England vs West Indies, 3rd TEST 3RD TEST MATCH DAY Match Prediction2020-07-25
Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester, England
England, West Indies lock horns for a series decider at Manchester
Expect England to clinch the series against West Indies.
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Host England will be looking to clinch the Test series when they take on West Indies in the third and final game at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester on Friday.
The home side certainly brought their A-game to the table and registered 118-run victory to level the three-match Test series. England Captain Joe Root will be hoping that the side can maintain their standards in all three departments for the series finale.
On the other hand, West Indies will need to raise their overall with bat and ball for the series finale. Skipper Jason Holder might be looking to make changes to their playing XI.
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Joe Root will be pleased with his side’s clinical performance with bat and ball in the second game of the Test series.
The big positive was second Test was opener Dominic Sibley delivering big runs at the top of the innings. The 24-year old notched up his second century for England in Test cricket.
He put on a game-changing partnership of 312 runs with Ben Stokes to help England post 469 runs in their first innings.
Dominic Sibley scored 120 runs off 372 runs with the help of five boundaries.
All-rounder Ben Stokes continued his excellent form with the bat and smashed 176 runs off 356 balls with the help of 17 fours and 2 sixes.
Rory Burns, Zak Crawley and Captain Joe Root perished for low scores in the first innings.
In their second innings, Ben Stokes was promoted to open the innings to go after the bowlers. Talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes smashed a fiery 78 runs off 57 balls with the help of four fours and three sixes.
In the bowling department, the inclusion of Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes worked wonders as they collectively picked up 11 wickets between them. Ben Stokes, Sam Curran and Dominic Bess also picked up key wickets for the side in the second Test.
Joe Root, Jofra Archer, Ollie Pope, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Dom Bess, James Anderson, Ben Stokes, Dom Sibley, Rory Burns, CR Woakes
The visitors will need to make amends for their mistakes made in the previous game played at Manchester.
Despite losing the second Test, there were positives coming out for West Indies from this game.
Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase and Shamarh Brooks delivered crucial half-centuries to see West Indies post 287 runs in their first innings.
Opener Kraigg Brathwaite was the top-scorer for the side for West Indies. He scored 75 runs off 165 balls with the help of eight boundaries. He was well supported by Shamarh Brooks, who chipped in with 68 runs off 137 balls with the help of 11 fours.
Chasing 312 runs to win the second Test, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope and John Campbell departed in quick succession. With the side in deep trouble at 37 for 4 after 15 overs, Shamarh Brooks and Jermaine Blackwood put on a 100-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Shamarh Brooks notched up his second half-century in the second innings. He scored 62 runs off 136 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes. He was well supported by Jermaine Blackwood, who chipped in with 55 runs off 88 balls with the help of seven boundaries.
In the bowling department, the onus will be relying on the likes of Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach to make early inroads with the new-ball.
Kemar Roach was best pacer on display with four wickets to his name. Off-spinner Roston Chase also bagged a five-wicket haul in the first innings.
Kemar Roach, Kraigg Brathwaite, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich, Jason Holder, John Campbell, Shannon Gabriel, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shai Hope, Shamarh Brooks
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||15||0 mm.||1.95 k/h||From: WNW||92%|
|03h||14||0 mm.||1.38 k/h||From: NW||75%|
|06h||14||0 mm.||1.68 k/h||From: W||67%|
|09h||16||0 mm.||2.25 k/h||From: W||85%|
|12h||19||0 mm.||2.2 k/h||From: WSW||92%|
|15h||22||0 mm.||2.01 k/h||From: SW||84%|
|18h||21||0.15 mm.||2.75 k/h||From: WSW||92%|
|21h||18||0.14 mm.||3.57 k/h||From: SW||100%|
The wicket will certainly be good for batting. The quick bowlers will get some assistance off the pitch. The weather forecast for the whole Test match is far from ideal and rain are expected to take place throughout the game.
Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester is going to host the third and final game of the Test series between England and West Indies.
West Indies will find it easy as they have a poor record against England at this venue.
Both the teams will be looking to win the toss and bat first. Average score at the venue is around 330 runs.
Based on previous game, England will be firm favorites to win their game against West Indies. With Talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes delivering the goods with bat and ball, England will be hoping to put on a strong show in the series finale.
Expect England to clinch the series against West Indies.
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