About the Match
West Indies fought back hard on the last day of the first test to deny England a win; with the first test drawn, both sides will now try their best to emerge victorious when they meet for the 2nd test at St. George’s on 21st April. The first test saw immense determination from both sides as the batsmen and bowlers put their best foot forward trying to overcome the challenges. The upcoming match will surely be a test of nerves and skills and we expect another tough contest on the cards.
Holder’s superb 103 off 149 helped the team draw the match against England; with 438 runs as the target, the batsmen started out well but lost crucial wickets. Smith, Ramdin and Holder took the score to 350 and denied victory to England. Earlier, the bowlers took regular wickets to restrict England to 399 in the first inning; while Roach took 4 wickets, Taylor claimed 3 and Holder took 2 wickets to bowl out the opponent. In the 2nd innings, although Taylor and Benn claimed 2 wickets each, they couldn’t stop the opposition from posting 333 runs. The batsmen were outperformed by the English bowlers in the first innings with only Blackwood being able to hold the fort with his brilliant 112 off 220 deliveries. Chanderpaul tried to make a difference but the others failed to get the scoreboard ticking; dismissed for just 295, the batsmen had an uphill task at hand but they did well to draw. The squad will see one change as Suleiman Benn will be replaced by Shannon Gabriel in the bowling unit and going forward, they will need to come out all guns blazing if they want to dominate here.
Ian Bell and Gary Ballance were outstanding with the bat as they posted centuries to give a vantage point to the team throughout the match. While Bell scored an impressive 143 off 256 and along with help from Root and Stokes, took the score to 399, Balance posted a promising 122 off 250 to give England the edge but they couldn’t stop the Windies from getting just enough to draw level. Openers Cook and Trott have failed to make a mark but they will be crucial to the team’s success from here on; the middle order is looking strong to come out firing from all cylinders when required. The bowlers have done well and will work harder to a win this time; Anderson claimed 4 wickets in total and has overtaken Ian Botham’s record to be the leading wicket-taker for England in tests. James Tredwell was superb with his spell as he claimed 4 wickets in the first inning and took a wicket in the second. Broad, Jordan and Root have been impressive too and together, the team needs to find the winning combination to give itself the much-needed morale boost with a victory here.
England came very close to a much required test win but failed to avoid a draw in the first match; they will be cautious of the hosts and put up a much better performance in the upcoming contest. Although West Indies have talented players and the determination to succeed, we feel that England is better placed to emerge victorious.Winner:
England, 1.83 @ Bet365