Ben Stokes all-round heroics help England level the Test series against West Indies

England registered a 113-run win over West Indies in the second Test at Manchester.

Ben Stokes batting heroics in both the innings and Stuart produced another brilliant spell of fast bowling as England beat West Indies by 113runs in the second Test to level the series at Manchester.

Needing to go 2-0 up in the Test series, West Indies Skipper Jason Holder won the toss and opted to bowl first in pacer-friendly conditions.

Initially, his decision proved to be correct one as West Indies bowled well to reduce England to 81 for 3 after 31 overs.

The game changed in favor of England as opener Dominic Sibley and all-rounder Ben Stokes put on a 260-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

Ben Stokes was the standout performer with the bat and smashed 176 runs off 356 balls with the help of 17 fours and two sixes. He was well supported by Dominic Sibley, who chipped in with 120 runs off 372 balls with the help of five fours.

Wicket-keeper Jos Buttler, Dominic Bess and Sam Curran made contributions to see England declare their first innings at 469 for 9 after 162 overs.

his decision backfired as his bowlers could not able to generate the kind of assistance that was expected of them, and the Black Caps managed to post more than respectable 373 in the first innings. Opener Jeet Raval finished with the top score of 84 off 157 with the help of 15 glorious boundaries.

For West Indies, part-time spinner Roston Chase was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed five wickets, whereas pacer Kemar Roach claimed two wickets.

In reply, West Indies managed to get off to a decent start and looked comfortable at one stage at 242 for 4 but Stuart Broad’s spell changed the game in favor of England. The visitors went from 242 for 4 to 287 all out.

Kraigg Braithwaite, Roston Chase and Shamarh Brooks smashed crucial half-centuries for the side in the first innings.

Leading by 182 runs in first innings, England produced another impressive effort with the bat and declared second time around with the score of 129 for the loss of three wickets, courtesy Ben Stokes’s belligerent 78 not out off 58 balls.

Chasing 312 runs to win the Test series was always going to be difficult on a weary pitch on the final day at Manchester. The visitors were not able to bat for long and were dismissed for 198 runs to see England level the Test series.

For England, Stuart Broad was the star performer for the home side, as he claimed three wickets.Chris Woakes, Ben Stokes and Dominic Bess claimed two wickets each.

For his outstanding batting performance in both the innings, Ben Stokes was awarded man of the match.

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