Watch England bundled out for a paltry 77 against Windies
The opening Test match between Windies and England turned out to be one heck of a match with the hosts well and truly on the driver’s seat against the visitors England at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados. Winning the toss and deciding to open the face of the blade, Windies paced the game with an intent to score runs on the board.
Though they kept losing wickets at one end, they ensured to make use of the easy chances to good effect by adding runs on the board. The opening trio- Kraigg Brathwaite, Joel Campbell and Shai Hope added 40, 44 and 57 runs respectively while Roston Chase and Shane Hetmeyor aced with brilliant scores- 54 and 81.
Two England bowlers ripped through Windies defences with ease as they alone managed to get 9 wickets, courtesy James Anderson’s 5-wicket haul followed by Ben Stokes’ four wickets. Then Moeen Ali claimed one wicket to his name.
England bowlers did a fair bit of job to skittle out Windies to a decent 289 runs in the first innings. But what happened next was unthinkable! Nobody thought that Windies would pull off such an impressive bowling performance as 9 wickets fell within a session itself as England bowled out for 77 runs, in what was is their lowest total against Windies..
Thanks to Kemar Roach’s five-wicket haul which came at the right place and at the right time. He deserves a certificate of excellence for instilling fear in the approach of English batters. The skipper Jason Holder and Alzarri Joseph took 2 wickets apiece whereas Shannon Gabriel took one wicket respectively.
It was a day to forget for England as they registered their fourth lowest score in Tests. No batsman scored 20 or more runs in the side. On the other hand, Windies might have got the good lead of 270+ runs but they are starting to lose wickets as they are reeling at 61/4.
The early signs are encouraging for Windies at home and it will be quite interesting to see how they go about their business in the overs to come. As of now, they clearly look to be the favourites to seal the opening Test.