Cricket returned back to the international stage after nearly four months away with England vs West Indies as the two sides faced each other at the Ageas Bowl stadium in the first of the three scheduled Test matches. After five gruelling days, Windies emerged victories as they defeated the Three Lions by four wickets. Following the win, entire cricket fraternity including Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli applauded the Caribbean team for their effort. Jermaine Blackwood Stars As West Indies Beat England by Four Wickets, Twitterati Praise Visitors Emphatic Display.

Ben Stokes, who captained England in the absence of Joe Root, elected to bat after winning the toss but the decision backfired as the hosts conceded a 114-run lead after the first innings. Riding on Zak Crawley’s fifty, the hosts put forward a target of 200 runs which the visitors chased down courtesy of a brilliant knock from Jermaine Blackwood. England vs West Indies, 1st Test 2020, Day 5, Stat Highlights.

Several cricketers were impressed with the grit and determination West Indies showed to steer themselves away from a tight situation and eventually record a win which puts them 1-0 ahead in the series. Here are some of the reactions.

Sachin Tendulkar

Virat Kohli

Sir Viv Richards

Virender Sehwag

VVS Laxman

Darren Sammy

Irfan Pathan

Cricket Australia

Wasim Jaffer

The second game will be played at the Old Trafford Stadium on July 16 and England will be hoping to level the series. The hosts will have regular captain Joe Root back for the next game while Start Broad could also be recalled back to the team, which might prove to be a pivotal factor in the final outcome.

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