England V. West Indies First Test: England Blow Away WI In First Day-Night Test

England 514 for 8 dec (Cook 243, Root 136) beat West Indies 168 (Blackwood 79*, Anderson 3-34) and 137 (Brathwaite 40, Broad 3-34) by an innings and 209 runs

 

Match Highlights:

  • England won by an innings and 209 runs
  • They took 19 wickets on
  • They lead the series 1-0

 

England dealt a soul breaking defeat to West Indies in the first match of the test series as they won by an innings and 209 runs. The first day-night match being played at Edgbaston saw England show once again why they’re unbeatable at home as they took 19 wickets in just one day to dismiss West Indies for a petty 137 runs in the second innings. England wrapped the match up within three days, as the West Indian batting line-up had no answer to the fiery English Pacers.

 

Having scored a huge 514 runs in the first innings, credit to beautiful innings of 243 played by Cook, England came out with the same intensity as the West Indian innings began. Starting Day 3 having lost just one wicket overnight, West Indies showed once again why their cricket team has been stale over time as they started losing wickets in a jiffy. Despite Blackwood’s resilient innings of 74, none of the other West Indian batsmen looked interested in fighting it out as they collapsed easier than a house of cards. It was not before long that Anderson picked up 3 wickets and was ably aided by the rest of the English team to dismiss West Indies for 168 in the first innings.

 

Trailing by a huge score, West Indies were asked to come into bat for a second consecutive time in the match as Joe Root imposed the follow. It seemed as if the West Indian players had not learned any lessons from their first innings collapse, as they looked to get back into the hut even quicker in the second innings. It was an embarrassing show of batting, as they English pacers gobbled up the West Indian batting line-up.West Indies were sent packing for only 137 in their second try to hand England massive innings and 209 runs win. England went on to take a 1-0 lead in the series and will be looking to knock out a deflated West Indian unit when they meet for the second match.

 

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