With the 4-wicket win over hosts England in the Southampton Test, visitors West Indies finally opened their account in the World Test Championship Table.
West Indies leapfrogged South Africa and Bangladesh with 40 points, occupying the seventh place. India still remains at the top of the table with a handsome tally of 360 points, playing nine Tests and winning seven of them.
The Australian cricket team is placed second in the table with 296 points, winning seven out of the ten matches played. New Zealand and England occupy the third and fourth place respectively, followed by Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the fifth and sixth position.
West Indies get their first #WTC21 points 👏
— ICC (@ICC) July 13, 2020
West Indies and England featured in the first international match since the four-month-long hiatus due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Chasing a tricky 200, West Indies were in all sorts of trouble after being reduced to 27/3, and John Campbell retired hurt.
However, it was Jermaine Blackwood who turned out to be the hero for the West Indies as he compiled a well-made 95 almost taking his team across the finishing line.
Earlier, England could only put up 204 in the first innings as Jason Holder ran through the hosts’ batting line-up with a six-wicket haul.
Coming out to bat, Shane Dowrich and Kraig Brathwaite helped the Caribbeans secure a lead of 114 in the first innings.
Despite resolute batting efforts, England could only manage a sub-par target of 200 in front of the visitors, who had no answer to Shannon Gabriel. The right-arm pacer picked up five wickets in the second innings. Thus, he walked away with the ‘Man of the Match’ award for his 10-wicket haul in the game.
The next Test match will be played at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester, starting from July 16. The final game of the three-match ‘raise the bat’ series will be hosted in the same ground, from July 24 onwards.