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England vs West Indies 1st Test Day 4 Highlights: WI strike late to gain upper hand

England vs West Indies (ENG vs WI) 1st Test Day 4 Highlights: A flood of wickets fell after Tea as West Indies cranked up the pace with the second new ball. Jofra Archer and Mark Wood will come out to bat on Day 5. England have a lead of 170 runs.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: July 12, 2020 12:04:06 am

England vs West Indies (ENG vs WI) 1st Test Day 4 Highlights: West Indies had England on the ropes by the end of Day 4 after picking up five wickets with the second new ball in the final session of the day. The day turned out to be a see-saw battle. At the Lunch break, England were 79/1, having reduced the deficit to 35 runs. They took the lead after an hour’s play in the second session. West Indies, despite an approach on the conservative side, continued picking wickets at regular intervals. England reached 165/3 at the Tea break, with a lead of 54 runs.

Ben Stokes and Zak Crawley, whose 76 is the highest score of the match so far, launched an attack to get England into a winning position after Tea. This backfired when Stokes was once more picked up by Jason Holder. A flood of wickets followed as West Indies cranked up the pace with the second new ball. Jofra Archer and Mark Wood will come out to bat on Day 5. England have a lead of 170 runs.

The Wisden Trophy, 2020The Rose Bowl, Southampton 08 August 2020

England  204 (67.3) & 313 (111.2)

vs

West Indies  318 (102.0) & 200/6 (64.2)

Match Ended ( Day 5 - 1st Test ) West Indies beat England by 4 wickets

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England vs West Indies 1st Test Day 4 Highlights:

23:34 (IST)11 Jul 2020
End of Day 4 - England effectively 170/8

What a session! 116 runs and 5 wickets! Has thrown the game wide apart with another extended day to go tomorrow. England lead in the 1st Test by 170 runs, with No 9 Archer and No 10 Wood not out. Only James Anderson to come after this. West Indies on top at the end of the day on the back of their pacers finding their firepower in the final session.

23:29 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Wood comes in at 10

Mark Wood has had to play just the one ball so far with Archer dominating the strike and controlling his shots well in the final few minutes. Gabriel with a shout for caught behind as Archer swings at one wildly.

23:21 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Gabriel strikes again! Again, bowled!

The shadows have lengthened and so have the faces in the England dressing room. For the West Indies, what kind of a fourth innings total will they think they can chase? Gabriel strikes again! Pope goes for 12, leaving Englad's tail exposed. Tottering at 279/8, with a lead of 165

23:16 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Bess is bowled

Roach and Gabriel set to bowl the final spells of Day 4. Bess got 31 useful runs in the first innings. But his valuable resistance comes to an end in the 2nd. Gabriel shatters his stumps. England 7 down. 15 minutes to go in the day. England, leading by 164, have a crucial few overs to survive. Archer comes in at 9.

23:10 (IST)11 Jul 2020
What a see-saw day

How the match has changed in the hour gone by. England were cruising an hour ago, looking to put WI under pressure. Now the tables have turned again. Bess, who was dropped, and Pope have managed to stem the flow of wickets as of now. Gabriel introduced into the attack, follows up with similar fire as his colleagues as well. Another 20 minutes or so to go of the added time. ENG lead by 162

23:01 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Added time allowed at end of Day 4

Pope brings some relief for England with a four off Holder. He moves into double digits with a single after that. Something to smile about for England fans after a while. We are almost at the end of the scheduled passage of play but the playing time can be extended because of the rain delay on Day 1. West Indies will be desperate to stay out there now. ENG lead by 161

22:56 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Alzarri threatens to break door down

Big chance! Dropped by the keeper! Alzarri Joseph does not react, starts walking back to his mark. Dowrich spills a costly one. Bess edged it right into his gloves. Alzarri gets a big lbw shout right after. West Indies take the review. They are desperate to open the door here. It would have clipped leg stump. Bess survives on the basis of umpire's call. Testing times for England. ENG still lead only by 153

22:51 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Pope tries to weather Holder storm

England did so well in the first two sessions on Day 4, but Stokes's wicket has brought about a deluge in the third session. Pope gets struck on the hands as Holder keeps cranking it up. Big pressure for the England batsmen. Pope willing to take a few blows to the body to weather this storm. Holder follows up with a slow yorker, Pope manages to dig it out just in time. Fantastic cricket! ENG lead by 153

22:47 (IST)11 Jul 2020
England need to survive Day 4

Dom Bess the man in at 8. Big lbw shouts against him first ball. Alzarri Joseph is proving to be a fiery customer in this session.  Survival the need of the hour for these two new batsmen, Ollie Pope and Bess. ENG lead by 151

22:41 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Wicket! Buttler is bowled.

Wicket! England are losing the plot at the fag end of Day 4. Alzarri knocks over Jos Buttler's stumps. Buttler looked positive but has fallen for 9. West Indies are all over England at the moment. They have opened the door. ENG 265/6

22:39 (IST)11 Jul 2020
ENG lead by 151

Buttler continues to play positively. Drives Holder off his pads for four. England's lead moves to 150. Holder is getting a lot of movement in this spell. Not many overs to go on Day 4, but a lot could happen between now and then. ENG lead by 151

22:37 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Close call for Buttler

Another big moment! Buttler was given out lbw as Holder struck his pads. What a pickle that would have put England into. But Buttler reviews and replays show it would have been going over the stumps. West Indies are pressing hard though. ENG lead by 146

22:26 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Two new batsmen - ENG lead by 143

Buttler comes in at 7. Both Pope and Buttler are batsmen with solid reputations but they are both new. Game on for West Indies! Five wickets left to go in the innings, can West Indies take the upper hand by taking a few more wickets by the end of play?

22:23 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Alzarri strikes! Crawley falls.

Ollie Pope is the man in at 6. The pitch map shows the ball Stokes got out to was the widest ball he faced from Holder. Will be kicking himself for having given up the advantage after having so looked with this shots. Crawley hits a four to bring up the first runs since the wicket. Crawley moves to 76, England's score moves past 250. But Crawley falls to Alzarri as well! Double blow! England 5 down, lead by 139

22:17 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Holder gets Stokes

Big moment! Holder gets Stokes! Twice in the match the skipper has got his counterpart's number. Stokes, who was looking so good, goes for 46. Was looking to be in some discomfort against Holder. Tried something different. Tried to step across the crease. Holder responded by firing it in a bit wide. Stokes got an edge that was pouched at gully. England lose their 4th. Lead by 135

22:15 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Big partnership puts ENG in command

Stokes keeps pulling, but his drives are the shots that are sure to make the highlights reel for Day 4 so far. England's lead now 135. They will possibly be thinking about how much they want to reach before they declare and have a crack in the fourth innings. West Indies have been shut out for now by this partnership though they are not out of the contest yet. Holder continues with the chin music.

22:05 (IST)11 Jul 2020
'Stokes England's best Test batsman'

High words of praise from Nasser Hussain for Stokes, who he says is England's best batsman in terms of technique at the moment, even after Joe Root returns. Root has become an all-time great, he says, but adds 'at the moment Stokes is their best Test player'. Stokes, who has played some glorious shots in his innings today, is now up against the opposite skipper.

22:02 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Crawley the highest scorer of match so far

Crawley moves into his 70s. Stokes is accelerating at the other end as the England score moves along with intent. We are now into the last hour of the day and the action is heating up. This partnership worth 89 valuable runs now. Some brilliant running between the wickets by this pair as well. Holder seen warming up. Another marvelous drive on the on side from Stokes to move him into his 40s. ENG lead by 130

21:54 (IST)11 Jul 2020
ENG lead by 120

Roach is looking the most threatening at the moment. Crawley is looking uncomfortable against him as the experienced campaigner keeps varying his length. Gabriel bowls into Stokes' body in the next over. Good contests, these. Stokes responds by playing another glorious drive, this time down the ground. Some excellent display of batsmanship from the captain. Stand and deliver!

21:47 (IST)11 Jul 2020
Drinks taken as Crawley is hit

Roach winds up Crawley with a blow that pounds right into where he didn't want to be hit. Drinks are taken as the batsman takes a breath. Stokes walks up to his junior with an understanding smile. Crawley, the 21-year-old, on 67, has the highest score in the Test so far.

Broad said on Friday he was "frustrated, angry and gutted" at being deliberately dropped for a home test for the first time in eight years, and after being the leading wicket-taker in the two most recent series. Broad's comments were somewhat justified as Wood took 1-74 while fellow pacer Jofra Archer went wicket-less in his 22 overs. Stokes led England with 4-49, Anderson took three wickets, and Bess two. Gabriel, Kemar Roach and Holder deserved wickets as England started its second innings, but Burns and Sibley rode their luck.