Ben Stokes delivered crucial contributions with bat and ball to lead England to a 113-run win over the West Indies late on the final day of the second test, tying the three-match series at 1-1 on Monday.
Needing to bat out 85 overs to salvage a draw and retain the Wisden Trophy, the West Indies was dismissed for 198 with 14.5 overs and one hour left of a test played at an empty Old Trafford.
Chasing 312 for victory, West Indies top-order batsmen fell like a pack of cards in their second innings after Stokes’ batting masterclass in the opening session of the day took the hosts to 129/3 before skipper Joe Root declared.
Veteran pacer Broad, who had said after the fourth day’s play that they will be going for the win, started on the perfect note as he dismissed opener John Campbell in the first over itself.
Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope then joined forces in the middle and kept the bowlers at bay briefly till the opener was adjudged LBW off the bowling of Chris Woakes for 12.
Hope was next to head back into the pavillion as he was comprehensively castled by Broad. This was the pacer’s second wicket of the innings.
After the lunch break, Roston Chase was trapped in front by Broad to reduce the tourists to 37/4 before Brooks and Blackwood joined hands.
Stokes once again underlined his class in the last over before Tea to remove Blackwood in a dramatic fashion and tilt the scales in favour of England as West Indies were left reeling at 137/5, still needing 175 runs to win. The hosts now need 5 more wickets to level the series, and Stuart Broad claimed three wickets, taking England closer to the series-levelling win. The third test starts on Friday and will also be in Manchester.