Windies captain Holder makes double ton to put England on ropes

Windies captain Holder makes double ton to put England on ropes

West Indies, led by a brutal display from pacer Kemar Roach, bowled out England for 77 on the second day of the first Test at Kensington Oval in Barbados.

England started the fourth day with all their second innings wickets intact but knowing that their only realistic hope was to take the match into a last day after being ground into the Barbadian dust just and left an impossible target of 628.

Their stand was the third highest for a seventh wicket in Test history, and also surpassed the previous record for an unbeaten partnership, 259, set by VVS Laxman and Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India against South Africa in 2010.

The man who has made two Test centuries in the sub-continent remains worryingly susceptible to pace as he showed again here by again getting out outside off-stump, admittedly to a slip catch only a man as tall as the 6ft 7in Holder could make.

It was a third batting collapse in the West Indies for England, which was skittled for 46 in Trinidad in 1994 and 51 in Jamaica a decade ago and now tumbled to the lowest ever test total at the storied Kensington Oval.

He hoisted eight sixes in his memorable innings but it was his 23rd and final four off part-time bowler Keaton Jennings which carried him to the double-century and prompted the declaration which brought to an end England's day of misery in the field.

Holder and Dowrich coped comfortably with everything England's bowlers challenged them with, including the second new ball which was taken as soon as it became available in mid-afternoon.

Yet the tourists still had an outside shot at victory when they reduced West Indies to 61 for five late on the second day.

The hosts got off to a great start, reaching 126-1, with the first wicket falling to Moeen Ali, before Ben Stokes got two more in quick succession before tea.

After putting on 110 in the morning period, they added another 112 in the two hours after lunch, capitalising on tired, dispirited opponents who could not summon the energy to make a difference with the second new ball even though Holder gave them two hard chances after bringing up his hundred with a straight hit for six off leg-spinner Adil Rashid.

England lost the first Test against the West Indies in humiliating fashion, going down by a huge 381-run margin.

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