About the Match
England emerged victorious in the 2nd test match against West Indies by 9 wickets to take the series to 1-0 and the 3rd test match scheduled to start on 1st May at Bridgetown will decide the result of the series. The visitors have performed well here and they will be eager to end it on a much-needed series victory to erase the disappointments of recent times; the Windies on the other hand are looking well set to put up a tough challenge and draw level with a win here.
Marlon Samuels posted a good knock of 103 off 228 in the first innings of the last match but with the others getting dismissed quickly, the partnerships were hard to build; Bravo, Ramdin and Holder tried to keep the scoreboard ticking but they were dismissed for just 299. The second innings was no different as they posted 307 with Brathwaite scoring 116 runs and Bravo scripting a well-made 69; but they again failed to build partnerships. The bowling was good in the first innings but towards the end they lost the plot, making it easy for the opposition. Players like Bishoo who claimed 4 wickets and Gabriel who scalped 3 wickets in total have performed well but as a unit they need to pull up their socks and deliver the results. The batsmen must take their responsibilities more seriously if they want to dominate the English bowlers, who are looking very comfortable with the conditions here. If the team can overcome their weaknesses and play with a positive attitude, then they do have a chance to make a comeback and win the match to square the series.
James Anderson’s 6-wicket haul and Joe Root’s heroic 182 off 229 inspired England to a convincing win against the Windies in the second match to give the visitors a much-needed morale boost. They look motivated to win the series and will go into the 3rd and final match starting on Friday with their heads held high. The top order looks good with Cook coming into form and Trott getting some runs under his belt; while the captain posted 76 in the first innings and later a well-made 59 in during the chase for 143, Trott played well scoring 59. Gary Balance also contributed with the runs as he posted 77 and 81 runs in the first and second innings respectively; the batsmen were confident throughout while the bowlers executed the strategy to perfection with regular wickets. Overall, they displayed a much better performance than the hosts and look determined to come out stronger in the decider of the series.
England has taken a 1-0 lead in the series and they will be eager to wrap on a series victory; West Indies on the other hand will put their best foot forward to avoid humiliation again and redeem themselves with a win. Although it will be a well-fought contest, we feel that England will emerge victorious in the end to go back home with something to celebrate after a long time.