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Eng vs WI 1st Test highlights: Blackwood's 95 helps Windies win by 4 wkts

Jermaine Blackwood plays a magnificent inning of 95 runs on Day 5 of 1st Test as international cricket successfully returns in a bio-secure environment

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BS Web Team  | New Delhi 

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

 A fighting 95-run knock from Jermaine Blackwood helped West Indies beat by 4 wickets in the first Test match of 3-match series at The Ageas Bowl, Southampton on Sunday. It was a 73-run stand between Roston Chase ( 37 off 88 balls) and Blackwood after Lunch that made the difference for the visitors after they were reduced to 27-3 at Lunch. With this international cricket successfully returned in bio-secure environment during coronavirus pandemic. 

Earlier, Jofra Archer's two wickets gave West Indies early problems as it chases a modest target of 200 on the final day to win the first Test against England. Archer removed Kraigg Brathwaite (4) and Shamarh Brooks (0), and Mark Wood added the wicket of Shai Hope for 9, leaving the tourists on 35-3 at lunch.

West Indies had the added problem of opener John Campbell retiring hurt after being hit on the toe with a yorker from Archer. The West Indies team said Campbell would come out to bat again if needed.

Eng vs WI 1st Test: What made final day interesting

England’s lead: England eked out a 170-run lead on Day 4 of the first test against the West Indies, with all outcomes still possible in the first match since the resumption of international cricket under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.
 
Late West Indian flair: The West Indies pace attack took five wickets in the final session of Day 4 to reduce England to 284-8 at stumps at an empty Rose Bowl on Saturday, making the tourists marginal favourites with the pitch slow but yet to misbehave.
 
English stars on Day 4: Zak Crawley (76) and Dom Sibley (50) were the two batsmen who got half-centuries, while England captain chipped in with 46 before the late Windies fightback. "It should be tight if we bowl well tomorrow, especially if we get a lead of 200," Crawley said after the Day 4 proceedings.
 
That will be on the shoulders of unbeaten batsmen Jofra Archer (5) and Mark Wood (1), with to come in at No. 11.
Windies stars on Day 4: bowled Ollie Pope and Dom Bess in the last hour to finish with figures of 3-62 off his 18 overs. Joseph was also impressive, taking 2-40 off 16 overs.

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