The first day of ENG vs WI test match came to an end and England should be the happier side after finishing the day by picking up 8 wickets. West Indies won the toss and opted to bat first. Windies once again showed their inconsistency and lack of experience, an issue also highlighted by the skipper before the match. Most of them got a good start but no one converted the 40s and 50s into a big score.
Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali were selected for a pitch where captain Joe Root admitted he would have batted first on too. There was no place for Broad with Joe Root admitting that Curran was picked due to his batting strength. West Indies opted for just one spinner, Roston Chase and four quick bowlers including a recall for Alzarri Joseph after a long-standing back problem.
The 25-year-old Campbell was making his debut with the test cap presented to him by the great Garry Sobers. He settled in quiet nervelessly after West Indies decided to bat first. He scored a four off Sam Curran and hit a boundary again with the last ball of the same over.
James Anderson partnered with Sam Curran to open the bowling for England. They got the ball to swing and troubled the opening duo a bit but Windies saw off the first hour of play without any damage. Kraigg Brathwaite batted 48 balls for 5 runs while Campbell scored a steady 29 off 42.
England’s decision of playing two spinners was put to test initially by West Indian batsmen but Moeen Ali soon trapped Campbell leg-before off the first ball of his second over.
Shai Hope came to partner with Kraigg Brathwaite with Beathwaite picking up his scoring rate in the second hour. They both build a nice partnership and took the team safely to Lunch without any further loss. They were batting on 89/1 at the end of the first session of Day 1.
West Indies scored with a slow and steady approach. Both Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite proved quite effective against the English bowlers and added 73 runs for the 3rd wicket. Kraigg Brathwaite scored 40 runs before giving a catch to Joe Root in slips. Ben Stokes was the bowler.
Darren Bravo who was making a comeback after 2 years had a short stay. He was trapped leg-before by Ben Stokes. Two wickets in quick succession by Ben Stokes put England on top for the first time. Rain also came to play its part and tea was taken 30 minutes earlier. West Indies were 132/3 at this point.
Shai Hope scored his 5th test half century and build a good looking partnership of 46 runs with Chase before giving a catch to Foakes off Anderson’s bowling. Chase and Hetmyer then added 66 runs to the scoreboard. Chase went out on 56 off Anderson’s ball.
At that time, West Indies were 240/5 and were all set to post a big 1st innings total but Anderson had some other plans, getting wickets of Dowrich and Holder in the space of just 6 balls.
The first day of ENG vs WI test match came to an end with West Indies batting on 264/8. Hetmyer is playing on 56 not out.
James Anderson has now taken 200 Test wickets outside of England & Wales; the first England bowler to do so.
James Anderson and Ben Stokes were the star performers for England, finishing the day with 4/33 and 3/47 respectively.
The match will be resumed tomorrow for day 2 of England vs West Indies, and the Windies will continue to finish their 1st innings.
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