Alastair Cook and Roston Chase © Getty Images
Alastair Cook and Roston Chase © Getty Images

England continued their run-feast on Day Two, as they declared their innings with 514 for 8 on the board of the first Test against West Indies at Edgbaston. Alastair Cook and Dawid Malad batted on to proceed with the dominance that England had achieved on Day One even after losing two wickets early. However, Roston Chase pulled off some late heroics to get rid of the English middle-order quickly to put some competition against the hosts. As West Indies look to replicate England’s act on Day Three, here are some highlights from second day’s play

Hundred-run partnership: Cook and Malan resumed batting and continued with ease on Friday morning. Malan primarily kept rotating strike while Cook majorly dealt in boundaries. They soon put up a 100-run partnership. This was the second partnership of the innings that added in excess of hundred runs after the one between Joe Root and Cook.

Dawid Malan’s maiden fifty: Playing his third Test, Malan scored his maiden half-century for England. After England lost Root, Malan showed great potential and commitment to build another steady partnership with Cook which let the latter play with ease.

Alastair Cook’s double-hundred: Needless to say, Cook looked comfortable playing against a relatively inexperienced West Indies bowling attack and had piled on over 150 runs at the end of opening day. He kept on doing the damage and adding more runs to England’s scorecard, completing his double-hundred. This was the fourth double-hundred of his Test career.

Roston Chase provides breakthrough: While Cook and Malan looked unstoppable at one point of time, Chase came to West Indies rescue removing Malan for 65. He also did not let the English middle-order settle, bagging the crucial wickets of Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali. Finally, he got the wicket of Cook after which England declared their innings. Chase ended innings with a 4-for.

England’s early breakthrough: Senior paceman James Anderson provided England with the perfect breakthrough, removing Kraigg Brathwaite for an 8-ball duck. Brathwaite was West Indies’ highest run-getter in team’s last series victory in Tests, against Bangladesh in 2014.

Rain stops play: After Brathwaite’s departure, Kieran Powell tried to bring stability to West Indies’ innings with debutant Kyle Hope. But the day’s play was first interrupted and then abandoned due to rain, with West Indies posting 44 for 1 on the board, trailing by 470 runs.