WI vs ENG: Immediately after the conclusion of the second Test of the series in a draw, England captain Joe Root justified his decision to declare after gaining a 281-run lead in the game. Rain forced an end to action on the last day of the Test, and Root declared his innings when the action was halted and lunch served. With 145 runs scored in 24.5 overs bowled and six wickets lost, the visitors concluded the first session with a total of 145 runs. Following the conclusion of the second session, the hosts took the field to bat with a goal of 282 runs to be reached in 65 overs.
Because of Root’s declaration, the England bowlers needed to take a total of 10 wickets in the two sessions that followed for the match to be decided in their favour. Early in the innings, the hosts lost three wickets in the shape of John Campbell, Shamarh Brooks, and Nkrumah Bonner, who fell in the sixth, ninth, and thirteenth overs of the innings, respectively. On the last day, though, captain Kraigg Braithwaite’s half-century saved his team from an expected collapse.
Due to the difficulty of chasing down 282 in just two sessions, the hosts were not willing to take any chances and instead hoped to remain on the field for as long as possible to secure a draw. Even though it was a tough pursuit for the hosts, Root was not ready to give them even a little advantage.
WI vs ENG: It’s simply extremely satisfying to watch us put up a huge first-inning total after such a lengthy period: Joe Root
“When it comes to weighing things up, it’s always a difficult task, isn’t it? Because of the tiny size of the field and the strength of the wind, you don’t want to give up too many opportunities to score. If we had been able to pull out 10 overs sooner, would it have made much of a difference?” Root said in his post-match interview after the game.
Even though his side was held to a second draw in the series, England captain Joe Root was pleased with his team’s effort. It will be a decisive game for the two sides as they both want to conclude the series on a high note by winning the third and final test.
“This is quite satisfying since it is the first time in a long time that we have put up a large first-inning total. I’m hoping that it has given the men a lot of confidence and that we can duplicate it over and again,” he said at the end of the session.