From England's point of view, getting Shivnarine Chanderpaul out early will brighten their chances of victory © Getty Images
From England’s point of view, getting Shivnarine Chanderpaul (left) out early will brighten their chances of victory © Getty Images

The second day of the 1st Test between England and West Indies at Antigua saw England emerge on top despite a spirited performance by the West Indian pacers early in the day. Rishad DSouza digs up some highlights from days play

England lower order collapse: After amassing 341 for five on the previous day, England were poised to add about a hundred more runs. However, the West Indian bowlers performed with renewed vigour and wrapped up the remaining wickets for the addition of just 58 more runs keeping England’s total one short of 400. England would most certainly have liked to have more runs on the board but given how rusty the West Indian batting has been in recent times, they would still have been quite pleased.

West Indies’ shoddy batting: The West Indian batting line up was unable to snap out of poor performance. Their innings was plagued by the usual misjudgement; unnecessary hurriedness and rash shot selections. Expectedly, they had to pay the price as wickets fell at regular intervals. To their credit, the English bowlers were very accurate. They bowled the right lines and got the ball to do some serious talking. READ: Brathwaite anchors West Indian innings against England

Ben Stokes’ no ball: Ben Stokes was generating good pace and was getting the ball to bounce crazily. It was one such delivery that helped him get Jermaine Blackwood to nick one to first slip were Alastair Cook took a sharp catch and the England camp were overjoyed with the fifth breakthrough in the day. However, the joy was shortlived, since replays showed that Stokes had over stepped. Stokes was miffed after that and the incident spurred him to bowl some menacingly clever deliveries that even had Shivnarine Chanderpaul at sea on a few occasions. He may return with greater fire tomorrow. READ: Ben Stokes and his emphatic knock

Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s resilience: Shiv Chanderpaul was his usual self. Not very pretty, but adept nonetheless. He looked a little out of sorts on occasion and one yorker from Stokes almost crashed through his timber but he got the bat down just in time. He fought his way to end of days play and the Windies will want him to have a long stay at the crease on the following day. From England’s point of view, getting Chanders out early will brighten their chances of victory.

(Rishad D’Souza, a reporter with CricketCountry, gave up hopes of playing Test cricket after a poor gully-cricket career. He now reports on the sport. You can follow @RDcric on Twitter)