Former Indian National Cricket team player VVS Laxman has hailed Windies side led by Jason Holder as they script a formidable win against England by 381 runs at Barbados. As a result, they go 1-0 up in the three-match Test series.
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Meanwhile, Roston Chase ran through the middle-order with an eight-wicket haul as the hosts overtrump England. He single-handedly dismissed Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali and Ben Foakes after lunch to wrap up the game.
Previously, England resumed the day at 50 for no loss after Windies set a target of 628 runs banking on a double century from Jason Holder and a century from Shane Dowrich. In addition to, the hosts bowled out England on 77 runs in the first innings before posting 289 runs after opting to bat first.
The England openers looked quite decent in the first hour looking to attack the bowlers whenever they strayed in line and length. However, Keaton Jennings was the first to depart falling to Alzarri Joseph. For a period, Burns and Bairstow made batting look easy on a pitch that saw no wickets fall on day three. However, in the last over before lunch, Burns misread a straight delivery from Roston Chase. He departed for 84 as he missed the maiden Test hundred – to leave England 134 for 2 at lunch.
Chase runs down England batting
Meanwhile, after lunch, Roston Chase was all over the England batting order. Joe Root and Moeen Ali were both guilty of steering the ball straight to the slip cordon before Chase trapped Ben Stokes LBW. John Campbell then plucked on to a brilliant catch at mid-wicket to dismiss Jos Buttler. Shortly after, Shimron Hetmyer somehow held onto a full-blooded sweep shot at short-leg to send Foakes back to the pavilion.
Kraigg Braithwaite then held one at the boundary ropes to dismiss before Roston Chase made Sam Curran his eighth victim to seal the game. The current crop of Windies players received a round of applause from one and all for their magnificent effort in the opening fixture. Former India batsman VVS Laxman hailed the Caribbean side for their emphatic win and noted that this will certainly inspire the youngsters from the country.
“The West Indies doing well and beating England so convincingly ( by 381 runs) is great for Test cricket and will surely inspire youngsters in the Carribean. Congrarulations to @Jaseholder98 and his boys for this formidable win
#WIvEng,” VVS Laxman tweeted.
The West Indies doing well and beating England so convincingly ( by 381 runs) is great for Test cricket and will surely inspire youngsters in the Carribean. Congrarulations to @Jaseholder98 and his boys for this formidable win #WIvEng
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 27, 2019