Holder, Chase star in Windies domination
Windies have outclassed England in the Test series opener with a massive victory of 381 runs at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown to lead three-match series 1-0.
England were 56/0 at stumps of day three after Windies declared their innings at 415/6, setting a target of 628. Skipper Jason Holder became only the third to score a double century at no.8 or lower position, 202* off 229. Shane Dowrich made 116* as they put on unbroken 295-run seventh-wicket stand.
On day four morning, English openers Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings made a watchful start as they put on 85 runs for the first wicket. Burns registered his second Test fifty, scoring 84 from 133 balls.
England crumbled after taking their tally past 200. Roston Chase ripped through England to bowl them put for 246 runs in 80.4 overs to seal a mammoth 381-run victory in the final session of the day. The rest of England batting order could not support to delay Windies’ victory.
The tourists lost their last six wickets for 31 runs. Chase bagged his second five-wicket haul in Tests. He took stunning career-best figures of 8 for 60 in 21.4 overs. The part-time off-spinner did not bowl a single over during England’s first innings.
Earlier in the match, hosts Windies posted 289 in their first innings. James Anderson took a five-for. In reply, Kemar Roach’s 5/17 slumped England to 77 in the first innings, giving Windies a 212-run lead.
Windies 289 and 415/6d (Holder 202*, Dowrich 116*)
England 77 and 246 (Burns 84, Chase 8/60)
Windies won by 381 runs
Man of the Match: Jason Holder