Ben Stokes scored his 6th Test ton    Getty Images
Ben Stokes scored his 6th Test ton Getty Images

Day one of the second Test at Headingley between England and West Indies saw some mesmerising cricket been played out. It had a mixture of wickets, runs, records and a hundred for fans to feast their eyes on. The day belonged to the Jason Holder-led West Indies completely, despite a pulverising hundred by Ben Stokes in the final session of play. Stokes’ hundred enabled England reach a paltry score of 258 . For West Indies, Shannon Gabriel along with Kemar Roach rose to the occasion picking 8 wickets between them as England were hustled out for 258. In reply, West Indies are 19 for 1 trailing England by 239 runs at stumps.

At resumption of play in the final session, Stokes reached his half-century 67-balls; his eleventh in Tests. Stokes along with Ali brought some normalcy to the innings, and got a steady flow of runs coming. Stokes in particular took charge and lambasted Shannon Gabriel and Jason Holder for plenty. Ali played the perfect foil to Stokes keeping one end guarded. The pair s 63 run stand came to an end with the wicket of Ali. Kemar Roach produced a crucial breakthrough getting Ali for 22. Hardly any footwork on offer as Ali gave a simple catch at backward point.

Stokes swiftly reached his fifth Test hundred in 122 balls, inclusive of 17 fours. He was lucky to be dropped on 98 by Gabriel. Chris Woakes played a handy part in the 38 run stand with Stokes for the seventh wicket. It was baffling to see West Indies not use Bishoo as a specialist spinner rather rely on Roston Chase who went for plenty.

Stokes fell for exactly 100 trying to flick the ball on the onside, only to produced an inside edge to the keeper. Stuart Broad’s stay lasted just 4 deliveries as he was bowled by Gabriel for zero. Roach c picked the final English wicket as Woakes gave a simple catch to Shane Dowrich as the home sides’ innings folded for 258.

In reply, West Indies openers Kraigg Brathwiate and Kieran Powell batted with absolutely watchfully. They played out a probing spell by James Anderson and Stuart Broad, who were making the ball talk under considerable light as witness in the day-night Test at Edgbaston.

The pair played out the remaining 18 minutes of play without any casualty as stumps were announced with West Indies on 19 for 1.

Anderson, who is eight shy of the 500-wicket mark, nabbed Powell for a 20-ball 5. With Powell’s catch Alastair Cook completed his 150th Test catch as well. His wicket brought out Devendra Bishoo in the middle as nightwatchman.

England s day started poorly as Gabriel and Kemar Roach rocked their batting order. It took a defiance effort from Joe Root and the decisive Stokes to rescue the home sides innings. Root also equaled AB de Villiers en-route his 31st half-century. This was his 12 successive fifty in Tests. West Indies made three changes to their playing eleven, while England made just one.

England currently led the 3-Test series 1-0.

Brief scores:

England 258 all out (Ben Stokes 100, Joe Root 59; Shannon Gabriel 4 for 41 ) lead West Indies 19 for 1 (Kraigg Brathwaite 13*, Kieran Powell 5 ; James Anderson 1 for 5) by 239 runs.