In the England vs West Indies Third Test, after West Indies put up a splendid show on the first Test against England and won the match, England, under the captainship of Joe Roots and the powerful performance by Ben Stokes, won the second Test and levelled the series at 1-1.
On the first day of the Third Test, after England won the toss and chose to bat, the team fell deep into crisis after the mighty Rory Burns made 50 yet kept losing partners in the second innings. After Burns departed, Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler emerged and showed an aggressive partnership. They helped England put up a massive score of 258/4 from 122/4. The umpires called the day off at 85.4 due to lack of light.
On the second day, when the match resumed, Pope was 91 not out and Buttler was on 56, his first Test fifty in 14 innings. While Pope aimed high to achieve his second century in Test, he was dropped by Rakheem Cornwall in the slips when Shannon Gabriel clean bowled him.
Woakes played on to give Roach and he finished with 4-72. Buttler was caught out by Holder at 67.
Broad took Holder for four and completed a 33-ball fifty before hitting a full-toss from Chase to deep mid-wicket.
England vs West Indies Third Test, Day 3 saw the Windies in shambles as they are 389 runs away from winning the test and their two wickets are already down. Stuart Broad took four wickets and completed 6-31 and the Windies were dismissed for 197 before lunch on the third day. The Windies avoided the follow on but faced a deficiency of 172 runs after the first innings.
By tea, they made a 258-run lead and had no wickets down. Joe Roots and Rory Burns made up England’s charge in the final session. The second innings was declared by England after they extended their lead to 398 when Burns fell for 90 just before the Day 3 was about to end. However, Broad picked up two wickets in the final minutes.
The day 4 however, was washed out due to rain. England had to wait patiently for a series-clinching win while Stuart had to have the patience to have his 500th Test Wicket. Broad is just a wicket away from entering the “500 clubs”. He will be the seventh player to join and took all the six West Indies’ wickets on Sunday, Day 3 of the match.
Bowlers with more than 600 Test wickets are Sri Lankan bowler Muttiah Muralitharan who took 800 wickets, Australian Champ Shane Warne who has 708 wickets and India’s Anil Kumble having a mammoth 619 wicket record to his name.
Seamers ahead of Broad are James Anderson, with 589 wickets, Glenn McGrath with 563 wickets and Courtney Walsh from West Indies who has 519 wickets.
West Indies will resume the match on 10-2, chasing the unlikely victory target of 399 and are bidding for their first Test series success in England since 1988.