3rd Test: England on verge of defeat against West Indies
West Indies laid an astounding exhibition against England on Day 3 in the third Test underway in Grenada. Resuming the day on 235/8, the hosts managed 297/10. Joshua Da Silva smashed his maiden Test ton. After that, Kyle Mayers' five-for obliterated any chances of England gaining momentum. England are on the cusp of their 11th defeat in the last 17 Tests. They are 103/8.
Starting the day on 232/8, WI showed character to near the 300-run mark. Da Silva played a sensational knock to remain unbeaten on 100*. The Windies took a lead by 93 runs in the first innings. In reply, England kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Mayers was sensational, picking up a fifer and ripping apart the visiting side.
The wicket-keeper batter dominated the third day of the Grenada Test to a fair extent. The Trinidadian batted cautiously on Day 2 but opted for an aggressive route on the following day to hammer his first ton in the whites. In total, he struck 10 fours to remain unscathed on 100. He clocked two valuable partnerships alongside Kemar Roach and Jayden Seales.
Mayers proved to be the chief cause of trouble for the Englishmen. The right-arm medium outwitted Zak Crawley (7) to provide the first breakthrough for the hosts. He then took out Root and Lawrence in back-to-back overs followed by Stokes to bring them to 39/4 in 16.3 overs. He capped off the day with Overton's dismissal. Meanwhile, Seales and Joseph claimed one wicket each.
England would have hoped to put up a decent show. However, they were stranded on 43/4 by tea and lost four more wickets in the final session. Barring Lees (33) and Bairstow (22), none of their batters could take on the ante. The likes of Root, Lawrence, and Stokes could account for only nine runs in total. This was another poor performance.