West Indies and England confront each other in the first game of the two-Test series. The two squads are confronting each other at iconic Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. Hosts monopolized the first day of the game.
The leading order of the English squad faltered before fifty. Still, swashbuckling batsman Jonny Bairstow took over England’s innings by slicing a century in tough moments.
At the verge of the day’s play, England’s tally was 268 runs in 86 overs for the toll of 6 wickets. Bairstow was unbeaten on 109 runs and Chris Woakes on 24 runs. Enacting to bat after winning the toss, the onset of the England team was upsetting. Opening batsman Alex Lees lost his wicket in the third over itself.
He was done third lbw by Kimar Roach. Lees scored 4 runs in 9 balls. After this, the second opener Jack Crawley became the victim of Jayden Seals in the fourth over. Crowley put in 8 runs in 11 balls and canbbed by Joshua da Silva.
England got the third hit in the setup of skipper Joe Root. Root’s bat was also speechless and he could only make 13 runs in 14 balls with 3 fours. He was bowled by Roach in the 9th over.
At the same time, Daniel Lawrence too could not exhibit anything exceptional and yielded to the pavilion after scoring 20 runs in 38 balls. He was snatched by Jason Holder in the 16th over at the hands of Blackwood. Bairstow took the lead after West Indies fell for four wickets for 48 runs. He served three crucial coalitions.
Bairstow put in 67 runs for the fifth wicket with Ben Stokes. This coalition was halted by Seals bowling Stokes in the 40th over. He slashed 36 runs in 95 balls with 4 fours.
After this, Bairstow kept forward the English innings with wicketkeeper batting Ben Fox. Both confronted the lethal bowling of West Indies for an extended period and allocated a 99-run coalition. Holder lbw to Fox in the 70th over.
Bairstow has sliced 109 runs in 216 balls with the assistance of 17 fours while Woakes has slashed 24 runs in 51 balls with 3 fours.