result
2nd Test, Manchester, Jul 16 - 20 2020, West Indies tour of England
469/9d & 129/3d
(70.1 ov, target 312)287 & 198
England won by 113 runs
player of the match
Ben Stokes
England
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• The Report by Valkerie Baynes

England surge to 113-run victory as Ben Stokes turns on the style again

England square the series thanks to final-day team effort, led by star allrounder

Match centre 
Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Matt Roller
Scorecard summary
England469/9(162 overs)1st INNINGS
Ben Stokes176 (356)
Dom Sibley120 (372)
Roston Chase5/172(44)
Kemar Roach2/58(33)
West Indies287/10(99 overs)1st INNINGS
England129/3(19 overs)2nd INNINGS
Ben Stokes*78 (57)
Joe Root22 (33)
West Indies198/10(70.1 overs)2nd INNINGS

6.41pm: That will be that for us this evening. Stick around for all the analysis and reaction from George Dobell, Nagraj Gollapudi and the players, and remember to join us again on Friday for the third Test. Both teams will have all sorts of selection dilemmas going into that, with that decider looking mouthwatering. Thanks for joining us throughout the past five days, and from Alan, Chandan, Venkat and me, it's goodbye for now.

Ben Stokes is player of the match. "[Injuries?] I'm fine. The body started to get quite stiff. I said to Broady that I was feeling quite stiff, what do you reckon, and he said stop. [Long spells?] I'll give everything to the team, whatever's asked of me. We've found a method within our attack to be aggressive when things aren't happening. It dries it up, the batsmen don't have anywhere to go. I'll always do whatever's asked of me. In the first innings it just came about, with us having success with that in the past we can resort to it quite quick. It gets batsmen out of their comfort zone when you have six balls banged into the wicket. I'd say we're quite successful with it. [Which innings more fun?] Completely different roles. [3rd inns] was pretty simple, we had to score as many as we could, but scoring 90 off 11 overs gave us that edge in the game, dangled the carrot a little bit. A lot of credit to the bowlers' spells with the new ball yesterday. There were a few conversations going on out there [w/ batting order], it was a real positive move. It was no good walking away with a draw from this Test match. I texted Neil Fairbrother [his agent] the other day saying when he first saw me play he'd never have thought I'd last 300 balls [in an innings]."

Here's Joe Root: "It was a brilliant week's cricket from the outset, making a 400+ score for the third time in four games. We've starting to do that more consistently which is really pleasing. That's what we want from [Sibley], set that platform. He seems to get better and better the more he's playing, then when you've got guys like Ben who can go through a range of gears, it shows how valuable he is. He doesn't surprise me - you watch how he goes about his business, he leads the way in many respects. We're seeing those results out on the field and it's great for the younger guys coming through to see that. [Broad made his point?] You always expect that from Stuart, when he says something he tries to back it up. He's led the attack brilliantly this week, and we feel like he's got a lot of cricket ahead of him. [Selection decisions for next Test?] You look how many guys have been fit and ready, it's the first time in a long time we've had some many options available to us. I can't see that getting any easier but that's a fantastic place to be in as a team."

"It's disappointing," says Jason Holder. "England played a really good game but that period with the second new ball let us down. You need to give credit where it's due, England's bowlers challenged our batters consistently. But too many of our batters got caught on the crease, on a surface like this you need to commit forward or back. We've got to understand scenarios better. We fought through decent periods in the game but maybe need a little bit more grit, determination to get through challenging spells. It's just about getting through those tough spells. [Toss decision - regrets?] None whatsoever. You've got to give Stokes and Sibley some credit. We were unlucky, we put down one or two chances too. These are things we can pay attention to and put right going into the last Test. [Can seamers play third Test?] They're experienced enough. After a long lay-off you feel it a little bit more. You have to see how the guys pull up over the next couple of days but we'll see how everybody pulls up. We're here to fight. I'm sure the guys are feeling this loss. Going into this last game we're going to give it our all."

Here's another from S Rajesh: Eng in 1st Test of a series since 2018: 2W, 7L; 2nd Test of a series since 2018: 5W, 1L. And here's the link to prove it.

"Root's finest hour as a captain," reckons Lindsay O'Regan. "The team performed as he wanted them to, he timed the declaration perfectly, and he managed his bowlers beautifully. He's growing with every game." I think he'll rank Newlands above this, but yep, everything paid off in the end.

My colleague Gaurav Sundararaman points out that this will (presumably) be Stokes' fourth player-of-the-match award in the last 12 months in Tests: Lord's and Leeds v Australia, Newlands v South Africa, and now Manchester v West Indies. Some player!

"I am glad to read that Pope has pulled off a miracle!" smirks our man in Andalusia, Sevillano.

Dezz: "As much as I moaned about it, I have to say the Manchester rain on Saturday set this up brilliantly!"

Bernard: "Well done, England. Great effort there to win the test after having a whole day rained off. The approach to the game looked spot-on since midway through the first day. Perhaps a quick celebratory drive around the country with Jofra and his dog this evening?"

6.17pm: The series is alive! England square it at 1-1, which looked so unlikely yesterday afternoon with West Indies cruising at 242 for 4. Stuart Broad's new-ball spell was crucial yesterday, before Stokes set things up with the bat this morning. Despite the best efforts of Shamarh Brooks and Jermaine Blackwood in particular, England always looked likely to pull this off after reducing West Indies for 37 for 4, with the wickets shared around in the fourth innings. Stick around for all the post-match reaction.

70.1
W
Bess to Roach, OUT

stunning catch from Pope at short leg! That's some way to seal it. Bess was full from round the wicket, Roach nudged into the leg side. Pope parried it up from knee height, then flung himself at full stretch to his left to take the rebound catch, and England win by 113 runs!

Kemar Roach c Pope b Bess 5 (60m 31b 1x4 0x6) SR: 16.12

Illingworth signals the final hour

"Planning on naming my first born Shannon if he can pull this off" I'll hold you to that, Aj.

Azeem: "What's the weather looking like?" Dry! The sun is setting, but it looks about as bright as it has done all day

end of over 70Maiden
WI: 198/9CRR: 2.82 
Shannon Gabriel0 (12)
Kemar Roach5 (30)
Joe Root 1.2-1-0-0
Dom Bess 15-3-59-1

Dean: "Nonetheless, Stokes is now equal with Gabriel for leading wicket taker in the series so far, and has scored twice as many runs as the next highest run scorer in the series."

6.12pm: And that'll be drinks in the final session of the match. West Indies have 15 overs to survive, England need one wicket. Don't go anywhere!

69.6
Root to Gabriel, no run

comes forward to defend, Root beats the outside edge. Buttler whips the bails off, but Gabriel's back foot is fine

69.5
Root to Gabriel, no run

speared in with a round arm, a bit of turn, but Gabriel's defensive prod is confident enough

69.4
Root to Gabriel, no run

comes forward to defend with soft hands

69.3
Root to Gabriel, no run

good turn from outside off, strikes Gabriel on the thigh pad

69.2
Root to Gabriel, no run

goes straight on, past the defensive push

69.1
Root to Gabriel, no run

length outside off, Gabriel stands tall and clips him to mid-on

Root continues

end of over 694 runs
WI: 198/9CRR: 2.86 
Kemar Roach5 (30)
Shannon Gabriel0 (6)
Dom Bess 15-3-59-1
Joe Root 0.2-0-0-0
68.6
4
Bess to Roach, FOUR runs

full on the pads, short-arm slog-sweep from Roach away for four! Good option to attack with so many men waiting for a defensive shot, and he nails this through square

Round the wicket, and another man comes in round the bat

68.5
Bess to Roach, no run

speared in with a round arm, Roach prods into the off side. 57mph/92kph

68.4
Bess to Roach, no run

big stride forward, inside-edges into the pad

68.3
Bess to Roach, no run

comes forward to defend again, sharp bounce out the foot marks to beat the outside edge

68.2
Bess to Roach, no run

struck on the pad lunging forward to defend, but hit outside the line despite England's appeal

68.1
Bess to Roach, no run

full and straight, nudged into the leg side

end of over 680 run
WI: 194/9CRR: 2.85 
Shannon Gabriel0 (6)
Kemar Roach1 (24)
Joe Root 0.2-0-0-0
Dom Bess 14-3-55-1

Seemed like some sort of muscle problem for Stokes. Will update you with more as and when we get it.

Robert: "Who was it who said don't break Stokes!!!"

67.6
Root to Gabriel, no run

good turn from outside off, rocks back to defend solidly enough

Wry smile from Gabriel

67.5
Root to Gabriel, no run

lunges forward to defend with a straight bat

A couple of balls for Joe Root, who removes his sweater. Three men round the bat

Stokes wanders over towards Root for a conflab. Looks like something isn't quite right with him? Yep, seems as though he won't complete this over. He stays on the field, but there's some kind of injury.

67.4
Stokes to Gabriel, no run

spears a yorker down the leg side, left alone

67.3
Stokes to Gabriel, no run

short ball at the left shoulder, ducks underneath it

Gesinski: "This may be academic, but if Gabriel helps pull off a draw, I think I'm right in saying he's forgiven for this" Undoubtedly

67.2
Stokes to Gabriel, no run

short ball, Gabriel stares it down then ducks underneath it

67.1
Stokes to Gabriel, no run

back of a length, firmly defended by Gabriel

Now then, what's Stokes' plan to Big Shannon? Bumper, bumper, yorker? Short leg, leg gully, slip, gully all in

end of over 67Maiden
WI: 194/9CRR: 2.89 
Kemar Roach1 (24)
Shannon Gabriel0 (0)
Dom Bess 14-3-55-1
Ben Stokes 14-4-30-2

Roach survives. 18 to go!

66.6
Bess to Roach, no run

sharp turn and bounce, flicks the glove as he looks to turn it round the corner and lands where leg slip might have been

Best performances - batters
Ben Stokes portrait
BA Stokes ENG
176 runs (356)
17 fours
2 sixes
Control82%
Productive shot
flick
54 runs
5 fours
0 six
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Dom Sibley portrait
DP Sibley ENG
120 runs (372)
5 fours
0 six
Control86%
Productive shot
flick
52 runs
2 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Roston Chase player portrait
RL Chase WI
O
44
M
3
R
172
W
5
ECO
3.9
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W1W
Chris Woakes portrait
CR Woakes ENG
O
21
M
10
R
42
W
3
ECO
2
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Old Trafford, Manchester
TossWest Indies, elected to field first
SeriesWest Indies tour of EnglandICC World Test Championship
Season2020
Player Of The Match
Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes
Series result3-match series level 1-1
Match numberTest no. 2389
Hours of play (local time)11:00 start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.55-16.15, Close 18.30
Match days16,17,18,19,20 July 2020 - day (5-day match)
Umpires
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Michael Gough
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Richard Illingworth
TV Umpire
England Image
Richard Kettleborough
Reserve Umpire
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Alex Wharf
Match Referee
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Chris Broad
PointsEngland 40, West Indies 0