Anderson bagged 3 wickets    Getty Images
Anderson bagged 3 wickets Getty Images

England batsmen had done their part already, putting up a gigantic 514 for 8 decl. in the first innings. The bowlers followed suit, as they got rid of eight of West Indies batsmen with only 145 runs on the board at the end of first session on Day Three of the Edgbaston Test. Senior paceman James Anderson led the charge, getting the first wicket on Day Two itself. Anderson bagged two more wickets and inflicted a run out while Toby Roland-Jones and Stuart Broad joined him to do the damage that helped England maintain their dominance in the match, leading by 369 runs.

After Kraigg Brathwaite departed for a duck, Kieran Powell and Kyle Hope tried to settle things for West Indies a bit. However, Anderson was quick to remove both on Day Three. He first produced an edge off Kyle, and Ben Stokes grabbed a clear catch to dismiss him for 25. Powell gave away his wicket for 20 after failing to complete the risky single he had called for. Anderson’s third was Roston Chase, who departed for an 11-ball duck. Chase was late to get his bat down and edged the ball to the stumps to get bowled. Shai Hope and Jermaine Blackwood put up some defense to build the second biggest partnership of the innings after that between Kyle and Powell (45 runs). The Shai-Blackwood partnership added 42 runs before Shai was bowled by Roland-Jones for 15. The West Indies innings had very little to be talked about post the wicket, except for Blackwood’s single handed effort of a gritty 60 not-out that has the visitors’ hopes alive to go past 200.

Roland-Jones has been impressive on Day Three to have quickly removed two of the West Indies middle-order batsmen. Moeen Ali got rid of the opponent captain Jason Holder while Broad cleaned Kemar Roach. West Indies, with two wickets in hand, now look up to Blackwood for some heroics. The tail-enders’ only aim now will be to rotate strike and give them to Blackwood, who ended the first session with a six.

Brief scores:

England 514 for 8 decl. (Alastair Cook 243, Joe Root 136, Dawid Malan 65; Roston Chase 4 for 113) lead West Indies 145 for 8 (Kyle Hope 25, Jermaine Blackwood 60*; James Anderson 3 for 23, Toby Roland-Jones 2 for 31) by 369 runs.