With the first day of the match being stopped due to the unexpected rains, thanks to England’s unanticipated weather, England Vs West Indies could be played only till 17.4 overs. England chose to bat after winning the toss and the current scoreboard looks like – Joe Denly and Rory Burns took England has scored 35 runs with the loss of one wicket. Shanon Gabriel had swiftly cleaned up England opener Sibley for a duck.
A light drizzle forced the play to stop and when they returned, the weather allowed them to play only seven balls before interrupting the proceedings again.
Here are the updates of the first Test match, Day 2 – England vs West Indies:
15:20 hrs: GOOD NEWS! It does look like play will start on time. But I wouldn’t be the one betting on English weather, so don’t throw bricks at me if it play doesn’t start at say about 10 mins from now on.
15:10 hrs: England assistant coach Garham Thorpe explained why England cricketers took a knee along the West Indian counterparts. “It was an important move to show solidarity with the West Indies team. We had a few team chats for a couple of days. We chatted a bit about how we could have an impact on society. There’s no room for racism in our sport. We thought it should start from the England team. We are very proud of it,” Thorpe said during the post-match press conference.
14:45 hrs: There has been a lot of talk about the pre-match show on Sky Sports on Day 1. It was great television production as Michael Holding drove home the point about racism and how it should be dealt with in the present day to ensure the evils can be removed from the society in the future.
14:35 hrs: It will be crucial to see how the West Indies bowlers perform in the first session if there is no rain. Conditions are expected to be conducive for seam bowling due to the rain and overnight moisture. Essential for Gabriel and company to hit the right areas early on.
14:25 hrs: Bad light could play a part in the evening as clouds are expected make their presence felt later in the day.
14:16 hrs: Covers have been taken off as the sun is out in full flow in Southampton. Delay in the start of play is not expected on Thursday.
14:01 hrs: It has been broadcasted that rain is not expected to disrupt play for the first 5 hours of the day. However, thundershowers are expected to make its appearance later in the day.
Weather looks a bit better today in Southampton !!! Early gamble statement …….. #TestCricket
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 9, 2020
13: 40 hrs: Before the start of play, players from both the teams along with umpires Richard Kettleborough and Richard Illingworth dropped to one knee to extend their support to the ‘Black Lives Matters’ movement.
13:20 hrs: The first day of the Test match saw a lot of rain and only a few overs could be bowled by the West Indian bowlers. But how will things shape up on Day 2? Will the fast bowlers have a field due to the conditions?
The current score is 43-1 in 21.5 overs. Burns has added 25 runs to his account while Denly is at 14*. This over is bowled by Gabriel.
West Indies (Playing XI): John Campbell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich(w), Jason Holder(c), Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel
England (Playing XI): Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Denly, Zak Crawley, Ben Stokes(c), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(w), Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, James Anderson
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