West Indies have not won a Test series in England since 1988    Getty Images
West Indies have not won a Test series in England since 1988 Getty Images

It was a historic Test for England, as James Anderson became the country s first cricketer to take 500 Test wickets and that too at the iconic Lord s, a place where had made his debut. Anderson nipped one back sharply and took apart Kraigg Brathwaite s defence to become the sixth-highest wicket-taker, after Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne, Anil Kumble, Glenn McGrath, and Courtney Walsh. Eventually, Anderson finished the Test with career-best figures of 7 for 42, guiding England to 9-wicket win and sealing the three-match series 2-1.

Ben Stokes was the star performer with both bat and ball. In the first innings, it was his 6 for 22 that dismantled West Indies for 123. He became only the eighth player to have his name etched on both Lord s honours board, given he had already scored a hundred against New Zealand in 2015 at the venue.

As the West Indians pacers rocked the England top-order, Stokes came to the rescue and added a vital 60 runs. Stuart Broad then smashed 38 off 45, helping the team gain 22-run lead. However, the day belonged to Kemar Roach for his 5 for 72, holding the ball aloft at the end of England innings and getting his name carved on the honours board as well. His captain Jason Holder played a second fiddle, taking a four-wicket haul. However, West Indies did not use leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo s services, using a three-pacer attack to skittle out England in 52.5 overs.

A similar script continued in the second innings as well, as wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals. There were rain interruptions but only for brief periods, only to help the seamers move the ball an extra inch.

Anderson exploited the conditions and picked 4 of West Indies first 5 wickets. Opener Kieran Powell and the in-form Shai Hope were the only bright aspects in an otherwise gloomy batting performance.

Just when Powell looked solid, Anderson hurled an absolute jaffa. Coming round the wicket, he snorted one away from Powell and clipped the bails, ending his resilience at 45.

In the second session of Day 3, Anderson dismissed Hope for 62, before he could give a scare to the hosts. West Indies were folded for 177, posting a target of a mere 107 runs.

In the pursuit of a paltry total, the hosts lost Alastair Cook early. However, the newcomers Tom Westley and Mark Stoneman added 90 runs for the second wicket, cruising England to an easy win.

Brief scores:

West Indies 123 all-out (Kieran Powell 39, Shai Hope 29; Ben Stokes 6 for 22) & 177 all-out (Kieran Powell 45, Shai Hope 62; James Anderson 7 for 42) lost to England 194 all-out (Ben Stokes 60; Kemar Roach 5 for 24, Jason Holder 4) & 107 for 1 (Mark Stoneman 40, Tom Westley 44*; Devendra Bishoo 1 for 35) by 9 wickets.

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