Kemar Roach was the star bowler for West Indies finishing with four wickets © Getty Images
Kemar Roach was the star bowler for West Indies finishing with four wickets © Getty Images

West Indies have finished the second day of first Test against England at 155 for four. The match being held at Antigua’s Sir Vivian Richards Ground witnessed England collapse from 341 fir five to 399 all out in a hard fight back by the West Indian bowling attack. However, the effort with the ball may have been negated by a rather shoddy effort with the bat. Live Updates: England tour of West Indies 2015, 1st Test at Antigua Day Two

England’s innings was defined by three phases. The early unsteadiness, the meaty middle and ultimately the lower order collapse. Early on Day 1, England were in deep trouble at 34 for three, however a fightback by Joe Root and Ian Bell saw them steady the ship to 211 for three when Root departed. Live Scorecard: England tour of West Indies 2015, 1st Test at Antigua Day Two

Ben Stokes, who came in next scored 79, while Bell got out for a massive 143. The effort took them to an overnight score of 341 for five. However, on Day Two, the West Indian bowlers returned with vengeance and finished by taking the remaining five wickets for just another 58 runs. Kemar Roach was the star bowler for England taking a four-for.

West Indies effort with the bat was a lot less spirited however. Devon Smith was done in by a Jimmy Anderson away-swinging beauty which he nicked to Buttler behind. Darren Bravo was the next man to go for 10 as he nicked behind to Buttler off Chris Jordan. Marlon Samuels, was well settled when he threw his wicket away at 33 off 61.

Kraigg Brathwaite, the other opener, started sedately. He scored 39 off 102 balls before he was dismissed by James Tredwell. He got a thick edge which was taken in a brilliant effort by Chris Jordan at first slip. Shiv Chanderpaul was his usual calm self and saw the day through alongside Jermaine Blackwood.

Blackwood would have been back in the hut had it not been for a no ball by Ben Stokes, on which he got Blackwood to edge to captain Alastair Cook. Blackwood was often rash in his shot selection but made it through the day and may want to rethink his strategy tomorrow. Chanderpaul finished with an unbeaten 29 off 98, while Blackwood was at 30 off 85 balls. The Windies still trail by 244 runs.

Brief Scores:

England 399 (Ian Bell 143, Joe Root 83, Ben Stokes 79; Kemar Roach 4 for 90) lead West Indies 155 for 4 (Kraig Brathwaite 39, Marlon Samuels 33; James Tredwell 1 for 22) by 144 runs.

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(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)