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Ton-up Brathwaite nudges Windies ahead


Kraigg Brathwaite of West Indies plays a squad cut during the second Test against England in St George’s on Friday.
 ST GEORGE’S (GRENADA), April 25 (AFP): Kraigg Brathwaite’s unbeaten 101 anchored a determined West Indies second innings as the home side reached 202 for two at stumps on the fourth day of the second Test against England on Friday.

Trailing on first innings by 165 runs after the tourists were dismissed for 464 in the morning session, the home side go into the final day’s play ahead by just 37 runs with eight wickets in hand.

First innings centurion Marlon Samuels, who generated considerable media attention for his saluting send-off of all-rounder Ben Stokes following his dismissal late on the third day, will resume on the last morning on 22 alongside Brathwaite.

Known for his stodgy defiance, Brathwaite actually outscored the more flamboyant Darren Bravo for much of their 142-run second-wicket partnership.

Scoreboard

West Indies 1st Innings 299

England 1st Innings: A Cook b Gabriel 76, J Trott c Blackwood b Bishoo 59, G Ballance b Samuels 77, I Bell b Gabriel 1, J Root batting 182, M Ali run out 0, B Stokes c Blackwood b Bishoo 8, J Buttler st Ramdin b Bishoo 13, C Jordan run out 16, S Broad c Smith b Bishoo 0, J Anderson run out 2. Extras: (b-9, lb-2, w-1, nb-18) 30. Total: (All out in 144.1 overs) 464. Fall of wickets: 1-125, 2-159, 3-164, 4-329, 5-335, 6-364, 7-387, 8-426, 9-431. Bowling: Roach 28-4-100-0, Gabriel 22-3-67-2, Holder 21.1-6-57-0, Bishoo 51-10-177-4, Samuels 21-4-38-1, Blackwood 1-0-14-0.

West Indies 2nd Innings: K Brathwaite batting 101, D Smith b Anderson 2, D Bravo c Buttler b Broad 69, M Samuels batting 22. Extras: (b-6, b-1, nb-1) 8. Total: (For 2 wickets; 75 overs) 202. Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-145. Bowling: Anderson 14-4-27-1, Broad 10-2-23-1, Ali 17-4-48-0, Jordan 13-4-41-0, Stokes 8-0-34-0, Root 13-6-22-0.

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