look at it and they have decided to change it now.
  • The West Indies' bowlers were more or less on the mark. Kemar Roach was the star for them as he kept nagging the batsmen with consistent lines and lengths. As a result, he picked up his maiden fifer against England and kept the pressure on the opposition. Jason Holder was the perfect foil for him and finished with a 4-fer. Shannon Gabriel was the other bowler used. He again bowled a lot of no balls but he took the all-important wicket of Stokes. England hold the upper hand at the moment but the visitors won't be disappointed with their efforts. Join us shortly for the evening session.
  • A flourish from Broad and Anderson has allowed the hosts to take a lead of 71 runs. It might prove to be handy with the way the track has played so far. But with the sun shining through now, expect it to play much better. England were placed precariously at 46-4 when they begun the day after a delay. They were jolted early as Malan got out and then there was another rain delay. When they returned, Stokes took his chances, got a couple of lives but did well to score a breezy fifty. Along with Bairstow, he stitched a 56-run stand which provided some sort of stability to their innings.
  • 52.5 OUT! ENGLAND ARE BOWLED OUT ON 194! A muted appeal and the umpire has raised his finger! Short and angling away from the batsman, Broad makes room and looks to smash it but seems to have missed. Dowrich goes low to his left and gobbles it. The Windies appeal very silently and the umpire rules it out. Even the on-air commentators are surprised. The replays shows that there was a slight contact with the toe end of the bat. The mild appeal was due to the last-wicket stand between Broad and Anderson which frustrated the visitors. The duo added 31 off 26 balls, taking THE LEAD TO 71! Kemar Roach leads the way back to the dressing room, claiming the match ball for his fifer. And, that shall also be TEA ON DAY 2!
  • 52.4 Slower one, wide outside off, Broad throws his bat at it but fails to connect it.
  • 52.3 Back of a length delivery around leg, Anderson works with gentle hands behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • If the final wicket doesn't fall in this over, the session will be extended by half an hour.
  • 52.2 Beaten! Good length delivery around off, nips in after pitching. Anderson looks to defend with a straight bat but the ball sneaks through the gap between his bat and body.
  • 52.1 Short and angling across, Anderson covers the stumps and looks to slash it on the off side but fails to connect.
  • 51.6 Spears a fuller delivery down the leg side, Broad fails to clip it through as he gets hit on his pads. 193/9
  • The field has gone back for the last delivery of the over.
  • 51.5 Short delivery outside off, punched through point for a single.
  • 51.4 Anderson comes down the track and smashes that towards the fielder at mid off.
  • 51.3 The batsman has played it to the point region.
  • 51.2 Nasty! Bangs this one short again, Broad fails to fend it as he gets hit on his body. The ball goes towards the leg gully region and Dowrich rushes towards the ball only to slip. A leg bye is taken.
  • 51.1 SIX! Life is getting tougher WI! Short delivery outside off, Broad stays in his crease and slaps that over the backward point region for half a dozen.
  • 50.6 Good length delivery around off, Anderson defends it towards the point region. 185/9
  • 50.5 Outside off, Anderson shoulders his arms to it.
  • 50.4 Good length delivery around off, Broad smashes that over the mid off region. Does not time it well as the ball stops before the boundary. The batsmen run three in the process.
  • 50.3 Fuller outside off, driven towards wide of mid off. No runs taken.
  • Shane Warne on air mentions that with the sun shining brightly, the wicket is getting better to bat on. The tail is wagging for England and these are handy runs.
  • 50.2 Anderson stays in his crease and clips it through the mid-wicket region for a single.
  • 50.1 FOUR! Anderson joins the party! Short delivery outside off, Anderson thumps it through covers for a boundary.
  • 49.6 SIX! Up, over and gone the distance! England take the lead over 50 now! Fuller delivery around off, Broad camps back, makes room and smacks that over the cover region for a biggie. West Indies are losing the plot here. 177/9
  • 49.5 Another short delivery outside off, Broad manages to only thrash fresh air this time.
  • 49.4 FOUR! Back away and smash! That seems to be the motto for Broad! Short delivery by Kemar Roach, Broad camps back and goes hard at it. Gets it over the slip cordon for a boundary.
  • 49.3 Fuller delivery around off, driven towards the fielder at mid off.
  • 49.2 Outside off, Broad throws his bat at it but fails to make contact.
  • 49.1 Short delivery outside off, Broad cuts that over the backward point region for a couple.
  • 48.6 Angling into the batsman, Broad defends it to the left of the bowler. Holder goes to his left, stops the ball and has an unneccessary throw at the non-striker's end which lets the English batsmen take a single. 165/9
  • 48.5 Fuller delivery in line of the stumps, Broad defends it neatly.
  • 48.4 Off the mark! Back of a length delivery angling into the pads, Anderson tries to tuck it fine. Gets a leading edge towards covers for a single.
  • James Anderson is the last man in.
  • 48.3 OUT! Stop the press, West Indies have finally taken a catch! Fuller delivery outside off, Roland-Jones slashes at it with hard hands. Gets it off the outer half and the ball flies towards the fielder at gully. Shai Hope holds onto it and Holder is delighted. England lead by 40 runs!
  • 48.2 Around off on a good length, pushed towards covers off the back foot.
  • 48.1 Good length delivery outside off, Roland-Jones shoulders his arms to it.
  • 47.6 Length delivery outside off, moving away. Broad fails to make contact. 163/8
  • 47.5 Back of a length delivery outside off, Broad still goes after it but misses.
  • 47.4 Fuller delivery in line of the stumps, driven towards the fielder at covers.
  • 47.3 Length delivery around off, nipping away. Broad goes for a push but gets beaten.
  • 47.2 Good length delivery outside off, Broad swings his bat but fails to make contact.
  • 47.1 Broad clips it towards the fielder at mid-wicket.
  • 46.6 Drops short! Good length delivery outside off, Roland-Jones defends it towards the slip cordon with soft hands off the outer half. Just short of the fielders there! 163/8
  • 46.5 Broad goes for a heave, gets it through the mid-wicket region off the inner half for a single.
  • 46.4 FOUR! Short delivery into the batsman, Broad says enough as he pulls it through the backward square leg region for a boundary.
  • 46.3 Back of a length delivery, Broad stays in his crease and defends it.
  • 46.2 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball but he fails to do so.
  • 46.1 Outside off, stays low. Broad fails to make contact.
  • 45.6 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. 158/8
  • 45.5 DROPPED! Dowrich, what are you doing? You won't get anything simple as that. Good length delivery around off, swinging in. Roland-Jones tries to push at it but gets an outside edge. The ball flies to the right of the keeper. Dowrich there gets his gloves to it but the ball bursts through and the batsmen run a couple. The Windies have been ordinary in the field. They haven't learned from the mistakes they committed in the previous game.
  • 45.4 FOUR! Terrific shot! Back of a length delivery outside off, Roland-Jones camps back and punches it crisply through the backward point region for a boundary.
  • 45.3 Angling in from a good length, nips away a touch to beat Toby Roland-Jones who hangs his bat in defence.
  • 45.2 Back of a length delivery outside off, nudged towards mid-wicket off the back foot.
  • 45.1 Length delivery around off, Roland-Jones gets behind the line of the ball to defend it.
  • 44.6 FOUR! Freebies! Another fuller delivery outside off, Broad just leans towards it and drives it through covers for a boundary. England lead by 29 runs! 152/8
  • 44.5 Another full delivery around off, Broad blocks it towards the fielder at point.
  • 44.4 Fuller delivery angling away from around off, Broad tries to play at it but fails to make contact.
  • 44.4 No ball! Does he not get bored bowling extra balls in nearly every over! Seems like he isn't interested to learn as this has been the sixth of the day! Bangs this on a back of a length outside off, Broad shoulders his arms to it.
  • 44.3 FOUR! Fires this fuller in line of the stumps, Broad makes some room and drives it crisply through the cover region for a boundary.
  • 44.3 No ball! Short delivery into the batsman, Roland-Jones pulls it towards the fielder at backward square leg for a single. Shannon Gabriel commits another offence as he oversteps AGAIN!
  • 44.2 Length delivery outside off, Toby this time drives but straight to the fielder at mid off.
  • 44.1 Back of a length delivery outside off, Roland-Jones pulls it towards the fielder at wide mid on.
  • 43.6 Short delivery outside off, Broad shoulders his arms to it. 141/8
  • 43.5 Sprays it fuller into the pads, Broad tries to flick it on the leg side. Misses to do so as he gets hit on his pads.
  • 43.4 A good length delivery outside off, nipping away. Broad tries to feel for it but gets beaten.
  • 43.3 Short delivery into the batsman, Broad ducks underneath it.
  • 43.2 Angling into the pads, Broad clips it towards mid-wicket.
  • 43.1 Fuller delivery just outside off, Broad tries to defend it but gets beaten by the away movement.
  • 42.6 Broad clips it through the mid-wicket region for a single. 141/8
  • 42.6 No ball! Good length delivery around off, Broad stays in his crease and defends it. Gabriel oversteps again.
  • 42.5 Fuller delivery around off, Broad blocks it towards the mid on region. Sees that there is no fielder there so the batsmen opt to run a couple.
  • 42.4 Short delivery into the batsman, Roland-Jones likes the pull shot as he plays it towards fine leg for a single.
  • 42.3 Sprayed into the pads, Broad fails to clip it through. Brushes his pads and goes through towards fine leg for a leg bye.
  • 42.2 Good length delivery angling into the stumps, Broad stays in his crease and defends it.
  • 42.1 Angling into the pads, Toby Roland-Jones clips it through the square leg region for a single.
  • 41.6 Broad stands tall and gets behind the line of the ball to defend it. 134/8
  • 41.5 Another short one by Roach which is testing Broad. Stuart this time manages to duck underneath it.
  • 41.4 Bowls a bouncer right into the batsman, Broad somehow manages to get away from the line of the ball.
  • STUART BROAD is the new man in.
  • 41.3 OUT! 7th five-wicket haul for Kemar Roach in Tests! Ali lost his patience there! Fuller delivery outside off, Moeen does not think of leaving it this time as he opts for a drive away from the body. Gets an outside edge to it and the ball flies towards the gully region. Kyle Hope accepts it gleefully and Moeen Ali has to walk back to the hut. England lead by 11 runs! Roach gets his maiden fifer against the hosts and he will look to finish the English tail quickly. He has bowled his heart out and has got the rewards as well.
  • 41.2 Back of a length delivery around off, Moeen stays in his crease and blocks it away.
  • 41.1 Length delivery outside off, swinging away. Ali shoulders his arms to it.
  • 40.6 Length delivery around off, Toby gets behind the line of the ball to push it back to the bowler. 134/7
  • 40.5 FOUR! Good shot! Another short ball by Gabriel, Roland-Jones goes after it. Pulls it through the mid-wicket region for a boundary.
  • 40.4 Short delivery around off, Roland-Jones stands tall and defends it neatly.
  • 40.3 Bowls it again fuller, this time around off, Toby gets behind it and drives it towards mid off.
  • 40.2 Fuller delivery outside off, Roland-Jones goes for a drive but fails to make contact.
  • 40.1 Angling into the batsman, Ali goes to clip it on the leg side. Gets a leading edge towards covers for a single.
  • 39.6 Fullish outside off, Toby pushes at it with hard hands but misses. 129/7
  • 39.5 The batsman has played it to the point region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 39.4 Back of a length delivery, Ali pokes at it but gets beaten.
  • 39.3 This a bit closer to off stump. Moeen makes a good leave.
  • 39.2 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 39.1 Full delivery outside off, shaping away. Ali goes for a drive away from the body but gets beaten.
  • 38.6 Fullish delivery on the pads, clipped towards backward square leg. 128/7
  • TOBY ROLAND-JONES comes out to bat.
  • 38.5 OUT! Bowled 'em! What a brute of a delivery, Gabriel! He has done it for the second time and this time it is a legal delivery. Fuller in length outside off, swings in substantially. Stokes looks to keep it out gingerly but it is too good. The ball goes through his tentative front foot defense and rattles the woodwork. This time the umpires do not check for the front foot no ball. The replays show that he had his foot well inside the crease. It is a big, big wicket. The all-rounder departs after a good knock. England lead by 5 runs with only three wickets in hand.
  • 38.4 Full length delivery on middle, clipped to mid on.
  • 38.4 BOWLED OFF A NO BALL! What have you done Gabriel? He bowls a peach of a delivery which deserved a wicket but alas, he has overstepped. Fuller length delivery well outside off, swinging in prodigiously. Stokes looks to block it tentatively but misses to get his stumps shattered. The umpires refer it upstairs to check for the front foot no ball. It turns out that Gabriel's front foot has landed ahead of the crease. It is not a legal delivery and the disappointment on the face of Shannon is evident. Ben survives! He has got another life. Can he make it count?
  • Stokes has been bowled but it is likely that Gabriel has overstepped. The umpires refer it upstairs. Big moment in the game.
  • 38.3 Fullish on off, Stokes looks to clip it through but gets a leading edge through covers. Two runs taken.
  • 38.2 Fuller in length, eased to mid on.
  • 38.1 Length delivery outside off, nipping away after pitching. Stokes plants his front foot across to let it go.
  • 37.6 Fuller length delivery outside off, shaping away after landing. Ali doesn't fiddle with it. 125/6
  • 37.5 Shortish delivery outside off, Ben places it to the left of backward point who misfields to concede a run.
  • 37.4 Short of a length on leg stump, turned to backward square leg for a run. Ali wanted the second but was sent back.
  • 37.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 37.2 Dug in short, Ali ducks under it.
  • 37.1 Fullish outside off, eased through covers for a single.
  • 36.6 Full delivery, Stokes looks to clip it away but gets a soft leading edge back towards Gabriel. He doesn't collect it cleanly and concedes a run. 122/6
  • 36.5 Full outside off, stroked to deep cover for a single.
  • 36.4 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 36.3 Fullish on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 36.2 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 36.1 Low full toss on off, clipped to wide mid on for a single.
  • Shannon Gabriel is back for a bowl.
  • Moeen Ali makes his way out to the middle.
  • 35.6 OUT! There is no inside edge and Bairstow has to go back. Roach gets a 4-fer to his name. Terrific bowling from the quickie. Length delivery around off, nipping in substantially. Bairstow is caught off guard as he tries to flick it through but misses. He is hit flush on the front pad and the visitors roar in appeal. Umpire Chris Gaffaney after a thought decides to rule it out. The wicket-keeper batsman goes for the review immediately. The Snickometer doesn't detect any nick. Time for the Hawk Eye. It shows that it is crashing straight into the leg stump. Jonny was good in patches but struggled a lot as well. The 56-run stand has been broken. England trail by 4 runs. 119/6
  • Bairstow takes a review against an LBW decision. Seems close to the naked eye. Only an inside edge can save him.
  • 35.5 FOUR! Beautiful! Fuller in length outside off, Bairstow leans ahead and creams it elegantly through covers to find the fence. The Lord's crowd liked that as they cheer loudly for it.
  • 35.4 That one took off! On a length outside off, extra bounce on that. Bairstow is taken aback as he looks to push it through covers but misses.
  • 35.3 Shortish around off, Bairstow hangs back and defends it stoutly.
  • 35.2 Back of a length delivery outside off, eased through extra cover for a run.
  • 35.1 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 34.6 Fullish outside off, driven to covers for a run. 113/5
  • 34.5 Good length delivery on off, Bairstow pushes at it with hard hands and gets it off the outer half to point.
  • 34.4 Half-volley outside off, Bairstow strokes it to the man at covers. He would be disappointed on missing out there.
  • 34.4 That's a peach! Back of a length delivery outside off, coming in with the angle initially. Bairstow looks to force it through covers but the ball seams away after pitching to fox him. However, the umpire has signaled a no ball as Holder had overstepped. Late call.
  • 34.3 On a length on off, Stokes stands tall and eases it towards mid off. The mid on fielder runs across and keeps it down to a single.
  • 34.2 Fractionally overpitched around off, Ben creams it to wide mid off.
  • 34.1 Length delivery outside off, holding its line. Ben plants his front foot across and watches it pass by.
  • 33.6 Loose stroke! Similar length delivery outside off and room on offer. Bairstow plays away from his body flirting with it and gets foxed. 110/5
  • 33.5 Short of a length delivery angling in from outside off. Stokes hops and tucks it towards wide mid on. A single results.
  • 33.4 Another one which is not on the mark and Ben has no hesitancy in allowing in through.
  • 33.3 This one is wide outside off, Stokes is not bothered to play at it.
  • 33.2 Full length delivery around off, played with an open face to point.
  • 33.1 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 32.6 In the channel outside off, left alone. 109/5
  • 32.5 Fullish around off, Bairstow is on the move as he mistimes it to mid off.
  • 32.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 12th Test fifty for Ben Stokes!
  • 32.3 A solid knock from Ben Stokes and he brings up his half century. Short of a length delivery well outside off, Stokes slaps it to deep cover for a run. It has been a good knock from the all-rounder. He was dropped on 24 and he has made the opportunity count. After shining with the ball, he is batting nicely as well.
  • 32.2 FOUR! Class written all over it! Length delivery outside off, Stokes shuffles across, takes a couple of steps down the track and drives it through mid on. Bishoo chases it from the same region but only comes second best.
  • 32.1 Length delivery wide outside off, Stokes points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 31.6 Fractionally overpitched outside off, Jonny strokes it nicely to mid off. The fielder dives to his right and parries it across to his right. The mid on fielder is aware of it and denies the single. 104/5
  • 31.5 Shortish delivery wide outside off, Bairstow tries to cut but gets it off the bottom half of the bat to third slip.
  • 31.4 Short of a length outside off, the all-rounder slaps it to deep cover for a run.
  • 31.3 FOUR! Streaky but effective! Fullish delivery and a bit of room on offer. Stokes is on the move as he goes at it with hard hands. He intended to hit it through covers but gets a thick outside edge behind point. There is no protection in the deep and the ball finds the ropes. 100 up for England! They trail by only 20 now.
  • 31.2 This time it is wide outside off and Stokes lets it go.
  • 31.1 In the zone outside off, swinging away a touch. Stokes is in no mood to flirt with it.
  • 30.6 Fuller in length outside off, stroked to extra cover. 99/5
  • 30.5 Good comeback from Holder! Bowls a pinpoint yorker on middle, Jonny is alert to it and digs it out to covers.
  • 30.4 FOUR! This is poor bowling from Holder and he is getting the treatment. Shortish around off, Bairstow swivels across and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. That will make him feel much better.
  • 30.3 Good length delivery angling into Ben. He tucks it to wide mid on for a run.
  • 30.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 30.1 FOUR! Well played! Back of a length on off, sits up nicely for Stokes. He pulls it with aplomb through mid-wicket. No chance for the fielder to prevent the boundary.
  • 29.6 Fuller in length this time outside off, shaping away after pitching. Jonny plays away from the body again and ends up missing it. 90/5
  • 29.5 Short of a length around off, punched off the back foot to mid off.
  • 29.4 Error in judgement! Good length delivery well outside off, Bairstow goes for the drive with an open face but is beaten comprehensively. That was not the proper length to drive on. He has struggled a little in this innings. He doesn't have a good record against the Windies in Tests. He need to grind it out.
  • 29.3 The batsman has played it to the point region.
  • 29.2 Fullish on off, Jonny taps it towards Roach who makes a half-stop to parry it to Holder at mid on.
  • 29.1 Half-volley outside off, Stokes strides ahead and creams it to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 28.6 Fuller in length in the channel outside off, swinging in. Bairstow commits himself to the drive but mistimes it to wide mid off. 89/5
  • Change of ends for KEMAR ROACH.
  • 28.5 Back of a length delivery, angling in substantially. Bairstow nudges it through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 28.4 Good length ball outside off, placed with an open face to point.
  • 28.3 In the channel outside off, holding its line. The wicket-keeper batsman leaves it alone.
  • 28.2 Short delivery, Stokes pulls it with authority over mid-wicket and it goes on the bounce to the fielder in the deep. A single taken.
  • 28.1 Short of a length delivery and some width on offer. Stokes goes for the back foot punch but toe ends it towards extra cover.
  • JASON HOLDER comes into the attack. He was in great rhythm yesterday and will look to do the same tonight.
  • 27.6 Full delivery on the pads, Jonny flicks it through mid-wicket. The square leg fielder sprints to his left and makes a good stop. Two runs taken. 86/5
  • 27.6 No ball! On a length around off, shaping in sharply again. Jonny looks to clip it away but gets an inside edge on his pads. Gabriel has overstepped once more, his problems with his front foot has started again.
  • 27.5 Back of a length delivery outside off, angling in substantially. Bairstow stays rooted to the crease and works it towards mid on.
  • 27.4 FOUR! Classy! Length delivery on middle and leg, Bairstow shuffles a touch and clips it through mid-wicket. He has struck it nicely and he picks up his first boundary.
  • 27.3 Bouncer outside off, Bairstow drops his wrists to let it go.
  • 27.2 Full length delivery outside off, Jonny times it sweetly to short extra cover.
  • 27.1 Back of a length delivery nipping in from outside off. Jonny hops to tuck it through square leg but the ball hits the high part of his willow and rolls down the track.
  • 26.6 Length delivery outside off, swinging away. Ben Stokes plants his front foot across to allow it through. 79/5
  • 26.5 Roach bangs this one short outside off, Stokes swivels a touch and goes for a wholehearted hook but fails to put bat on ball.
  • 26.4 In the corridor of apprehension, shapes away after landing. The all-rounder doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 26.3 Fuller in length on off, Ben pats it back towards the bowler.
  • 26.2 Similar length delivery outside off, pushed off the back foot to cover-point.
  • 26.1 FOUR! Solid! Stokes has looked good today apart from the dropped chance he survived. Short of a length outside off, Stokes stands tall and punches it through covers to find the fence.
  • 25.6 Fullish delivery around off, Bairstow pushes at it with hard hands but gets it off the inner half past the bowler. 75/5
  • 25.5 Gabriel errs in line this time. It is on the pads and Bairstow tucks it in front of square on the leg side. The slow outfield makes the ball slow down and the fielder chases it to cut it off. Two runs taken.
  • 25.4 Stays back to the back of a length delivery and eases it to cover-point.
  • 25.3 On a good length outside off, swinging in sharply. Bairstow looks to punch it through covers but the ball passes under his bat.
  • 25.2 Similar delivery, this time Ben pulls it nicely to fine leg for a run.
  • 25.1 Short delivery down the leg side, Stokes looks to pull it but misses. Dowrich dives to his right but fails to grab it cleanly. However, he doesn't concede a bye.
  • 24.6 In the zone outside off, nipping away. Bairstow looks to counter it but misses again. End of a great over from Roach. He had the wicket-keeper in all sorts of trouble. 72/5
  • 24.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 24.4 Bairstow is in a tangle at the moment! Fuller in length, angling in substantially from outside off. Bairstow gets his front leg across and looks to clip it away. He misses and is struck on the thigh pad and the ball rolls towards fine leg. An appeal for an LBW follows but it was going down leg. Two leg byes taken.
  • 24.3 Great bowling from Roach! Goes wider of the crease and angles it in from a length outside off. Bairstow looks to block it but is foxed again.
  • 24.2 Good length delivery in the corridor of uncertainty, straightens after pitching. Bairstow pokes at it and is beaten all ends up.
  • 24.1 Fractionally overpitched around off, eased to short extra cover.
  • 23.6 Fuller in length on middle, stroked nicely to mid on. End of an eventful over. 70/5
  • 23.6 No ball! On a length outside off, Ben leaves it alone. Gabriel has overstepped for the first time in the game. This is the first extra in the West Indies innings.
  • 23.5 FOUR! Shot! Fuller length delivery on off, Stokes presents a full face of the bat and drives it crisply through mid on. The ball whistles to the fence.
  • 23.4 DROPPED! Great effort though. Good length ball on off, takes off after pitching and also straightens a bit. Stokes feels for it and gets a thick outside edge. Kyle Hope at second slip dives full length to his left, gets his hands to it but fails to hold on. The third slip was just moved out for the southpaw before this ball. Had it been there, it would have gone straight into his hands.
  • 23.3 Jonny Bairstow is off the mark! Length delivery angling in from outside off. Bairstow camps back and tucks it to short mid-wicket for a quick single.
  • Good things come with patience. The skies are much brighter now and hopefully the sun will peep through soon as well. The players and the umpires make their way to the middle. 73.4 overs are left in the day. BEN STOKES and JONNY BAIRSTOW to continue their innings. SHANNON GABRIEL to continue his over. Here we go...
  • 1355 LOCAL - Finally some good news! The rain has gone away and if there is no more of it, play will restart at 1415 local. REVISED HOURS OF PLAY - Second session will be from 1415 to 1645 local and the Last session will be from 1705 to 1900 local time...
  • 1335 LOCAL - Alas! As the umpires came out for inspection, it started raining again. The covers are being brought back and another delay awaits.
  • 1310 LOCAL - Some positive news from Lord's at the moment. The rain has lightened up but the forecast for the afternoon isn't great. Mopping up has started. We will let you know as soon as there is news of resumption.
  • 1230 LOCAL - As scheduled, EARLY LUNCH has been taken. Let's hope the weather clears out seen. We will keep you posted as and when we get some news.
  • 1210 LOCAL - It is raining heavily at Lord's now. Probably we won't see any more cricketing action before lunch. We are getting news that lunch will be taken 30 minutes early at 1230 local. Stay tuned with us for more updates.
  • The umpires look at each other and decide that the weather isn't perfect for cricket so they ask the players to make way for the covers.
  • 23.2 Length delivery in the corridor of uncertainty, Bairstow initially looks to play at it but points his bat skywards at the last moment.
  • 23.1 Full length delivery around off, swinging in. Stokes pushes at it with hard hands and gets it off the inner half through square leg. A run taken.
  • Rain has picked up some pace now. There were thunderstorms predicted at 1145 local time and seems that the weather reports have got it exactly right.
  • 22.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 63/5
  • 22.5 Roach changes angle to over the wicket and bangs it in outside off. Bairstow arches back and makes a good leave.
  • Jonny Bairstow strides out to the middle.
  • 22.4 OUT! A promising start from Malan has been cut short! It is that man again, Kemar Roach who provides the breakthrough. He steams in from around the wicket and lands it on a length around off. Malan hangs back to block it but the ball seams away slightly after hitting the deck. That is enough to catch the outside edge of Dawid's bat. Shane Dowrich behind the stumps gets low to his left and takes it inches above the ground. West Indies continue to chip away at the wickets. England still trail by 60 runs with half their side back in the hut.
  • 22.3 Wide outside off this time, Malan lets it go.
  • 22.2 Full length on off this time. Dawid eases it towards mid off who is standing a little ahead.
  • 22.1 Length delivery outside off, moving away after pitching. Malan doesn't have anything to do with it.
  • A little drizzle is in the air.
  • 21.6 FOUR! Elegant! Fullish delivery outside off, the all-rounder lunges forward confidently and drives it past mid off. The timing is spot on and he picks up another boundary to his name. 63/4
  • 21.5 Straying on the pads, nudged to fine leg for an easy single.
  • 21.4 A loud shout for an LBW denied! Similar length delivery around leg stump, seaming in after pitching. Malan looks to tuck it away but is struck on the thigh pad. Gabriel appeals confidently but umpire Chris Gaffaney is unmoved. The Hawk Eye shows that it pitched outside leg.
  • 21.3 On a length on the hips, Stokes pushes at it tentatively to square leg. A run taken.
  • 21.2 Good length delivery on middle, seaming away prodigiously after landing. Stokes adopts a circumspect approach and lets it go.
  • Deep square leg in place now.
  • 21.1 Fuller length delivery and straight on this ocassion. Stokes hangs back and defends it stoutly down the track.
  • 20.6 Sloppy! Full length delivery outside off, Stokes times his drive crisply to extra cover where Holder fumbles to concede a run. 57/4
  • 20.5 Shaping into Ben. He tucks it with the angle to mid-wicket.
  • 20.4 FOUR! Stokes won't miss out on those. Shortish in length and width on offer, Ben stands tall and cuts it through the gap between third slip and gully. He has struck that well and the ball races to the fence. That stroke will give him confidence.
  • It's very chilly out there. The players are rubbing their hands to get some warmth.
  • 20.3 Good length delivery angling in sharply. Stokes hops back and tucks it to wide mid on.
  • 20.2 This time it is on a similar length but well outside off. Ben doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 20.1 Roach begins from around the wicket and angles in a good length delivery from outside off. It hits the deck hard and seams away. Stokes makes a watchful leave.
  • KEMAR ROACH to bowl from the other end. Three slips and a gully in place for him as well.
  • 19.6 FOUR! Cracking shot! Half-volley outside off, Malan leans into it and strokes it crisply past the diving extra cover fielder. Once it went past him, the result was destined. 52/4
  • 19.5 Gabriel drags his length back a touch. Lands it on off and gets it to seam away substantially. Dawid points his bat skywards and lets it go.
  • 19.4 Fractionally overpitched on middle and leg, Malan clips it to the left of Holder who is quick to attack the ball and throws it back to the keeper.
  • 19.3 Good length delivery on leg stump, Dawid tries to help it away but misses. The ball brushes his thigh pad and rolls to backward square leg.
  • 19.2 First runs of the day! Fullish delivery on off, Malan goes for the drive but the bat turns in his hand a bit. The ball goes through cover-point. The point fielder rushes after it and keeps it down to a couple.
  • 19.1 Full length delivery outside off, some good swing on offer again as we saw yesterday. Malan plants his front foot across to allow it through.
  • We are set to get underway. BEN STOKES and DAWID MALAN to continue their innings. SHANNON GABRIEL to start off with the ball today. Three slips and a gully in place. Here we go...
  • 1050 LOCAL - We have some good news! The drizzle has gone away. The game is set to begin at 1115 local provided the rain doesn't return.
  • We have an update for you all. Some time back the rain had stopped and the covers had been peeled off. Unfortunately, it has started drizzling and the hover cover is back. An on and off day seems likely. We can expect a delayed start. Stay tuned for more updates.
  • As many as 14 wickets fell yesterday and we can witness something similar today as the conditions are conducive for swing bowling. Kemar Roach and Jason Holder hold the key for the visitors. The forecast isn't that good for today with thundershowers expected to interrupt. Let's hope the weather holds up and we get to witness some scintillating cricket.
  • Hello and a warm welcome to the coverage of Day 2 of the final Test between England and West Indies at the Lord's. The game is nicely poised at the moment with the hosts holding a bit of upper hand due to their deep batting line-up. A lot will be expected from Stokes who scored a century in the previous match when his side was in some trouble. On the other hand, the Windies have fought back hard after their dismal show with the bat.
  • ... DAY 2, SESSION 1 ...
  • The forecast for tomorrow is not looking that great at the moment with thundershowers on the radar. That means more stern test for the batsmen. We lost around 11 overs today due to rain and hopefully, we will be able to make those up in the remaining days. Can the Windies continue their fightback? Or will England bounce back on a new day? Join us at 1100 local tomorrow to catch all the action from Day 2. Till then, goodbye and cheers!
  • West Indies will be brimming with confidence right now but do not forget that this English line-up bats very deep. They still have Bairstow and Moeen Ali to come and will back themselves to get to 200 from here. Having said that, kudos to the fighting spirit of the Windies. They attacked from the word go and have brought their side back into the contest.
  • England were in control for most part of the day but faltered towards the fag end. Bowling out the opposition for 123 is a commendable feat. Agreed that the conditions were favourable for the seam bowlers but still the efforts had to be put in. Stokes was sensational as he picked up a 6-fer and he got good support from Anderson who is on 499 Test wickets at the moment. However, as has been throughout the summer, their top order failed yet again and to make matters worse, even skipper Root has gone.
  • An absorbing day of Test cricket! 14 wickets fell and it is really heartening to see the bowlers coming out on top on what is supposed to be a batsman's game in modern day. The visitors made the final session count by picking up four wickets. Roach and Holder were consistently bowling probing lines and lengths and got the rewards as well.
  • The inevitable has happened! It has got really dark and the umpires have made a wise decision of CALLING IT A DAY.
  • 1833 local - The umpires speak with the two batsmen in the middle asking them if they would like to continue as it has become really dark. After discussing with them and also Jason Holder, they come to the decision of walking off. Holder is not too keen on this as he tries convincing the umpire that the conditions are playable. However, it also starts drizzling as the players make their way out of the field. The pitch is being covered at the moment with 11 overs still remaining in the day. Does not look like play will resume though as we are almost upto close of play. But fingers crossed...
  • 18.6 Length delivery well outside off, Stokes points his bat skywards to allow it through. 46/4
  • 18.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 18.4 FOUR! Easy pickings! Fullish and on leg stump, Stokes clips it through mid-wicket. The timing is spot on and he picks up a boundary to his name.
  • 18.3 Well outside off, Stokes doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 18.2 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 18.1 Length delivery outside off, Stokes leaves it.
  • 17.6 Good length delivery outside off, Malan plays it with an angled bat to third slip. 42/4
  • 17.5 Malan would have had his heart in his mouth! Good length delivery around off, Dawid looks to keep it out but gets it off the bottom part of the bat. The ball rolls towards the off stump but the batsman is aware of it. He pushes the ball away with his bat. He was in danger of getting hit wicket but luckily, he survived.
  • 17.4 Straying on the pads, clipped behind square leg for a couple.
  • 17.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 17.2 Length delivery around off, shaping away. Malan keeps his bat inside the line to allow it through.
  • 17.1 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 16.6 Good length delivery slanting across Stokes. He shuffles across to keep it out but fails to do so. 40/4
  • 16.5 Sloppy work! Back of a length delivery outside off, Dawid pushes it through cover-point. The fielder from point chases it and slides to stop it. However, he fails to stop it and he has to get up and chase it again. The batsmen take three.
  • 16.4 On a length outside off, left alone.
  • 16.3 Length delivery outside off, stays low. Malan looks to play at it with a horizontal bat but the ball goes past under his bat.
  • 16.2 FOUR! Well controlled! Back of a length outside off, Malan taps it with an open bat face past gully and the ball races to the fence.
  • 16.1 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 15.6 Nervy moment! Length delivery on off, straightens after pitching. Stokes plays at it but is beaten black and blue. The Windies are making merry in helpful conditions. 33/4
  • 15.5 Driven to mid off by the batsman.
  • 15.4 FOUR! Half-volley outside off, Stokes leans into it and caresses it through covers for a delightful boundary.
  • 15.3 FOUR! Streaky runs! On a length on off, straightens after pitching. Stokes pokes at it and gets a thick outside edge past gully to find the fence.
  • 15.2 Fullish in length outside off, shaping away. Stokes looks to leave it at the last moment but gets it off the bottom part of the bat towards the keeper.
  • 15.1 Full and wide outside off, Stokes doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 14.6 Wide outside off, left alone. 25/4
  • 14.5 Stays back to the length delivery and defends it.
  • 14.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 14.3 Around the pads, clipped around the corner for a run and Stokes is off the mark.
  • 14.2 The all-rounder survives the hat-trick delivery. Fullish delivery, Stokes keeps it out.
  • BEN STOKES comes out to bat. He was terrific with the ball, now can he do it with the bat and bail his side out of trouble? Meanwhile, Holder is on a hat-trick!
  • 14.1 OUT! The run machine departs! No fifty for the English skipper this time which is a rarity. What a brilliant passage of play for the tourists. Back of a length delivery outside off, seams in substantially after hitting the deck. Root hops back, looks to force it through the off side but is not in a good position to do so. He ends up getting a thick outside edge. Dowrich doesn't go for the catch and Powell at first slip is a bit late to react. However, he does well to stick out his left hand and grab a very good catch. England are falling like a pack of cards. This is already the 14th wicket that has gone down in the day.
  • 13.6 Another one on a good length around off, seams away sharply after landing. Malan is outfoxed completely. 24/3
  • 13.5 Back of a length around off, seams away after pitching. Malan is squared up and ends up getting beaten.
  • 13.4 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 13.3 FOUR! Shot! Fractionally overpitched, Malan leans into it and drives it through wide mid off to get off the mark.
  • 13.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 13.1 Back of a length on off, Root taps it to covers and sets off for a run. Good judgement.
  • DAWID MALAN walks in at number five.
  • 12.6 OUT! The Windies are making really good use of the overcast conditions. Westley's lean patch continues, his fifth consecutive single digit score in Tests. Holder steams in and bowls it on a length on off. Tom hangs back and looks to block it but misses it completely to get rapped on the back pad. The tourists appeal confidently in unison and the umpire has no hesitation in ruling it out. The youngster walks across to his skipper and thinks about the review but Root tells him not to take it. The Hawk Eye shows that the impact was umpire's call and it was clipping the top of off. England are in some trouble now. 19/3
  • 12.5 Aggression from the skipper! Fullish around off, pushed back to Holder. He picks it up and throws it back at the stumps.
  • 12.4 Fullish delivery outside off, shaping away. Westley initially looks to drive it but then bails out.
  • 12.3 FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Full delivery on the pads, Westley clips it through mid-wicket to find the fence.
  • 12.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 12.1 Full outside off, left alone.
  • JOE ROOT comes out to bat. He has an opportunity to set a new record. He has 50+ consecutive Test fifties in the last 12 matches and is equal with AB de Villiers at the moment.
  • 11.6 OUT! The bowling change does the trick! He has a habit of bowling snorters out of nowhere and he produces another. Good bowling from Roach and he reaps the reward. Bowls this one on a length on middle and off and gets some away movement after pitching. Cook pokes at it gingerly and ends up getting an outside edge. Shane Dowrich moves to his left and takes a regulation catch. This is a big breakthrough for the visitors. 15/2
  • 11.5 A bit straighter this time, on a length on off. Cook camps back and defends it stoutly.
  • 11.4 Roach needs to make the batsman play. Serves this one wide outside off, Alastair has nothing to do with it.
  • 11.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 11.2 Similar length delivery outside off, holding its line this time. Alastair doesn't flirt with it.
  • 11.1 Starts off from around the wicket and bowls it on a good length delivery around off. Cook looks to clip it across but is hit on the thigh pad. No real appeal for an LBW as it was very high.
  • KEMAR ROACH is back on.
  • 10.6 In the channel outside off, Tom makes a watchful leave. 15/1
  • 10.5 Fractionally overpitched around off, eased to short extra cover.
  • 10.4 Well bowled! In the corridor of uncertainty, swinging away. Tom plants his front foot across to allow it through.
  • 10.3 Fullish delivery around off, Westley puts his head down and defends it calmly.
  • 10.2 On a length down the leg side, Tom comes inside the line and looks to tuck it away but fails to do so.
  • 10.1 Fullish in length outside off, shaping away a touch. Westley strides forward confidently and drives it crisply to short extra cover. This stroke will give him some confidence.
  • 9.6 Fractionally overpitched outside off, Cook leans ahead and times his drive nicely through covers. Gets a couple to his name. 15/1
  • 9.5 Similar length delivery outside off, played with an angled bat to backward point.
  • 9.4 Fullish delivery outside off, Westley taps it towards extra cover and takes off. Cook responds. Bishoo picks it up and hits the bull's eye at the striker's end but the southpaw seems to be comfortably in. However, the square leg umpire decides not to take any risk and refers it upstairs. The replays confirm that Cook is comfortably home.
  • 9.3 Good length delivery on off, Westley hangs back and answers it with a straight bat.
  • 9.2 Fullish in length outside off, Westley drives it with an open bat face to point.
  • 9.1 Roach again makes good use of the crease. Goes wide but the line is not that testing. It is on a good length well outside off. Tom leaves it alone.
  • 8.6 Fuller in length this time, Alastair leans forward and pats it past the bowler. 12/1
  • 8.5 Plays this good length delivery with an open bat face to gully.
  • 8.4 Holder loses his radar and slips this one down the leg side. Cook misses his tuck.
  • 8.3 Holder comes around the wicket and bowls it in the zone outside off. The ex-English skipper doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 8.2 Back of a length delivery well outside off, a gentle loosener. Cook mistimes his cut through cover-point. The fielder from point rushes after it and keeps it down to a couple.
  • 8.1 Shortish delivery slanting across Alastair. He stays back and half pulls it to mid-wicket.
  • The skipper, JASON HOLDER introduces himself into the attack. Three slips and a gully in place.
  • 7.6 That's a peach! That was probably bowled with a scrambled seam. Angling in from a good length outside off, Westley comes forward looking to block it but misses it completely. End of a testing over from Gabriel. 10/1
  • 7.5 Substantial movement once again from outside off. Westley plants his front foot across, covers his off pole and sees it through safely.
  • 7.4 Good length delivery outside off, Tom points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 7.3 Play and a miss! These are testing conditions to bat in and the Englishmen are not finding it easy. On a length outside off and after pitching, the ball straightens a bit. Westley lunges forward to counter it but gets foxed. He is looking uncomfortable at the moment and needs to be careful.
  • 7.2 Good length delivery outside off, Tom hangs back and plays it with an open face towards point. He took his bottom hand off after playing it.
  • 7.1 Short of a length delivery shaping in substantially. Westley shuffles a touch, hops and tucks it through backward square leg. Two runs taken.
  • 6.6 Roach opts to go full outside off this time. Cook leans into it and strokes it to extra cover. 8/1
  • 6.5 In the zone outside off, holding its line. Alastair keeps his bat inside the line to allow it through.
  • 6.4 Roach is hitting consistent lines and lengths! Comes around the wicket and angles it on a length on off. Cook has no choice but to play at it. The ball seams away to beat him comprehensively.
  • 6.3 Westley is off the mark! Fullish this time and tailing into Tom. He clips it off the inner half towards wide mid on. The fielder does well to dive to his right to stop it. A run taken.
  • 6.2 Beautifully bowled! Good length delivery in the corridor of uncertainty. Westley has a tame push at it but the ball straightens a bit to go past the outside edge of his bat.
  • 6.1 Roach goes wider of the crease and bowls a back of a length ball on off. Westley has a lot of time to get behind it and defends it stoutly.
  • 5.6 Back of a length on middle and leg, tucked towards square leg by Cook. Good maiden over by Gabriel. 7/1
  • 5.5 Another full length ball on middle, defended off the back foot towards covers.
  • 5.4 Full on middle and leg this, played towards mid on off the back foot.
  • 5.3 Fuller and on middle this time. Cook stays in his crease and pushes it towards covers.
  • 5.2 Another good length ball angling away. Cook once again leaves it alone.
  • 5.1 Back of a length angling away from the batsman. Left alone by Cook.
  • 4.6 Full on off once again. Cook taps it towards mid-wicket and takes a quick single. 7/1
  • 4.5 Full on off, Cook gets onto his front foot to defend the ball solidly into the ground.
  • 4.4 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 4.3 FOUR! First boundary for Cook. This is bowled outside off and slightly full. Cook waits and opens the face of the bat to guide it through third man for a boundary.
  • 4.2 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 4.1 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman.
  • 3.6 Outside off, Westley looks to play but misses it. 2/1
  • 3.5 Defends this one off the back foot.
  • 3.4 Shout for a caught behind! Not given by the umpire. Is that bat or pad that made the sound? Shannon bowls this back of a length delivery outside off. Westley looks to push at it but misses the ball as it goes past his outside edge. There is a faint sound which excites the bowler but the umpire shows no interest. Replays show that there was surely no edge there.
  • 3.3 On the pads, Cook works it fine down the leg side for a single.
  • 3.2 Another one outside off, Cook leaves it alone.
  • 3.1 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 2.6 Gets right behind the line of the delivery to defend this. 1/1
  • 2.5 Swings this sharply in from outside off. Westley offers no stroke and is struck high on pads.
  • TOM WESTLEY walks in at number three.
  • 2.4 OUT! West Indies strike early! Stoneman has been dismissed! This is on a good length just a touch outside off. Mark feels for it off the back foot but the ball seams slightly away and takes a thick outside edge which flies behind to the keeper. Shane Dowrich makes no mistake and takes the catch comfortably. Roach is elated and his side will hope that he takes some more wickets.
  • 2.3 Back of a length outside off, Stoneman once again shoulders his arms to it.
  • 2.2 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 2.1 Bowls from the around the wicket and on a good length outside off. Stoneman leaves it alone.
  • 1.6 Oohh! That was too close for comfort. Bowls this on a good length just outside off. Cook looks to defend it off the back foot but plays inside the line of the delivery. The ball goes just past the outside edge of the bat there. 1/0
  • 1.5 Good length ball angling away from the left-hander. It has been left alone by Cook.
  • 1.4 Length ball on off this time, Cook defends from within his crease off his back foot.
  • 1.3 Bowls this on middle and back of a length. Cook defends it towards the leg side.
  • 1.2 Bowls this wide outside off, Cook leaves it alone.
  • 1.1 Good length ball on middle, Stoneman tucks it towards square leg for a single to get off the mark.
  • SHANNON GABRIEL to share the new ball.
  • 0.6 Full and on off, Cook leans forward to defend. 0/0
  • 0.5 Outside off this time, Cook wants to do nothing with it.
  • 0.4 Fuller on middle and off, Cook defends it off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 0.3 Another one on a good length and outside off. Left alone by Cook. The umpire is having a look at Roach's landing area, he needs to be careful and not get too close to the danger zone.
  • 0.2 Bowls this wide outside off, Cook leaves it alone.
  • 0.1 Starts off with a full length ball angling into the batsman. Cook looks to flick it but misses and gets struck on the pads. Nothing but a stifled appeal as that was missing leg.
  • Anderson came into the match expecting 500 wickets and is on 506 now! What a performance by the veteran and his pace partners as he leads the team off the field. The home side kept on attacking and picked up wickets at regular intervals. Shai Hope was the lone warrior but he too could not last long post-lunch. The visitors look down and out at the moment. However, in the last game, very few would have given the Windies a chance but they did chase a steep target. It will require something magical from them again, this time with the ball. With the sun beating down, the track has got a lot better to bat on. England are favourites to win the series but stranger things have happened in cricket. Join us soon for the run chase.
  • 65.1 OUT! Career-best figures for Anderson in Tests! Take a bow, champion. He finishes with a 7-wicket haul in this innings, his ninth in the game. Length delivery around off, swinging in substantially. Roach looks to counter it by leaning ahead but it is too good for him. It goes through his defense to rattle the stumps. The veteran has a big smile on his face and the Lord's crowd is up on its feet! WEST INDIES ARE BOWLED OUT FOR 177!
  • 64.6 Gets right behind the line of this delivery to defend it. 177/9
  • 64.5 Shortish and nipping into the batsman. Gabriel looks to defend but get struck high on the pads.
  • 64.4 Bouncer! Gabriel does well to duck under it.
  • 64.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 64.2 Gabriel survives a scare! It's bowled outside off and is angling in. Shannon looks to defend it off the front foot and it goes off something to Bairstow who takes it and appeals. The umpire gives it out but Gabriel goes for the review immediately. Time for the replays. The Snickometer shows that there is clear daylight between bat and ball. The third umpire also checks for the LBW. The ball pitched outside off and the impact was outside off as well. Good review from Gabriel who avoids a king pair for now.
  • 64.1 OUT! In the air and gone! Broad gets in the act as well! Bowls this short on off and Holder looks to pull it across the line but gets a top edge. It goes high in the air and Anderson from mid on runs to short mid-wicket to take the catch. The Anderson-Broad partnership is doing the trick for the home side. Shannon Gabriel will be the last man coming in now.
  • 63.6 Length on middle, played through mid-wicket for a single to end the over. 177/8
  • 63.5 Back of a length this time, played to mid on off the back foot.
  • 63.4 Fuller on middle, defended softly into the ground.
  • 63.3 FOUR! Fuller on the pads this time. Looks to surprise him with the inswinger. Holder flicks it nicely through square leg for a boundary. Good shot from the skipper.
  • 63.2 On a good length on off, Holder defends it solidly.
  • 63.1 Length ball on middle, played straight to mid-wicket.
  • 62.6 Gets right behind the line of this delivery to defend it. 172/8
  • 62.5 Fuller around off and angling into the batsman. Roach looks to defend it off the front foot but gets struck on the pads. Broad appeals but the umpire is not interested. Slight inside edge seems to have saved him.
  • 62.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 62.3 Fuller on the pads, Roach gets an inside edge as he tries to flick. He looks for a single but Holder sends him back.
  • 62.2 Four Leg byes. Ouch! Another short ball and this time Roach does not manage to get away. He gets struck on the arm and the ball rolls behind to the fine leg fence. 100-run lead for the visitors comes up!
  • 62.1 Short ball angling into the batsman. Roach does well to duck under it.
  • 61.6 Length ball wide outside off. Pushed straight to point. 168/8
  • 61.5 Full again but this time on the pads. It has been flicked off the back foot through square leg for a single.
  • 61.4 Fuller on off, Holder pushes it through covers for a single.
  • 61.3 Another one on a good length outside off, Holder plays inside the line and lets it through.
  • 61.2 Good length ball outside off. Holder looks to defend it to the off side but misses.
  • 61.1 Outside off, it is a play and miss from the skipper.
  • 60.6 Sprayed down the leg side, Roach looks to clip it through but misses. 166/8
  • 60.5 Good fielding, Stoneman! Full length delivery outside off, Holder strokes it past the diving extra cover fielder. Stoneman from mid off runs across and dives to his left to make a great stop.
  • 60.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 60.3 FOUR! Fractionally overpitched outside off, Holder eases it through extra cover. Stoneman from mid off hares after it. He puts in a desperate slide near the fence to keep the ball in play but fails to do so. Good effort though.
  • 60.2 Good length ball outside off, holding its line. Jason points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • 60.1 Length delivery around off, Holder looks to keep it out but gets it off the inner half through square leg.
  • 59.6 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone. 160/8
  • 59.5 FOUR! Brilliant shot from the skipper. This is full and swinging away but Holder superbly creams it through the covers for a boundary.
  • 59.4 Fuller outside off, Roach plays it past backward point for a single.
  • KEMAR ROACH walks out to bat.
  • 59.3 OUT! Bowled 'em! Anderson is on fire! The end is nigh for the visitors as yet another one bites the dust. Jimmy coming from around the wicket, angles this on a fullish length into Bishoo who tries to keep it out. The ball nips away after pitching and that brings his downfall. He misses it completely and the cherry hits the timber. The party continues for Anderson! West Indies are effectively 84/8 now!
  • 59.2 Length ball this time, Bishoo keeps it out from within his crease.
  • DEVENDRA BISHOO strides out to bat.
  • 24th five-wicket haul for James Anderson in Tests, also his 5th at Lord's.
  • 59.1 OUT! Anderson gets his fifth wicket and it's the all-important one of Shai Hope! Just the breakthrough the Englishmen were looking for! The resistance of Hope has come to an end and that should really dent the hopes of the Windies. This is bowled on off, superb seam position from Anderson as he gets it to angle in. Hope has no choice but to play at it and that is enough to take the outside edge. Bairstow gets low to his right and grabs it nicely. Terrific performance from Jimmy as he gets his 5th fifer at Lord's and his 24th overall in Tests! What a player!
  • 58.6 Oooh! That went close past his outside edge. Bowls this on a good length just outside off and it seams away as well. Just misses the outside edge there. 155/6
  • 58.5 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 58.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 58.3 Gets right behind the line of the delivery to defend this one.
  • 58.2 Full outside off, Holder drives it straight to the covers.
  • 58.1 On the pads this time, Hope works it down the leg side for a single.
  • STUART BROAD to bowl from the other end.
  • 57.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 154/6
  • 57.5 Once again looks to punch the ball that's outside off. Misses it, really needs to be careful.
  • 57.4 Drives this one straight back to the bowler.
  • 57.3 That's a peach of a delivery from Anderson! Straight through the defense this time. That's on a good length just outside off and angles into the batsman. Holder misses the attempted push completely as the ball goes through the gap between his bat and pad and over the off stump.
  • 57.2 Back of a length on middle, played through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 57.1 Fullish in length on off, played straight to mid off.
  • We are back for the afternoon session. SHAI HOPE and ROSTON CHASE to continue their innings. We have got a long two and a half hour session coming up. JAMES ANDERSON to start off with the ball after lunch and it is the same end from which he got success this morning. Two slips, a gully and a short extra cover in place. Here we go...
  • ... DAY 3, SESSION 2 ...
  • West Indies have a big task and will have to bat really well if they want to stay in this game. The visitors have their in-form batsman, Shai Hope in the middle who has already scored a 50 and has his skipper for company. The two will hope to take the lead past 150 to give themselves a chance. Let's see if the Windies can negotiate the conditions and put up a fight. Join us in a short while for the second session.
  • England will be pleased as they have made inroads since morning. Three wickets have been taken by the home side. It could have been more had some catches stuck. Anderson continued to make merry as he, along with the other seamers, have really got the ball to move around a bit. The lad from Burnley took two wickets before Toby Roland-Jones removed Dowrich.
  • 56.6 DROPPED! Arm delivery outside off, Holder goes for an expansive drive but gets a thick outside edge towards Cook at second slip. He crouches, gets a bit of hand to it but fails to hold on. The ball rolls towards third man. Two runs taken. It was a very tough chance, they either stick or don't. The replays however show that Alastair didn't get his hands to it. It deflected behind off his shin. Good field placement by Root and it almost did the trick for his side. LUNCH ON DAY 3, WEST INDIES LEAD BY 82! 153/6
  • 56.5 Full delivery in line of the stumps, Holder keeps it out watchfully.
  • 56.4 Tossed up outside off, played against the spin to covers.
  • Second slip comes in place now.
  • 56.3 Loopy delivery outside off, eased towards cover where the fielder misfields to concede a run.
  • 56.2 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • 56.1 Tossed up outside off, spinning in. Hope leans ahead to block it but gets a thick outside edge past first slip. Two runs taken.
  • Last over before lunch. JOE ROOT to bowl with a short leg and slip in place.
  • 55.6 This one is fired outside off, Holder covers his off stump, points his bat skywards and makes a good leave. 148/6
  • 55.5 Tossed up outside off, Holder lunges forward in defense.
  • 55.4 Spinning into Shai. He works it with the spin through square leg for a run.
  • 55.3 Floated well outside off, turning in slightly. Hope lunges forward, keeps his bat inside the line and allows it through.
  • 55.2 Again hangs back and keeps the flatter delivery out.
  • 55.1 Quicker through the air, Hope makes use of the depth of the crease and turns it to mid-wicket.
  • 54.6 Fullish delivery on off, pushed off the inner half to wide mid on. Another good over from Roland-Jones. 147/6
  • 54.5 Good length ball outside off, Jason punches it to mid off.
  • 54.4 Fuller in length around off, Holder leans ahead and looks to push it but mistimes it down the track.
  • 54.3 Length delivery outside off, angling in substantially. Holder prods forward to defend but gets it off the inner half to mid-wicket.
  • 54.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 54.1 Good length delivery, angling into Holder. He hangs back and whips it towards Ali at short mid-wicket who dives to his right to make a good save.
  • 53.6 Floated outside off, Hope lunges forward to smother the spin. 147/6
  • 53.5 Shorter length delivery on middle, Holder punches it down to long on for a run.
  • 53.4 Another arm ball outside off, Holder plays for the turn but is again beaten black and blue.
  • 53.3 Straighter one outside off, Jason plants his front foot across to allow it through.
  • 53.2 FOUR! Good response from the skipper! This time it is the conventional off spinner. Holder leans ahead and strokes it through cover-point to pick up his first boundary.
  • 53.1 Great way to begin his first spell! Pushes this one quick through the air outside off and the ball skids through. Holder goes for the drive but is beaten all ends up.
  • Time for some spin for the first time in this innings. MOEEN ALI comes into the attack.
  • 52.6 Fullish delivery jagging in sharply. Hope shuffles across and works it to mid on. Had he missed that, he would have been a candidate for an LBW. 142/6
  • 52.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 52.4 Back of a length ball on off, Hope stays back and blocks it stoutly.
  • 52.3 FOUR! Shot! Length delivery outside off, Hope reaches out and drives it uppishly past backward point. He has timed that well and the ball whistles away to the fence.
  • 52.2 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • Shai Hope gets to his 2nd Test fifty.
  • 52.1 FOUR! Great way to bring his half century! Fuller in length around off, Hope shuffles across and whips it through wide mid on to find the fence. Once again he is playing an innings of substance. However, he needs to convert it into a big one to bail his side out of trouble. West Indies lead by 63 runs!
  • Stokes is walking off the field. He seems to have a grimace on his face.
  • 51.6 Short of a length on off, defended solidly off the back foot down the track. 134/6
  • 51.5 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 51.4 Length delivery down the leg side, Hope moves inside the line and tucks it through backward square leg for a run. He looks for a second but is sent back.
  • 51.3 FOUR! Well-timed and well-placed as well! Hope continues to fight on for his side. Fuller in length outside off, Shai gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it with an open face of the bat through cover-point. No protection in the deep and the ball races to the fence.
  • 51.2 Good length delivery angling in from around off, stays a bit low again. Hope hangs back and does well to block it.
  • 51.1 Bouncer down the leg side, Shai ducks underneath it.
  • 50.6 Back of a length delivery outside off, Jason hangs back and taps it towards Stokes at backward point. He sets off for a run but Shai Hope sends him back. The all-rounder has a shy at the striker's end but misses. Good call by the youngster to send him back. 129/6
  • 50.5 Length delivery outside off, the skipper dabs it to fourth slip from the outer half of his bat.
  • 50.4 How many times we have seen the ball beating the outside edge! Good length delivery outside off, seams away after hitting the deck and also stays a bit low. Holder feels for it and is beaten.
  • 50.3 On a fuller length well outside off, Holder plays it with an angled bat to fourth slip.
  • 50.2 Length delivery around off, jagging back in. Jason makes use of the depth of the crease and nudges it to mid-wicket.
  • 50.1 Fractionally overpitched outside off, Holder leans ahead and strokes it to short cover.
  • 49.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 129/6
  • 49.5 On a length in line of the stumps, kept out watchfully towards mid on.
  • 49.4 Short delivery around off, Hope sways away from the line of the delivery, drops his wrists and allows it through.
  • 49.3 Four Leg Byes! Good length delivery around the hips. Hope hops and looks to tuck it away but misses. The ball brushes his thigh pad and goes past Bairstow. The keeper sprints after it and does his best but fails to prevent the boundary.
  • England are again complaining about the shape of the ball. The umpires again get the loop out and pass it through it. And again, they feel that there is nothing to be worried about.
  • 49.2 Exactly opposite from where he intended to play it. Short delivery outside off, Hope goes for a pull across the line but toe-ends it towards wide mid off.
  • 49.1 Back of a length delivery outside off, tapped towards backward point. The fielder dives to his left and parries it towards Anderson at gully. The veteran has a smile on his face.
  • 48.6 Outside off this time, Holder plays inside the line and lets it go. 125/6
  • 48.5 On the pads, tucked towards backward square leg for a single.
  • 48.4 Length ball around middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • JASON HOLDER walks in to bat now. He really needs to play a captain's knock to save his side.
  • 48.3 OUT! That's the end of Dowrich's short stay in the middle! First wicket for Toby Roland-Jones in this innings. This is on a length, angling into Dowrich, who gets beaten by the pace as he looks to pull. Ends up mistiming it in the air and Broad at short mid on makes no mistake after dropping two catches early on. Shane was hurried on as the pitch seems to have spiced up under the sun. West Indies are effectively 52/6.
  • 48.2 Shortish and just outside off, bounces slightly higher than expected. Dowrich is caught off-guard as the ball just past his outside edge.
  • 48.1 Back of a length on off, defended off the back foot.
  • 47.6 Fuller on off, pushed towards covers this time. 123/5
  • 47.5 Gets right behind the line of the delivery to defend it.
  • 47.4 Length ball around off. Dowrich hops and plays it into the ground towards point. The fielder fails to stop it as he slides towards it and lets it through. Allows the batsmen to complete a single.
  • 47.3 Back of a length on middle and off, defended off the back foot.
  • 47.2 Fuller on middle, played through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 47.1 Shortish outside off, Hope leaves it alone.
  • England again seem to have an issue with the ball. The umpires check it. They are passing it through the 8-shaped gauge and feel that it is good to continue.
  • 46.6 FOUR! Handsomely pulled over mid-wicket for a boundary. That is a length ball outside off and Dowrich gets in the position to play the shot with ease. Superb shot from the batsman there. 121/5
  • 46.5 Length ball on off, played off the back foot and into the ground.
  • 46.4 Another one outside off that has been left alone.
  • 46.3 Fullish outside off, pushed towards covers.
  • 46.2 Shortish outside off, left alone this time.
  • 46.1 Short and wide outside off. It has been pulled straight to mid-wicket.
  • TOBY ROLAND-JONES replaces Stuart Broad.
  • 45.6 Fullish on the pads this time. Tucked through square leg for a single to end the over. 117/5
  • 45.5 Full on middle, driven towards mid on.
  • 45.4 Full and slightly wide outside off, pushed towards covers.
  • 45.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 45.2 Length ball angling in this time. Dowrich looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 45.1 FOUR! Full outside off and it has been creamed through the covers by Dowrich. That should give him some confidence.
  • BEN STOKES comes into the attack. He was the star in the first innings for England. He would be difficult to deal with as the ball is moving around.
  • 44.6 Fuller on off, played straight to point. 112/5
  • 44.5 Loud shout for LBW, not given by the umpire. Bowls this on a length and gets it to nip into the batsman. Hope tries to get his bat down and defend but misses. The ball strikes him high on the pads and this probably saves him as it could have missed the stumps. The Hawk Eye confirms the same. Erasmus makes a good decision. Broad looks perplexed but there is no review left to take.
  • 44.4 Very wide outside off, shaping further away. Easy leave for the batsman.
  • 44.3 Length ball wide outside off, left alone.
  • 44.2 Another bouncer not quite well-directed this time. It goes wide down the leg side and Bairstow does really well to dive to his left and collect the ball.
  • 44.1 Bouncer from Broad! Hopes ducks under it.
  • Time for Drinks. An eventful first hour of play. James Anderson, especially has been impressive and has made the ball talk. The visitors have looked jittery, already losing two early wickets this morning. Shai Hope holds the key for them. Will he emerge as the hero for the Windies or will England continue to dominate? Let's find out.
  • 43.6 Shorter on off, defended solidly off the back foot. 112/5
  • 43.5 FOUR! Edgy stuff from Dowrich to get off the mark. This is fuller around off, Dowrich looks to drive but gets a thick edge which flies past the fourth slip fielder. Bairstow gives it chase towards third man but fails to stop the ball from crossing the ropes.
  • 43.4 Another one that is bowled on a length. The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 43.3 Back of a length, defended off the back foot.
  • 43.2 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 43.1 Shortish on middle, Hope pulls it through square leg for a single.
  • 42.6 Tough chance! Broad almost takes a beauty off his own bowling. This is full on off, Dowrich pushes at it with a straight bat but it turns in his hands while playing it. The ball chips wide of Broad who dives full stretch and even gets his left hand to it but fails to grasp it. Would have been a blinder had it been taken. Dowrich living dangerously as he is yet to get off the mark. 107/5
  • 42.5 Where is short leg? Length ball around off swinging in. Dowrich looks to defend but gets it off the inner half of the bat towards square leg.
  • 42.4 Shortish around the pads, Dowrich hops and tucks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 42.3 Another one on a length around middle and off. Dowrich defends it solidly.
  • 42.2 Gets right behind the line of the delivery to defend this one.
  • 42.1 Back of a length from Broad, defended off the back foot by Dowrich.
  • 41.6 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 107/5
  • 41.5 Beats the outside edge after shaping away from off. Hope tries to defend but misses. Really difficult to negotiate such deliveries.
  • 41.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 41.3 Fuller on off, Hope pushes at it tentatively and chips it into the air towards extra cover. Luckily for him it drops short of the fielder there as the batsmen take a couple.
  • 41.2 Shortish outside off. Hope does not go for it as he plays inside the line of the delivery.
  • 41.1 Back of a length, defended off the back foot.
  • 40.6 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 105/5
  • 40.5 Fuller on the pads, Hope looks to defend it but gets an inside edge which goes towards fine leg for a single.
  • 40.4 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman.
  • 40.3 Four Leg byes. Down the leg side, Hope looks to flick but misses. The ball strikes the pads and runs down to the fine leg fence.
  • 40.2 Bouncer from Broad! Hope goes down looking to duck under it while attempting to hook it as well. Misses the ball completely as he took his eyes off the ball.
  • 40.1 Length ball shaping away. Hope leaves it alone.
  • 39.6 Back of a length, defended off the back foot by Dowrich. Another successful over for Anderson, he is on fire. 100/5
  • 39.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 39.4 Fuller on the pads, played straight towards square leg.
  • 39.3 Wide outside off, Dowrich shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • SHANE DOWRICH walks in to bat with his team in a precarious position. Five slips in place. Root is on the attack.
  • 39.2 OUT! Fourth wicket for Anderson! Bowls this on a good length around off, gets it to move away after pitching. Blackwood tries to push it towards covers but looks very tentative and hence gets a thick outside edge which goes to the keeper. Easy catch for Bairstow and that's the end of Blackwood's innings. He never looked too comfortable in the middle. He was dropped by Broad, survived an LBW call but still couldn't last long. Anderson, moving towards yet another 5-fer, punches the air in elation! Half the Windies side is back in the pavilion. The visitors lead only by 29.
  • 39.1 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 38.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 100/4
  • 38.5 Risky shot! Full on off, Blackwood looks to loft it over mid off. Gets an inside edge which goes towards fine leg. Single taken.
  • 38.4 Outside off, shaping away. Blackwood goes to push at it but misses.
  • 38.3 NOT OUT! The review saves him on this occasion! It was bowled on middle, shaping slightly in. Blackwood looks to push it off his front foot but misses as the ball goes through and strikes him on the back pad. Broad appeals straightaway, Erasmus thinks and then has a look towards the square leg umpire. He finally decides to rule it out. Blackwood immediately opts for the review. There is a slight inside edge which is spotted on Ultra Edge. The umpire would not have known as he thought the two noises could have been the bat hitting the pad and then the ball going on to hit the back pad. Good review by the Windies batsman!
  • Blackwood has been adjudged LBW but he reviews it immediately. Big moment in the game. Umpire Erasmus for some reason looked at his partner Chris Gaffaney and decided to rule it out. Stokes feels there is an inside edge. Only that can save Jermaine.
  • 38.2 Length ball on off, defended off the back foot by Blackwood.
  • 38.1 Angles this onto the pads, Hope plays it towards square leg for a single.
  • 37.6 Length ball around off. Pushed off the back foot towards the off side. 98/4
  • 37.5 Another length ball on off. Defended from within the crease.
  • 37.4 Back of a length on off, Blackwood blocks it off his back foot.
  • 37.3 Shows the full face of the bat and defends this off the back foot.
  • 37.2 Ooh just misses the top of off stump there! This one is also on a good length, shaping away a touch. Blackwood tries to defend it off his back foot but misses.
  • 37.1 Good length ball on middle, Blackwood defends it solidly.
  • 36.6 This one swings in substantially from a fuller length around off, Hope keeps it out watchfully. 98/4
  • 36.5 Broad is probing in around the zone of apprehension. Hope is cool as a cucumber. He covers his off pole, strides ahead and keeps his bat inside the line to make a good leave.
  • 36.4 On a good length around off, Hope hangs back and blocks it to covers.
  • 36.3 Length delivery on off, Hope covers the line and eases it to mid off.
  • 36.2 This is good bowling from Broad! He steams in and pitches it on a length outside off in the corridor of uncertainty. Gets some good inward movement as well. Hope plays inside the line and lets it go.
  • 36.1 Full length delivery around off, driven crisply to mid off.
  • 35.6 Angles this one down the leg side. Blackwood looks to flick but misses. 98/4
  • There is an issue with the ball. The umpires are again passing it through the 8-shaped gauge. However, they feel that it is alright.
  • 35.5 Good length on off Blackwood hops towards it and blocks it off his back foot.
  • 35.4 Good length ball on middle, defended off the back foot towards mid on.
  • 35.3 Defends this one from within the crease.
  • 35.2 Dropped! Broad is not happy with himself as he hits the turf in anger. This is on a length on off and Blackwood looks to go hard at it. He gets it off the toe end of the bat and it flies towards Broad at mid off. He gets his hands behind the ball but fluffs as it bursts through. Quite an easy chance there, Blackwood gets a life! Another catch dropped in this series. Couple taken in the end as well.
  • 35.1 Length ball around off. Blackwood goes hard it and gets a leading edge which flies through covers. Couple taken.
  • 34.6 Wide outside off, Hope leaves it alone again. 94/4
  • 34.5 Moves this away from Hope this time. Left alone by him.
  • 34.4 Struck on the pads! Loud shout by Broad but the umpire is not interested at all. This is a back of a length delivery angling into the batsman. Hope looks to defend but misses and the ball strikes him high on the pads. Sadly for England, they've lost both their reviews and can't take it upstairs. It wouldn't have mattered anyways as that was high and easily missing the stumps.
  • 34.3 Good length outside off, Hope plays inside the line of this delivery.
  • Umpire Erasmus passes the ball through the 8-shaped gauge. It is fine enough to continue.
  • 34.2 Another one that is full on middle. Hope drives it straight to mid on.
  • 34.1 Fuller on middle, driven straight to mid on.
  • 33.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 94/4
  • 33.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 33.4 Back of a length delivery this time. Blackwood blocks it off his back foot towards mid on.
  • 33.3 Outside off, Blackwood swings at it and misses.
  • 33.2 Fuller on middle, played straight to mid-wicket.
  • 33.1 In the air! Safe! Starts the over with a full length ball on middle and off. Blackwood looks to flick but gets a leading edge. It goes in the air, there are shouts of catch it. However it goes wide of the man at extra cover and falls safely. Broad makes a good stop there though.
  • 32.6 Another one outside off, left alone. 94/4
  • 32.5 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 32.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 32.3 Bowls this outside off, Hope goes for it but misses.
  • 32.2 Fuller again outside off, Hope looks to defend. Gets an outside edge but it does not carry to the slips.
  • 32.1 Fullish on middle and off, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • STUART BROAD to bowl from the other end. Meanwhile, in the last delivery of the previous over, Anderson was again close to landing on the danger area but umpire Chris Gaffaney didn't notice it. The veteran needs to be careful.
  • 31.6 Back of a length around middle, played off the back foot and into the ground. Great start from Anderson and he provides the breakthrough in the first over of the day. 94/4
  • 31.5 Going down the leg side, Blackwood looks to swing at it but misses. There is an appeal for caught behind as the keeper takes it but the umpire shows no interest. It might have come off the thigh pad there.
  • JERMAINE BLACKWOOD strides out to bat. The Windies are in a spot of bother and England will be aiming to capitalize on that.
  • 31.4 OUT! Anderson gets another! After going past 500 wickets, there's just no stopping him! Chase has been dismissed on just the fourth delivery of the day. Anderson bowls this on a length around off. The ball shapes away as well. Chase goes chasing after it and gets a thick edge which goes behind to the keeper. Bairstow makes no mistake as he dives to his right and completes the catch. West Indies are in big trouble now!
  • 31.3 Another full length ball on middle and leg, pushed towards mid on.
  • 31.2 First run of the day! Fuller one on the pads, flicked towards deep square leg for a single.
  • 31.1 Starts off with a length ball shaping away from around off. Hope looks to poke at it but misses.
  • We are ready to get underway. It is a bright and sunny morning at the home of cricket. 98 overs are scheduled for today. SHAI HOPE and ROSTON CHASE to continue their innings. JAMES ANDERSON to start off with the ball. He is bowling from the end where Chris Gaffaney is the umpire. Wise call by Root. Three slips and a gully in place. Here we go...
  • On the other hand, the hosts know that if they get an early wicket or two, they will hold the upper hand in the contest. With the ball moving around substantially, the lower order of the tourists will definitely be vulnerable. Anderson who has gone past 500 Test wickets is in terrific rhythm but the worry for the home side is that he has already stepped on the danger zone twice. One more time and he will be done for the innings. The forecast is much brighter today and let's hope the weather holds up.
  • Hello and a warm welcome for Day 3 of the final Test between England and West Indies at Lord's. The visitors are effectively 22/3 and they still have a lot of work to do. A lot will depend on Shai Hope who scored a match-winning century in the previous game and he needs to do his best to replicate such a performance. With an opportunity to win a Test series in England after 1988, expect the Windies to come hard.
  • ... DAY 3, SESSION 1 ...
  • Right then! The make or break day is what we have got tomorrow. The match is poised nicely at the moment but the only worry is weather. Let's hope that the rain gods don't interrupt and we get to witness a full day's play. Join us tomorrow at 1100 local (1000 GMT) to see who gains the upper hand. Until next time, it's goodbye from us. Cheers!
  • England will be pretty pleased with their efforts too. Ben Stokes bailed them out of trouble, courtesy a breezy fifty and then the pace duo of Anderson and Broad had fun with the bat to gain a 71-run lead. When they came out to bowl, they took full advantage of the overhead conditions but just towards the end were kept at bay. You got to give it to the Windies' batsmen for seeing off the tricky period as it was really gloomy and batting by no means was an easy task.
  • A long but an eventful day of Test cricket comes to an end! West Indies have fought back well to wipe off the trail and are effectively 22/3! After bowling out England for 194 earlier in the day, they were jolted and thereby Anderson reached the milestone of scalping 500 Test wickets. However, the pair of Kieran Powell and Shai Hope did the rebuilding work and just when they were looking set, Anderson bowled a peach of a delivery to break the stubborn partnership. Roston Chase then walked in and saw off the remainder of the day along with Hope.
  • 30.6 Good length delivery outside off, Chase lets it through to the keeper. THAT'S STUMPS ON DAY 2! 93/3
  • 30.5 Fuller delivery outside off, driven towards the fielder at covers.
  • 30.4 Back of a length delivery outside off, Chase shoulders his arms to it.
  • 30.3 Fuller delivery in line of the stumps, driven down the ground towards the fielder at mid on.
  • 30.2 Good length delivery around off, Chase stays in his crease and defends it neatly.
  • 30.1 Fuller delivery outside off, defended towards gully by the batsman.
  • 29.6 Sprayed into the pads, clipped towards the fielder at mid-wicket. 93/3
  • 29.5 Good length delivery outside off, Hope gets behind the line of the ball to defend it.
  • 29.4 Fuller delivery in line of the stumps, driven towards the fielder at mid on.
  • 29.3 Good length delivery outside off, Hope stays in his crease and defends it towards point.
  • 29.2 Fuller delivery outside off, Hope prods forward and defends it.
  • 29.1 Short delivery outside off, Hope tries to defend it. Gets it off the splice towards the gully region.
  • Change of ends for James Anderson. Running down the slope might help him to stay away from the danger zone.
  • 28.6 Inswinger from Broad! The ball is pitched outside off, Hope stays in his crease and defends it towards square leg for a single. 93/3
  • 28.5 Slower delivery outside off, Hope lets it through to the keeper.
  • 28.4 Angling into the batsman, Hope fails to clip it through.
  • 28.3 Good length delivery outside off, Hope shoulders his arms to it.
  • 28.2 Short delivery sprayed down the leg side, Hope ducks under it.
  • 28.1 FOUR! Easy pickings! Fuller delivery outside off, Hope cherishes the length and drills it through the cover-point region for a boundary.
  • Anderson has a talk with Umpire Marais Erasmus. Seems to be still arguing as Stuart Broad has been handed the ball to bowl the next over.
  • 27.6 Short delivery down the leg side, Hope ducks underneath it 88/3
  • 27.5 Fuller delivery outside off, the ball stays low. Hope stays in his crease and defends it neatly.
  • 27.4 Another good length delivery around off, Hope stays in his crease and defends it towards point.
  • 27.3 Good length delivery outside off, Hope stays in his crease and guides it past the gully region for a couple.
  • 27.2 FOUR! Good shot! Presents a half-volley outside off, Hope leans forward and drives it through the extra cover region for a boundary.
  • 27.1 Fuller delivery around off, driven straight towards mid off.
  • Marais Erasmus takes James Anderson aside from the stump mic and has a serious conversation with him. He is not at all pleased as the quickie is time and again landing in the danger zone. Marais also has a chat with Root regarding the issue. It will be wise if the skipper takes the veteran out of the attack.
  • 26.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 81/3
  • 26.5 Chase goes for a drive but gets beaten.
  • 26.4 NOT OUT! The on-field call stays! Hurls it on a length around off, Chase stays in his crease and tries to defend it. Fails to get his bat on it and is hit flush on his pads. The players appeal but the umpire is not interested. Anderson is quick to ask his captain to review it. It doesn't seem that close but might be out of frustration, he decides to challenge the decision of umpire Erasmus. Ultra Edge shows that there was no bat involved. Ball Tracker shows that it was going down the leg side. England exhaust both their reviews.
  • England once again take a review against an LBW decision. Anderson is very confident and he convinces his skipper to go for the review. However, it seems to be missing leg again.
  • Anderson has been given SECOND OFFICIAL WARNING for landing in the danger zone. One more time and he will be off.
  • 26.3 Again a fuller delivery around off, Chase gets behind the line of the ball to defend it.
  • 26.2 A bit short outside off, Chase stays in his crease and guides it past the gully region for a couple. Beats Ben Stokes who dives at gully and seems to have hurt his shoulder in the process.
  • 26.1 Good length delivery outside off, Chase shoulders his arms to it.
  • 25.6 Fuller delivery outside off, Hope goes for a drive. Gets it off the inner half towards the fielder at mid on. 79/3
  • 25.5 Length delivery outside off, Hope fancies a drive but he fails to make contact.
  • Beautiful view at Lord's. The rainbow is out in all its glory. It has gone pretty dark as well. Meanwhile, umpire Marais Erasmus is passing the ball through the 8-shaped gauge. Feels it is good enough to continue.
  • 25.4 Too wide outside off, Hope shoulders his arms to it.
  • 25.3 Hope leans forward and drives it through the mid off region for a couple.
  • 25.2 NOT OUT! Missing! Swinging in from a length around off, Hope shuffles across and fails to clip it through. In the process, ends up falling a bit too much and gets hit on his pads. The players appeal but the umpire is not interested. Stokes has a chat with Bairstow and Root regarding the review. The all-rounder convinces his skipper to go for it. Ultra Edge shows that there was no bat involved. Ball Tracker shows that it was pitched in line, impact was in line but it wasn't hitting the stumps. The umpire gets it right and England waste a review.
  • A loud shout for an LBW has not been given. Root after having a conversation with Bairstow and Stokes decides to take the review. Seems to be missing leg to the naked eye.
  • 25.1 Fuller around off, Hope prods forward and defends it.
  • 24.6 Again on a fuller length outside off, driven towards the fielder at mid off. Anderson has a talk with umpire Marais Erasmus and he is not happy with the way the bowler talked to him maybe. 77/3
  • 24.5 Fires it fuller outside off, driven towards mid off.
  • James Anderson has got the first official warning for stepping on the danger area. He is seen having an argument with umpire Erasmus who has a smile on his face.
  • 24.4 Angling into the batsman, clipped towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 24.3 FOUR! Streaky! Fuller delivery outside off, Hope goes for a drive way away from his body. Gets an inside edge which rolls past the stumps, through the fine leg region for a boundary.
  • 24.2 Good length delivery outside off, Hope shoulders his arms to it.
  • 24.1 Back of a length delivery into the batsman, Hope stays tall in his crease and defends it.
  • 23.6 Angling into the pads from a length, nudged towards fine leg for a single. 72/3
  • 23.5 Another short delivery angling into the batsman, Hope stays tall in his crease to defend it.
  • 23.4 Short delivery into the batsman, Chase stands behind the line of the ball to defend it.
  • 23.3 Length delivery around off, defended towards covers by the batsman.
  • 23.2 Low full toss outside off, Chase drives it through the cover-point region for a single to get off the mark. SCORES ARE LEVEL!
  • 23.1 Fuller delivery into the pads, clipped through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 22.6 Fuller delivery around middle and off, Roston stays behind the line of the ball to defend it. 69/3
  • 22.5 That was close! Sprayed down the leg side, Chase fails to clip it through. Gets something on its way to the keeper. The players start appealing but the umpire is not interested. Replays show that it was off the thigh guard.
  • Roston Chase is the next man in. Great time for Anderson to bowl. Dark clouds are looming overhead and James is in great rhythm at the moment.
  • 22.4 OUT! Anderson makes a comeback in some style! After getting hit for a boundary, he just bowls a jaffa! Good length delivery angling into the batsman initially, shapes away a touch after hitting the deck. Powell tries to defend it but has no idea where the ball is heading. Misses it completely and finds the top of off stump being shattered. Anderson is making the most of the helpful conditions on offer. A crucial 48-run stand comes to an end. Kieran started well once again but failed to convert it into a big one. England are on the front foot now. West Indies still trail by 2 runs!
  • 22.3 FOUR! Powell has looked sublime throughout! Fuller delivery outside off, Powell leans forward and drives it crisply straight down the ground for a boundary.
  • 22.2 Powell gets behind the line of the ball to defend it.
  • 22.1 Fuller delivery, angling into the pads. Powell fails to clip it through.
  • James Anderson is back into the attack.
  • 21.6 FOUR! Streaky runs! Length delivery outside off, Hope prods forward. Gets an outside edge past the slip region for a boundary. Not really risky as it went past the fielder on a bounce. 65/2
  • 21.5 Hope stays deep in his crease and defends it neatly.
  • 21.4 Another short delivery into the batsman, Hope sways away from the line of the ball.
  • 21.3 Dug in short by Stokes, Hope ducks underneath it.
  • 21.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 21.1 FOUR! Great shot! Fuller delivery outside off, driven through the cover region for a boundary.
  • Nasser Hussain on air makes a good point. While driving, Kieran Powell doesn't move his front foot much and is pretty stiff. That is why false strokes are induced when he attempts it. However, he is good defensively. He commits himself completely while blocking the deliveries.
  • 20.6 Hurls this fuller into the pads, Hope swings the bat with all his might. Fails to make contact as the ball hits his pads and ricochets towards square leg. A leg bye is taken. 57/2
  • 20.5 Fuller delivery outside off, Powell swings his bat. Gets an inside edge on it which rolls towards fine leg for a single.
  • 20.4 Good length delivery outside off, defended towards covers off the back foot.
  • 20.3 Back of a length delivery outside off, KP shoulders his arms to it.
  • 20.2 Fuller delivery in line of the stumps, drilled towards mid on by Powell.
  • 20.1 Good length delivery outside off, defended off the back foot towards cover-point.
  • 19.6 Around off on a good length, the ball stays low. Hope still manages to defend it off the back foot. 55/2
  • 19.5 Length delivery, angling into the batsman. Shai gets behind the line of the ball to defend it perfectly.
  • 19.4 Angling into Shai Hope, he stays in his crease and defends it towards mid-wicket.
  • 19.3 Four leg byes! Sprayed into the pads, Hope fails to clip it through. Brushes his pads and the ball races away to the fine leg fence for byes.
  • 19.2 Good length delivery outside off, Hope shoulders his arms to it.
  • 19.1 The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
  • 18.6 Fuller delivery in line of the stumps, pushed off the back foot towards the fielder at mid on. 51/2
  • 18.5 FOUR! No need to run for those! Good length delivery outside off, Powell camps back and punches it through the cover region for a boundary. Top shot, this!
  • 18.4 On a length outside off, Powell shoulders his arms to it.
  • 18.3 Good length delivery around middle and leg, Powell stays in his crease and defends it back to the bowler.
  • 18.2 Angling across from a length outside off, Powell chooses to let it through this time.
  • 18.1 FOUR! Crunched! Fuller delivery outside off, Powell leans forward and smokes it through the cover region for a boundary. There is no looking back there.
  • 17.6 Short delivery into the batsman, Hope tries to fend it on the leg side. Hits something and the ball lobs in the air. Stokes comes running forward but only manages to catch it on a bounce. 43/2
  • 17.5 Fires this fuller around off, dug out towards the fielder at covers.
  • 17.4 Good length delivery outside off, Hope shoulders his arms to it.
  • 17.3 Angling into the batsman, Hope stays in his crease and clips it towards the fielder at mid-wicket.
  • 17.2 Fuller into the pads, clipped through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 17.1 FOUR! Deft! Length delivery outside off, Powell just opens the face of his bat and guides it past the gully fielder for a boundary.
  • 16.6 Angling into the pads, clipped towards the fielder at mid-wicket. 38/2
  • 16.5 FOUR! Good shot! Fuller outside off, Hope gets forward and drives it through the cover region for a boundary.
  • 16.4 Short delivery outside off, Hope camps back and defends it towards covers.
  • 16.3 Fuller delivery around off, Hope shuffles across a touch and goes for the drive. Gets an inside edge onto his back pad. The English players still appeal but the umpire is not interested in it.
  • 16.2 Angling into the hips, clipped towards the fielder at mid-wicket.
  • 16.1 Fuller delivery in line of the stumps, driven back to the bowler. Toby Roland-Jones gets a hand to it and deflects it towards mid off.
  • 15.6 Another back of a length delivery outside off, punched off the back foot towards point. 34/2
  • 15.5 Fires a fuller delivery into the pads, Powell fails to clip it through.
  • 15.4 Short delivery outside off, punched towards the fielder at point.
  • 15.3 Back of a length delivery around off, Powell gets behind the line of the ball to defend it.
  • 15.2 Fuller delivery outside off, driven towards the fielder at mid off.
  • 15.1 Powell stays in his crease and defends it.
  • Drinks has been taken. The highlight till now has been James Anderson bagging his 500th Test wicket and that too at the home of cricket. A moment he will surely cherish for a lifetime! The English bowlers have been right on the money and the opposition is finding it difficult to apply themselves. The visitors still trail by 37 with eight wickets in hand. Can the star of the previous game, Shai Hope show his side the way once again or will the Englishmen push the tourists further on the back foot? An exciting passage of play awaits!
  • 14.6 Angling into the batsman from a shortish length, Hope shuffles across a touch and defends it on the leg side. 34/2
  • 14.5 Another shorter delivery outside off, Hope lets it through to the keeper.
  • 14.4 Short delivery outside off, Hope stays in his crease and defends it.
  • 14.3 Good length delivery around off, Hope gets behind the line of the ball to defend it.
  • 14.2 Back of a length delivery outside off, Shai Hope shoulders his arms to it.
  • 14.1 Good length delivery around off, defended towards gully off the outer half.
  • 13.6 FOUR! Delightful! Fuller delivery outside off, Powell punches it straight down the ground. Beats the diving Ben Stokes and races away to the long off fence. 34/2
  • 13.5 Length delivery in line of the stumps, driven back to the bowler.
  • 13.4 Powell stays in his crease and goes for a push but fails to make contact.
  • 13.3 Fuller delivery outside off, driven towards wide mid off. The fielder there makes a good stop.
  • 13.2 Good length delivery outside off, left alone by the batsman.
  • 13.1 Nah, nah, not even close! Starts with a good length delivery outside off, punched towards covers by the batsman.
  • BEN STOKES has been introduced into the attack. He is on a hat-trick. Can he take it? Four slips and a short mid on in place. Meanwhile, Stuart Broad is walking off the field to take a breather.
  • 12.6 Short delivery outside off, Shai shoulders his arms to it. 30/2
  • 12.5 Angling into the hips, nudged towards mid-wicket by the batsman.
  • 12.4 Back of a length delivery outside off, Hope stays tall in his crease and defends it neatly.
  • 12.3 Good length delivery outside off, swinging in. Hope covers the stumps and lets it through to the keeper.
  • 12.2 Seaming in from around off on a fuller length, Hope tries to defend it. Gets it towards second slip on a bounce off the outside edge.
  • Ben Stokes is warming up.
  • 12.1 Good length delivery outside off, pushed towards mid off.
  • 11.6 Shortish around off, Powell gets on top of it and stabs it towards gully. 30/2
  • 11.5 Back of a length delivery around middle, blocked into the deck.
  • 11.4 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 11.3 FOUR! Pulled away! Short and angling into the batsman. Sits up nicely for the batsman, who rides the bounce and plays a controlled pull through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 11.2 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 11.1 Hope gets forward and defends it with soft hands in the cover region for a single.
  • 10.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 25/2
  • 10.5 Pitched around leg, seams away sharply. Powell feels for it and gets beaten.
  • 10.4 Full on middle, clipped though mid-wicket for a single.
  • 10.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 10.2 Powell stays back and taps it in front of covers for a single.
  • 10.1 Shortish and angling across the batsman, Powell looks to cut it but gets a bottom edge. It runs in the slip cordon between second and third slip. One of the two fielders get his hands to it and the ball slows down. A brace is taken.
  • Toby Roland-Jones is brought into the attack.
  • 9.6 Good length delivery, Hope hops and defends it solidly. 21/2
  • Shai Hope to bat at number 4! West Indies are in a spot of bother. Can he repeat his heroics from the last game and bail his side out of trouble?
  • 9.5 OUT! The decision stands! Terrific bowling from Broad and surely he deserves this wicket. Fuller in length outside off, swinging in sharply. Hope tries to drive it down the ground but misses to get pinged low on the back pad. The hosts appeal confidently in unison and up goes the umpire's finger. Kyle Hope ambles across to Powell and ponders about the review. After a conversation, Kyle finally takes it. The replays roll in. The Hawk Eye shows that the impact is in line and it is crashing into the off stump. This is a waste of a review. The youngster's misery continues.
  • Kyle Hope has been adjudged LBW! He has opted for the review after speaking to his partner. Seems plumb to the naked eye.
  • 9.4 On the boots, clipped around the corner for a single.
  • 9.3 Outside off, Powell lets it go.
  • 9.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 9.1 Fullish delivery outside off, driven with an open bat face to backward point.
  • 8.6 Full length delivery around off, tapped to covers for a brisk single. 20/1
  • 8.5 Peach! Good length delivery around off, coming in with the angle initially. Powell has no choice but to play at it but the ball nips away after landing to beat him black and blue.
  • 8.4 In the corridor of apprehension, shaping away after landing. Powell doesn't flirt with it.
  • 8.3 Straying on the pads, Kieran flicks it through backward square leg for a brace.
  • 8.2 Length delivery outside off, angling in. Powell knows where his off stump is and makes a good leave.
  • 8.1 Length delivery on off, Powell eases it to mid on.
  • 7.6 Similar length delivery on off, tapped back to Broad. 17/1
  • 7.5 Fuller in length outside off, played with soft hands to covers.
  • 7.4 Hope shuffles across to counter the inward movement. He does well to work it to mid on.
  • 7.3 Straying on the hips, helped around the corner for a single.
  • Bairstow the real team-man! After the ball pegged the middle stump and raced away, Jonny sprinted after it to retrieve the ball. So that Anderson can hold the ball up to take the applause of the Lord's crowd!
  • 7.2 FOUR! He is very strong around his pads. Fullish delivery on middle and leg, Powell clips it through mid-wicket to find the fence. The timing was spot on and he got the desired result.
  • 7.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 6.6 Full length delivery outside off, Hope pushes at it with a stiff front foot and again gets beaten. 12/1
  • 6.5 Good length delivery outside off, Powell plays at it but gets it off the outer half to backward point. A run taken.
  • 6.4 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 6.3 Anderson comes from around the wicket and bowls it well outside off. Kieran plants his front foot across and sees it through safely.
  • 6.2 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 6.1 Another nervy moment! On a fuller length outside off, swinging in sharply. Powell shuffles a bit and points his bat skywards to let it go. The ball was very close and missed the off pole by a whisker.
  • 5.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 11/1
  • 5.5 That's a jaffa! On a drivable length outside off, shaping in with the angle initially. Kyle pushes at it with minimal foot movement but it nips away after pitching to leave him clueless.
  • 5.4 This is testing stuff and the West Indies batsmen have been caught completely off guard. Fullish delivery outside off, swinging away substantially. Hope feels for it but gets foxed completely.
  • 5.3 Length delivery outside off, stays low. Hope hangs back to defend but the ball passes under his bat.
  • 5.2 Beautiful bowling! Fuller in length and coming in with the angle. Hope shuffles and pushes it tentatively to mid on.
  • 5.1 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 4.6 Short of a length outside off, holding its line. Kieran doesn't flirt with it. Ends another testing over from Anderson. 11/1
  • 4.5 Anderson is absolutely enjoying himself! Fuller in length this time, swinging away. Powell strides forward to counter it but misses again.
  • 4.4 Close shave! This one nips away after pitching. Powell pushes at it lazily and is beaten on the outside edge.
  • 4.3 This one swings the other way. Powell looks to keep it out but is beaten by the sharp inward movement. The ball sneaks through the gap between his bat and pads and whizzes through to the keeper.
  • 4.2 Hope taps this to covers and takes off. Broad hurls in a wayward throw at the striker's end but the back up fielder stops it. A run taken.
  • 4.1 There is a spring in the stride of Anderson. He steams in and bowls a pacy good length delivery outside off. Hope pokes at it but is beaten all ends up. Just before the ball, England seemed to have a problem with the ball. The umpires had a look at it and they decided to change it.
  • 3.6 In the corridor of uncertainty, Powell feels for it but gets beaten. 10/1
  • 3.5 FOUR! Powell is living dangerously! Length delivery outside off, Kyle throws his bat at it but gets it off the outer half of the bat. The ball flies over the leaping third slip fielder and races to the fence.
  • 3.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 3.3 DROPPED! Good length delivery around off, coming in with the angle and gets big on Powell. He looks to fend it off but gets a thick outside edge towards fourth slip. Ben Stokes stationed there gets low to his right, attempts to catch it but fails to do so. The ball hits his chest, dribbles on his knee and falls down. The all-rounder is usually very good in that region. He seems to be a little hurt as well. Nevertheless, Kieran survives a scare!
  • 3.2 In the zone outside off, a bit wider this time. Powell adopts a circumspect approach allowing it to go through.
  • 3.1 Length delivery outside off, shaping away. Powell doesn't fiddle with it.
  • Kyle Hope is the new man in.
  • 2.6 OUT! 500th Test wicket for James Anderson! Take a bow, Jimmy! What an achievement, amazing! It's full and swinging in sharply into the batsman. Brathwaite looks to defend it off the front foot but gets undone by the inswing. The ball goes through his defence and pegs the middle stump. Anderson is delighted and why won't he be! His teammates surround him to congratulate. James shows the cherry towards the dressing room. First Englishman to get to this landmark, sixth overall and third pacer. To pick a wicket at Lord's is something special but to scalp his 500th is unforgettable. This guy is still going strong. West Indies trail by 65 runs! 6/1
  • 2.5 Shortish around off, dabbed in the cover-point region for a single
  • 2.4 Brave leave! Length delivery around middle and off, angling away. Powell is very watchful. He moves across again and leaves it.
  • 2.3 Straying on the pads, Powell moves across again and taps it off his hips on the leg side.
  • 2.2 Back of a length delivery, slanting across, Powell covers the stumps and drops it on the off side.
  • 2.1 Away swinger from Anderson, Powell leaves it carefully.
  • Stuart Broad is not happy with the landing area. The groundsmen are called in. They are sweeping it to ensure that there is no concern.
  • 1.6 Appeal for a caught behind! Length delivery around off, nips back in sharply. Brathwaite looks to defend but the ball goes through his defence. The ball deflects off the thigh pad and goes in Bairstow's gloves. The players appeal mutedly but the umpire stays put. 5/0
  • 1.5 Full outside off, Kraigg prods ahead and pushes it straight back. Broad fumbles but doesn't concede a run.
  • 1.4 FOUR! Smoothly done! Full and tailing into the pads, Brathwaite leans across and flicks it crisply. The timing is spot on and the ball races away to the square leg fence.
  • 1.3 On a good length outside off, nips away a touch, Brathwaite gets across and blocks it on the leg side.
  • 1.2 Back of a length delivery outside off, Powell gets on the top of the bounce and taps it on the off side for a single.
  • 1.1 Length delivery wide outside off, Powell covers the stumps and leaves it alone.
  • STUART BROAD to share the new cherry from the other end.
  • 0.6 Good length delivery around off, a bit of away nibble again. Brathwaite hangs back and defends it stoutly. Anderson begins with a maiden! 0/0
  • 0.5 Fullish on off this time, attacking the base of off stump. Kraigg puts his head down and defends it calmly.
  • 0.4 Length delivery on off, swinging away a touch. Braithwaite gets behind it and pats it towards mid off.
  • 0.3 Back of a length delivery outside off, still not close enough to make the right-hander play.
  • 0.2 Fullish outside off again, shaping away. Kraigg doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 0.1 Fuller length delivery outside off, swinging away. Brathwaite points his bat skywards to let it go. The crowd is right behind him as Jimmy is just one shy of 500 Test wickets. What a moment it will be when he gets there!
  • Joe Root has been handed the trophy. He is all smiles and along with his teammates poses for a photograph. That brings us to the close of a terrific Test series between England and West Indies. The visitors did extremely well to win the second Test and surprised one and all. People would have thought that another upset is on the cards but the strong willed English side rose to the occasion. The Windies had an opportunity to win a Test series in England after 1988 but every story doesn't have a happy ending. However, the one-off T20I is coming up and it will be followed by a 5-match ODI series. The hosts will back themselves but expect a tough fight from the tourists. Till then, goodbye and cheers!
  • England skipper, Joe Root feels the guys did fantastically well this morning and continued throughout the day. Thinks (on Anderson's 500 wickets) it speaks for itself, says that he knows this game inside out. Adds that he controlled the movement very well. Jokingly admits that he comes as grumpy but very helpful and is brilliant for the dressing room. Further adds that his side played some great cricket throughout the summer. Feels that the way his side won has been fantastic. He hopes to take it forward this winter and it's a great place to be before a big series. Ends by thanking Investec for their support across a number of years.
  • West Indies skipper, Jason Holder says that there are no regrets. Mentions that the boys put up a good fight after the first innings. Rues the fact that they didn't bat that well in the second innings. Credits Shai Hope for the way he has played throughout the series. Adds that it is a great positive after the way they came back after the Edgbaston Test and proved their caliber in Headingley. Applauds James Anderson for reaching 500 Test wickets. Further says that he is a world class bowler. States that they are going to Zimabawe in a couple of months and need to play good cricket. Reckons that they need to be more disciplined with the ball. Declares that they need to improve on their fielding as well as they dropped quite a few catches. Again praises Shai Hope for his outstanding display with the bat. Ends by saying that he is a special talent and feels that he will only get better with time.
  • Man of the Series for England, James Anderson says that he will remember this (500th wicket) for the rest of his life, adds that it's always special at Lord's. Feels that it's good to share the moment with the guys. Accepts that he didn't think he'd play this much for England and is delighted to achieve this feat. Also feels that at the end, it worked to bowl from the nursery end. Admits that he tried to create pressure and got rewards for it. Goes on to say that he's not surprised on his fitness as he has worked hard. Knows that with age comes injuries but thankfully that hasn't happened. He (on the outgoing bowling coach) will be a huge loss and he has been fantastic to work with. Ends by wishing him all the best for the future.
  • Man of the Series for West Indies, Shai Hope considers this as a breakthrough series for him. Hopes that he can carry this performance further. Feels it's a tough place (England) to play cricket and is happy to come out good for his side and get some runs under his belt. Adds it was a great learning experience for all the batters as back at home they don't get to see ball moving around so much. Ends by saying it's all about trusting your plan and executing it.
  • Man of the Match, Ben Stokes says it was good to comeback here and put the performance. Adds that the way they managed to bounce back after losing at Headingly, gives credit to the hunger of the side for that. Feels it was very good (his bowling) and Root said keep on going. Further adds that the bowling has been improving as it has been coming along nicely. Credits the coach, he's been great for the team and will be missed. Goes on to say that Root showed his class on the second day. Ends by saying that he took a positive approach (on his batting) and went for anything in his area.
  • And then began the Anderson show. The Lord's crowd was eagerly waiting in anticipation for his 500th Test wicket and he reached the milestone with a ripper. He became only the third pace bowler to achieve it, a rare feat indeed! He made the ball talk, rattled the opposition and picked up a seven-wicket haul. Shai Hope was the only hope for the tourists. He looked good but eventually crumbled under pressure. In the end, there was no twist in the tale. The home side chased the paltry target with ease. Stay tuned with us as the presentation is coming up in a while...
  • When you get bundled out for 123, the morale is down but credit to the visitors for putting in their 100 percent. Kemar Roach shone with the ball to pick up a fifer. However, a breezy knock from Stokes and the late flourish from Broad and Anderson helped the hosts to take a handy 71-run lead.
  • Earlier, after winning the toss, Holder elected to bat first. The weather turned gloomy after the game started and there was prodigious movement on offer for the seam bowlers. Anderson was decent to pick up two wickets but it was Stokes who did the damage with a 6-fer. He ran through the Windies batting line up who were caught in shallow waters and fell like a pack of cards.
  • Great way to end the summer for Joe Root and Co. What a brilliant performance from England! They got a wake-up call after losing the second game but have bounced back in style to win the decider. The hosts just needed 107 runs to win and it was a stroll in the park for them. Though Cook fell early, the pair of Stoneman and Westley played sensible cricket to get their side across the finish line. The Windies didn't have much runs to protect and as expected, ended on the losing side.
  • 27.6 That's it then! Loopy ball on middle and Stoneman gets across and paddles it towards fine leg. He runs the first one hard and scampers back for the second as well! The throw is at the striker's end as Mark dives to get back in. Dowrich dislodges the bails and it's taken upstairs. Replays show he is safely in. ENGLAND WIN BY 9 WICKETS AND TAKE THE SERIES 2-1.
  • 27.5 Camps back and punches this off the back foot through covers for a single.
  • 27.4 Loopy ball on off, Westley plays it to point.
  • 27.3 Plays this one straight back to the bowler.
  • 27.2 Angles this one on middle and leg. Stoneman whips it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 27.1 Loopy ball on off, defended off the back foot.
  • 26.6 Plays this one off the front foot and into the ground. 103/1
  • 26.5 FOUR! This is shortish around off, Westley whips it hard off the back foot through mid-wicket for a boundary. England are just one hit away now!
  • 26.4 Floated on middle, Westley plays it through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 26.3 Outside off again, Westley leaves it alone.
  • 26.2 Gets his front foot forward and defends this solidly into the ground.
  • 26.1 FOUR! Slog sweep comes to good use this time! That is floated around off and Westley gets down to hit it hard through the mid-wicket region. 10 runs to win now!
  • The session has rightly been extended. With only 14 needed to win, England will look to reach the finish line quickly.
  • 25.6 Floated outside off. Stoneman plays it to point. 93/1
  • 25.5 Loopy ball just outside off. Stoneman heaves it hard but straight to mid-wicket.
  • 25.4 Bowls this wide outside off. Stoneman leaves it alone.
  • 25.3 Floated on middle, driven through mid on for a single.
  • 25.2 Compensates for the previous one with a very full delivery on off. Westley jams it out.
  • 25.1 Shortish this time, pulled straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 24.6 Floated delivery, Stoneman leans forward and smothers the turn. 92/1
  • 24.5 Slow through the air, Mark hangs back and places it to point.
  • 24.4 Flatter this time, Stoneman stonewalls it.
  • 24.3 Flighted around off, patted to mid off.
  • 24.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 24.1 Coming in with the arm. Stoneman answers it with a straight bat.
  • 23.6 Westley drives this one but finds the man at covers. 92/1
  • 23.5 Floated delivery, eased to mid off.
  • 23.4 FOUR! Short delivery on middle and leg, Westley rocks back and pulls it with aplomb through wide mid on. It has been timed well and he picks up another boundary.
  • 23.3 Another one which is tossed up, Westley smothers it confidently.
  • The Lord's crowd is up on its feet. They are applauding the legendary radio commentator - Henry Blofeld who is retiring after this game.
  • 23.2 Loopy delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 23.1 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 22.6 Fullish on middle, Tom sweeps it to deep backward square leg for a single. 88/1
  • 50-run stand up between Westley and Stoneman.
  • 22.5 FOUR! Tossed up outside off, Westley drills it past the diving extra cover fielder for a rocketing boundary.
  • 22.4 Shortish around off, cut through point for a run.
  • 22.3 Flighted delivery, Mark lunges forward in defense.
  • 22.2 Tossed up around off, eased to covers.
  • 22.1 Floated around off, spinning away. Stoneman places it through backward point. Gabriel in the deep runs across to his right and keeps it down to a couple.
  • 21.6 Flatter one on off, blocked solidly. 80/1
  • 21.5 Flighted around off, Westley clears his front leg and goes for the drive but finds short extra cover.
  • 21.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 21.3 Tossed up around off, stroked to mid off.
  • 21.2 Quicker through the air, nicely negotiated off the front foot by Tom.
  • 21.1 Loopy delivery around off, spinning away. Westley goes for a drive but gets it off the outer half to backward point.
  • 20.6 Coming in with the arm. Stoneman keeps it out nicely. 80/1
  • The rain has eased off for now but it's still very dark. Let's hope the weather holds up.
  • 20.5 Fullish outside off, Mark drives it with an open face of the bat through backward point. A brace taken.
  • 20.4 Drifting into Stoneman. He comes forward to block it but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 20.3 Strides forward to defend it solidly.
  • 20.2 Chase drags his length back a touch. Tom hangs back to block it.
  • 20.1 Tossed up around off, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 19.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single. 78/1
  • 19.5 Flatter on the pads, Westley rocks back and pulls it hard to deep mid-wicket. A single taken.
  • 19.4 Stays back in the crease and defends it to mid-wicket.
  • 19.3 Slow through the air, Westley strokes it to covers.
  • 19.2 Tossed up around off, Stoneman lunges forward to defend it but gets it off the outer half towards backward point. A run taken.
  • 19.1 Shortish outside off, slapped off the back foot to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 18.6 Fullish in length, swept all along the ground through backward square leg for a run. 74/1
  • 18.5 Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman.
  • 18.4 An appeal for a caught behind turned down! Floated outside off, drifting away. Westley leans ahead to counter it but misses. Dowrich collects it and also takes the bails off. The Windies appeal but the umpire stays put. The Snickometer shows that the sound was of the bat hitting the pad. Westley's back foot was also inside the crease.
  • 18.3 FOUR! Loopy delivery outside off, Westley extends his arms and drives it elegantly through extra cover for a boundary.
  • 18.2 Fullish delivery, eased to mid on.
  • 18.1 Straighter delivery outside off, Westley doesn't flirt with it.
  • ROSTON CHASE comes on to bowl. Meanwhile a steady drizzle has begun. Hopefully it's just passing by.
  • 17.6 Pushed quicker through the air around off, Stoneman goes for the cut but is cramped for room. Ends up chopping it towards the keeper. That was not far away from the off stump. 69/1
  • 17.5 Loopy delivery, kept out watchfully.
  • 17.4 Drifting in from around off. Stoneman pushes at it but gets it off the inner half to mid-wicket.
  • 17.3 Floated delivery, Stoneman leans ahead to block it.
  • 17.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 17.1 Shortish outside off, cut to backward point.
  • 16.6 Fuller length delivery outside off, angling in. Tom lets it go. 69/1
  • 16.5 FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! On a fullish length and straying on the pads. Westley clips it uppishly through mid-wicket. The timing is spot on and the ball whistles away to the fence.
  • 16.4 Shaping in sharply this time. Westley clips it nicely but Chase at short mid-wicket makes a good stop.
  • 16.3 In the zone of apprehension, Tom Westley points his bat skywards to make a good leave.
  • 16.2 On a length on middle and leg, Westley hangs back and defends it solidly.
  • 16.1 Fullish delivery, angling into Westley. He lunges forward in defense.
  • HOLDER comes back to bowl.
  • 15.6 Floated delivery around off, played with soft hands to mid off. 65/1
  • 15.5 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 15.4 Stays back to the flatter delivery and blocks it.
  • 15.3 FOUR! The southpaw is growing in confidence! This is shorter in length. Stoneman makes good use of the depth of the crease and tucks it through mid-wicket to find the fence again. England are just 42 runs away from winning the match and the series as well.
  • 15.2 FOUR! Beautifully timed! Fullish delivery on off, Stoneman clips it past the diving Holder at short mid-wicket. Once it went past him, the result was destined.
  • 15.1 Shortish delivery on off, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 14.6 On a fullish length again, Tom pats it down the track and it goes on to hit the bat of the non-striker. 57/1
  • 14.5 Fuller in length on off, driven sweetly to mid off.
  • 14.4 Length delivery outside off, Tom plants his front foot across to allow it through.
  • 14.3 Back of a length delivery on off, Tom stands tall and defends it stoutly beside the pitch on the leg side.
  • 14.3 Wide! Holder loses his radar and slips it well outside off. The right-hander has nothing to do about it.
  • 14.2 In the corridor of uncertainty, holding its line. Tom doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 14.1 Length delivery, angling into Westley. He works it to mid on.
  • 13.6 Tossed up outside off, Tom eases it through cover-point for a run and he will retain the strike. 56/1
  • 13.5 Quicker one on off, kept out watchfully.
  • 13.4 Fullish delivery on off, drilled to Bishoo who parries it towards mid off.
  • 13.3 Outside off, spinning away. Westley leaves it alone.
  • 13.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 13.1 Floated around off, played with an angled bat to backward point.
  • 12.6 Angling away from Mark. He lets it go. 55/1
  • 12.5 That's a peach! Good length delivery on middle, Stoneman looks to keep it out but the ball seams away after pitching to fox him completely.
  • 12.4 CLOSE SHAVE! Short delivery on off, Stoneman committs himself on the pull but doesn't control it well. The fielder at mid-wicket crouches to take it but it falls just short of him.
  • 12.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 12.2 Fullish around off, Stoneman goes at it with hard hands and mistimes it back to the bowler.
  • 12.1 Around the hips, helped to square leg.
  • 11.6 Clips this against the spin to mid-wicket. 55/1
  • 11.5 Nervy moment! Fullish on middle, Westley works it to mid on and immediately sets off for a run. Stoneman is late to take off. Holder at mid on runs across to his left and picks up the ball. The throw is wayward towards Dowrich who fails to collect it. Even the fielder at first doesn't manage to stop it. An extra run taken as well. Had the throw been better, there would have been a chance for a run out.
  • 11.4 Once again it is shortish, placed through point for a run.
  • 11.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 11.2 Shorter in length this time, Stoneman stays back and defends it down the track.
  • 11.1 On middle and leg, Tom flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Drinks are on the field. It's just a matter of time for the home side. They are cruising along quite well and need just 56 runs with 9 wickets in hand.
  • 10.6 Another one outside off, left alone this time. 51/1
  • 10.5 Shortish outside off, pulled off the back foot and finds the man at mid on.
  • 10.4 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 10.3 FOUR! Width on offer and Stoneman pounces on it! He cuts it hard through the point region. That raced away and crossed the ropes within a blink of an eye! England are almost halfway there now.
  • 10.2 Wide outside off this time, left alone by the batsman.
  • 10.1 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 9.6 Flat-bats this one off the back foot towards mid off. 47/1
  • 9.5 Floated around middle and off, played off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 9.4 Plays this one off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 9.3 Outside off this time, left alone.
  • 9.2 FOUR! It's a bish from Bishoo! Bowls a half-tracker on middle and Westley pulls it hard through mid-wicket for a boundary. West Indies cannot afford to give the batsmen such dollies, they don't have that many runs to play with.
  • 9.1 Floated around middle and turning slightly in. It has been flicked towards fine leg. Gabriel in the deep fails to collect the ball cleanly in the first attempt and concedes an extra run. Three runs taken.
  • Michael Holding on air mentions that there are a lot of dark clouds on one side of the ground. However, it is still bright and sunny and the chances of rain are minimal.
  • 8.6 Full on the pads, Westley flicks it nicely through square leg for a couple. 40/1
  • 8.5 Fuller around off, played off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 8.4 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 8.3 Outside off this time, Westley opens the face of his bat and plays it to point.
  • 8.2 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 8.1 Good length ball on middle, Stoneman flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 7.6 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 37/1
  • 7.5 Westley is eager to come on the front foot but Bishoo smartly drags his length back. Kept out in the end.
  • 7.4 Loopy ball around, defended off the front foot.
  • 7.3 Floated around the pads, Tom lunges forward in defense.
  • 7.2 Quicker delivery on the pads, Westley whips it through mid-wicket. Gets off the mark with a couple.
  • TOM WESTLEY comes out to bat.
  • 7.1 OUT! Bishoo strikes on the very first delivery! Bowls this around off and gets it to turn slightly into the batsman. Cook looks to defend it off the front foot but misses. The ball hits him on the pads plumb in front of the stumps and the umpire raises his finger immediately. Cook has a chat with his partner and eventually decides against the review. Wise call not to challenge the decision as the Hawk Eye shows three reds. An optimist would say, West Indies are just 9 wickets away from victory.
  • DEVENDRA BISHOO to roll his arm over now. This is his first over of the match. Can he turn things around for the visitors?
  • 6.6 Fuller on off again, Cook defends it towards covers for a quick single. 35/0
  • 6.5 Full outside off, Cook leans forward for the drive but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 6.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 6.3 Fuller on middle, Cook pushes it towards long on for a couple.
  • Devendra Bishoo is warming up.
  • 6.2 Back of a length and angling into Cook. He plays it straight to point.
  • 6.1 Wide outside off, Cook leaves it alone.
  • 5.6 Keeps this on a good length, it angles in as well. Stoneman blocks it off the back foot. 32/0
  • 5.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 5.4 Fuller outside off, Stoneman plays it straight to point.
  • 5.3 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 5.2 Back of a length delivery, defended from within the crease.
  • 5.1 Full on middle, Cook drives it superbly through mid on. Good chase by the fielder from mid off who gets there and keeps the batsmen down to three.
  • 4.6 Length ball outside off, Stoneman looks to poke at it but misses. 29/0
  • 4.5 Chance for a run out! Fuller on off, played to backward point by Cook. He sets off for the single and his partner responds. Blackwood from the same region has a shy at the striker's end but misses. Had he hit, Stoneman was a goner. England don't need to take such risks as they have all the time in the world to chase this down.
  • 4.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 4.3 Back of a length, defended off the back foot.
  • 4.2 Shout for LBW denied by the umpire! Gabriel bowls this on a good length and gets it to angle into the batsman. Cook looks to tuck it but gets struck high on the pads. The players appeal but the umpire shows no interest. Gabriel has a look at Holder and the skipper advances towards him. They think about the review but decide against it. The Hawk Eye shows that it was going over the stumps.
  • 4.1 Good length ball on off, defended off the front foot towards covers for a single.
  • 3.6 Full and on off, pushes towards mid on by Cook. 27/0
  • 3.5 Back of a length on middle and leg, tucked through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 3.4 Once again on a length outside off. Defended into the ground off the back foot.
  • 3.3 Another shortish ball on middle. Stoneman gently plays it towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 3.2 Back of a length on off, punched off the back foot towards covers for a single.
  • 3.1 Starts off with a length ball just outside off. Cook chops it into the ground.
  • JASON HOLDER introduces himself into the attack. Three slips and a gully for the Windies skipper.
  • 2.6 Back of a length around off. Defended solidly off the back foot. 23/0
  • 2.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 2.4 Another one angling into the pads. Stoneman looks to hop and flick it away but misses. The ball strikes him high on the pads.
  • 2.3 On the pads this time, it has been flicked through square leg for a single.
  • 2.2 FOUR! Superbly done by the former skipper! Driven through the covers by Cook for a boundary. This is full outside off and Cook does really to get it off the middle of the bat.
  • 2.1 On middle and leg, Cook looks to defend but gets an outside edge which goes through backward point for a couple.
  • 1.6 Back of a length outside off. Left alone by the batsman. Dowrich behind the wickets is having a tough time as he is not able to collect the ball cleanly. 16/0
  • 1.5 Angling down leg this time. Stoneman goes for the flick but misses.
  • 1.4 Yorker slightly outside off. Dug out well by the batsman.
  • 1.3 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 1.2 Down the leg side this time. Stoneman misses his flick.
  • 1.1 FOUR! Nailed through the off side! This is full and just outside off. Stoneman leans forward and drives it through covers for a boundary. He seems to be in a hurry to get this over with!
  • KEMAR ROACH to bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 On the pads this time. Stoneman flicks it through square leg for three runs. 12/0
  • 0.5 Fuller on middle, Stoneman defends it off the front foot superbly.
  • 0.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 0.3 FOUR! Crisply done by Stoneman! This is full on his pads and the batsman drives it superbly through mid on for a boundary.
  • 0.2 Shout for LBW! Not given by the umpire. Early scare for the home side there. Gabriel bowls this on a good length around off. Cook jumps and looks to keep it out. He misses and the ball strikes him on the thigh pad and then goes past first slip. The batsmen sneak in a leg bye. However, Ultra Edge shows that Alastair got an edge on that one.
  • 0.1 Four Byes! Full and wide down the leg side. It is far away from Cook and he can do nothing about it. Dowrich dives full length to his right but has no chance to stop it. The ball rolls to the fine leg fence. England are off the mark!


Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 5266 117
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115