Kema Roach (M) and Shannon Gabriel enabled West Indies to fold England innings on 258    Getty Images
Kema Roach (M) and Shannon Gabriel enabled West Indies to fold England innings on 258 Getty Images

Fueled by all the criticism going around after a poor show in the first Test, West Indies side hit out at their detractors quite fittingly. Asked to bowl first, Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach destroyed England s famed batting line-up picking 8 wickets between them. It was only Ben Stokes and Joe Root that stood talk in the face of hardship for their side. While Stokes scored his sixth Test ton, Root equaled AB de Villiers record. In the end England managed just 258 runs, with West Indies batting on 19 for 1 in their first innings trailing by 239.

Shannon Gabriel 4-for: Bowling first on a flat track is never easy and with an opposition who has been on top of the game is an even harder task. Shannon Garbriel making his return to the Test arena that other plans. His out and out seam bowling made quite a dent in the batting unit s confidence.

Shannonnabbed double-centurion from the previous Test, Alastair Cook on the first ball he faced. Cook looked well set but fell to the trap of Gabriel enticing him to play away from his body. Shannon ended dashing England s hope of a big score picking Jonny Bairstow, Stokes and Stuart Broad s scalps. This was his 3rd 4-for in Tests.

Kemar Roach s fiery spell: Inspired by Shannon s early dent, Kemar Roach instilled fear in the England middle order. Roach exhibited good use of his skills to pick up wickets of Tom Westley and Mark Stoneman. Westley fell for an incoming delivery, while Stoneman was caught poking away from his body. Roach s spell downed England to 40 for 3 just over an hour of play.

He picked up wickets of Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes to get a well-deserved 4-for.

David Malan knocks himself over: Having played out a troublesome time in the first session of play, Malan for the lack of a better word hit himself out against Jason Holder. Trying to play a flashy drive, he managed to catch the ball on the inside half of the bat that knocked over his off stump for a 39-ball 8.

Joe Root s recording equaling run: A run that started way back against Bangladesh in October 2016 has now reached it climax. With his 31st fifty in Test, Root has now equaled AB de Villiers record of scoring 50s in 12 successive matches. Root s half-century came in 87-balls, inclusive of nine 4s. He fell for 59 trying to sweep against Devendra Bishoo.

Ben Stokes counterattack hundred:This innings of Ben Stokes had two halves to it. First the cautious and second the aggressive. Early into theknock, Stokes was talking his time and dealing in singles.Gradually it became evident that Stokes was in for the long run here. He snitched a 69-run stand with Root.

Post Root s departure, Stokes took on himself and nurtured England s innings. He spanked West Indies bowlers all across the park with equal passion and force. Rub of the green was on Stokes side as he was dropped on 98. With his sixth Test ton he became level with Ian Bell; Tony Greig with 7 leads the list for most number of hundreds at No.6.

He fell for a 124-ball 100.