Left-hander Moeen Ali was pulling England out of trouble with an unbeaten half-century at tea after West Indies made early inroads in the second session on the opening day of the second Test here Thursday.
Moeen’s bold 55 not out formed the basis of the visitors’ revival as they reached 172 for six at the interval, at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium.
He was partnered by wicketkeeper Ben Foakes unbeaten on 32, the pair having shared a 77-run, unbroken seventh wicket stand to pull their side around from 93 for six.
Resuming from 78 for four at lunch, England were immediately plunged into crisis when they lost Jonny Bairstow to the second ball of the session without adding to his 52, lbw on review to one from seamer Kemar Roach which swung back.
Three overs later, Ben Stokes failed to survive a hostile spell from speedster Shannon Gabriel and nicked a catch behind to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich for 14.
Moeen then survived an uncertain start before blossoming to race to his 14th Test half-century off 69 deliveries.
He has so far faced 86 deliveries and struck seven fours and a six.
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