Test cricket returned in an emphatic way as West Indies beat England at the Ageas Bowl to spark off celebrations in a rather quiet way. Shannon Gabriel was awarded the Man of the Match for his brilliant contribution with 9 wickets across both the innings. With this win, the visitors go 1-0 up in the three-match #raisethebat series.
The Windies bowling department, in fact, was the deciding factor in their win. Skipper Jason Holder’s six-wicket haul in the first innings set the tone for the rest of the match.
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. Chasing 200, West Indies suffered an early setback but a 154-ball 95 from Jermaine Blackwood and useful contributions from Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich ensured they were in the hunt.
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 brittle England line-up failed to put up a strong total. Ben Stokes, in his first stint as captain, ends on a losing note.
Speaking in the post-match conference after the win, Holder said, “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.”