Jermaine Blackwood missed out on a century by only five runs but his best innings helped the West Indies recover from an early setback by defeating England by four wickets in the first Test cricket match here on Sunday in a three-Test series played in a bio-safe environment. Grew up with 0.
The West Indies had a target of 200 runs which they achieved by losing six wickets on the fifth and final day of the game. The second Test match between the two teams will be played from July 16 in Old Trafford in a bio safe environment.
Blackwood scored 95 before England captain Ben Stokes was caught at midoff. He hit 12 fours in 154 balls. Blackwood made useful partnerships of 73 for the fourth wicket with Roston Chase (37) and 68 for the fifth wicket with Shane Dorich (20).
Captain Jason Holder (14 not out) and opener John Campbell (eight not out), who left the crease in the morning, took the team to the target. The series is being played under the World Test Championship and thus the West Indies opened their account with 40 points.
England scored 313 runs in their second innings in the morning. He scored 204 runs in his first innings, in response to which the Caribbean team scored 318 to gain a 114-run lead.
Blackwood took over when the West Indies lost three wickets for 27 runs. Blackwood then took one end and found Chase well supported. Both of them proceeded with caution and meanwhile played some good shots as well. Meanwhile, on one or two occasions, fate also supported him. Chase broke the partnership by catching wicketkeeper Jose Butler on Archer's bouncer.
Blackwood maintained his composure even after this and, together with Dorich, took the score to 143 for four until tea rest. Stokes was caught behind the wicket after Dorich rested for tea. Chase played 88 balls and hit a four.
Earlier in the morning, England extended their second innings by 284 runs for eight wickets and with Archer's 23 runs, the score reached 313 runs. Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel caught both Archer and Wood (two) behind the wickets and took five wickets for 75 runs.