4 May 2015

West Indies win third test to draw series

7:38 pm on 4 May 2015

A century partnership between Darren Bravo and Jermaine Blackwood helped the West Indies to a five wicket win in the third and final test against England in Barbados and a one-all series draw.

The West Indies batsman Darren Bravo celebrates.

The West Indies batsman Darren Bravo celebrates. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Set a target of 192 to win after bowling England out for just 123, the home side knocked off the total with two days to spare thanks mainly to a 108 run fifth wicket partnership between Bravo (82) and Blackwood (47 not out).

It was a disciplined and confident performance from a West Indies team that looks to have improved in several areas already in their first series under new coach Phil Simmons.

For England, it was a disappointing end to a series which looked to be heading their way after their win in the second test in Grenada.

Having gained a 68-run lead from the first innings, England were let down by the second innings batting where only three players made double figures, Jos Buttler top scoring with an unbeaten 35.

Even then, 192 was by no means a simple task on a surface which offered rewards to both seam and spin.

West Indies opening pair of Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope survived the opening spell from James Anderson, but then Hope was trapped lbw by Chris Jordan for nine.

Brathwaite (25) went shortly afterwards, caught by Jordan off Moeen Ali's spin to leave the hosts at 35 for two.

Marlon Samuels and Bravo looked well settled but shortly before tea, Stuart Broad bowled Samuels for 20 to raise England's hopes.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul was bowled for a duck by Anderson's first ball after tea as England sensed a possible West Indies middle order collapse.

But Bravo and Blackwood took charge with a focused partnership that only ended when victory was within reach and Bravo drove Ben Stokes to Broad at mid-off.

Earlier, resuming on 39 for five, England were undone by a combination of Veerasammy Permaul's slow left-arm spin and Jason Holder's seam.

Local favourite Holder trapped Jordan lbw and then yorked Broad with the next delivery.

Buttler and Anderson (2) put on a 25-run partnership before Jerome Taylor returned to the attack and had Anderson removed lbw after review.

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