Stuart Broad’s fantastic 6/31 followed by a brilliant 90 from Rory Burns saw England take a firm grip on the third test at the end of Day 3 at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Resuming at an overnight score of 137/6, the pair of Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich managed to get past the follow on target before Broad provided the much needed breakthrough by trapping Holder leg before wicket for a well made 46.
Four overs later Rahkeem Cornwall and Kemar Roach fell in quick succession- again both to Broad, as West Indies were reduced to 188/9.
Dowrich was the last man to fall, failing to clear Chris Woakes at mid-on. The West Indies innings came to a close at 197, giving England an big 172 run lead.
The hosts’ second innings started brilliantly as the opening pair of Burns and Dom Sibley added 114 runs- England’s first century opening partnership in a home Test since Alastair Cook and Alex Hales had put on 126 against Pakistan.
Sibley’s innings eventually came to an end as he was trapped leg before wicket for 56 by Jason Holder.
West Indies ended up using three wicketkeepers after Shane Dowrich was hit on the the face from a Shannon Gabriel delivery that burst through his gloves. Shai Hope, the one day keeper, briefly stood behind the stumps while young Joshua da Silva (a rare white Windies player), was also allowed to keep despite not being in the original XI.
Joe Root along with Burns piled on the misery by putting on 112 runs for the second wicket stand, before the latter fell 10 runs short of his century, skying off-spinner Roston Chase to substitute keeper Da Silva. He innings came off 163 balls with 10 fours.
England declared their innings at 226/2, giving West Indies an improbable looking target of 389.
The Windies chase started disastrously as the first innings hero Broad broke the backbone of the visitors batting by snaring John Campbell and nightwatchman Kemar Roach for 0 & 4 respectively.
Kraigg Brathwaite along with Hope saw the day through as the West Indies finished at 10/2, need 379 more runs for an unlikely victory.