Cricket: Ben Stokes’ ‘incredible’ run and a new format in South Africa

Ben Stokes’ impressive all-round performance in the second Test at Old Trafford helped England square the series against West Indies

Victory for England by 113 runs

With a spectacular rebound catch by Ollie Pope at short leg to get Kemar Roach out, England wrapped up a 113-run victory over the West Indies in the second Test of the #raisethebat series at Old Trafford in Manchester on Monday (July 20). It was a riveting contest. Despite losing an entire day due to rain, the hosts won with an hour to spare on the fifth day. With this victory, England levelled the three-match Test series 1–1.

In South Africa, an unusual format

Meanwhile, 24 cricketers took the field in South Africa to take part in Solidarity Cup, a charity event to raise funds for the COVID-19 pandemic. Branded 3T Cricket, big names such as AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock took part in the event. Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris were due to play, but pulled out at the last minute due to personal reasons.

Will West Indies create history after 32 years?

In a few hours from now, England and West Indies face off in the third and final #raisethebat Test at Emirates Old Trafford — the same venue where the second Test was played. Only two stadiums — Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford — were selected for this series as ‘bio-secure’ venues due to their on-site hotels and COVID-19 testing and screening facilities.

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