Despite losing the Eng vs WI test series 2-1, England managed to save some grace by winning the 3rd and final test match of the series by 232 runs. Captain Joe Root was disappointed on the overall performance of the test team yet expressed hope that the team is on the right direction now.
Here are 4match-defining moments of the third test match between England and Windies that just changed the whole game for England:
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1. Joe Root’s 100
Joe Root’s formidable 100 against Windies on 189 balls steered England towards victory. This was the 16th hundred of Joe Root’s career and he made sure to make it a memorable win by sealing a win for his team. Despite desperate efforts from Windies bowlers, Root did not falter and continued playing well.
Root made an amazing 122 on 225 balls.
The 107 runs stand between Joe Root and Butler added stability to the team and made it easier for the tail-enders to follow. Although it was tough to bat in the first innings considering the pitch, Root defended well and made sure he did not lose a wicket early on.
2. Mark Wood’s 5 wicket haul
Another match-winning performance for England was of Mark Wood. The young athletic bowler impressed us with his quick ones. Wood took 5-41 to help England to a 142-run lead over West Indies on the second day of the final Test.
He claimed two wickets in two balls in his first over and bowled Shannon Gabriel in the first innings to wrap up West Indies’ innings on 154. Wood has struggled for fitness and consistency since making his Test debut, and the match in St Lucia is just his 51st first-class appearance. However, he just gave it his all in the 3rd test!
3. 125 runs stand between Butler and Stokes
Everything worked perfectly well for England as even their tail-enders performed brilliantly. It was the stand of 125 between Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes which finally turned this series England’s way. This long partnership put the Windies bowlers under immense pressure and they struggled to break the flow of runs.
Buttler made his second 50 of this series and it was a well-deserved one.
4. Windies openers failing badly
It was a disappointment to see the Windies batting performance. Kraigg Brathwaite was caught out on 8 and John Campell departed for 0, the openers did nothing to ease the pressure.
The middle order followed their footsteps, Shai Hope and Daren Bravo continued to give miserable performances. Only Roston Chase helped out the team by scoring 102 but no other batsman could provide him the support.
Windies did have a fall in the 3rd Test match but overall they showed tremendous form during the series and gave the guests a tough time!
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