England v West Indies: Jofra Archer claims the two early wickets of Kraigg Brathwaite and Shamarh Brooks

Jofra Archer bowls an impressive opening spell and claims the two early wickets of Kraigg Brathwaite and Shamarh Brooks to leave West Indies 7-2, with the tourists needing 200 in their second innings to win the first Test at the Ageas Rose Bowl.

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Roston Chase comes to the crease.
OVERS 41.6: WICKET! Ben Stokes gets rid of Kraigg Brathwaite for 65 runs. A loud lbw appeal from Stokes against Brathwaite. Umpire raises his finger. Brathwaite discusses with Brooks and asks for a review at the last moment. It’s OUT. Big wicket for England. WEST INDIES 140/3

OVERS 41.3: FOUR! Brathwaite sends Stokes towards mid off this time. Excellent timing from him.
OVERS 41.1: FOUR! Down the leg from Stokes. Brathwaite seems waiting for it. He tucks this nicely towards fine leg fence for a boundary.
OVERS 40.3: Brooks smashes Wood straight down the ground. He will get 3 runs. Brilliant running between the wickets by Brooks and Brathwaite.
OVERS 38.2: FOUR! Brooks hits Bess for back-to-back boundaries. Excellent batting from him. WEST INDIES 123/2, trail by 81 runs.
OVERS 37.2: FOUR! Brooks uses the pace, opens the face of the bat and guides the ball towards fine leg fence. Jofra has a smile on his face. WEST INDIES 113/2
OVERS 36.5: FIFTY! Kraigg Brathwaite brings up his 18th Test half-century

OVERS 35.2: FOUR! A low full toss from Archer. Brooks takes his front foot out and plays a superb drive for a boundary. WEST INDIES 107/2
Shamarh Brooks comes to the crease
OVERS 34.3: WICKET! Dominic Bess strikes, Shai Hope departs for 16. Change of bowling worked well for captain Stokes. Flighted and outside off from Bess. Hope tries to play a drive but gets a thick outside edge. Stokes didn’t make a mistake and takes an easy catch at first slip. WEST INDIES 102/2, trail by 102 runs

OVERS 33.4: REVIEW! A loud lbw appeal from Archer against Shai Hope. Umpire has given OUT. Hope discusses with Brathwaite and asks for a review. It’s a NO BALL. Archer has overstepped. WEST INDIES 101/1, trail by 103 runs.
100 comes up for West Indies.
50-run partnership comes up between Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope. WEST INDIES 96/1, trail by 108 runs.
OVERS 31.1: FOUR! Archer to Hope. Hope gets a leading edge and the ball sails over the gully for a boundary.
OVERS 28.6: Brathwaite pulls this beautifully towards deep mid-wicket. He will get a couple. WEST INDIES 86/1
OVERS 25.6: FOUR! Brathwaite sends Mark Wood towards deep extra cover. Superb punch from the West Indies batsman. WEST INDIES 77/1
OVERS 24.6: Anderson to Brathwaite. The West Indies batsman guides the ball towards third man for a couple. WEST INDIES 66/1
OVERS 21.6: Wood to Brathwaite. The West Indies batsman finds an edge but it doesn’t carry to the first slip. Stokes isn’t happy with this. Brathwaite will get a couple. WEST INDIES 61/1
OVERS 20.1: A loud caught behind appeal from Anderson and Buttler against Brathwaite. Umpire says NO. Stokes is having a discussion with Buttler and goes for a review. It’s NOT OUT. The ball kissed the batsman’s pocket.
OVERS 19.5: Oh boy! 150kph from Wood. Hope tries to play a drive but gets beaten.
Mark Wood is ready with the ball. Here we go..
Bright sunshine at the Ageas Bowl. West Indies batsmen Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope are making their way to the middle. It’s an important day for West Indies. They will look to bat longer.
Here’s what England pacer Mark Wood said ahead of Day 3 action:

Hello friends and welcome to Timesofindia.com’s coverage of the first Test between England and West Indies in Southampton. The match moves into day three today with West Indies looking to take further control of the game after getting behind the driving wheel on Thursday.

In a recap of where the game stood at the end of second day’s play, West Indies captain Jason Holder posted career-best Test bowling figures with six wickets as his side dominated proceedings on Thursday.
Making full use of the murky conditions, all-rounder Holder took 6/42 and paceman Shannon Gabriel claimed four wickets as England were dismissed for 204.
Ben Stokes, captaining England for the first time in the absence of Joe Root, top-scored with 43 but might be regretting his decision to bat first having won the toss on Wednesday.
West Indies showed great discipline and rode their luck at times in reply as they reached 57/1 to put themselves in a decent position going into the third day at the Ageas Bowl when an improving weather forecast should aid batting.

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