Broad blast boosts England hopes

09 September 2017 01:54:26 GMTPlus10

Some big blows from Stuart Broad have helped England gain a valuable advantage of 71 by tea on day two of the third and final Test against the West Indies.

England were dismissed for 194 in their first innings at Lord's, leaving them 2.00 to win the match and the series, while a Windies victory is now priced at 2.00 and the draw is a distant 2.00.

The hosts had reached 64-5 by the lunch interval, with Dawid Malan the only man dismissed during a morning session badly affected by rain.

The Middlesex left-hander, playing on his how ground, had reached 20 when he edged Kemar Roach through to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich.

Paceman Roach struck twice more in the afternoon to complete a five-wicket haul, with Jonny Bairstow the first of those two victims as he was trapped leg before wicket after making 21.

Shannon Gabriel then struck the big blow, clean bowling Ben Stokes just a couple of balls after an identical dismissal had been ruined by the fast bowler overstepping and being called for a no-ball.

All-rounder Stokes, who took a career-best 6-22 when the Windies had batted, made 60 from 74 balls, hitting ten boundaries.

Roach then had Moeen Ali (3) caught at gully by Kyle Hope to complete his five-for and he should have had a sixth wicket to his name, only for Dowrich to spill a simple chance offered by Toby Roland-Jones.

The England batsman lasted only a little longer as he flashed a drive to Shai Hope off the bowling of skipper Jason Holder when he had 11 to his name.

However, some flashy hitting from Broad enabled the hosts to take a healthy first-innings lead in the context of the game, with the left-hander enjoying some fortune in making 38 from 45 balls, a knock which included four fours and two sixes.

He was the last man out right on the tea interval, with Dowrich pouching a low catch off Holder, who finished with four wickets - leaving James Anderson unbeaten on eight.

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