Jason Holder and Kemar Roach wreaked havoc on the English batsmen in their second innings of the second Test to set up a 10-wicket victory and share Saturday’s Turbo Bowler award, writes ANITHA MADIKIZELA.
If you blinked you probably missed the West Indies pair tear through England’s fragile-looking batting order yet again on their way to claiming the Wisden Trophy with a match to spare.
Having secured a hard-fought 119-run lead after the first innings, West Indies captain Holder began the onslaught by dismissing opener Rory Burns (16) and No 3 Jonny Bairstow (14) inside the first 17 overs to reduce England to 49-2.
Roach then returned to the attack after a fruitless first spell and showed his class with the older ball by getting rid of the dangerous Ben Stokes on 11 off 24 balls and the inconsistent Moeen Ali (4) as England’s left-handers continued to struggle against the paceman from Barbados.
He then dismissed Ben Foakes (13) and Stuart Broad for a duck to finish with figures of 4-52 in his 13 overs – bagging 8-82 in the match to earn him the Player of the Match award.
Holder stopped an attempt at a counterattack from the visitors by trapping Jos Buttler LBW after putting on England’s top score in the innings (24 off 48 balls, 5×4) and then closing their innings by dismissing No 11 Jimmy Anderson with the help of a brilliant catch from Alzarri Joseph at mid-on.
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West Indian openers Kraigg Brathwaithe (6) and Joel Campbell (11) chased down the 14 runs required in 2.1 overs to seal the win that clinched a series victory for the home team before the end of day three.
The island nation’s heroics against the No 3-ranked Test side was extra special as it came on a day of mourning for Windies Cricket following the news of Joseph’s mother passing a few hours before play.
The final Test match will take place in St. Lucia from next Saturday, 9 February, with the West Indies looking to complete an unexpected whitewash over the visitors.
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