West Indies Holding On In The Second Test Match Vs. England

Jermaine Blackwood of the West Indies bats during day three of the 2nd test match between West Indies and England at Kensington Oval on March 18, 2022 in Bridgetown, Barbados. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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News Americas, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Fri. Mar. 18, 2022: The West Indies cricket team is staying strong in the second test match versus England at the Queens Park Oval in Barbados.

West Indies batsmen Kraigg Brathwaite and Jermaine Blackwood struck unbeaten half-centuries to revive West Indies and keep England without success in the second session here Friday.

At the interval on the third day of the second Test, the home side had reached 196 for three, with captain Brathwaite unbeaten on 70 and his vice-captain Blackwood on 50.

The pair have so far put on 95 for the fourth wicket, a stand that has pulled West Indies around from a dodgy position of 101 for three about 45 minutes before lunch at Kensington Oval.

Resuming from 44 at lunch, Brathwaite has been resolute, facing 242 deliveries in 5-¾ hours and striking eight fours, reaching his landmark in the third over following the resumption.

Blackwood, meanwhile, curbed his natural aggression to strike half-dozen fours off 116 balls in just about 2-¾ hour at the crease.

Unbeaten on lunch, Blackwood produced a composed innings to reach his 16th Test half-century just before tea.

West Indies lost two wickets after resuming the day on 71 for one, Shamark Brooks for 39 and Nkrumah Bonner for nine.

England declared at 507 for nine declared.