England squared off against the West Indies in the 2nd Test of a 3-match series, having won the first Test. Skipper Joe Root was in fine form as he smashed another half century at Headingley. Root had managed to get 59 runs on the board before falling prey to Devendra Bishoo. With that, he equalled AB de Villiers’ record for the most consecutive half centuries, at 12.
Root’s score in the last 12 matches are, 56, 124, 53, 78, 77, 88, 190, 78, 50, 52, 136, 59. England opted to bat first but were quickly bundled out for 258 as Kemar Roach and Shanon Gabriel wreaked havoc. England lost early wickets but were bolstered by a solid partnership between Ben Stokes and the skipper. Once Root departed, completing his half century, Stokes held the fort as wickets tumbled around him and he finally reached his century.
When the roles reversed, the bowlers kept the Windies on their toes and the first wicket fell with just 11 runs on the scoreboard. As of now, Kraigg Brathwaite is still in with a shout of reaching a century and the West Indies are trailing by 85 runs.