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Cricket news - England strike back but Windies take lead at Tea

Moeen Ali has picked two wickets

England fought their way back through four wickets in the post-Lunch session but couldn't prevent Windies from eking out a lead on Day 2 of the Antigua Test. At Tea, Windies had comfortably polished off the deficit and squeezed a slender lead of 25 runs even though all the top-three batsmen failed to convert their starts into fifties.

The hour after session break belonged to England, with Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad picking up a couple of wickets each to keep England alive in the contest. Unbeaten on 48 at Lunch, Brathwaite could add only one more run to his tally before he inside edged one to Keaton Jennings at FSL to give England a breakthrough and Moeen his first wicket. Nonetheless, Shai Hope continued in the same confident fashion, driving and pulling the off-spinner for back to back boundaries.

Luck finally shined on Broad who inflicted massive damage on the hosts in the space of four deliveries - getting Hope to nick one behind when he was six short of his fifty, and then knocking over Roston Chase one ball after he had, luckily, managed to open his account with a boundary through the third man region.

Shimron Hetmyer, like many others in this innings of the home team, was reprieved early off the bowling of James Anderson, got a boundary immediately after and then tried to take the attack to Moeen. He managed to pull the offspinner to deep midwicket but took the bait off the next and miscued his slog to a diving Anderson in the deep.

That brought the in-form Shane Dowrich to the crease, and together with Darren Bravo he weathered the storm. The duo picked up some useful boundaries and ended the session 25 runs ahead and with five wickets in hand. That said, the second new ball is due right after the break and England would be keen to keep the lead as low as possible.

Earlier in the morning, Brathwaite was the common feature in both the half-century stands that set up Windies' first-innings lead. He extended his partnership with fellow opener John Campbell to 70 before Ben Stokes got England the breakthrough they'd been desperate for, and then added 63 runs for the second wicket stand with Hope.

Brief scores: Windies 212/5 (Kraigg Brathwaite 49, John Campbell 47, Shai Hope 44; Stuart Broad 2-39, Moeen Ali 2-49) lead England 187, by 25 runs.

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