After their top 6 scored over 40 West Indies could manage 264 runs, losing 8 wickets at the end of day 1. Anderson’s late strike with the second new ball put West Indies on the backfoot. How many more can they score?
Take Aways from Day 1: Windies skipper Jason Holder won the toss and elected to bat first. Debutant John Campbell was handed over the cap by one the Windies great Sir Garry Sobers and with that came some words of inspiration to face the music against the likes of James Anderson and Sam Curran.
The magic inspiration passed on to him seemed to have worked as John Campbell and his opening partner Kraigg Brathwaite managed to see off the new ball threat with Campbell playing his shots freely.
The opening duo gave the ideal start but the job was only half done. They added 54 runs for the first wicket before Campbell was adjudged lbw when he missed a straight ball while trying to play a sweep shot. Since 2018 this was the first 50 run partnership for the first wicket.
Anderson was without his usual new bowling partner Stuart Broad and that hurt England as they couldn’t make early inroads. In this match his new ball partner did not support him from the other end and went for runs as we ll. He was wayward and couldn’t use the new ball to its fullest.
After the wicket of Campbell in came Shai Hope. He along with Kraigg Brathwaite added 73 for the second wicket. Ben Stokes removed Brathwaite for 40.
Both Campbell and Brathwaite got starts but couldn’t convert the start into something substantial. Stokes soon removed Brathwaite & Darren Bravo in quick succession.
Hetmyer’s blistering knock keeps Windies in the hunt
Shai Hope and Roston Chase added another 46 runs for the fourth wicket before James Anderson removed Hope for 60 and that created an opening but Chase and Hetmyer played some attacking shots to keep Windies in the game with Hetmyer being the aggressor of the two. They added 66 runs in 17 overs for the fifth wicket with a run rate of 3.88 runs per over although the overall run rate of the innings was 2.95.
Shimron Hetmyer had the most impact of all the batsmen on the 1st day.
Anderson strikes with the second new ball
In absence of his bowling partner, Stuart Broad, Anderson’s 3 wickets with the second new ball turned the game in England’s favor. He removed Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich and Jason Holder in a span of 4 overs.
His overall career strike rate with the second new ball is 63 but that over the last year has gone up to 51.
Inability to play long innings
If you take a look at the batting scorecard of West Indies the top 6 scored above 40 but neither of them went on to score a hundred. And that has haunted them for some time now.
It’s advantage England on Day 2. As far as West Indies is concerned they would like Shimron Hetmyer who is batting on 56 to continue playing his shots and take West Indies close to the 300-run mark. They don’t have the luxury of someone like Sam Curran, Patrick Cummins, and Mitchell Starc who can frustrate the opposition by hanging in there.
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