Barbados Test, Day 3: Brathwaite, Blackwood lead West Indies' fightback
West Indies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite and middle-order batter Jermaine Blackwood continued to frustrate the England bowlers on Day 3 of the ongoing 2nd Test at Kensington Oval, Barbados. The duo scored centuries after WI were reduced to 101/3. Meanwhile, the England bowlers looked colorless despite taking early wickets. Earlier, England declared on 507/9, with Joe Root and Ben Stokes slamming tons.
WI resumed from their overnight score of 71/1 on Day 3. While Brathwaite held one end, Shamarh Brooks and Nkrumah Bonner couldn't settle for long. Brathwaite and Blackwood shared a mammoth 183-run stand to resurrect WI's innings. The duo completed their centuries and batted for more than 60 overs together. However, Lawrence dismissed Blackwood in the 113th over. WI finished on 288/4 at stumps.
After scoring a half-century in the series opener, WI skipper Brathwaite has raised his level. He scored his 10th century in Test cricket on Day 3 of the second Test (1st innings). Brathwaite played a captain's knock after the hosts were in a spot of bother. He returned unbeaten on 109, having consumed 337 balls (12 fours).
Blackwood took equal charge of the repair work in the first innings. Coming in at number six, he slammed his third century in Test cricket. Blackwood showed incredible resistance, having scored 102 off 215 balls (11 fours). He and Brathwaite added 183 runs together.
Left-arm spinner Jack Leach gave England their first breakthrough of the day in the form of Brooks. Nearly 10 overs later, Ben Stokes got rid of Bonner. Daniel Lawrence, who scored a magnificent 91 in the first innings, took the final wicket for England in the day (dismissed Blackwood). The off-spinner bowled five overs and conceded just eight runs.