This final test match of the series was a pretty low scoring one for both the West Indies and England. The match took just three days to complete just as the first match back in Edgbaston, England was victorious once again winning series.
Opting to bat first the West Indies batting line-up never seemed to get going, as wickets fell rapidly on the first day of the test match. Top scoring for the Windies in the first innings was Kieran Powell with 39 runs. Ben Stokes got his career best in bowling removing 6 of the visitors wickets, ending with figures of 6-22 (14.3), he is surely one of the best all-rounders in the cricketing world. West Indies was bowled out for a total of 123 runs. Shortly, after the tea break England started their chase. They managed to put up 46 runs losing 4 wickets before the end of the first day’s play, a total of 14 wickets fell on the first day of the test match.
Moving onto the second day of play, West Indies got a start removing the wicket of Dawid Malan for 20 runs, Ben Stokes top scored for the English with 60 runs. Eventually, England was bowled out for 194 runs. Kemar Roach who took 5 wickets and captain Jason Holder got 4 wickets were the bowling experts on the day for the Caribbean men.
West Indies trailing by 71 runs didn’t get the start they needed losing vital wickets at the top. James Anderson was the bowling star for the English as he claimed 7 wickets, also 500 wickets in his career, one of the greatest bowlers England has produced. Leading the batting for the West Indies were Shai Hope getting 62 runs and Kieran Powell with 45 runs. The Caribbean managed to put up 177 runs leaving England 107 runs to get for victory. England cruised to their victory losing just one wicket on the third day of play, ending on 107-1, with Mark Stoneman (40) and Tom Westley (44) guiding their team to victory.
Man-of-the-match went to Ben Stokes with his 6 wickets and 60 runs, Man of the series went to James Anderson for his 19 wickets and Shai Hope for his 375 runs.
Although the West Indies lost the series, I proud regardless. Playing against a top team they performed pretty well after that horrible lost in the first test they made a good comeback. I see a bright future for West Indies cricket in terms of test cricket, we got a good group of players who are all destined for greatest, just got to believe.
We now move to shorter form of the game with the T20I and ODI matches, see you then 🙂
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