As English hitter Ben Stokes turns on the style again, England surge to 113-run victory against West Indies on the final day of the second test.
According to the details, England 469 for 9 declared (Stokes 176, Sibley 120, Chase 5-172) and 129 for 3 declared (Stokes 78*) beat West Indies 287 (Brathwaite 75*, Brooks 68, Chase 51, Broad 3-66) and 198 (Brooks 62, Blackwood 55, Broad 3-42) by 113 runs.
Ben Stokes’ batting set up a chance at victory, with pacer Stuart Broad leading the attack as England bowled the West Indies out to level the series.
Broad’s fourth-day spell, took 3 for 1 in 14 balls during West Indies’ first innings.
Woakes also took three wickets in West Indies’ first innings making a fine combination with Broad.
Stokes helped himself to an unbeaten 78 from 57 balls. He shared a 73-run partnership with Joe Root and England added 92 runs from 11 overs in the first hour before their declaration set West Indies a target of 312.
Moreover, West Indies coach Phil Simmons bemoaned his batsmen’s failure.
When asked about Hopes’ recent for, “Yes, I am concerned,” said former West Indies batsman Simmons.
“He’s gone four innings without a score (in this series) in contrast to how we played over the last five or six months in the other formats, I am concerned now about his form.”
Another frustration for Simmons during the second Test was that while Brathwaite (75), Roston Chase (51), Jermaine Blackwood (55) and Shamarh Brooks (68 and 62) all passed fifty, none of them got to three figures.
“For me, we lost control of the game in five or six overs with the new ball yesterday (Sunday) evening.”.
The test series between England and West Indies now squares at 1-1.