Ben Stokes hit a brilliant 176 off 356 balls to help the hosts take the driver’s seat at the end of Day 2 of the second Test at Old Trafford, Manchester. It may have been one of his slowest hundreds, but he played some classy strokes en route to his 10th Test ton against a quality fast-bowling attack. But, it was his strange dismissal that caught the eye of the Twitterverse, who reacted after he fell prey to an audacious reverse-sweep of pacer Kemar Roach – who finally got his first wicket of the series after 521 balls.Also Read - If India Can't Beat This England Side, They Should Go Home: Michael Vaughan Puts Pressure on Virat Kohli & Co
It was the 71st over of the English innings and Stokes decided to something out of the ordinary, falling 24 runs short of his second double hundred in Tests. It came of Stokes’ glove and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich made no mistake in collecting the ball, to send him packing. Also Read - IND vs ENG 2020: I don't Think India Can Have Any Complaints if We Leave a Bit of Grass, Says James Anderson
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After Ben Stokes’ 176, which was part of an epic 260-run partnership with Dom Sibley, Dom Bess and Stuart Broad added 42 for the last wicket before the hosts declared.
West Indies lost opener John Campbell and at stumps, they were 32/1 with Kraig Brathwaite in the middle with night watchman Alzarri Joseph.
West Indies will start the third day on 32/1, trailing England by 437 runs as the hosts look to level the series.
Brief scores: England 469/9 (Ben Stokes 176, Dom Sibley 120; Roston Chase 5/172) vs West Indies 32/1 (Alzarri Joseph* 14, John Campbell 12; Sam Curran 1/8)