The fifth and final day of the third Test between England and West Indies will begin today from 3:30 PM at the Old Trafford in Manchester.
Rain has once again tried to ruin England’s chances to win the Test. The rain gods weren’t kind to them in the second Test as well but the hosts came out on top thanks to their bowling attack. Going into the fifth day of the final Test match, England need eight wickets to win the match while the West Indies require 389 more runs. A win for the visitors is near impossible at this stage as they will look to draw the game and retain the Wisden Trophy.
West Indies are currently at 10/2 with Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite in the middle. Stuart Broad has picked both the wickets so far. He is only one wicket away from completing 500 scalps in his Test career.
Weather becomes important after it rained for whole day yesterday. Even today, it will be cloudy for most parts of the day in Manchester with around 30% chances of rain. England will be hoping for play to happen for at least a session and a half for them to try and bowl out the West Indies.
Brathwaite is known to spend his time in the middle when the odds are against him and his team. Expect a fighting knock from him in trying to save the match for the West Indies.
This man performing and picking more wickets almost looks certain at the moment. He already has 8 wickets to his name in the match and he will most probably take a 10-wicket haul in the game.
Archer can turn out to be an unlikely hero for England. A lot has happened off the field since the first Test and it will be fitting if he takes 4-5 wickets to help his team win the series.
The match situation is heavily in favour of England. Not many are expecting West Indies to draw this match. But weather can prove to be a hindrance. However, some play will take place today and the hosts, the way they are bowling, might not need more than a couple of sessions to seal the game.
Our Prediction – England to win the match.
Best Bet: England to win @1.25 at bet365 - 10 Units
Value Bet: Kraigg Brathwaite to score 50+ runs in 2nd innings @4.50 at betway - 5 Units