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ENG vs WI Live Cricket Score, 1st Test Day 2: Commentary, Scorecard & More

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ENG v WI, Day 2, 1st Test Live Score: Get live score updates for Day 2 of the 1st Test between England and West Indies from Lord’s Cricket Ground on Thursday.

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England vs West Indies 2024 live score 1st Test Day 2: Gus Atkinson made a near-flawless Test debut on the opening day of the first Test against the West Indies on Wednesday, claiming 7-45 to record the second-best bowling figures in an innings by an England debutant in Test history. By the first day’s stumps, England took a 68-run lead to reach 189/3 in 40 overs, helped by half-centuries from openers Zak Crawley (76) and Ollie Pope (57) and were on course to take control of the match.

On Wednesday, when all eyes were on James Anderson in his farewell match, it was Atkinson who took the wicket with great rapidity; his 7-45 was second only to Dominic Cork’s 7-43 against the West Indies at Lord’s in 1995 and better than John Lever’s 7-46 against India in 1976. Atkinson’s superb bowling helped England bowl out the West Indies for 121 in the first innings.

Anderson, whose daughter rang the traditional bell to signal the start of a Test match at Lord’s, took one wicket for 26 runs in 10.4 overs. Anderson, who will retire after the follow-up Test against the West Indies after playing 188 matches, was honoured by the England team and was asked to lead his team onto the field after the national anthems after captain Ben Stokes elected to bowl first.

Atkinson made a stylish start by catching West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite with his second ball of Test cricket, forcing the batsman to play towards the goalposts. Kirk McKenzie, Alick Athanaze, Jason Holder, Joshua Da Silva, Alzarri Joseph and Shamar Joseph then fell victim to the 26-year-old right-handed fast bowler and Atkinson had a day to remember.

With Atkinson’s entry into the game, West Indies collapsed from 88/3 to 121 in just seven overs.

Cork’s debut helped England to a 72-run victory over the same opponents on the same ground in 1995, while Atkinson’s figures gave Ben Stokes’ team a huge advantage in the second innings – the West Indies were bowled out for 121 in the first innings, with England responding strongly later on the first day with Zak Crawley and Ollie Pope making fifties.

In their first innings, hosts England lost an early wicket, losing opener Ben Duckett for three on 29. Jayden Seales caught an early exit when he bowled a full and wide delivery and Duckett went for a drive but it only went behind wicketkeeper Joshua Da Silva.

But Crawley and Pope rescued England with a partnership of 94, taking them beyond the West Indies’ first innings score. They took England past fifty in 11.2 overs and then over 100 in the 24th over of the innings, their progress proceeding at a fair pace with England at 88/1 despite play being stopped due to bad light.

Pope became the first player to reach fifty in 70 balls and hit 10 boundaries. Crawley also completed his half-century with nine fours in 74 balls. Jason Holder brought West Indies back into the game when he trapped Pope in front of the wicket and the ball hit the back foot with a beautiful yorker.

With England slumping to 153/3, Crawley was soon out and Seales’ superb yorker sent the goalposts tumbling and the ball trickling in under the bat.

Joe Root (15 runs) and Harry Brook (25 runs) took part in the batting crease and added 36 runs for a fourth-wicket partnership.