West Indies has talent to be Test Champion?

The Barmy Army was absent and so was England’s voice as the West Indies registered a memorable victory in the first Test back from cricket’s hiatus due to the coronavirus. They beat England by four wickets on the final day of the first Test chasing 200 on Sunday, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match #raisethebat series at the Ageas Bowl. This is the second time since 2000 that West Indies have won a Test on English soil. Ben Stokes, in his first stint as captain, ends on a losing note. 
Jermaine Blackwood justified his recall with a magnificent match-winning innings of 95. He was given another chance to show that he belongs to the longest format of the game after being dropped last year, and he grabbed it with both hands on a tense final day behind closed doors in Southampton. Shannon Gabriel was awarded the Man of the Match for his brilliant contribution with 9 wickets across both the innings. He was bumped into the main Test squad after being in the reserves due to his ankle injury.
The match was a testament of one of the finest fightback for Jason Holder’s men. They did make a brilliant turnaround to eke out a four-wicket win. Skipper Jason Holder did play his part as he guided his team over the line. It was a complete team effort as Shannon Gabriel and Holder starred with the ball as a crumbling England line-up failed to put up a strong total. 
West Indies were in need of a solid start to the run chase, but a brilliant opening spell from Archer (3-45) made it very much favour England. Kraigg Brathwaite chopped on to the Stumps and the tourists still only had seven on the board when Shamarh Brooks was trapped leg before without scoring. Campbell was also back in the hut being retired hurt after being struck on the toe by Archer, and Wood got in on the act by dismantling Shai Hope’s off stump. Chase and Blackwood rotated the strike nicely, but a stand of 73 ended when Chase fell to a brute of a delivery in a hostile spell from Archer. Blackwood played with great determination, brought up his half-century and was joined by Shane Dowrich.
Few Minutes later, Dowrich survived another nasty Archer bouncer which hit his chest and was taken at first slip only for reviews to show there was no bat involved. The tourists needed 57 in the final session with six wickets left, and Stokes removed Dowrich (20) in only his fifth over after he had him caught from the previous ball, but had overstepped. Blackwood lost his cool  and drived Stokes to James Anderson at mid-off to miss out on three figures with West Indies only needed 11 more to win. Campbell returned to join his captain Jason Holder at the crease to complete the winning formalities, and the opener striked the winning single off Stokes to seal a great victory for the Windies.
Although captain Ben Stokes’ Test didn’t end on a positive note, he reached a special milestone.During the match, he achieved the double of 4,000 runs and 150 wickets in Test cricket. Stokes (64) became the second fastest to the landmark after West Indian legend Sir Garry Sobers (63). The list also includes Sir Ian Botham, Jacques Kallis, Kapil Dev and Daniel Vettori. West Indian skipper Jason Holder claimed a crucial six-wicket haul in the first innings and returned with bowling figures of 6/42, his best in Test cricket. Interestingly, he got rid of Ben Stokes twice in the Test. With this, Holder has now dismissed the opposition captain on 15 occasions in Test cricket, joint-second highest with Imran Khan. The list is topped by Richie Benaud with 18.
After the victory, Speaking in the post-match conference , Holder said, “ It is One of our best victories. Today was the best day I had in Test cricket. All the bowlers toiled hard, and it was a hard-fought day of Test cricket.” On the other hand loosing skipper Stokes said “I would still have batted first, because first innings runs count. If we made 400-500 runs, we really would have taken it away. But it has been a massive learning curve”.
ENGLAND 204 (67.3 overs) First InningsBen Stokes 43 (97)Jos Buttler 35 (47)Jason Holder 6/42(20)Shannon Gabriel 4/62(15.3)
WEST INDIES 318 (102 overs)Kraigg Brathwaite 65 (125)Shane Dowrich 61 (115)Ben Stokes 4/49(14)James Anderson 3/62(25)
ENGLAND313 (111.2overs) Second inningsZak Crawley 76 (127)Dom Sibley 50 (164)Shannon Gabriel 5/75(21.2)Alzarri Joseph2/45(18)
WEST INDIES 200/6 (64.2 overs)Jermaine Blackwood 95 (154)Roston Chase 37 (88)Jofra Archer 3/45(17)Ben Stokes 2/39(10.2)


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