West Indies need a further 317 more runs to win on the final day of the 2nd Test against England at Headingley, Leeds. England had declared at 490-8 earlier on Day 4, thereby setting West Indies a target of 322 to win.
Openers Kriagg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell remained unbeaten and will look to provide West Indies with a good start when play resumes on the final day. There were some useful contributions from everyone in the England batting line-up. As many as 6 batsmen went past fifty with Moeen Ali top-scoring with 84 after being dropped early in his innings, coming in at No. 7. Mark Stoneman, Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes were the other batsmen to get half-centuries. As far as the West Indies bowlers are concerned, off-spinner Roston Chase with 3-86 was the pick of the bowlers.
England will be happy with the fact that they put on a much better performance in their second innings than they did in the first, where they were bowled out for just 258. Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel shared 4 wickets apiece that derailed England. However, Stokes’ hundred took England to a respectable total.
In reply, West Indies were shaky in the beginning but a magnificent 246-run stand between Brathwaite and Shai Hope took West Indies to a position of power. Brathwaite scored 134, while Hope slammed his maiden Test ton and was finally dismissed for 147. However, the rest of the batting did just about enough to give West Indies a 169-run first innings lead. James Anderson rose to the occasion once again, picking up 5-76.
On Day One, England won the toss and elected to bat first.
England 258 (Ben Stokes 100, Joe Root 59, Shannon Gabriel 4-51, Kemar Roach 4-51) & 490-8 decl. (Moeen Ali 84, Joe Rot 72; Roston Chase 3-86, Jason Holder 2-95) lead West Indies 427 (Shai Hope 147, Kraigg Brathwaite 147; James Anderson 5-76, Ben Stokes 2-63) & 5-0 (Kraigg Brathwaite 4*, Kieran Powell 1*) by 316 runs