Stuart Broad Hit 6 Wickets To Help England victory against West Indies on the 3rd day of the final test. England is on driving seat now to win the 3rd test and also will win the series by 2-1
Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich looked largely satisfied against the opening spells of Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes and extended their partnership from the 27 races it was worth overnight to 68 when Holder finally fell.
Two milestones were reached before Holder’s release. The Windies captain reached 2,000 test cricket runs, making him the third West Indian to double 2,000 runs and 100 gates. Dowrich and Holder achieved 1,000 test runs as a partnership.
However, the introduction of Stuart Broad was the trick for England, since Holder was caught four runs before his half-century. Rahkeem Cornwall survived the seaman’s next over – in a way, also, by driving a ball to the ground for four – but two balls in his next over, a ball similar to the one that had fired Holder, was also for the spinner responsible.
Stuart Broad made it into a double-wicket girl when he caught Kemar Roach slipping three balls later while Shannon Gabriel held out the final delivery of the over. Dowrich continued to fight, brutally pulling James Anderson at the other end, but he also succumbed to Broads bowling, shot a cross-batted shot to catch Chris Woakes in the middle, and left Broad with numbers 6/31 – his best Figures since June 17th against South Africa in January 2016.
Rory Burns and Dom Sibley started the second innings with a 172 lead and scratched around to gradually build their partnership. They scored over 100 points and gave England the first hundred opening partnerships in a home test since Alastair Cook and Alex Hales scored 126 points against Pakistan in August 2016.
Both batsmen broached their half-century before Holder finally made the breakthrough and pressed Sibley onto the pads with consecutive deliveries, with the second being issued.
Root’s arrival at the crease brought an increase in pace as he tried to get things moving, which led Burns to play with a little more extravagance. The English captain played expansively on his way to 68 * of only 56 balls when the pair added 112 runs in just 17.1 overs. Burns was the man who had to fall, taking a shot from Roston Chase to catch 90, triggering the declaration on 226/2, and bringing Windies 399 to victory.
Broad continued his lead role in the match, removing both John Campbell and night watchman Kemar Roach in the six overs that were possible before stumps. Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite could refuse him any further success and left the sailor overnight on 499 test gateways.
With a poor weather forecast for day four, the West Indies may have just one more day to exit, but England has made great strides to win both games and series.