All-rounder Ben Stokes' bat and ball gave England a comeback into the series after beating West Indies by 113 runs on Monday, the fifth and last day of the second Test. Chasing a target of 312 runs for the win, the Caribbean team was dismissed for 198 runs. The entire one day game was washed out due to rain, but England won despite this.
Among the heroes of the victory, Stokes, who scored an unbeaten 78 off 57 balls in the morning, was Stuart Broad, who broke the backbone of the Caribbean batting with a new ball. Pacer was left out of the team in the first Test match played at Broad Southampton. The third and last match will be played here from July 24.
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If this series is drawn by the West Indies, Wisden Trophy will remain with them as they defeated England in the home series last year. England started the game at 37 for two in the morning and Stokes played in a completely limited-overs format. Stokes, who had been the hero of England's victories in the World Cup and Ashes series last year, scored quickly and England declared the innings after 11 overs.
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Stokes scored an unbeaten 78 off 57 balls which included three sixes and four fours. He along with captain Joe Root added 53 runs in the first 43 balls. Root lost his wicket to Stokes to stay at the crease. He was run out after scoring 22 runs. Stokes then played with Olly Pope (12 not out) to take England's lead beyond 300 runs. The score was 129 for three when Root declared the innings.
Early in the innings announcement, England got two new balls which benefited the bowlers. In the second innings of the West Indies, Stokes also dumped Jermaine Blackwood on the last ball just before tea and left the remaining hopes of a draw. Blackwood played a poor shot off Stokes' ball and Jos Buttler took a great catch behind the wicket.
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With this, the 100-run partnership between Blackwood and Shamar Brooks was also broken, which seemed to tie the West Indies with hopes of a draw. Broad previously sent John Campbell (4) and Shai Hope (7) to the pavilion in the last half-hour of the first season. At the same time, Chris Woakes trapped Craig Brathwaite (12) lbw.
Broad, who took six wickets in the match, caught Campbell behind Butler at the hands of Butler. The on-field umpire had given the decision in favor of the batsman but Root took a review and it was clear in the replays that the ball touched the bat. Brathwaite was trapped lbw by Volks. Broad showed the path to the pavilion by keeping Hope clean bowled.
In the second season, Broad took the third wicket of the innings by dismissing Roston Chase. Shane Daurich (0) was sent to the pavilion by Volks while long-standing Shamar Brooks was dismissed LBW by Sam Karan. Briggs scored 62 runs in 136 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes. Captain Jason Holder (35) hit the Dom Bes four and six but was bowled off the third ball. After his dismissal, England's victory was as clear as the writing on the wall.