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2nd Test: All-round England thrash West Indies by 113 runs to level series

England thrash West Indies
England's Ollie Pope (C) celebrates with teammates after making a catch to dismiss West Indies' Kemar Roach off the bowling of England's Dom Bess, the final wicket as England wrap up the test on the final day of the second Test cricket match between England and the West Indies at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England on July 20, 2020. (AFP)


Manchester, July 21: England produced an all-round performance to thrash West Indies by 113 runs in the second Test and level the three-match series 1-1 at the Old Trafford Cricket Stadium in Manchester on Monday.
Chasing a good target of 312 runs to win, West Indies lost their opening three batsmen inside 25 runs.
Subsequently, Roston Chase also failed to add much to his side’s innings and departed cheaply for six runs after being caught leg before wicket by Stuart Broad.
Shamarh Brooks (62) and Jermaine Blackwood (55) then joined forces and the duo not only smashed a half-century each but also stitched a crucial 100-run partnership to steady West Indies’ innings.
After the duo’s departure, the visitors failed to build partnership and were eventually bundled out for 198 runs in their second innings.
Chris Woakes was the pick up the bowlers for England with figures of three for 42, followed by Stuart Broad’s three for 66. While Sam Curran bagged two wickets, Dom Bess and Ben Stokes also chipped in with a wicket each.
Earlier in the day, England resumed their second innings at 37 for two, maintaining a 219-lead over the Caribbean side.
Skipper Joe Root, who resumed the day at eight, failed to convert his good start into a big score and was departed for 33-ball 22.
Subsequently, Ben Stokes notched up an unbeaten quick-fire knock of 78 runs, while Ollie Pope remained not out at 12 as England declared their second innings at 129 for three.
Kemar Roach bagged two wickets for the West Indies during that innings.
Earlier, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes bagged three wickets each, while Sam Curran (2 for 70), Dom Bess (1 for 67) and Ben Stokes (1 for 29) also chipped in to help England bundle out West Indies for 287 runs in their first innings in reply to their score of 469 for nine declared.
Opener Kraigg Brathwaite (75), Shamarh Brooks (68) and Roston Chase (51) were notable contributors for the Caribbean side.
On Day 2, Stokes (176) and Dom Sibley (120) continued their good form as they not only smashed a century each but also stitched a mammoth partnership of 260 runs to help the hosts declare their first-innings at 469/9.
Roston Chase was the pick of the bowlers for the Caribbean side as he finished with figures of five for 172.While Kemar Roach bagged two wickets, Alzarri Joseph and Jason Holder also chipped in with a wicket each.
England, who lost the first Test by four wickets against West Indies, will now head into the third and final Test against the Caribbean side, beginning July 24.
ICC Rankings: Ben Stokes dethrones Jason Holder to become No. 1 Test all-rounder
Ben Stokes on Tuesday dethroned the West Indies captain Jason Holder to become the number one ranked all-rounder in the ICC Test Player Rankings following England’s significant win against the Windies in Manchester.
Stokes now becomes the first England player atop the Test all-rounders list since Andrew Flintoff in Many 2006 while also reaching career-best third position among batsmen.
The English all-rounder trailed Holder by 54 rating points while heading into the second Test at the Old Trafford in Manchester but now enjoys a comfortable lead of 38 points after his breathtaking performances of 176 and 78 along with a match haul of three wickets that helped England seal a 113-run win and level the three-match Test series 1-1.
Holder’s reign ends
Stokes put an end to Holder’s 18-month reign at the top as he became the first from England at the summit since Andrew Flintoff in May 2006. His tall of 497 rating points is the highest by any Test all-rounder since Jacques Kallis aggregated 517 in April 2008.
In the batsmen’s list, Stokes is joint-third with Australian batsmen Marnus Labuschagne and only behind Steve Smith and Virat Kohli. Kane Williamson and Babar Azam are behind of Stokes in the list. Joe Root is ninth whereas English opener Dom Sibley jumped 29 spots to a career-best 35th rank.
Whereas Stuart Broad returned to top 10 in the bowlers’ list after claiming six wickets in the match as he became the England’s top-ranked bowler. James Anderson is now 11th in the list after being rested for the second Test.
For the West Indies, Shamarh Brooks has moved up 27 places to a career-best 45th position after scores of 68 and 62. He is now just four slots behind Holder, who remains the top-ranked West Indies batsman in 41st position despite slipping four places. Holder has also dropped a slot among bowlers to take third place, behind Pat Cummins and Neil Wagner. Roston Chase has gained two places in the bowlers’ list after a five-wicket haul in the first innings. (Agencies)