West Indies' opening pair survived the remaining six overs of the day, always a tricky task after a long day in the field, but it will take a most unexpected twist in the plot if they are to level the three test series.
477 by England is the highest second innings total for a team without an individual 100#ENGvWI— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) August 28, 2017
West Indies survive a dramatic final over of the day, the visitors require 317 to win on Day 5! #ENGvWI Scorecard: https://t.co/7Ar68iyWtv pic.twitter.com/gCg6b757If — ICC (@ICC) August 28, 2017It has been a test match with plenty of momentum shifts but the final session of the fourth day was when England finally grabbed a firm grip on proceedings. Not for the first time this summer, Moeen Ali was the key figure, striking 84 off 93 balls, including 14 boundaries, as England turned a decent effort with the bat into what should be a match-winning score.
Here are some of the best bits from @chriswoakes' innings. #EngvWI pic.twitter.com/tkEbmTBZSU — England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 28, 2017After losing Root for 72 in the morning session, a patient 61 off 186 balls from Dawid Malan and a more aggressive 58 from Ben Stokes gave England a decent platform. Malan and Stokes put on 91 runs for the fifth wicket partnership before Stokes was well caught by Kraigg Brathwaite on the long-off boundary.
No hundred, but that's potentially both a match-saving and a match-winning innings from Moeen Alihttps://t.co/4Vxw1Pdafj #ENGvWI pic.twitter.com/tMdGsVn4zX — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) August 28, 2017The Man-of-the-Series from England's successful four-test campaign against South Africa is clearly batting with great confidence and he made good use of the sweep shot against spin as well as the right judgement against seam.
Moeen will have plenty of work to do on the final day as England look to his off-spin to keep the pressure on once the new ball has worn off for James Anderson and Stuart Broad. West Indies will resume on Tuesday on five without loss with openers Brathwaite and Kieran Powell knowing they need to make a strong start to avoid defeat. BRIEF SCORE: West Indies 427 and 5 for 0 (Brathwaite 4*, Powell 1*) need 317 more runs to beat England 258 and 490 for 8 dec (Moeen 84, Root 72, Woakes 61*, Malan 61, Stokes 58, Stoneman 52, Chase 3-86)
Fifties from Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali lift England to 490/8d. West Indies require 322 to win! #ENGvWILive: https://t.co/7Ar68iyWtv pic.twitter.com/NEyHJdMAG4 — ICC (@ICC) August 28, 2017