West Indies vs England 2nd Test Day 1: Roach’s four-for puts West Indies firmly in control

Kemar Roach four wickets West Indies England 2nd Test Day 1 Antigua cricket

Kemar Roach finished with figures of 4-30 off 15 overs

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Kemar Roach carved through England’s batting line-up with a four-wicket haul to put the West Indies in charge on the opening day of the second Test in Antigua.

Opting to bowl first, the West Indies got an early breakthrough as England opener Rory Burns was caught by West Indies captain Jason Holder at second slip off the bowling of Roach for four runs.

Debutant Joe Denly only made six runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Alzarri Joseph.

Joseph then took out England skipper Joe Root for seven, while Jos Buttler was sent packing by Holder for one run.

Jonny Bairstow managed to score a 64-ball 52, which included nine boundaries and a six, before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Roach.

With Ben Stokes being caught behind off the bowling of Shannon Gabriel for 14, England were in all sorts of trouble at 93/6.

However, Moeen Ali and Ben Foakes came to the rescue as they amassed an 85-run partnership, during which Moeen brought up his half-century, before he was dismissed by Roach for 60, which came off 104 balls and included eight boundaries and a six.

Foakes went on to score 35 before he was clean bowled by Gabriel.

With Roach removing Sam Curran and Gabriel cleaning up James Anderson, England were skittled out for 187.

Roach was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Gabriel snapped up three, Joseph took two and Holder claimed one.

Trailing by 187 runs, West Indies openers John Campbell and Kraigg Brathwaite forged an unbeaten 30-run stand before stumps was called.

Campbell finished on 16, which came off 71 balls and included a boundary, while Brathwaite remained undefeated on 11.

The West Indies ended day one on 30/0 and will continue batting on Friday at 10:00 local time or 14:00 GMT.

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