Indies win in Corona era, beat England in first Test

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The Caribbean team defeated hosts England by 4 wickets in the first Test match on their own soil. With this, the visiting West Indies took a 1-0 lead in the current three-match Test series.

In the first international match of the Corona era, the West Indies started with a win. Please tell that this is the first international cricket series in the Corona era, in which both teams were playing in the changed circumstances. The Caribbean team defeated hosts England by 4 wickets in the first Test match on their own soil.

With this, the visiting West Indies took a 1-0 lead in the current three-match Test series. The second Test match of the series will be played in Manchester on Thursday 16 July. Jermaine Blackwood scored the highest score of 95 for the West Indies. This was Blackwood’s 11th half-century.

Roston Chase scored 37 and Shane Daurich scored 20 runs. Jofra Archer took the maximum 3 wickets for England. Joffra Archer gave a shock to the West Indies in the beginning. Archer sent Craig Braithwaite (4) and Brooks (0) to the pavilion, while Mark Wood took the wicket of Shai Hope (9). West Indies opener John Campbell was injured. Archer’s yorker hit his leg, forcing him to leave the field.

Archer and James Anderson kept the West Indies batsmen in trouble by bowling deadly from the very beginning. The Barbados-born pacer Archer brought England their first success in the sixth over when Brathwaite played his ball on his wickets. Archer dismissed Brooks LBW in the next over.

Hope hit two boundaries off the cover drive, but Wood bowled him as soon as he took the ball. Hope missed an attempt to drive on Wood. Roston Chase (37) was caught by Joffra Archer at the hands of Jose Butler. Stokes took the wickets of Shane Dowrich (20) and Jermaine Blackwood (95).

In the second innings for England, Jacques Crowley (76), Dom Sibley (50), captain Ben Stokes (46), Rory Burns (42) did not extend their innings long.

The West Indies bowlers managed to stop the host batsmen. Shannon Gabriel took 5, Roston Chase and Alzari Joseph took 2–2 wickets, while captain Jason Holder got one wicket. England scored 204 runs in the first innings, while the Windies scored 318 runs.

In the second innings, captain Ben Stokes (46) was shown the path of the pavilion by the opposing captain, he was caught by Shai Hope. England’s fourth wicket fell at 249. After this, Jacques Crowley (76) also returned at a score of 253. He was caught by Alzari Joseph on his own ball. Vice-captain Jose Butler (9) also failed to score at 265. Alzari also returned them. Dom Bess (3) and Ollie Pope (12) were bowled by Shannon Gabriel at a score of 278 and 279 respectively. Shannon Gabriel bowled England’s second innings for 313 runs after dismissing Mark Wood (2) and Joffra Archer (23).

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