'WI must start strong' - vice-captain Brathwaite urges team to wrest back initiative on second day

By Sports Desk July 16, 2020

West Indies vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite insists the team will look to hit the ground running on Friday’s second day, of the second Test, after a long day's toil to start the first.

England will resume play in a strong position to post a big total, with a settled Dom Sibley (86) and Ben Stokes (59) at the heart of the team’s first day total of 207 for 3. 

On Thursday’s first day’s play, spinner Roston Chase secured a breakthrough for the Windies that had left England wobbly at 29 for 2.  Following the dismissal of returning England skipper Joe Root, (23), by Alzarri Joseph, Sibley and Stokes combined to frustrate the West Indies.

With the new ball available for the start of the second day, however, Brathwaite is confident the team can secure a much-needed breakthrough.

“Obviously we would have loved more wickets, but I think we kept in touch for the day, which was good for us.  We kept the pressure on.  Obviously, unfortunately, we did not take the few chances that we had, but tomorrow it is very important for us to start back strong,” Brathwaite told members of the media via a Zoom press conference at the close of the day’s play.

Brathwaite believes keeping the England team at, or under, 350 would be a good target for the West Indies.

“It’s a good pitch and they batted well.  So tomorrow is key for us to start well, even if we don’t get wickets we have to be tight.”

Related items

  • Taylor dazzles but Shaheen and Wahab bowl Pakistan to victory Taylor dazzles but Shaheen and Wahab bowl Pakistan to victory

    Shaheen Afridi took five wickets as Pakistan fended off a Zimbabwe side who were almost propelled to a shock ODI victory by Brendan Taylor.

    Pakistan landed a 26-run victory in the first game of a three-match ODI series, the first step for both teams on the road to the 2023 World Cup, inflicting on Zimbabwe their 500th international defeat.

    The home side posted 281-8 before bowling out Zimbabwe for 255, but the visitors had been firmly in the hunt until wicketkeeper-batsman Taylor fell for a battling 112 to the penultimate ball of the 47th over. He had earlier taken three catches and played his part in a run out.

    It was Shaheen who ended his stay on the way to figures of 5-49, while fellow left-arm paceman Wahab Riaz also claimed a priceless 4-41, wrapping up the win by bowling last man Blessing Muzarabani.

    Babar Azam, in his first ODI as Pakistan captain, was able to celebrate a hard-fought success - a seventh in a row for the team.

    Pakistan's innings was built on half-centuries from opener Imam-ul-Haq (58) and Haris Sohail (71), but wickets fell at such regular intervals that there was no defining partnership. Indeed, the opening pair of Imam and Abid Ali put on more than any other pair. 

    Imad Wasim clubbed a pair of late sixes late in the innings on his way to an unbeaten 34 from 26 balls, but Zimbabwe were still in the game. 

    Shaheen accounted for openers Brian Chari and Chamu Chibhabha, bowling both to leave Zimbabwe wobbling on 28-2 in reply, but Craig Ervine (41) and Taylor put on 71 for the third wicket, and it was game on when Taylor and Wesley Madhevere produced a century stand for the fifth. 

    Yet losing Madhevere (55) early in the 46th over was a major blow, with Wahab disrupting the established partnership and giving Pakistan the breakthrough they craved. 

    Taylor was next to go, top-edging to Wahab at mid-off, and the Zimbabwe lower order was blown away, along with the prospect of a tight finish. 

    It meant a success for Pakistan in their first ODI since October 2019, and in the first such match played at Rawalpindi since 2006. 

    Having lost 17 of their previous 18 ODIs in Pakistan, it was a largely predictable outcome for Zimbabwe, with the teams due back in action in the second match of this series on Sunday.

  • Roddy Estwick urges Windies players to step up performance for New Zealand tour Roddy Estwick urges Windies players to step up performance for New Zealand tour

    West Indies bowling coach Roddy Estwick has urged the players to raise their game for the series against New Zealand set to run from November 27 to December 15.

  • Gayle reaches 1000 T20 sixes, falls one short of 7th IPL 100 Gayle reaches 1000 T20 sixes, falls one short of 7th IPL 100

    West Indies and Kings XI Punjab star batsman Chris Gayle reached a record 1000 T20 sixes after a scintillating performance against Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2020 on Friday.

    Gayle reached the mark in 66 deliveries, with the record boundary coming from the bowling of Jofra Archer.  The record was just the latest in a long list of achievements for the 41-year-old batsman.  Gayle has scored the most runs in T20 cricket, has the highest score (175), most sixes in an innings (18), and the fastest 100.  He has also hit the most fours.

    The Indian Premier League (IPL) season began in disappointing fashion for the West Indian after being left out of the team’s line-up for the first seven games.  Since returning to the line-up, however, he has been a revelation for Kings XI who moved from the bottom of the table back into playoff contention with five straight wins.

    There was a little bit of disappointment for Gayle, however, as he was bowled on 99 by Archer, falling one run short of his 7th IPL 100.  The team ended on 185 for 4, which Rajasthan will chase to win.

    “I’m just happy the hard work and dedication has paid off over the years and I’m still here still doing it.  I’m very grateful for that to be honest,” Gayle said.

    “To all the guys that I promised a century today, I missed out but that a century for me, I score 100 today.”

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.