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Windies set 192 to win

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West Indies will require 192 runs to beat England in the third Test in Barbados and square the series at 1-1. 

The hosts dismissed Alastair Cook’s men for 123 before lunch on day three, with Jason Holder (3-15) and Veerasammy Permaul (3-43) taking two wickets apiece before Jerome Taylor (3-33) polished things off.

Jos Buttler (35no from 42 balls) played a range of dazzling strokes to swell England’s total during a frantic morning, but the tourists are now in danger of undoing all their good work from the second Test win in Grenada.

Gary Ballance (23) and Ben Stokes (32) added 23 runs to England’s overnight score of 39-5 before the former edged an ordinary delivery from spinner Permaul down Darren Bravo’s throat at slip.

New man Buttler was then proved correct reviewing a caught-behind decision, replays showing Taylor’s delivery flicked his pad, not his bat, before nestling in Denesh Ramdin’s gloves.

The Lancashire star lofted Permaul for six shortly after, while the aggressive Stokes rolled out a reverse sweep for four as England notched 51 runs before drinks at Kensington Oval.

Stokes cut Permaul away for another boundary when play resumed but the bowler had the last laugh when the 23-year-old clipped him to a diving Shivnarine Chanderpaul at extra-cover.

Chris Jordan (two) was then dismissed lbw by Jason Holder – his exit standing with Hawkeye proving the ball would have clipped his bails – before Stuart Broad (0) was castled with a yorker next ball.

Holder failed to nab a hat-trick when he slanted his delivery past James Anderson’s leg stump but the Barbadian could console himself with a double wicket maiden as West Indies motored.

Buttler subsequently took it upon himself to play some shots, pummelling successive fours off Permaul to take England over the hundred mark and then creaming Holder through the covers.

The wicketkeeper cracked another maximum, this time off Shannon Gabriel, but Anderson (two) was caught on his pads by Taylor and given out on review as England’s hopes of a lead over 200 evaporated.

West Indies skipped out to bat for one over before lunch, which saw Kraigg Brathwaite drill Anderson stylishly down the ground to chalk four runs off the Caribbean outfit's target.

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