West Indies win first test match against England by four wickets

Tanya Simon
July 13, 2020

It was a thoroughly deserved success for the West Indies, who went ahead with their tour despite more than 44,000 deaths in Britain from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) during the pandemic.

Shannon Gabriel took five wickets as West Indies were set a target of exactly 200 runs to win the first Test against England at Southampton on Sunday's fifth day. Here's how Twitterverse reacted!

The second Test between West Indies and England will begin on July 16.

"It is right up there with the best victories we've had as a group", Holder said at the post-match presentation.

Archer earlier made 23 with the bat as England was bowled out for 313 in its second innings after resuming the day on 284-8.

The all-rounder had already top-scored with 43 in England's meagre first-innings 204 before the paceman was the pick of the hosts' attack with 4-49. Stokes also claimed Blackwood's wicket, when the West Indies were still 11 runs from victory.

Holder was full of praise for his side after they secured victory in the first global fixture since the coronavirus pandemic brought sport to a halt.

"It was a hard, long toil and the bowlers really put it in".

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"Credit to our bowlers again, every single time I asked the bowlers to come and give an effort, they ran in and gave everything on a very flat pitch".

"First and foremost it is great that we've been able to get back onto the park and play some worldwide cricket", he said. West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel took 4 wickets in the first innings whereas in the 2nd innings he took 5.

"I'm still a bit stiff but thankfully there is a couple of days to recover before the next Test match", said Gabriel.

"It was just willpower, we knew if we got the wickets yesterday evening it would make it a lot easier and we could push for the win today".

But it might have been a different story for England on Sunday had they not given Blackwood several reprieves.

World Cup-winning wicketkeeper Buttler has now made just one hundred in his 42 Tests.

Buttler, who overturned being lbw to Holder for five, fell for nine when bowled through a huge gap between bat and pad by Joseph.

Although Stokes said he enjoyed captaining his country for the first time in Joe Root's absence, he stated, "I've loved captaining England, but this is Joe's team and I welcome him back".

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