09 Sep 2017 - 0:16
England press for series win
London: Hosts England pushed for a series-clinching win against the West Indies at Lord’s yesterday.
In a three-match contest all square at 1-1, West Indies ended the second day of the third Test on 93 for three in their second innings -- a lead of just 22 runs.
Shai Hope, West Indies’ batting star this series, was 35 not out and Roston Chase three not out.
After Ben Stokes (60) and Stuart Broad (38) had given England a valuable first-innings lead of 71, it was James Anderson who fittingly made the breakthrough.
Starting West Indies’ second innings on 499 Test wickets, it took the 35-year-old just 12 deliveries to become only the sixth bowler and third paceman with 500 when he bowled Kraigg Brathwaite for four with a superb inswinger.
West Indies were now six for one and that became 21 for two when Kyle Hope, Shai’s older brother, saw his miserable series end when he was lbw to Broad for one. Stokes was on a hat-trick after taking two wickets in two balls at the end of the tourists first innings.
Kieran Powell, dropped on two, denied him that prize.
But there was nothing Powell, who made a fine 45, could do when Anderson, from around the wicket, produced an unplayable delivery that speared in towards the left-hander’s stumps only move away late off a full length and clip the off bail.
West Indies were now 69 for three -- still two runs behind and with plenty of overs left in an extended third session under the floodlights after rain earlier in the day. Shai Hope, whose twin hundreds -- his first in Test cricket -- had done so much to secure a series-levelling win at Headingley -- again showed his class when he cover-drove Stokes for four.