England vs West Indies Live Score 1st Test Day 4 at Southampton: Sibley, Burns steady for England

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England vs West Indies Live Score 1st Test Day 4 at Southampton: Sibley, Burns steady for England
England vs West Indies Live Score 1st Test Day 4 at Southampton: The stage is set for a thrilling day of Test cricket in Southampton as England look to save the fort. The hosts will enter Day 4 trailing by 99 run, and will have to face the pacy Windies bowling attack. Runs will be hard to come by, and England will have to battle on and put on a decent total on the board with still one day remaining in the Test for the Windies to chase. Windies, on the other hand, will look to take quick wickets to maintain hold on the match, and possibly even pull off a win on the fourth day itself.
16:45 hrs: West Indies have regrouped well after drinks. Just one run scored in four overs. Chase a lot better in his approach, flighting the ball nicely and making the batsmen circumspect with their feet movement. The next hour promises to be really engaging.
16:30 hrs: Drinks on the field. England have negotiated the first hour of the day and they’ve negotiated it well. Sibley and Burns have provided them the start England were looking for. They have been on the ball from the first delivery of the day and have shown tremendous composure on the start of Day 4. 24 overs bowled, and England have reached 62 without loss, trailing West Indies by 52 runs
16:15 hrs: Fifty up for England. Runs starting to flow. First signs of spin in the second innings as Roston Chase comes on. Kemar Roach and Jason Holder offer a couple of looseners and Burns is turning out to be too good a player to miss them. It’s been a good, solid stand by both openers, making for an equally solid first hour of play.
16:00 hrs: Two boundaries off three balls for England. Burns and Sibley latch on to a couple of full deliveries from Shannon Gabriel. The first was wide outside off and Burns creams it through covers. Two balls later, Gabriel strayed on to Sibley’s legs and the batsman effortlessly flicks it through square leg. England 34/0 after 16, trail by 76.
15:45 hrs: Steady start to the day by Burns and Sibley. Three overs gone, six added to England’s overnight score. Roach is really bending his back and Gabriel is spot on with his length. As cliched as it may sound, but the first hour is always special. England still trailing and West Indies must be seeking a wicket to ensure they keep the hosts on their toes.
15:26 hrs: Dom Sibley and Rory Burns have slowly made their way out into centre. They look determined and boy does England need a good effort from their openers today. Kemar Roach is at the top of his run-up.
15:00 hrs: Did you know? England’s stand-in skipper Ben Stokes on Friday became the second-fastest all-rounder to score 4000 Test runs and pick up 150 wickets. Stokes finished with 4/49 from his 14 overs and joined Ian Botham and four other greats to enter the club of 4k runs and 150 wickets in Tests.
14:45 hrs: While we wait for an intriguing Day 4 to start, former England captain has shared a pretty interesting take on India opener Rohit Sharma. Gower feels the penchant of scoring big runs shows how Rohit has successfully managed to ace the five elements of batting. “At the moment, we see his (Rohit’s) talent on show all the time because he makes stacks and stacks of runs so the work comes in to actually make sure that you have the determination, the ability, the technique, the calmness and the concentration – all the things you need to actually occupy the crease for long enough to make those runs,” Gower told Cricket.com.
14:30 hrs: Kraigg Brathwaite on 2nd innings: “I still think it is a good pitch and tomorrow we will see how it plays. Archer bowled well, to be honest. In the second innings, when we come to bat we have to fight hard. We did well in the first innings and we will look to continue that,” he told reporters. “I think it is challenging to roll, I think all the bowlers really playing a good effort. Jimmy (Anderson) obviously was in more fully areas at times like all our bowlers and the guys were quite aggressive,” he added. “Me and Jason (Holder) are playing together probably under 11. I know his game and he knows mine. We make sure that we also share ideas and opinions that we may see, where we can do this and do that. Supporting each other is always a good feeling,” Brathwaite said.
14:20 hrs: Ben Stokes achieves a huge milestone on Day 3. He has now taken 150 Test wickets, and he became the 2nd fastest player to reach the milestone of to reach the milestone of 4000 Test runs and 150 Test wickets. Well done, Stokesy! 
14:10 hrs: Key player for England on Day 4: Ben Stokes. Stokes was the only England batsman who looked comfortable amid tough conditions for the hosts in the first innings. He has to be in the long haul here. It is about saving the match, and Stokes should be looking to defend the match, if not going for the win.
14:00 hrs: Key player for West Indies on Day 4: Jason Holder. The right-arm fast bowler was tremendous in the first innings, getting six wickets, and he would surely hope to make it count even further when it matters even more, in the 2nd innings. If Holder topples England’s middle-order once again, it’s Game. Set. Match.
13:50 hrs: James Anderson on Stuart Broad omission: “He (Broad) is frustrated and disappointed to be left out, but this shows the strength we have in our bowling lineup and it is good for England that Stuart is disappointed to be left out of the team. He is desperate to be in this team and be a part of our success, so it’s a huge positive for the group going forward,” Anderson told reporters.
13:40 hrs: Stuart Broad on not playing first Test: “I’m not a particularly emotional person but I’ve found the last couple of days quite tough. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement; you’re disappointed if you drop your phone and the screen breaks. I’m frustrated, angry and gutted. It’s difficult to understand. I’ve probably bowled the best I’ve ever bowled the last couple of years, I felt it was my shirt. I was in the team for the Ashes and going to South Africa and winning there,” Broad told Sky Sports.
13:30 hrs: Hello and welcome to our live blog on Day 4 of the first Test between England and West Indies. Can it happen? We might see a massive upset here in Southampton as the hosts England are completely cornered going into Day 4. West Indies took a heavy 114-run lead in the match, and now England are playing the chasing game in the second innings. Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley put on a good defending show in the final stages of Day 3, and England reached 15/0 at stumps. But can England build on big partnerships to save the match, or will it be another showdown from Windies seamers? Exciting day in store ahead.

Source: Hindustan Times