West Indies and England skipper Denesh Ramdin (left) and Alastair Cook at the toss at the start of Day 1 of the 2nd Test © Getty Images
West Indies and England skipper Denesh Ramdin (left) and Alastair Cook at the toss at the start of Day 1 of the 2nd Test © Getty Images

The first day of second Test between West Indies and England at Grenada saw England emerge on top after a spirited performance from their bowlers. Had it not been for Marlon Samuels resilience with the bat, the West Indians would’ve ended with a horrible looking scorecard. Rishad DSouza presents highlights from day’s play.

Kraig Brathwaite’s early dismissal: In the rainy, overcast conditions Alastair Cook chose to bowl first, and rightly enough, the conditions provided the bowlers assistance in form of swing, which James Anderson exploited very well. Brathwaite struggled against the new ball, and was put out of his misery when Anderson got him cleaned up  for just one run off 11 balls. READ: West Indies vs England 2nd Test, Day 1 report

Darren Bravo throws away another start: After the openers removed cheaply, Darren Bravo did a fine job rebuilding. He was sedate in his approach and dealt with the swinging ball beautifully, getting a few runs under his belt to complete a half-century, and possibly a hundred was on cards the way he was playing. He was on 35 when he decided to chase a full ball outside off with a lazy shot in attempt to run it to third man, getting a thick edge, which Cook held on to at first slip. Updates: West Indies vs England, 2nd Test, Day 1

Shivnarine Chanderpaul fails again: If there’s been one man, who has been a consistent cog in the West Indian batting up over the years, it has to be Shivnarine Chanderpaul. However, the talismanic batsman has failed to live up to his potential in the series against England. He was dismissed for just one off 12 balls, playing a rather poor shot for a man of his calibre. Ben Stokes got the wicket off the very second ball he delivered in the day.  READ: Jason Holder holds great hope for West Indies

Chris Jordan continues to show improvement: When Chris Jordan was introduced to the international scene, there were doubts whether his style was suited for Tests. He has however, been very good in the longest format and with every passing day silences more of his doubters. He hit the deck hard and got rewards. On Day One, he finished with the wickets of Devon Smith and Jermaine Blackwood and had it not been for poor slip fielding by Cook, he would also have the prized wicket of Marlon Samuels to boast of. READ: Jason Holder and others who scored a maiden Test century in fourth innings

Marlon Samuels capitalises after being dropped on 32: Samuels, batted beautifully throughout but almost threw away a start after scoring 32 runs. He nicked a Jordan delivery to Cook, which was shelled. He regained his composure quickly and batted sedately to go top the end of day unbeaten at 94. He’ll look for three figures and beyond on the Day Two.

(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)