Jermaine Blackwood’s steely knock of 95 gave West Indies the upper hand on Day 5 after England could only post a chase of 200 runs. Windies suffered an early setback, but the visitors recovered from 35 for 3 by scoring 108 runs at the loss of only one wicket in the post-lunch session. After that, it was a one-sided affair with Ben Stokes providing a couple of late breakthroughs.
Coming in to bat at no 6, Blackwood showed incredible composure to pull the match back on level terms and keep Windies in the hunt. The Barbadian almost got his team over the rope, but fell victim to Ben Stokes late into the match. He departed with just 11 runs left on the scoreboard, falling just short of a century
Roston Chase and Jermaine Blackwood put on a solid stand before Jofra Archer’s bouncer ended Chase’s innings. Earlier, Jofra Archer struck twice to dismiss Kraigg Brathwaite and Shamarh Brooks followed by a Mark Wood special that got Shai Hope as West Indies were left gasping for breath in their pursuit for 200 on Day 5 at Southampton. Opener John
Campbell had to retired hurt with a foot injury, which meant West Indies effectively lost their top-order early. Shannon Gabriel picked up the remaining two wickets to complete a five-for on Day 5 as West Indies bowled out England for 313 to give themselves a target of 200 to go 1-0 up. Gabriel finished up with figures of 5/75.