West Indies vs England, 3rd Test at Barbados: Darren Bravo-Jermaine Blackwood partnership, Jos Buttler’s missed stumping and other highlights
Jermaine Blackwood (left) and Daren Bravo were involved in a crucial 108 runs partnership, which anchored West Indies’ chase © AFP

West Indies managed to pull off an impressive five-wicket victory over England in the third and final Test at Barbados to level the series 1-1. Darren Bravo and Jermaine Blackwood were the main stars for West Indies as the side chased 192-run target with knocks of 82 and 47 not out respectively. Amit Banerjee picks the top five moments from the third day’s play.

1. England crumble again: Resuming from their overnight score of 39 for 5, England seemed to have brought themselves back to live at 95 for six, with Gary Ballance being the only casualty for the visitors till then. Enter Veerasammy Permaul, and he removed Ben Stokes, who departed after scoring 32 runs. Jason Holder chipped in with a couple of quick wickets, and England were suddenly 98 for nine. Jos Buttler remained unbeaten on 35 as England were bowled out for 123. Full Updates: West Indies vs England, 3rd Test at Barbados

2. Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope endure James Anderson: West Indies could not afford to let James Anderson and Stuart Broad run through their top-order if they were to chase the 192-run target. The opening batsman defended their way to 35 for no loss, remaining unfazed by the swing and pace of Anderson, which had proved lethal so far in the tournament. West Indies vs England, 3rd Test at Barbados, Full Scorecard

3. Top-order collapses once again: Being the unpredictable side they are known to be, West Indies soon found themselves in trouble. After a couple of quick dismissals that saw the openers return to the pavilion, Marlon Samuels added 35 runs for the third wicket with Darren Bravo. He was eventually bowled by Broad. Shivnarine Chanderpaul failed to make an impact once again as he played an Anderson delivery onto his stumps to depart for a nine-ball duck. With West Indies at 80 for four, it was anybody’s game thereafter.

4. Jos Buttler’s missed opportunity: Jermaine Blackwood had barely settled at the crease when the England wicketkeeper committed a major folly — one that he would go on to regret later. Blackwood came down the track in an attempt to smash a Joe Root delivery, and missed the line of the delivery completely. Buttler, however, failed to whip the bails off in time as the batsman managed to retain his ground. Blackwood later went on to form the match-winning partnership with Bravo.

5. Bravo-Blackwood guide West Indies home: The duo were under a lot of pressure with the scoreboard reading 80 for four. After surviving a couple of scary moments, including Blackwood’s near-stumping, the pair began to drift towards the target steadily. Bravo eventually brought up his 11th Test half-century, though he took 115 deliveries to get there. Once past the 150-run mark, the pair began to smash the ball all over the park to get to the target quickly. Bravo was dismissed with just four runs left to win, and ‘Man-of-the-Match’ Blackwood got the honour of hitting the winning runs for his team.

(Amit Banerjee, a reporter at CricketCountry, takes keen interest in photography, travelling, technology, automobiles, food and, of course, cricket. He can be followed on Twitter via his handle @akb287)