ENG vs WI: Rory Burns and Dom Sibley added 72 runs for the opening wicket.© AFP
England openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley dominated the morning session as they kept the West Indies bowlers at bay for the majority of the first session on Day 4 in Southampton on Saturday. The duo batted sensibly without taking too much risks and added a 72 runs for the opening wicket. The solid opening-wicket stand helped the hosts reduce the West Indies lead to just 35 runs as they finished on 79/1 at lunch on Saturday. The only setback for the hosts came when Burns lost his patience and threw his wicket away just a few overs before the lunch to hand West Indies their first breakthrough. He fell eight short of his half-century. West Indies off-spinner Roston Chase tasted the only success with his team struggling for the majority of the session. (LIVE SCORECARD)
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Jason Holder starts his first spell after lunch break with a maiden over. He bowled some tight lines and troubled Joe Denly with his deliveries angling in sharply.
Jason Holder brings himself into the bowling attack as West Indies look to pick wickets.
Shannon Gabriel bowls way too full and wide and Dom Sibley comes forward and plays it towards the vacant third man region and before the fielder pulls it back just inches inside the rope, he completes three runs.
Huge LBW appeal! Turned down!
Joe Denly misses the line of a Kemar Roach delivery angling in to him, it hits him high on the pads and Roach makes a rather soft leg before appeal which is turned down by the umpire.
Alzarri Joseph drops a ball short which bounces nicely and Dom Sibley gets on top of the bounce and guides it nicely towards third-man fence for a boundary.
Kemar Roach starts the session with a maiden over as Dom Sibley left anything pitched outside off stump with rather ease.
Afternoon session begins!
Dom Sibley and Joe Denly are walking out in the middle, with the West Indies fielders already in the ground. Kemar Roach will bowl the first over of the session for the visitors.
Breakthrough for the West Indies!
West Indies were lucky to get a wicket towards the end of the morning session as Rory Burns played a poor shot and threw away his wicket, falling eight short of his fifty.
England openers dominate morning session!
England openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley dominated the morning session as they kept the West Indies bowlers at bay for the majority of the first session.
Lunch @ Day 4!
1st Test: England 204, 79/1 (R Burns 42; R Chase 1/17) trail West Indies (318) by 35 runs at lunch on Day 4.
Roston Chase, pumped up after tasting success in his previous over, bowls another maiden over.
Alzarri Joseph bowls a short ball into the body of Dom Sibely and the ball clips his ribs and beats the wicket-keeper Shane Dowrich and runs away to the fence behind him.
WICKET! Burns departs for 42!
WICKET! Rory Burns falls eight short of his half-century as Roston Chase gets him caught at backward point, gives the visitors a huge breakthrough. England 72/1 trail West Indies by 42 runs. It was an ordinary delivery from Chase short and wide but Burns hit it straight to the backward point fielder.
Alzarri Joseph is back into the attack for the first time on Day 4 with the West Indies in dire need of wickets.
Dom Sibley dances down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it nicely towards long-on and collects a boundary.
Jaosn Holder pitches the ball short and it bounced off the surface and hit Dom Sibley on his elbow as he tried to leave the ball for the keeper.
West Indies skipper Jason Holder bowls another maiden over. This was third maiden over in a row by the West Indies.
Another maiden over from the West Indies spinner Roston Chase as he bowls six consecutive dot balls to Dom Sibley.
Jason Holder bowls a maiden over as Rory Burns plays all his deliveries with great caution.
Play resumes after drinks break!
Roston Chase begins the proceedings after the drinks break and gives away just one run. Moreover, he hasn’t been able to trouble any of the England openers as he would have liked.
Things looking very comfortable for England’s opening batting pair. They have not put a foot wrong so far in this session. However, we have seen the pitch behaving rather awkwardly on a few occasions already and that must be a sign of worry for the visitors as they are the ones who have to bat last on this surface.
An inside edge from Dom Sibley’s bat races away to the fine leg fence. Sibley was done by ball’s awkward as he didn’t expect it to bounce that much.
Jaosn Holder offers too much width outside off stump and Rory Burns cuts it behind point for a cracking boundary. With that he also brings up the 50-run stand for the opening wicket.
Double bowling change!
The West Indies skipper Jason Holder, who is in dire need of wickets, has brought himself into the attack.
Roston Chase comes into the attack ahead of West Indies skipper Jason Holder and Alzarri Joseph.
Dom Sibley joins in his partner and collects his first boundary of the day. Gabriel bowled it on the pads and Sibley wasn’t going to miss that and he flicked it nicely in the gap on the leg side.
First boundary of Day 4. Shannon Gabriel bowls wide of off stump and Rory Burns leans forward and drives it in front of the square on the off side for first boundary of the day.
England openers play with caution!
England openers have started from where their finished yesterday and are more cautious in their approach.
Burns on strike!
Dom Sibley takes a quick single to bring Rory Burns on the strike who will be facing the his first delivery on Day 4.
Just one run from the first over on Day 4!
Dom Sibley takes a single on the last ball of the over to retain the strike. England 16/0.
Play about to begin on Day4!
England openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley are out in the middle and Kemar Roach will start the proceedings for the West Indies.
West Indies lost nine wicket on Day 3!
England skipper Ben Stokes led from the front and picked up four wickets, restricting West Indies to 318 runs in the first innings. Here’s how West Indies batsmen got out on Day 3.
All wickets as our bowlers dragged us back into the game on Day 3!
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England openers’ cautious approach!
England openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley batted cautiously in the final session and remained unbeaten as the hosts brought down the West Indies lead to 99 runs. Burns was not out on 10 while Sibley was unbeaten on five.
West Indies finished Day 3 on top!
The West Indies batsmen dominated the play on Day 3 and put their team ahead with a crucial 114-run lead in the first innings. However, now their bowlers who bowled brilliantly in the first innings have a huge task on their hands as England trail them by 99 runs and have all 10 wickets in hand.
Just like yesterday, we will see bright sunshine in Southampton for the remaining two days as well. England will look for a better show with the bat than what they produced in the first innings.
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