England vs West Indies, 3rd Test, Day 5: Match Report – England win by 269 Runs, Take series 2-1

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England 369 (Pope 91, Butler 67, Burns 57) and 226 for 2 declared (Burns 90, Root 68*, Sibley 56) beat West Indies 197 (Broad 6-31) and 129 (Woakes 5-50, Broad 4-36) by 269 runs and win series 2-1

England shattered West Indies on the fifth day of the third Test in Manchester by 269 runs to recompense the Wisdom Trophy. In the second consecutive Test match, England took the honors even after relinquishing one whole day in the game. The West Indies had eight wickets to preserve and bat on the final day out of which Chris Woakes picked five while Broad took four to defend 399 successfully.

Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite’s partnership of 39 was the highest of their innings as both of them fiddled calculative shots initially. The rain kept repeatedly interrupting, giving the West Indies a flicker of hope of an escape play. However, in between, the English pace bowlers gave no breathing space to the Indies.

Broad joined the 500 club – becoming the seventh man, and fourth seam bowler, in history to claim 500 Test wickets.

Lost Opportunity for West Indies

Broad had Kraigg Brathwaite out lbw with a ball that kept low and struck the back pad in line with off stump. Shai Hope made 31, which was also the highest an innings in which he glanced in full flow but hastily heaved Woakes’ back of a length delivery in the air to reap grabbed by Broad.

By lunch, the guests were five down with 320 to get and more than 70 overs to bat.

England were keen to wrap up the lower order quickly after Lunch. However, the likes of Jason Holder, Shane Dowrich, and Jermaine Blackwood did play some attacking shots.

The rest of the batsman added only 40 runs as Broad finished with a ten-wicket haul in the match. It only matched that Broad took the final wicket as he was the one to turn the series for the hosts.

In the end, West Indies who started the series so promisingly left to dribble their wound and the hosts who shattered at the beginning, completed the series with a victory.

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