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West Indies Level Series With A Brilliant Chase

West Indies' players celebrate their win over England in the Third Test in Barbados.
West Indies' players celebrate their win over England in the Third Test in Barbados.
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West Indies 189 & 194-5 (Bravo 82) beat
England 257 & 123 (Buttler 35) by five wickets
Third Test, Barbados, day three

Darren Bravo and Jermaine Blackwood put up a century partnership to help West Indies chase down a tricky target of 192 and win the third Test in Bridgetown, Barbados and level the series 1-1 against England after bundling the visitors out for a paltry 123.

England resumed the day on 39 for five and for a short while it looked like Gary Ballance (23) and Ben Stokes (32) will see them to safety as the duo resisted the West Indies for eight overs adding 23 more runs.

Stokes even fluently stroked two fours off West Indies’ best bowler Jerome Taylor (3-33).

However, VeerasammyPermaul (3-43) got the first breakthrough of the day his second ball, that was tossed up outside off getting Ballance’s edge to slip.

Jos Buttler (35 not out) was given caught behind off Taylor’s bowling the very next over but he reviewed it.

Although there was a deviation, replays showed the ball missing the bat providing Buttler with a reprieve at a time when he hadn’t even open his account.

That proved extremely useful for England as Buttler added 33 with Stokes and another crucial 25 runs with James Anderson (2) for the 10th wicket.

Buttler and Stokes had played a few shots on a pitch that seemed to ease up but Permaul struck again dragging one back a little to get Stokes mistiming one to extra cover.

Chris Jordan (2) was the next to follow given out lbw off the bowling of Jason Holder (3-15) and even though Jordan reviewed it, the decision stayed with the umpire as it turned out to be marginal, clipping the bails.

Holder got two in two as he delivered a lovely yorker that uprooted the off stump of Stuart Broad (0).

Buttler smashed two fours off Permaul and a six and four off Shannon Gabriel (1-16) but Taylor did the trick trapping Anderson in front.

Although not given out initially, West Indies reviewed and the decision was overturned as the ball was taking leg stump out.

England were all out for 123 leaving West Indies 192 to win and level the series.

For West Indies, all the bowlers contributed, but Holder was the surprise package of the day with Permaul getting the initial breakthroughs.

West Indies began their fourth innings nervously. Shai Hope (9) was dropped in the sixth over on four, a sharp edge that Joe Root couldn’t hold on to.

West Indies continued to stay safe though, England reviewing a catch down the leg side, Kraigg Brathwaite (25) the batsman, only for it to be turned down.

England used up both their reviews with another close lbw call where the ball was just marginally in line with the off stump.

Jordan (1-24) got the first breakthrough, England getting an lbw call their way with an in-swinging delivery. Hope reviewed it but to no avail.

From 35 for no loss, it was suddenly 35 for two as the second opener, Brathwaite edged one off Moeen Ali’s (1-54) bowling to Jordan, who plucked another brilliant one-handed catch.

Marlon Samuels (20) played some aggressive cricket with two fours off Stuart Broad (1-29) to get things moving.

However, after another 35-run partnership, his defence was breached by Broad with a quick delivery that took out his middle stump.

West Indies went into tea at 70 for three needing 122 more to win. Bravo (82) started proceedings after tea with a six and four off Root (0-16).

But at the other end, Shivnarine Chanderpaul (0) was out for a duck, Anderson (1-35) getting him to inside edge one onto his stumps, completing a bad series for the great West Indian batsman.

Blackwood (47 not out) was given a reprieve when on four as Buttler missed a stumping opportunity as he failed to collect the ball cleanly.

In the eventual scheme of things that proved to be an expensive mistake as Blackwood played a crucial unbeaten knock to take West Indies home.

Bravo and Blackwood put up the first 50-run partnership for West Indies in the Test, the former bringing up his fifty with a square drive for four off Broad.

Ali was taken for plenty of runs, the batsmen hitting a six and four off him to get to just 12 runs adrift of the target.

On the stroke of a famous victory, Bravo fell, hitting one straight to mid-off. He had played wonderfully, his 148-ball knock with seven fours and three sixes crucial to the West Indies’ chase.

He added 108 with Blackwood, however, his wicket came way too late for England.

Blackwood finished off the chase with a four the next over. West Indies won the game comfortably by five wickets to level the series.

Alastair Cook constantly changed his bowlers but to no avail and although he had five bowlers picking up one wicket each none of them really went ahead and grabbed the game by the scruff of its neck.

Blackwood was named as the man of the match while Anderson clinched the man-of-the-series award.

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