Anderson erases Windies’ progress in first day

Windies were slumped to 264 losing 8 wickets at stumps of day one of first Test against England.

Anderson erases Windies' progress in first day

The second new ball at the hands of James Anderson caused the carnage in Windies batting at the Kensington Oval on Wednesday. From 126 for 2, the tourists were languishing having 2 wickets left in hand with a minimal of 264 on the board.

Windies’ collapse was not expected after they survived meritoriously the new ball swing from Anderson and Curran. Kraigg Brathwaite having good support of John Campbell built the opening partnership beyond half century mark and stretched the second wicket stand to pass team century.

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Campbell being the most prompt one, reached 44 in 53 balls, eventually missed one from Moeen Ali and was trapped leg before wicket.

Later that, Hope and Braithwaite who proved to be the most reliable pair for Windies in recent past, settled in the crease casting away English swing and pace to take the team total beyond century mark in less than first fifty overs.

Windies were settling in soon but Stokes’ double strike within a span of nine balls turned the tide to the home team. Windies were reduced from 126 for 1 to 128 for 3.

In the subsequent phase of a brief rain interruption earlier in the second session, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer all posted their respective half centuries but failed to continue to make a big score with Anderson started demolishing from one end.

He (Anderson) had Chase protruding a catch to Root at slips; Dowrich was also under havoc going after Anderson and the pacer had Holder all of his own, caught in his own delivery nudging 5 off 8.

The new ball thus cost Windies 4 wickets in just 6.3 overs conceding 24 runs.

Brief Score:

Windies 1st innings 264/8 (89.2 overs)

Shai Hope 57, Shimron Hetmyer 56, Roston Chase 54

James Anderson 4/33, Ben Stokes 3/47, Moeen Ali 1/59

Toss: Windies

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