The West Indies returned to Southampton after a 116-day suspension due to coronavirus. The Caribbeans lost to host England by 4 wickets. West Indies captain Jason Holder called the win special. He also praised Shannon Gabriel, the best player of the match.
West Indies scored 114 runs more than England in the first innings. The Caribbeans scored 316 runs in reply to England’s 204 runs. England were bowled out for 316 in the second innings. Gabriel, who had a great performance with the ball, took 4 for 72 in the first innings and 5 for 75 in the second innings. West Indies lost an easy target of 200 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. Middle-order batsman Jeremy Blackwood, who scored 95 off 124 balls with 154 balls, contributed to this.
Holder, the West Indies captain, called the win “special”. “It’s a really special and huge win,” Holder said at the end of the match. Coming to England and losing them is not easy at all. We lost to them in one match in 2016 too, so we know the taste of victory. However, the taste of this victory is completely different. This victory is special after five days of great fighting.
Holder praised the team’s performance in starting the series with a win. He said, ‘I never thought the series would start like this. We are certainly proud of our performance. Everyone on the team has excelled themselves. We are much more confident now before the rest of the series.
Gabriel played a key role in paving the way for the West Indies to win. He became the best in the match with 10 wickets. Holder called Gabriel a cricketer with a big heart, “What Gabriel did in this match is not surprising at all. He is a great bowler. He is a cricketer with a big heart. He had to go through many problems. In recent times the body was not in his favor. He has worked hard to be fit. We all knew how terrible it could be to have Gabriel fit. ‘