Jason Holder
Jason Holder [Photo-Twitter/Test Match Special]

And, so another day ended prematurely because of, no not bad weather but bad light, but not before West Indies asserted themselves into a dominant position, finishing the day at 1-57 in 19.4 overs.

James Anderson got the lone wicket of John Campbell on a 36-ball 28, finally trapped him leg-before-wicket after having seen the umpire’s decision get overturned by DRS on a couple of occasions. Eventually bad light brought an end to what was an engrossing day of Test match cricket.

Resuming the day on 1-35, England would have hoped that opener Rory Burns and Joe Denly will build on the good work that the pair had done on a rain-curtailed opening day but their hopes were quickly dashed by a rampant Shannon Gabriel, who picked up from where he had ended on day 01.

Just like Dominic Sibley, Joe Denly was undone by a perfect set-up from Gabriel, who, after testing the England No.3 with a series of outswingers got one to nip one back into the right-hander.

West Indies were not only relentless with their line and lengths but also with their reviews. The first example of it came when Jason Holder and co successfully reviewed an LBW call on Rory Burns, which the umpire felt was doing down the stumps. As it turned out, it wasn’t.

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Magnificent Jason Holder puts West Indies in a driving seat in the 1st Test against England

England vs West Indies 2020, 1st Test, Day 02-Twitter Reactions
Jason Holder [Photo-Twitter/Wisden]
Jason Holder might have been gulity of bowling a touch too short on the first day but the No.1 all-rounder in the world was at his breathtaking best on day 02 as he notched up his career-best figures of 6-42; his sixth five-for in the past two years.

His first victim was Zak Crawley, who was trapped right in front of the wicket courtesy a nip-backer. The umpire once again remains unmoved but Holder reviewed it straightaway to inflict further damage on the hosts. Reviews- 02, Successful- 02.

Ollie Pope gave an account of his talent with some breathtaking stroked before he edged one straight to keeper Shane Dowrich. England- 5/87. It could have been much worse had Kemar Roach not dropped skipper Ben Stokes on 14.

But it was Jason Holder’s day. And, so just as it was looking that Ben Stokes [43] and Jos Buttler [35] had wrestled the initiative back with a 67-run-stand, the West Indies skipper came roaring back to inflict another collapse that saw England lose their next 4 wickets for 20 runs.

Dom Bess [31*] and James Anderson’s 30-run-stand for the final wicket ensured that England crossed the 200-run mark before Shannon Gabriel [4-62] came back to fold the innings for 204.

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