If anyone would have told us that Windies will win the first Test match against England, we may not have believed them. And if one would have told us that Windies will obliterate England by a gargantuan margin of 381 runs, we would have certainly not believed them. But strange things happen in this beautiful support.
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The Windies were able to tick the right boxes as they came with a collective team performance to maul over England. The hosts were folded for 77 runs in the first innings and lost the Test match there only.
Windies come up with a sublime performance.
Windies scored 289 runs in the first innings after Jason Holder won the toss and decided to bat first. Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase and Shai Hope scored fifties to help their side get to a respectable score. On the other hand, James Anderson took five-wickets in the first essay.
Subsequently, Kemar Roach came up with the fine bowling performance to scalp a brilliant five-wicket haul. Roach bowled accurate lines to skittle out the visitors for a paltry score of 77 runs. Thus, the hosts had a lead of 212 runs after the completion of the first innings.
The Windies scored 415 runs in the second dig to give a mammoth target of 628 runs to the tourists. In fact, Windies were 127-6 after stumps were called on the second day of the Test match.
However, Jason Holder once again showed his class with the bat. The Windies captain scored a brilliant double hundred to help his team strengthen their grip in the match. Furthermore, the host’s wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich scored a fine hundred to add 295 runs for the seventh wicket.
The visitors could only manage 246 runs in the second dig after Roston Chase ran through the batting line-up with eight wickets. Hence, it was a staggering performance from the Windies team. Jason Holder was awarded the Man of the match award for his double century.
Brief Scores: Windies: 289-10, Shimron Hetmyer: 81, James Anderson: 5-46.
England 1st Innings: 77-10, Keaton Jennings 17, Kemar Roach 5-17.
Windies 2nd innings: 415-6, Jason Holder: 202, Moeen Ali 3-78.
England 2nd Innings: 246-10, Rory Burns 84, Roston Chase: 8-60.