Da Silva reaches first century unbeaten as Windies lead by 93 points

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St. George (Grenada) (AFP) – Joshua da Silva’s first Test century extended West Indies’ lower-order resistance throughout the morning, with the home side eventually fired for 297 at lunch on day three of the third and final Test against England Saturday.

On a pitch that looks to be getting easier on the stick, the Tourists will now face the psychological toll of an unexpected 93-run deficit when they go into their second innings after the break.

After cutting the home side to 128 for seven in response to their modest 204 first innings tally, then enduring resistance from da Silva with considerable support from Alzarri Joseph and Kemar Roach at the end of the second day when West Indies were at 232 for eight, England frustrations grew in the run-up to lunch.

Any thoughts of a quick heats finale when Roach fell to Saqib Mahmood without adding to his overnight score of 25 was extinguished by resistance from last man Jayden Seales.

Guided through the partnership by his fellow Trinidadian, the pair went 52 for the final wicket with da Silva taking most of the strike.

Seales honorably coped with the deliveries he had to face to the point of stroking a four and six as he hit 13 from 59 deliveries before gifting exasperated England captain Joe Root with a hold of his own bowling to finally finish the heats 15 minutes beyond the scheduled time. end of the lunch interval.

Seales’ demise came as the culmination of a period of celebration, chaos and confusion as the determined da Silva advanced to triple figures, despite negative leg-side tactics from England bowlers who wanted to prevent him from playing. to mark.

His improvisation to their tactics proved so effective that he then accelerated from 80 to the coveted century mark as he smashed a succession of boundaries between left-arm spinner Jack Leach and fast middle bowler Craig Overton.

His tenth boundary, played as a two-fisted forehand halfway through, sparked celebrations by da Silva and Seales as the 23-year-old savored his first hundred in Test cricket.

He was then dropped behind Overton and although he reviewed the decision, da Silva was almost in the players’ dressing room when TV replays confirmed he was not out and he returned rather tentatively in the middle, followed by the most dissatisfied. England players.

They didn’t have to wait much longer for the end of the innings, but with Seales falling in the next knocked down by Root, leaving da Silva unbeaten in a nearly six-hour effort in which he faced 257 deliveries. .

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