Jermaine Blackwood's Match-winning half-century, West Indies won by 4 wkts over England - 1st Test

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Jermaine Blackwood's Match-winning half-century, West Indies won by 4 wkts over England - 1st Test Southampton
Jermaine Blackwood's Match-winning half-century, West Indies won by 4 wkts over England - 1st Test Southampton

Jermaine Blackwood's brilliant half-century knock helped the West Indies team to a 1 - 0 lead in the series, losing by 4 wickets to England in the Southampton Test. Chasing a target of 200 runs, Blackwood played a match winning innings of 95 runs off 154 balls.

Jofra Archer took the maximum 3 wickets for England, while captain Ben Stokes had 2 successes. With the help of Shannon Gabriel's superb five-wicket haul, after the England team were all out for 313 on the last day of the match. the West Indies team went on to chase 200.

English fast bowler Jofra Archer, along with Mark Wood, scattered the top batting order of the West Indies. Craig Brathwaite and Shamarh Brooks were the victims of Archer and were bowled by She Hope Wood. At the same time, John Campbell retired due to injury to the toe.

After losing three wickets for just 27 runs, Roston Chase took charge of the innings with Blackwood. Both batsmen together added 73 runs for the fourth wicket. On the basis of this partnership, the Windies team was moving towards victory easily.

But in the 36th over, the West Indies suffered another setback when a short length ball from Archer was caught by Chase wicketkeeper Jose Butler. However, Blackwood did not let the Caribbean team's hopes break. Blackwood formed a 68-run partnership with Shane Dowrich and took the West Indies very close to victory.

Dowrich was out for 20 with a Stokes delivery after which Captain Holder came to the crease to support Blackwood. After falling the fifth wicket, the pace of the runs of the Windies team slowed down a bit, but England still could not get any special success.

In the 61st over, the Windies fans lost their hearts when Blackwood was dismissed for 95 in an attempt to play an aerial shot against Stokes on the fourth ball of the over and missed a century. However Holder, along with Campbell, led his team to the victory line

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