WI vs. Eng, 2nd Test: Joe Root Century Helps England Take 74-Run Lead on Day 3

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Friday, April 24th, 2015 | 0
(photo: telegraph.co.uk)

(photo: telegraph.co.uk)


Riding on an unbeaten century from Joe Root, England strengthened their position in the second Test match against West Indies after taking a 74-run lead in Grenada on Day 3.


Resuming from overnight score of 76-0, England openers made sure that they get off to a steady start, as both Alastair Cook (76) and Jonathan Trott (59) joined hands for a 125-run partnership for the first wicket before departing.


Gary Ballance, who walked in to the middle at No. 3, also looked in fine touch with the willow, even as Ian Bell (1) fell cheaply soon after Cook’s dismissal.


Ballance, then, continued to frustrate the hosts by stitching a patient 165-run partnership with Joe Root, before the former perished after a well-made 77.


Subsequently, West Indies fought back hard with the ball. Moeen Ali (0) was unlucky to be run-out. Even Ben Stokes (8) failed to make a valuable contribution. However, Root (118*) went on to complete his century and remained at the crease alongside Jos Buttler (4*).


At stumps, England were 373-6 with an aggregate lead of 74 runs.


For West Indies, Shannon Gabriel and Devendra Bishoo had two scalps apiece, while Marlon Samuels also chipped in with a wicket.


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