Brathwaite falls at tea to leave Windies in strife

BIRMINGHAM, England, CMC – Kraigg Brathwaite fell on the stroke of tea to leave West Indies battling for survival, after they were forced to follow on by 346 runs on first innings, on the third day of the day/night opening Test against England at Edgbaston here Saturday.

At the interval, the Caribbean side were 76 for four in their second innings, still 270 runs away from avoiding an innings defeat and falling 1-0 behind in the three-Test series.

Brathwaite played well for his top score of 40 but came too far across to off-spinner Moeen Ali and was lbw to the second ball of the final over before the break.

He faced 76 deliveries and counted seven fours.

Brathwaite had earlier lost his left-handed partner Kieran Powell for 10, caught at first slip by Alistair Cook – edging a firm push at seamer Jimmy Anderson in the fifth over with 15 on the board.

Kyle Hope then perished for 12 after adding 26 for the second wicket with Brathwaite, lbw to a full length delivery from pacer Toby Roland-Jones.

And Kyle’s younger brother Shai Hope fell half-hour before tea, caught at second slip by captain Joe Root off seamer Ben Stokes for four.

Earlier, England needed just half-hour after lunch to wrap up West Indies first innings for 168 with the aggressive Jermaine Blackwood finishing unbeaten on a better than run-a-ball 79.

Unbeaten on 60 at the first interval, the right-hander carried on where he left off, ending with nine fours and two sixes in a 76-ball innings.

Alzarri Joseph, unbeaten on two at the break, was lbw to Broad in the fifth over following the resumption before last man Miguel Cummins was run out without scoring.

Anderson finished with three for 34 while Roland-Jones (2-31) and Broad (2-47) claimed two wickets apiece.

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