West Indies secured an emphatic victory last night to beat hosts England and go 1-0 up in the three-Test #raisethebat series. Jason Holder’s men scripted a 4 wicket victory, giving a testament of the sheer potential the team possess.
The match was a personal and tactical triumph for Holder, who took a Test-best figure of 6-42 to restrict England to a low first-innings total of 204 after Stokes, leading the side in the absence of Joe Root, won the toss and batted first.
Although they hold the Wisden Trophy, the West Indies have not won a Test series in England for 32 years.
Following the Windies win, the cricket fraternity showered praises on the Caribbean side for their enigmatic display.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan hailed West Indies’ “incredible” victory over England in the series opener and said their performance had been all the more remarkable given cricket was just returning from the COVID-19 shutdown. Few expected them to beat fourth-ranked England but Jason Holder’s team prevailed by four wickets in a see-saw contest.
“For the West Indies to have come over to play is remarkable in these times… For them to have played so well & won is incredible,” tweeted Vaughan.
“I don’t even think England fans will be too disappointed…bloody love Test cricket.”
Great week of Test Cricket … For the West Indies to have come over to play is remarkable in these times … For them to have played so well & won is incredible … I don’t even think England fans will be too disppaointed … bloody love Test cricket 👍
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 12, 2020
West Indies, No. 8 in the Test rankings, arrived in England without batsmen Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer and all-rounder Keemo Paul, who pulled out of the tour citing concerns about safety during the pandemic.
Congratulations !! Well done to the entire team Captain Jason Holder and coach Phil Simmons pic.twitter.com/Cboc0dYePP
— Dwayne DJ Bravo (@DJBravo47) July 12, 2020
West Indies batting great Viv Richards was over the moon.
“First game after the break belongs to us,” tweeted the former captain.
“Some gritty performance from the lads. This team deserves the win in this game. Congratulations boys. You make us proud.”
First game after the break belongs to us!
Some gritty performance from the lads. This team deserves the win in this game. Congratulations boys
— Sir Vivian Richards (@ivivianrichards) July 12, 2020
Indian great Sachin Tendulkar praised the “good all-round” performance by both teams while captain Virat Kohli also hailed the “Top display of Test cricket”.
Good all-round performances by players from both teams.
Jermaine Blackwood played a crucial knock in a tense situation to see @windiescricket through. An important win which has set up the series perfectly. #ENGvWI pic.twitter.com/PLbJlqIe8c
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 12, 2020
Wow @windiescricket what a win. Top display of test cricket.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 12, 2020
“Cricket is so much better with @windiescricket doing well in the longest format of the game,” tweeted former India quick Irfan Pathan.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) July 12, 2020
The three-Test ‘bio-secure’ series moves to Manchester for the second match from Thursday.