After a poor performance in the recently concluded Ashes series, the New look England side was looking to make an impression in the Caribbean.
After two quick wickets of Alex Lees and Zak Crawley on 4 and 8 respectively the onus was totally on the English captain Joe Root to save the game for England but he was dismissed by West Indies veteran Kemar Roach on 13 with a superb swinging ball in the 9th over of the match.
Joe Root tried to leave the second ball of the ninth over which was bowled by Roach. Roach bowled an in-swinger and Root opened his hands he had no idea that the bowl will come in so quickly, he thought that the ball would go straight after falling on the pitch but it did not happen and The ball went quickly into the wickets and Root kept looking at it without offering any shot which resulted in his wicket.
As far as the game is concerned, After a rather poor Ashes series in Australia, England drop many senior players including James Anderson and Stuart Broad, and added some new faces to the team. After winning the toss in the first game of the three-match series England captain Joe Root opted to bat first at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
The start was not as good as England would have expected as England’s first four wickets fell on the score of just 48, but Johnny Bairstow rescued the England team with a sparkling century in the first innings. Bairstow scored 109 runs not out from 216 balls which consist of 17 boundaries, He was also part of three important partnerships for England after the top order collapsed, He first added 67 runs with Ben Stokes(36) then Bairstow added a 99-run partnership with Ben Foakes (42) to take help England to go past 200 runs. He also shared an unbeaten partnership of 54 runs with Chris Woakes. for West Indies Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, and Holder picked 2 wickets each.
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