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West Indies ties series after thrilling win

Bravo and Blackwood share 108-run fifth-wicket stand to guide host to rare victory over England

West Indies ties series after thrilling win - Cricket News
Darren Bravo and Jermaine Blackwood shared a 108-run fifth-wicket partnership.
The West Indies defied the odds and a wearing pitch to complete a series-levelling five-wicket victory over England on the third day of the third and final Test on Sunday (May 3).
 
England, resuming on 39 for 5, could only manage 123 in its second innings despite an unbeaten 35 from Jos Buttler. It left the West Indies with a target of 192, and it was precariously placed at 80 for 4 before Darren Bravo and Jermaine Blackwood shared a 108-run fifth-wicket partnership. Bravo struck three sixes in his 82 and Blackwood was unbeaten of 47 as the host defeated England for only the second time in 29 Tests.
 
Bravo’s controlled knock ended when he attempted to score the winning off Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad pulled down the catch at mid-off. Blackwood then finished off the match in the next over, hoisting Moeen Ali over long-on to complete a team and personal triumph following his first-innings top score of 85 out of a total of 189.
 
England had started the day brightly, putting on 51 in the first hour for the loss of just one wicket from a perilous overnight position. The introduction of Veerasammy Permaul saw Gary Ballance caught at slip, but Stokes played in positive fashion to add 33 with Buttler, who got off the mark with a six off Permaul.
 
Buttler kept on playing positively and was left unbeaten on 35. Jason Holder, the fast-medium bowler who dismissed Chris Jordan and Broad off successive deliveries, finished with the best figures of 3 for 15. Permaul and Jerome Taylor also picked up three wickets apiece.
 
The West Indian reply began an over before lunch and seemed on the verge of another collapse when Shivnarine Chanderpaul played on to James Anderson without scoring to leave the home side uncomfortably placed at 80 for 4 just after tea.
 
Bravo and Blackwood mixed defence and attack with great assurance to help the West Indies to a target that seemed beyond it at the start of the chase, given the state of the pitch and the low-scoring nature of the match.
 
Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope, the openers, saw off the early assault from Anderson and Broad, although not without a few anxious moments. But the introduction of Chris Jordan into the attack brought the breakthrough as Shai, the debutant, fell leg before for nine. In the next over, Jordan produced a brilliant reflex catch at slip to snaffle Brathwaite off Ali, and Marlon Samuels fell three overs before tea, bowled by Broad.
 
Anderson took the man of the series honours for his 17 wickets in the three matches, lifting his overall Test tally to 397.

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