England vs West Indies 2020: 1st Test Day 01- Twitter Reactions
England vs West Indies , 1st Day 01 [Photo-Twitter]

17.4 overs, two washed-out sessions, and a stop-start post-lunch session. Yep! That’s how the first day of the much-awaited 1st Test between hosts England and the West Indies- first international game after a 117-day hiatus- panned out.

Amidst all the euphoria around cricket’s ground-breaking return and all the talks around the safety inside the ‘bio-bubble’, rain gods ensured that we got off to yet another damp start to the English season.

England vs West Indies 2020: 1st Test Day 01- Twitter Reactions
Ben Stokes and Jason Holder gather for the toss. (Credits: Web)

When the rain did relent, England’s 81st skipper Ben Stokes won the toss and decided to bat first. Both sides took the knee before the start of play as a mark of solidarity towards the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.

On a spiced up pitch, the West Indian new-ball pair of Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel made good use of the conditions against Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley.

England vs West Indies 2020: 1st Test Day 01- Twitter Reactions
Dom Sibley gets cleaned up [Photo-ICC/Twitter]
Shannon Gabriel set Dom Sibley with a series of outswingers before getting one to nip back in, to hit the top of his off-stump for a four-ball duck.

It was a ploy that nearly got Rory Burns in the very first over after he lurched forward, offering no shot to an incoming delivery. West Indies used one of their three reviews but Burns was eventually saved by ‘Umpires Call’.

Joe Denly, England No.3, provided a sense of calm, stitching a 35-run-stand with Rory Burns before bad light finally put an end to the days’ proceedings.

Also Read: WATCH: Dominic Sibley Gets Cleaned Up Courtesy A Straighter One From Shannon Gabriel

Here’s a look at how the world reacted to the first days’ proceedings between England and West Indies:

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