England crushed W Indies in the second test
May 29: England defeated West Indies by an innings and 283 runs in the second test at Headingley Leeds and took a 1-0 lead in a four match series. It was West Indies's biggest defeat in test matches. Earlier England made a massive score of 570 for seven which included centuries from skipper Micheal Vaughan and Kevin Pieterson. Vaughan made a watchful 103 on his comeback while as Pieterson smashed 226 to set his first double ton, which earn him the man of the match award. Vaughan also had the satisfaction of achieving the feat of equaling Peter May's record of 20 Test victories as the captain of English side.
West Indies, continuing their first innings of 146, were all out for 141 in the third over after tea on the fourth day. West Indies looked beaten from the moment its captain Ramnaresh Sarwan was injured especially in the absence of their reliable batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
For England another come back man, Ryan Sidebottom finished the match with eight wickets for 84. He bowled exceedingly well to demolish West Indies batting attack with his pace and probing line and length. He followed his first innings performance of 4 for 42 with another outstanding spell in which he took 4 for 44.
For the Windies it was only Bravo, who showed some determination to stay at the crease. He scored a chanceless 52 of 74 before he was taken by Plunket of Panesar. His 52 runs inning included seven fours and a huge six. Apart from Bravo, Morton provided some resistance with his 25 and rest of the side found the English attack too hot to handle in the cold playing conditions.
Chris Gayle continued his careless approach of batting and was the first one to leave, was caught behind the wickets. There was no more play for three hours after a downpour and before hail stopped play for the second time Sylvester Joseph became Sidebottom's third lbw victim of the innings and Devon Smith was caught off a ball which swung down the offside by Andrew Strauss. For a while, as Sidebottom lost his early verve, Bravo prospered and Morton followed in his footsteps until he lofted a catch to the wicket-keeper Matt Prior which left West Indies at 120 for six.
After tea three wickets had gone in eight balls for no runs and that as fair a summary of the difference between the two teams as you can find. "We must make sure we repeat this performance at Old Trafford next week," said Vaughan.
Scoreboard: England - 1st innings - 570 for seven, declared. West Indies - 1st innings - 146.
West Indies - 2nd innings: Gayle c Prior b Plunkett 13, D. Ganga lbw b Sidebottom 9, D. Powell lbw b Sidebottom 0, D. Smith Strauss b Sidebottom 16, S. Joseph lbw b Sidebottom 1, R. Morton c Prior b Harmison 25, D. Bravo c Plunkett b Panesar 52, D. Ramdin lbw b Harmison 5; J. Taylor b Harmison 0, C. Colleymore not out) 0, R. Sarwan (absent hurt), Extras (b-1, lb-14, nb-5) 20; Total (in 42.1 overs) 141.
Fall of wickets: 1-20, 2-22, 3-4-47, 5-57, 6-120, 7-141, 8-141, 9-141.
England bowling: Sidebottom; Plunkett 8-1-25-1; Harmison 13.1-2-37-3; Panesar 1-20-1.
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