- Third and final Test match of the series between England and West Indies at Old Trafford, Manchester
- Unbreakable century partnership between Oli Pope and wicketkeeper batsman Jose Butler on day one
- Pope and Butler added 136 not out for the fifth wicket, the team scored 258 runs for 4 wickets
- Captain Joe Root and the all-rounder Ben Stokes could not do anything special, the pavilion returned cheaply
The unbroken century partnership between middle-order batsman Oli Pope and wicketkeeper Jose Butler helped England to 258 for 4 in the third and final Test against the West Indies, recovering from their initial setbacks on Friday.
Despite 57 runs from opener Rory Burns, England batted first after losing the toss, scoring 122 for four at one time, but then Pope (91 not out) and Butler (56 not out) took over.
Play stopped early due to bad light
By the time the first day's play was declared to be over due to poor lighting, both of them had added 136 runs for the fifth wicket. Both of them did not let the West Indies get any success in the third season, which brought England under pressure with 2-2 wickets in the first two sessions. England lost the wickets of opener Dom Sibley (0) and captain Joe Root (17) in the first session, while all-rounders Ben Stokes (20) and Burns lost in the second session.
Manchester Test: Pope and Butler take over England
Pep and Butler handled
Olly Pope and Jose Butler batted impressively in the third season. Pope made some eye-catching shots and scored a half-century on Jason Holder with his sixth four. Butler, who has been battling for runs for a long time, aroused his confidence by hitting two sixes in one over of Rahkim Cornwall.
First Fifty after September 2019
Butler also completed his first half-century since September last year, his 16th in Test matches. Wicket-keeper batsman Jose Butler scored an unbeaten 56 off 120 balls with the help of 5 fours and 2 sixes on the first day.
Roach jerks 2 wickets
For West Indies, Kemar Roach has taken two and Roston Chase has taken one wicket. At the same time, Chase was run out by Joe Root too.
Stokes magic could not work
Stokes, who scored 176 and an unbeaten 78 in the second Test, could not work and returned cheaply to the pavilion. Stokes is difficult to bowl in this match due to a hamstring injury. Hence England landed with four fast bowlers and one spinner. He kept one batsman short and Stokes had to come down to bat at number four. Stokes showed his form with two fours but Roach uprooted his wicket at the finest inswinger, raising concern in the England camp.
Rahkim catches Burns with one hand
Opener Rory Burns still held one end and completed his seventh half-century in Test cricket. In such a situation, Rahkim Cornwall caught his best catch with one hand at slip off Chase. Burns played 147 balls and hit four boundaries. England batted slow in the first two seasons. He scored 66 in the first season and 65 in the second season.
Sibli was dismissed on the sixth ball of the innings
Being cloudy, the West Indies won the toss and decided to field first. Kemar Roach lbw Sibli out of the sixth ball of the first over of the innings. Sibli, who scored a century in the second Test, could not even open an account this time.
Run out routes
Captain Joe Root batted according to the conditions and scored 17 runs off 59 balls. Burns played spinner Cornwall to third man when he seemed to have set his feet well at the crease to play a big innings. Chase dropped the gills with a straight throw to the wicketkeeper's end and Root was run out.
Stretch in Gabriel's muscles, then return
West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel in the XI. During his fourth over, he had a hamstring injury that forced him to leave the field. It was a relief for Captain Holder that he returned to the field before lunch and also bowled.
Changes made to Playing-XI
The three-match series is still 1–1. The West Indies are trying to win the series in England for the first time since 1988. England have replaced pacers Joffra Archer and James Anderson in the squad in place of Sam Karan and top-order batsman Jack Crowley. The West Indies made a change to give Cornwall a chance in the playing XI replacing Alzari Joseph.