Marlon Samuels was the star of the West Indies innings with an excellent century © Getty Images
Marlon Samuels was the star of the West Indies innings with an excellent century © Getty Images

West Indies all out for 299 on Day 2 of the second Test against England at Grenada, courtesy of an excellent century fro Marlon Samuels. Rain again played spoilt sport after it interrupted the proceedings as Samuels was approaching his seventh Test ton.  Lunch was taken early as a result of the rain. Samuels needed just three to get to his century at that time and he eventually got to his landmark in the post-lunch session. West Indies resumed the day at 188 for 5. Full Updates West Indies vs England, 2nd Test, Day 1

Samuels was the first one to go today for 103 and it brought to an end a gritty 94-run stand between him and his skipper Denesh Ramdin. Denesh Ramdin too was dismissed soon after that but he made a valuable contribution with a 80-ball  31. After dismissing Ramdin, Broad went on to get two more wickets  that of Jason Holder and Kemar Roach for 22 and one respectively. West Indies were immediately on the back foot from there as they were just about looking to survive without having any direction as such. Full SCORECARD: West Indies vs England

Earlier on Day 1, England had won the toss and elected to field first. England had made just one change to their side with Moeen Ali coming in place of James Tredwell. West Indies on the other hand have made a couple of changes with fast bowler Shannon Gabriel and Devendra Bishoo replacing Jerome Taylor and Suliemann Benn respectively. Marlon Samuels slams 7th Test century in West Indies vs England 2nd Test at Grenada

England began well as they managed to get a couple of early wickets. But Darren Bravo played a good innings and was looking set to get a big score but his innings was cut shot when he was on 35 and West Indies were in a spot of bother as they were reduced to 65 for three. Shivnarine Chanderpaul toowent soon after that, which brought Jermaine Blackwood into the middle and he put on a 55-run stand with Samuels. Blackwood, who scored his maiden Test ton in the first match was dismissed after he got a start.

Ramdin then walked in and ensured that he and Samuels remained unbeaten till the close of play. Play was abandoned on Da 1 because of bad light. West Indies will have to be thankful to their last wicket pair of Devendra Bishoo and Shannon Gabriel, who added 52 runs, which could prove out to be crucial in determining the outcome of the match.

Stuart Broad was the pick of the bowlers for England as he finished with figures of four for 61. James Anderson and Chris Jorda chipped in with a couple of wickets apiece. Ben Stokes ended the innings with one wicket to his name. The first Test at Antigua between these two teams ended in a draw as Holder held his nerve to score his first Test ton to ensure that his side didn’t lose the match.

Brief scores:

West Indies: 299 in 104.4 overs (Darren Bravo 35, Marlon Samuels 103; Stuart Broad 4 for 61) vs England.

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(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)