The Investec Test match between West Indies and England reached the final session of the fourth day with England building up a formidable second inning score for West Indies. It was the lower order of England batsmen who pulled up the figure with a strong eighth-wicket partnership. The 117-run stand between Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes changed it for West Indies to more than just a challenge. West Indies now has a single day and a hefty target ahead to scale, 322. The hosts dominance was backed by the strikes off Joe Root, Dawid Malan, and Ben Stokes.
Early in the second inning, in the day, England players Stokes and Malan both scored fifties, in the partnership of 91 runs. The latter was dropped at 29, after Stokes was contained. His wicket could have made the upcoming slog for England more serious. Malan was the overnight batsman. He scored the half century in 162 balls. In the previous day, he partnered with Root in the top order stand of 118 runs. Stokes played 92 balls for his fifty. This is the second Test match, where Stokes knocked a century and a half century in a same fixture. After his wicket, England lost three wickets in 22 balls.
The wobbly middle order threatened the lead, but Moeen Ali and Woakes steered the inning to remain ahead by a closer to 300 score. Both knocked half centuries. This is the highest tally of England without a century from its players in a Test inning. It would be rather difficult for West Indies to chase the target in last day of the Test. It was only a single time when a team successfully chased down a 300 plus target at the Headingley Oval. It was England itself chasing Australia for 315 back in 2001. The target burgeoned for West Indies became of lose bowling in the final session of the fourth day, while the lower order England did not leave a stone unturned to score big.
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