Needing 322 runs to win on the final day of the test, first innings century-maker Shai Hope again stood tall for the visitors, scoring 118 not out to steer the West Indies to the target, and the series-levelling win.
However, The home side had their chances. Alastair Cook dropped Brathwaite on 4 and Stuart Broad dropped him later too which would have exposed Windies’ fragile lower-middle order far earlier in the day.
With the visitors needing 37, Cook also dropped Hope at slip off Broad although that miss was probably too late anyway as was Ben Stokes’s drop of Blackwood on the boundary with only six runs required.
To be noted, the teams were now tied at 1-1 with the series-deciding test at Lord’s, starting on September 7.
England 268 & 490/9 decl. (Moeen Ali 84, Joe Root 72; Roston Chase 3-86)
Windies 427 & 322/5 (Kraigg Brathwaite 95, Shai Hope 118*; Moeen Ali 2-76)
Result : West Indies won by five wickets.
– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com