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England in total control against WI

By The Assam Tribune

MANCHESTER, July 26: Openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley consolidated England�s lead and further strengthened their grip on the game as the hosts reached 86/0 at Tea on Day 3 of the third Test at Old Trafford here on Sunday. England lead West Indies by 258 runs and at the break Burns was batting on 38 with Sibley reaching 40.

West Indies wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich was forced to leave the field early in the afternoon session after being hit on the face by a Shannon Gabriel snorter. The red cherry burst through his gloves and struck him on the lower part of his face. Uncapped stumper Joshua Da Silva replaced Dowrich behind the stumps after Shai Hope could not continue doing the job for long.

But the second session, like the first, belonged to England as Burns and Sibley looked to first graft and then put the bad balls away as the tourists lost steam.

Jason Holder used as many as five bowlers but none, including Kemar Roach, worked as the hosts pulled away in style. There was turn on the wicket as Tea neared with Rahkeem Cornwall coming close with an LBW appeal and Roston Chase beating Burns a few times, but the openers stood their ground.

Earlier, Stuart Broad grabbed six wickets as England put themselves in the driver�s seat to win the three-match Test series, level at 1-1 at present.


England 1st innings: 369

West Indies 1st innings: KC Brathwaite c Root b Broad 1, JD Campbell c Burns b Archer 32, SD Hope c Buttler b Anderson 17, SSJ Brooks c Buttler b Anderson 4, RL Chase lbw b Broad 9, J Blackwood b Woakes 26, JO Holder lbw b Broad 46, SO Dowrich c Woakes b Broad 37 RRS Cornwall lbw b Broad 10, KAJ Roach c Root b Broad 0, ST Gabriel not out 0. Extras: (b 4, lb 5, nb 1, w 5) 15. Total: (All out in 65 over) 197. Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-44, 3-58, 4-59, 5-7, 6-110, 7-178, 8-188, 9-188, 10-197. Bowling: JM Anderson 16-5-28-2, SCJ Broad 14-4-31-6, JC Archer 17-1-72-1, CR Woakes 18-2-57-1.

England 2nd innings: RJ Burns not out 38, DP Sibley not out 40. Extras: (b 4, lb 1, nb 3) 8. Total: (For no lose in 32 over) 86. Bowling: KAJ Roach 6-3-8-0, ST Gabriel 5-0-19-0, JO Holder 4-1-10-0, RL Chase 10-2-31-0, RRS Cornwall 7-2-13-0. � Agencies

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