Rained off day throws England's victory chances into jeopardy

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18 Jul 2020 | 09:41 AM
authorShubh Aggarwal

Rained off day throws England's victory chances into jeopardy

West Indies are trailing England by 437 runs with 1 wicket down in the first innings

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England's hopes to push for a win on Day 3 took a massive hit by persistent rain in Manchester. The play was called off without a ball being bowled. The first two days saw overcast conditions with rain only delaying the start of play on Day 1 by 90 minutes. The weather God, however, didn't spare on Saturday as the forecast of heavy rainfall proved to be accurate. 

England declared their first innings for 469 for nine after a resolute batting display, largely from Dom Sibley and Ben Stokes. Although, a run rate of 2.9 now seems to be on a slower side as West Indies are placed with a chance to draw the match. With two days to go, England need to bowl West Indies out twice given they first keep the visitors away from saving the follow-on. 

Currently, West Indies are one wicket down, trailing England by 437 runs in the first innings. John Campbell, the left-handed opener is the only man dismissed, trapped in front of the stumps by Sam Curran in his first over. 

The forecast for Day 4 and 5 include sun peeping through cloud cover with minimal chances of rain. The play is scheduled to start on usual time - 11 am local time (3.30 pm IST). 

In the only significant development of the day, Jofra Archer is made available for selection in the third Test. A disciplinary hearing has let him go with a warning and a fine. 


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