England bowler Stuart Broad became the second player from his country and seventh overall to reach the 500 wickets milestone, when he removed West Indian Kraig Brathwaite for 19 on the final day of the third Test at Manchester.
After the fourth day was washed out due to rain, West Indies resumed their innings at 10/2 with Brathwaite and Shai Hope at crease. The duo looked set for a big partnership and played some exquisite shots all around the park. But after adding 35 to the day’s tally, Brathwaite was trapped in front of the wickets by Broad.
Interestingly, West Indian opener was also the 500th scalp of James Anderson, back in 2017 at Lord’s.
From there on, there wasn’t a settled partnership for the Windies and they kept losing regular wickets. Chris Woakes became the centre of all activities as he bagged two wickets in quick succession.
He bagged Hope first, for 31, when the latter mistimed a ball straight into the hands of Broad. But not before he hit a few boundaries through covers. The next on the list was Shamarh Brooks for 22. He was caught behind was Jos Buttler.
The ball came back swinging sharply into him, and he edged it to the keeper. At Lunch, Windies were 84/5, 315 short of the target.
Also in the session, rain struck twice. Though the pauses were not for long, might just be enough to give some hope to Windies of saving the Test.