The Wisden Trophy, 2020
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Date: 08 July-12 July, 2020
RR: 3.10 | West Indies beat England by 4 wickets
So, the post-Pandemic era (or is it?) has begun in an exhilarating manner with West Indies taking the lead in this 3-match series. They will be proud of their performance and will go into the second match with confidence. England, on the other hand, need some inspiration from somewhere. They were disappointing throughout and would have to address the issues, particularly in their batting. Now the teams move to Manchester for the second and third Tests. Join us for the second Test on 16th July at 1100 Local (1000 GMT) for another bout of Test match cricket. Until then, stay safe and take care.
For his fantastic bowling performance, SHANNON GABRIEL IS THE MAN OF THE MATCH! Says that he never had any doubt about his fitness as he knew he would play if he proved his fitness. On his body, he says it is still a bit stiff but he has a couple of days to recover before the next Test. On the pace attack, he replies that it depends on the workload and feels the guys are pretty fit and are willing to play all the games. Shares that the guys were confident coming here after beating England in the Caribbean last year and they believed in themselves.
Jason Holder, the West Indian skipper, considers this as one of the best victories for them. Mentions that Day 4 was the best day he had in Test cricket. Praises all the bowlers for toiling hard. Credits everyone as this has been a long tour and everyone has put in the efforts. Says it has been a long layoff and shares that they had a lot of time to prepare but the mental side of the game was a challenge. Points out the incredible bowling effort in the last hour of Day 4 which was critical for this win as it was a flat pitch. Lauds the batting effort of Blackwood and also feels disappointed that he missed out on his century.
Ben Stokes, the England skipper, says that they are more used to playing in front of a huge crowd but they are happy that they have gotten back to cricket. Adds that they are looking forward to playing in Manchester. Mentions that this was a hard-fought Test match and admits that they did not have enough runs on the board. Tells that you have to believe that 200 is enough and if you are not, you are already losing. Further states that they got themselves into a strong position but did not make full use of it. Goes on to say that they need to learn to add more runs in the first innings. Shares that they are fortunate to leave someone like Broad and states that Broad is a very passionate cricketer. States that pressure shows itself in different ways and they will take positives and learning from this game. Adds that it will be interesting to see how everyone pulls up for the next Test. Ends by saying that he enjoyed the captaincy but it is Root's team and he will be happy to give the captaincy back to him.
Stay tuned for the presentation ceremony! It will be conducted keeping social distancing in mind.
Many questioned Stokes' decision to bat first in the overcast conditions and that move backfired. They were bowled out for just 204 courtesy some exceptional bowling from Holder and Gabriel. The former took a 6-fer while Gabriel finished with a 4-wicket haul. West Indies were good with the bat with Brathwaite, Dowrich and Chase scoring valuable runs to get a lead of 114. Stokes was the pick of the bowlers with a 4-fer while Anderson also contributed decently. In the second essay with the bat, at one stage, England were cruising when Stokes and Crawley were batting but Gabriel's 5-fer pulled things back. With 200 required, Blackwood became a thorn in the English flesh as the visitors overhauled the target quite easily in the end.
England, on the other hand, would not be happy with their performance. Jofra Archer bowled brilliantly throughout this morning but after he gave momentum to the home side, the other bowlers faltered in the afternoon. West Indies scored runs with ease and also got plenty of reprieves. Anderson was good as well but failed to provide the required breakthrough. Stokes bowled exceptionally towards the end but it was a little too late. England need to pull their socks up for the second Test if they want to make a comeback. They have a lot of thinking to do with the make-up of the side. The biggest one being who will go out when Joe Root comes back? Or will Stuart Broad return in the second Test?
What a way to resume international cricket! An interesting match was expected and that is what we got after a long hiatus. Brilliant from the West Indies as they have done it. They have taken a 1-0 lead in this 3-match series with an all-round performance. They were terrific with the ball and were good with the bat as well. Talking about this innings, they were down and out chasing 200 as they lost 3 wickets in no time but Blackwood stood tall and along with Chase and Dowrich, helped his side cross the target with ease. Jermaine scored runs at a brisk pace and was stupendous before he was dismissed for 95. The credit has to go to Chase and Dowrich as well for sticking around and not throwing their wickets away.
Mandatory concussion test! Campbell has got hit on the helmet and the physio is coming out to have a check on him. Just 6 more required.
Mark Wood is back on.
John Campbell will resume his innings. He got injured earlier on in the innings and he has come back in with 11 runs to get.
Drinks Break! West Indies on the cusp of victory here. Blackwood is just 12 shy of a supreme century while his team needs just 22 runs for an emphatic victory.
James Anderson replaces Jofra Archer into the attack. 12-3-33-0 are his figures so far.
Jason Holder, the skipper, is the next batsman in.
Edged and taken. But Stokes is not celebrating. Has he overstepped? Yes, he has. Dowrich survives.
Ben Stokes is back on. 4-0-15-0 are his figures so far.
England think that they have got their man! They have taken a review for a caught behind! The Ultra Edge shows that there is no spike on it.
England have taken a review for LBW! Jermaine Blackwood is the man in question. It looks close. There is no bat but the Ball Tracker shows that it is missing the leg stump. Review lost.
Mark Wood to bowl from the other end. 7-0-22-1 are his figures so far.
Final session of this game is all set to resume! England players make their way out to the middle, followed by Dowrich and Blackwood. Jofra Archer will start the proceedings with the ball.
... Day 5, Session 3 ...
England, after having a brilliant first session, looked clueless in the second. No other bowler apart from Jofra Archer looked penetrative enough and have given easy runs away. Their fielding was poor and missed many chances to get Blackwood and Chase out. They are not out of the game yet as one wicket could still turn things around. But the reality for the hosts is that it looks highly improbable that they will win from this position. Can England rise from the ashes and win the game from the claws of defeat? Join us at 1615 Local (1515 GMT) for the final session of the game to find out.
A session which has belonged to the West Indies. They came in to bat after Lunch after being in trouble in the first session but Blackwood and Chase steadied things up. Blackwood in particular has been terrific and has looked confident as ever. West Indies need just 57 runs and it is likely that they will take the lead in this series with some batting still left. Chase fell to a peach of a delivery from Archer but since then, Dowrich and Blackwood have made things easy for the visitors. They go as favourites into Tea as they scored at a quick pace as well, scoring 108 runs in the 30 overs bowled.
Jermaine Blackwood has broken his bat and has called for a new one.
Jermaine Blackwood turning back the clock! The year was 2015, place was Bridgetown and the opponent again was England. Chasing a target of 192, Jermaine played a sensible knock of 47* to take West Indies home. He is doing it again! Can he be successful this time?
Mark Wood is back into the attack. 5-0-15-1 are his figures so far.
James Anderson is back on. 9-3-18-0 are his figures so far.
The umpire has given Dowrich out for the caught behind appeal! Shane has taken the review immediately which indicates that he has not hit it. Let's see what happens.
England have taken a review after their lbw appeal was turned down! Dowrich is the man in question! It is umpire's call on impact and the original decision stays.
Shane Dowrich is the new man in.
Blackwood is once again having some issue with his right eye and the physio is out to have a look. West Indies will hope that it is not something serious. Looks like it is not, as he is back and ready to continue with his innings.
Dom Bess is back on. 6-2-18-0 are his figures so far.
Jofra Archer is back on. He was the best bowler in the morning session. His figures read 5-2-13-2 so far.
Jermaine Blackwood is in some pain and he has called for the physio.
Ben Stokes brings himself on for the first time in this innings.
James Anderson is back on. 6-3-11-0 are his figures so far.
Mark Wood has left the field as he took a tumble in his followthrough in the previous over. England would hope there isn't anything serious.
Dom Bess to bowl from the other end. 2-1-4-0 are his figures so far.
We are back for the second session of the final day! West Indies need 165 runs while England need 7 wickets. The hosts walk out to the middle with Roston Chase and Jermaine Blackwood following them out. Mark Wood will start the proceedings with the ball.
... Day 5, Session 2 ...
West Indies, on the other hand, would have expected to bat better but they did not expect what was coming. Campbell going off did not help matters at all and Archer was over them in a flash. They have lost three wickets in no time and are playing the catch-up game. The tourists will hope that Chase and the rest fight and take them over the line. With the pitch deteriorating, it looks highly difficult but anything can happen in cricket. Will West Indies fight back or will England get closer to victory? Join us at 1340 Local (1240 GMT) to find out.
What a session for England! After they were bowled out with a lead of 199, their bowlers have come out all guns blazing and are not giving anything easy to the visitors. Though Anderson looked a bit off colour, Archer and Wood have been brilliant. Archer started it all, sending Brathwaite back to the pavilion before sending Brooks back with a peach of a delivery. Wood too joined the party as he picked up the wicket of Shai Hope. They are looking on top at the moment and are favourites to win this game from here.
England have taken a review for LBW! Roston Chase is the man in question. There is a clear daylight between bat and ball. The Ball Tracker shows that it is umpire's call on hitting the stumps.
Dom Bess is into the attack.
Jermaine Blackwood is the next batsman in.
Mark Wood is being brought into the attack. Can he have the same impact as Archer did?
A stat that will worry West Indies! They have never won a Test match after losing first 2 wickets for less than 10 runs in a chase. Lost 7 times and drawn on four occasions. Can they defy the odds?
Roston Chase is the new batsman in.
Shamarh Brooks is the next batsman in.
OHH NO! Not the news West Indies' fans want to hear! John Campbell has injured himself as he has seemed to have broken his toe after facing a Jofra Archer delivery earlier in the innings. Shai Hope is replacing him.
Jofra Archer to bowl from the other end.