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.
WICKET! Anderson removes Campbell (28) after the batsman reviews.
West Indies 43-1 in reply to England's 204 all out.
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) July 9, 2020
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.
Magnificent Jason Holder puts West Indies in a driving seat in the 1st Test against England
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.
— Yash 🇮🇳 (@im_yash2307) July 9, 2020
But it was Jason Holder’s day. And, so just as it was looking that Ben Stokes  and Jos Buttler  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.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to England vs West Indies 2020, 1st Test, Day 02-
Umpires look the rustiest in this Test. WI have got five decisions overturned in just over 100 overs. #WIvENG
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) July 9, 2020
More bad light nonsense. Get on with the game, for crying out loud.
— John Etheridge (@JohnSunCricket) July 9, 2020
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 9, 2020
He isn't talked about a lot. Is low-key and dignified. But he is a serious star in test cricket and quietly, @Jaseholder98 is lifting this West Indies team.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 9, 2020
Jason Holder only the 3rd seam-bowling captain to take six wickets in an innings against England. Previously: Imran Khan (two 7-fors and a 6-for), and… any guesses… of course, South African Buster Nupen in 1930-31. Thanks be to Statsguru.
— Andy Zaltzman (@ZaltzCricket) July 9, 2020
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 9, 2020
— CricBlog ✍ (@cric_blog) July 9, 2020
Jason Holder has taken 55 Test wickets at 14.05 since the start of 2018 👀
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) July 9, 2020
— Rahul (@Ittzz_Rahul) July 9, 2020
Outstanding 5 wicket haul from Jason Holder. Eng in tatters. #EngvWI
— Rahul Puri (@rahulpuri) July 9, 2020
Jason Holder putting on a masterclass with the ball today 🏏
— Charlie Beckett (@Charlie_Beckett) July 9, 2020
— Alexis Nunes (@alexisenunes) July 9, 2020
Jason Holder, batter, bowler, reviewer. The complete cricketer.
— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) July 9, 2020
Jason Holder is good at bowling, and batting and captaincy, and he speaks well… what an absolute gem of a player he is… West Indies have made an excellent move in making him skipper of this side.
— Jack Mendel 🗞️ (@Mendelpol) July 9, 2020
— Meraj Nadeem (@mejy96) July 9, 2020
— Vikas khatana (@vickypedia_18) July 9, 2020
Kraigg is not out, a happy day for @windiescricket, Holder and Gabriel was fabulous with ball, Kraigg did what he does best, Still I feel game is very much balanced. A good 3rd day awaiting. #ENGvWI #Cricket
— Mukesh Srivastwa (@marvelousmukesh) July 9, 2020
Holder averages 11.80 in his last 10 Tests. No bowler has averaged less than 13 over a 10-Test period since Tony Lock in the 1950s. Other than him the only other bowler since the First World War to have done it is Jim Laker. Best in the world rn. #ENGvWI #ENGvsWI #JasonHolder
— __mr._optimistic.__ (@RomeoRajat2) July 9, 2020
5 decisions in favour of England reversed in 2 days out of which 1 day was almost washed out by rain, if players which are also human can travel why can't the neutral umpires? Or @ICC is thinking to scrap the neutral umpires thing in the cover of Covid-19?#ENGvWI #Cricket
— A.S.R-BH (@asrinfo) July 9, 2020
Stats Alert: Jason Holder becomes first bowler to take a Test fifer without applying saliva. #ENGvWI
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) July 9, 2020
Still a bit early to make a call on Englands batting. Is it rusty like the umpiring or potentially weak or just got blown away by Jason Holder’s brilliance who swung the ball magnificently and created magical angles.
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) July 9, 2020
Jason holder 🔥🔥
— Andile Phehlukwayo (@andileluck19) July 9, 2020
This graphic illustrates why Jason Holder has a bowling average of 14.14 in Test cricket since the start of 2018. Extreme height, extreme swing, extreme seam – all whilst maintaining superb accuracy. #ENGvWI pic.twitter.com/sQASRVAahV
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) July 9, 2020