Holder- Gabriel’s destructive pace attack led WI win the first Test
Ben Stokes’ captaincy era was not a happy one for him. The visiting West Indies won the return match. Gabriel-Holder’s pace cannon has turned England futile. With four wickets in hand, the Caribbeans reached the target of 200 runs given by England.
Holder-Gabriel destructive bowling spells led Caribbeans win while England batted on the fifth day with 264 runs for eight wickets. The hosts were all out for 29 runs. Shannon Gabriel took two wickets in the morning. As a result, the goal stood in front of the Caribbean 200 runs.
Zofra Archer shook the Caribbean in the beginning. The pacer injured John Campbell and sent him to the pavilion. He then quickly took three more wickets. West Indies lost three wickets in 28 runs.
Roston Chase and Blackwood averaged 63 runs for the fourth wicket. The pair broke up when Chase returned with 36 runs off 8 balls. Blackwood then proceeded with Shawn Dowrich. When Dorich left after 20 runs, the pair of 6 runs was broken. Dorich survived a no-ball from Stokes, though he was locked in the slips. However, he returned to the wicketkeeper’s palm.
Blackwood left the match to secure the victory by teaming up with the captain Holder. However, he missed the personal century 95 runs came from his bat. Injured Campbell returned to the field and left the field with a victory. Holder remained unbeaten on 14 and Campbell on 9.
The West Indies took a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series with a four-wicket win. Archer took three wickets and Stokes two for England.England were all out for 204 in the first innings. Captain Stokes scored the highest run for the team, 43 runs. 35 runs came from the bat of Joss Butler. West Indies captain Jason Holder took six wickets. Gabriel took four wickets.
West Indies scored 316 runs in the first innings. He got a lead of 114 runs in the first innings. Shaun Dowrich and Craig Brathwaite scored half-centuries for the visitors. Stokes took four wickets. James Anderson also took three wickets and Dominic Beaz two.
England tried to turn around in their second innings. Two openers started well. However, he could not hold it in Gabriel’s cannon. English batsmen Dominic Sibley and Jack Crowley hit half-centuries. He took five wickets and bowled out England for 313 runs. Ruston Chase and Aljari Joseph took two wickets each.
England 204/10 (first innings)
West Indies 318/10 (first innings)
England 264/6 (2nd Innings)
West Indies 200/7 (2nd Innings)
Blackwood 95, Chase 36, Dorich 20,
Archer 3/45, Stokes 2/39.
Result: West Indies won by wicket.