West Indies win the first Test by 4 wickets. (Source: Twitter)

West Indies begin England tour on a positive note and beat the home side by 4 wickets in Southampton in the first Test to take 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

With this win, West Indies got off the mark in the ICC Test Championship points table.

Starting on the overnight score of 284 for 8, Jofra Archer played with positive intent adding vital runs with attacking strokes. Shannon Gabriel got the breakthrough for West Indies dismissing Mark Wood. Wood tried to hit a boundary but was caught by the wicketkeeper. Archer hit some lovely boundaries.

Gabriel took the final wicket getting rid of Archer with a review for caught. The umpire gave it out and Archer decided to review it, decision was retained. England was bowled out for 313 with a lead of 199.

Chasing 200 runs to win, Jofra Archer bowled with pace and troubled John Campbell. Campbell retried hurt due to ball hit on his toe. Archer dismissed Kraigg Braithwaite which hit the inside edge and hit the stumps. He then dismissed Brooks with a full delivery. Shai Hope smashed 2 lovely boundaries.

Mark Wood replaced Archer and got the wicket of Hope to leave West Indies in trouble at 27 for 3. At lunch, West Indies made 35 for 3 with 165 runs more needed.

The second session saw a much better approach from Chase and Blackwood. Blackwood was lucky but trusted his attacking mood while Chase with played solid defense. Jofra Archer produced a beauty of a bouncer to dismiss Chase. Chase and Blackwood added 73 runs for the 4th wicket.

Shane Dowrich was caught at slips but decided to review the decision, the decision was overturned. Blackwood on the other continued his attacking approach to reach his fifty off 89 balls. At the end of 2nd session, West Indies was 143 for 4.

After the tea break, Blackwood and Dowrich played Archer with caution by taking singles. It was a superb bowling effort by Archer who kept on coming against the West Indies batsmen. Dowrich survived when Ben Stokes delivered a no-ball. In the same over, Stokes dismissed him to end a 68 runs stand for the 5th wicket.

Jason Holder came to the crease and looked edgy while Blackwood showed his class with aggressive strokes. With 11 runs required to win, Blackwood was caught by mid off for a superb 95. John Campbell who retired came back and struggled with his running. Campbell hit the winning runs to ensure that West Indies won the match by 4 wickets.

It was an amazing Test match which went right down the wire. Holder career best figures of 6 for 42 helped West Indies bowl out England for 204 with conditions helping for fast bowlers. West Indies batted positively and got a substantial 114 runs lead.

A brilliant effort by Gabriel and Joseph on the fourth evening helped West Indies comeback into the game. England got a lead of 199. Blackwood 95, Chase 37 was enough to give the visitors a remarkable win.

For his 9-wicket haul, Shannon Gabriel was awarded the man of the match. West Indies takes a 1-0 lead in the 3 match Test series. The second Test will be played at Old Trafford, Manchester from 16th July.

West Indies 318 in 102 overs ( Braithwaite 65, Dowrich 61, Chase 47, Stokes 4/47, Anderson 3/62) and 200 for 6 in 64.2 overs ( Blackwood 95, Chase 37, Archer 3/45) beat England 204 in 67.3 overs ( Ben Stokes 43, Buttler 35, Bess 31, Holder 6/42, Gabriel 4/62)England 204 in 67.3 overs ( Ben Stokes 43, Buttler 35, Bess 31, Holder 6/42, Gabriel 4/62) and 313 in 111.2 overs ( Crawley 76, Stokes 46, Sibley 50, Gabriel 5/75, Joseph 2/45) by 4 wickets


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