West Indies registered their biggest Test win at home (in terms of runs).
The visitors folded up for 246, losing the opening game of the three-Test series by 381 runs. Roston Chase’s 8 wicket haul and Skipper Holder’s double ton assisted West Indies to register third highest (in terms of runs) and the best win at home.
628 was the target for England as West Indies declared on 415-6. Windies were on 127-6 at the end of Day 2 but Day 3 turned as a complete nightmare for visitors. Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich batted almost for a day. Skipper Holder scored his 1st ever double ton while
With a tremendous lead of 627 Windies declared. England finished with 52-0 in day 3. 18 wickets on day 2 and no wicket in day 3 turned this test in a dramatic way. England too made a good start. Alzarri Joseph broked 85 runs stand between Jennings and Burns dismissing Jennings. while the inning was slowly building up Roston Chase knocked Rory Burn’s stumps to put England in dilemma.
Record figure for Chase
England skipper Joe Root did not look comfortable early on and he won a huge reprieve when, on just 1, he gloved a Shannon Gabriel delivery to slip but the bowler was called for a no-ball after overstepping the crease by a considerable distance. Gabriel made amends when he had Jonny Bairstow caught behind by Shai Hope, the stand-in keeper, for 30, which brought Ben Stokes to the crease. None of the England batsmen was able to spend time in the crease. As a result, England team wrapped up in just 246.
Roston Chase was sensational with a bowl as he dismissed 8 English batsmen. All England batsmen were his victims except Jennings and Bairstow. Alzarri Joseph and Shannon Gabriel claimed 1 wicket each.
Chase’s eventual figures of 8 for 60 was not only his best but also the best by a West Indian spinner since 1971.
289 (Shimron Hetmyer 81; James Anderson 5-46) &
England 77 (Keaton Jennings 17; Kemar Roach 5-17) &
246 (Rory Burns 84; Roston Chase 8-60) by 381 runs.
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