He made a sign to mention that he’d hit it, and Ultra Edge confirms that he used to be proper. He is a candidate for LBW as he covers all 3 stumps, however he’s nonetheless there and can no doubt glance to have a slog now.
Wicket? Da Silva given LBW b Woakes 65
Plumb in entrance, however there could also be a nick…
91st over: West Indies 245-9 (Da Silva 65, Seales 0) It used to be every other just right over from Mahmood, that includes a fantastic yorker, which Roach used to be in a position for, going proper again to pat it away.
“My prediction,” mentioned Mark Slater, prior to the autumn of Roach “Two quick wickets in the first half hour, and Leach opens the second innings with Lees. He retires upon hitting fifty, so he can get back in just before lunch tomorrow for the last wicket and see what the pitch is doing.”
Wicket! Roach c Foakes b Mahmood 25 (West Indies 245-9)
The step forward! Mahmood bowls a nip-backer, again of a period, and it takes the interior edge as Roach is torn between glancing and getting out of the best way. A crisp take through Ben Foakes, down the leg aspect, and Roach doesn’t trouble to study: he’s achieved his task.
ninetieth over: West Indies 245-8 (Da Silva 65, Roach 26) Woakes is going complete and Woakesian to Da Silva, however unearths only a few mild swing and will get on-driven for 4. West Indies lead through 41.
“Tim dearest,” says Mac Millings, “Ric Latham will have replied his fast crossword clue – ‘Individual who’s continuously stumped? (6-6)‘ – incorrectly. I looked it up, and the Test batter most often out stumped was Aussie legend Alllan-Border. (I’m beautiful certain that’s the way you spell it.)“ Ha.
89th over: West Indies 240-8 (Da Silva 61, Roach 26) Da Silva likes that front-foot pull such a lot, he performs it once more, much less neatly, shovelling Mahmood for 2. Joe Root, manning the strong door, strikes 3rd slip into the leg-side ring. “I don’t like that field change,” says Steve Harmison. “I don’t see any reason why you’d not have your catchers in for Da Silva as well as Roach.” Roach, discovering that there’s no brief leg, flaps at a brief one and takes a unmarried off the final ball of the over. West Indies oozing self assurance.
88th over: West Indies 236-8 (Da Silva 58, Roach 25) At the opposite finish it’s Chris Woakes, who in the end had a just right spell the previous day – despite the fact that two of his 3 wickets got here from bowling half-way down, so that they weren’t very Woakesian. Da Silva has a drift too, fending at a lifter, but if Woakes drops brief once more he performs a very good shot, a front-foot pull for 3. Given two is going at Roach, Woakes fairly wastes them through no longer bowling on the off bail. West Indies lead through 32.
87th over: West Indies 233-8 (Da Silva 55, Roach 25) Joshua Da Silva, the batter of the fit to this point, takes a unmarried first ball, appearing a lot of religion in Kemar Roach. Mahmood unearths some outswing, nevertheless it’s too large of Roach’s off stump till the 5th ball, which temps Roach right into a tail-ender’s drift. And so does the 6th, pitched deliciously complete. I’m making an attempt to bear in mind the final England bowler who used to be courageous sufficient to bowl this period in the beginning of his Test profession. Maybe Darren Gough?
The gamers are available in the market and the just about new ball is within the fingers of Saqib Mahmood, England’s to find of the excursion.
“Crossword pedantry” is the topic line of the following electronic mail. It’s no longer a gambit that may prise the door open far and wide, however the OBO is in no place to carp. “I’ve just done the quick crossword,” says Ric Latham, “and was disappointed with 24A – ‘Individual who’s often stumped? (6-6).’ Unless there’s some statistical evidence that keepers are out that way more often than their colleagues, it’s a poor clue.” It is! And by the use of responding in type, can I ask you to make use of unmarried quotes subsequent time, to save lots of us having to modify them?
Infamy, in for me
The first electronic mail of the day is from Tom van der Gucht. “Great Preamble,” he says. Too type! “I especially like your ‘Not with a Bangla’ pun. It’s the sort of bon mot Kenneth Williams would proudly pat himself on the back for in his diaries before slumping again and bemoaning that people fail to recognise his overall greatness…”
As I attempt to determine simply how backhanded that go with is, Tom comes to a decision so as to add some extra. “Actually, having given it some consideration,” he writes, “the Preamble reminded me more of Christopher Douglas/Podmore’s alter ego Ed Reardon than Kenneth Williams. But still, high praise indeed.” The nice Chris Douglas! I as soon as needed to bowl to him within the nets. Never noticed the sort of useless bat, a minimum of till I got here throughout Kraigg Braithwaite.
Preamble: the crunch
Afternoon everybody and welcome to the 3rd day of the 3rd Test. In a Hollywood mystery, there’s continuously a second about three-quarters of the best way via, when the hero and the villain face off in a struggle to the dying. For this collection, which has been in need of thrills, that second arrives these days. If Joe Root provides a workforce communicate prior to the beginning of play, he’ll simplest want 4 phrases. “We have to win.”
Over at the different aspect of the sector, England’s ladies know precisely what they will have to do this night: beat Bangladesh or pass out of the World Cup, no longer with a Bangla however a whimper. For England’s males the stakes are nearly as prime, the ramifications simply as stark. If they win in Grenada, a depressing iciness can have a cheerful finishing, a nook can have been became, and the verdict to let Root lift on as captain will not glance deluded.
If they lose, it is going to be their 5th collection defeat in a row (albeit with an asterisk in opposition to one in every of them, the 1-2 in opposition to India that might but develop into a 2-2 when the decider is in the end performed in July). They can have misplaced to one of the most lowlier Test groups in addition to to the massive 3. They’ll be again to sq. one and their red-ball reset will include a red-face emoji. No drive, then.
Play begins at 2pm GMT. England’s first job will probably be to make use of the brand new ball higher than they did the previous day morning (or night time). Joshua Da Silva’s task will probably be to show his not likely 50 into the efficiency that settles the collection. It must be riveting.