Bravo provides Chanderpaul-like solidity as Windies secure healthy lead

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    Darren Bravo's solidity - he had 5 different batting partners as he faced 165 balls (Photo credit: Associated Press)

    Darren Bravo showed experience and patience as the Windies reached stumps on Day 2 of their 2nd Test against England with an 85-run lead.

    Bravo came to the crease after openers Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell were sent back to the pavilion for 49 and 47 by Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes.

    He lost two partners in quick succession in the 60th over as Stuart Broad got Shai Hope for 44 and Roston Chase for just 4 – Windies at 155/4.

    So began the repair work – Bravo stuck around as Shimron Hetmyer and Shane Dowrich added 21 and 31.

    Jason Holder joined the Trinbagonian after Ali and Broad teamed up again to remove Hetmyer and Dowrich.

    The two played with soft hands and rotated the strike, frustrating the English who failed to take another wicket for the day.

    By stumps, Bravo faced 165 balls for his 33 while skipper Holder made 19 from 58.