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England vs West Indies, 2nd Test Day 3, Highlights: Day 3 abandoned due to rain

England vs West Indies (ENG vs WI) 2nd Test Highlights: Rain had the last laugh in Manchester on Day 3 of the 2nd Test, with the day being abandoned without a ball being bowled.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: July 19, 2020 3:05:48 pm
ENG vs WI on Day 3 of the 2nd Test (Source: AP)

England vs West Indies (ENG vs WI) 2nd Test Day 3 Highlights: Rain had the last laugh in Manchester on Day 3 of the 2nd Test, with the day being abandoned without a ball being bowled.

When play resumes on Day 4, West Indies will be batting on 32/1 with Kraig Brathwaite in the middle with night watchman Alzarri Joseph. With something special required in the last two days to enforce a result in this rain-affected tie, West Indies look set to retain the Wisden Trophy on the basis of their 1-0 series lead. They need to reach 270 in their first innings to avoid being told to follow on.

The Wisden Trophy, 2020Old Trafford, Manchester 29 September 2020

England  469/9 dec & 129/3 dec

vs

West Indies  287 (99.0) & 198 (70.1)

Match Ended ( Day 5 - 2nd Test ) England beat West Indies by 113 runs

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England vs West Indies 2nd Test Day 3 Highlights:

20:43 (IST)18 Jul 2020
Day 3 called off

The signs were there right from the start, but it's confirmed now — Day 3 has been called off without a ball bowled. The weather forecast is good for the remaining two days of the match though. West Indies to resume on Sunday, trailing England by 437 runs in the first innings. The follow-on target for West Indies is 270. See you tomorrow!

20:16 (IST)18 Jul 2020
Two sessions lost

We have now officially lost two sessions on Day 3. We would have entered the Tea break by now. Of course, if England fail to win this series, the Wisden Trophy remains West Indies' as they had won at home last year. England have to win both the matches to not let that happen. The rain here is not helping their cause much. Still, there are intermittent showers in Manchester. Forecasts did say the weather was to clear up later in the day, and we are now approaching later in the day. 

19:46 (IST)18 Jul 2020
Bleak times

Things still bleak in Manchester. The head groundsman being heard said on a TV interview that his men will need about 90 minutes to get the ground ready when they get the word. For fans of the English team, the weather in Manchester is frustrating their hopes of denying West Indies at least a drawn series at home for the first time since 1995.

18:59 (IST)18 Jul 2020
Still, rain

No positive news from Old Trafford still. We are getting close to half the day being lost now, and still, there is no sign of the drizzle relenting. Increasingly looking like we shall be lucky to see whatever action we shall get on Day 3. How much will England be regretting not going for the offensive earlier on Day 2?

18:35 (IST)18 Jul 2020
A filling lunch for all at Old Trafford
18:10 (IST)18 Jul 2020
Jofra Archer fined but available for third Test

Jofra Archer has been fined and given a written warning after breaching England's bio-secure protocols. On his way from Southampton to Manchester, he took a detour to his home in Sussex — which constituted as a breach in protocol. The 25-year-old pacer has not been suspended from the third Test, starting July 24, but needs to successfully pass two more COVID-19 tests to be available for selection. 

17:30 (IST)18 Jul 2020
'England need to force follow-on as rain threatens'

As the third day is interrupted due to rain, Sam Curran believes England need to bowl West Indies out cheaply and try to force a follow-on to have any chance of winning the second Test.

"If we do get washed out today it is quite obvious what we need to do to win the game," Curran told SkyTV. "We need to bowl them out cheaply in the first innings and try and get them following on. There are no reasons why we cannot do that. Obviously, it’s going to be a big workload for the bowlers but we are nice and fresh and hopefully, we can do something for the team."

17:10 (IST)18 Jul 2020
Ben Stokes, world's best all-rounder?

After scoring his ton (176) on Friday, Ben Stokes (10 tons and 153 wickets), became the fifth player to achieve the Test double of 10+ centuries and 150 wickets. Jacques Kallis (45 and 292), Garfield Sobers (26 and 235), Ian Botham (14 and 383), and Ravi Shastri (11 and 151) are the other names in the list.

16:45 (IST)18 Jul 2020
Relive Stokes-Sibley's 260-run partnership on Day 2
16:40 (IST)18 Jul 2020
Still raining

If you are on the lookout for some positive news from Manchester, the wait does not look to be getting any shorter. It is STILL RAINING. We have now lost more than one hour on the day and we are set to lose much more. The covers are in place on the pitch square, not to mention the pounding the outfield has been taking for the past few hours. Forecasts say the rain is set to stop in another couple of hours. That would leave getting the ground ready for action (another hour!) and hoping the lights are good enough for some play at the back end of the day.

16:15 (IST)18 Jul 2020
Forecast

So now that we are done with chances of having a full day on Day 3, how bad is the picture exactly? The weather forecast says rain is expected for the next three hours or so. Which means the morning session and the afternoon session might be completely washed out. Some play can be expected after Tea. However, the low light at Old Trafford has been an issue before. All at the mercy of the rain gods right now. However, in some positive news, no rain is expected tomorrow and day after, the last two days of the Test.

Curran on that missed Review late on Day 2:

16:00 (IST)18 Jul 2020
30 minutes lost

30 minutes of Day 3 have been lost now. And we are set to lose much more. Sam Curran is speaking on television about the Review England did not take in the dying minutes of Day 2. Alzarri was struck on the pads but England did not take a Review and West Indies went in with 9 wickets in hand. Curran says he did not insist on a Review because he thought there had been some bat before that went on to the pads. 

Meanwhile, how good is Ben Stokes as a Test batsman at the moment? We are into another summer of Stokes, as this shot would indicate.

15:41 (IST)18 Jul 2020
No let-up

England would have been looking to take the initiative in the 2nd Test on Day 3. Weather forecasts say rain is expected till well into the afternoon session. What a dampener!

15:29 (IST)18 Jul 2020
Forecast for the day does not look good

England would have been looking to get West Indies on the mat and make them follow-on but the weather Gods seem to have other ideas. The rain is not showing any sign of relenting at the moment. And the forecast for the rest of the day does not look very good either. Chances that a whole session, or even more, may be completely washed out today.

15:19 (IST)18 Jul 2020
Delayed start - Covers in place

The time for the start of Day 3 has been officially pushed back. This was why Sibley's slow knock came under so much criticism yesterday. Rain was always forecast for today, so it was imperative that England push on on Day 2. Will they regret their slow pace in the first half of Day 2? The covers are firmly in place at Old Trafford at the moment. We shall bring you positive news when there is any, but the signs look bleak now.

15:12 (IST)18 Jul 2020
Bad news on Day 3 - Rain

Depressing news from the centre for England fans. The rain forecast in Manchester for the day has been proved right. It is raining at the moment. Have to wait for this downpour to stop before any calculations can be made on when play can start today.

14:50 (IST)18 Jul 2020
England need to support Archer, says Ben Stokes after pacer’s bio-secure protocol breach

England all-rounder Ben Stokes says star pacer Jofra Archer needs full support of his teammates following his bio-secure protocol breach which led to his dropping from the ongoing second Test against the West Indies. Archer will undergo two COVID-19 tests during a five-day isolation period after his unsanctioned trip to Brighton between the first and second Tests. (READ MORE)

14:28 (IST)18 Jul 2020
Ben Stokes hits an effortless no-follow-through six

Stokes gave the ball a gentle nod which carried it over everyone’s heads through the long-on boundary for a six. His connection with the ball and the timing of the shot was so good, that it even left the 29-year-old in admiration of his technique.

13:54 (IST)18 Jul 2020
Sibley teaches the art of leaving, Stokes sizzles

Dom Sibley became the first cricketer to slam a hundred inside a bio-secure venue on Friday in the second Test against West Indies at Old Trafford, Manchester after losing 12 kgs during the coronavirus lockdown. Sibley’s hard work paid off as he constructed an old-fashioned Test innings to bring up his second century in just 8 Tests. His hundred which came up in 312 balls (465 minutes) was a testament to his patience and self-awareness. (READ MORE)

13:39 (IST)18 Jul 2020
Ben Stokes, Dom Sibley complete batting marathon

Hundreds from Ben Stokes and Dom Sibley put England in a commanding position against West Indies on the second day of the second Test at Old Trafford. The hosts would believe that their first innings total of 469/9 declared would suffice to square the series on a surface that could deteriorate. (READ MORE)

Stokes reached his 10th, and slowest, test century shortly after lunch but then immediately went on the attack with some majestic hitting to all corners of the ground. The all rounder struck 17 fours and two sixes, one of them a magnificent shot over the long-on rope off Joseph. Stokes was dismissed by Roach, getting a nick behind to Shane Dowrich when attempting a reverse slap.