West Indies beat hosts England by 4 wickets in the first Test
In the first Test of the first cricket series, which started several months later due to the global epidemic, the visiting West Indies defeated England by 4 wickets. West Indies completed the 200-run target in the fourth innings at a loss of 6 wickets thanks to 95 runs by Jermaine Blackwood.
Earlier in Southampton, with caution from the Coronavirus, hosts England won the toss and elected to bat first, which did not turn out well and the entire England team was bowled out for 204 runs. Captain Ben Stokes was the top scorer with 43 runs while West Indies captain Jason Holder bowled brilliantly in the first innings and Gabriel took 6 and 4 wickets respectively.
West Indies were bowled out for 318 in reply to England’s first innings but also took a valuable 114-run lead. Braithwaite (65) and Dwight (61) played innings for the visitors. In their second innings too, the England team failed to score big and the entire team was bowled out for 313 runs and the West Indies got a target of 200 runs.
For England, Rory Burns and Sibley were all out for 42 and 50, respectively, while Zack Crowley was instrumental in ending the West Indies’ lead with 76 runs. In the second innings, Gabriel was the top wicket-taker for West Indies with 5 wickets while Ruston Chase and Joseph took 2 wickets each.
Chasing the target of 200 runs, West Indies faced difficulties in the beginning and 3 players returned to the pavilion for 27 runs. On this occasion, Jermaine Blackwood played a responsible innings and played a significant role in the victory by scoring 95 runs. Ruston Chase scored 37 and Dwight scored 20 runs while captain Jason Holder remained unbeaten on 14 runs. Shannon Gabriel took 9 wickets in the match for which he was awarded Man of the Match. West Indies have won the Southampton Test to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
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