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Windies Put England In Dire Straits; Visitors All Out For Record Low 77 In 1st Innings

Tanuja Saikhom | 29 days ago

West Indies seized control of the first Test against England to dismiss the tourists for the record low total of 77 runs in their first innings on Day-two at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.

In response to the Windies’ first innings total of 289 in their first innings on Day-one, England seemed to have a promising start when they had 31-1.

Paceman Kemar Roach, who claimed a brilliant five-wicket haul, started the savagery when he bowled opener Rory Burns out with the visitors having scored a meager 35 for two. He conceded only 17 from 11 overs. All the batsmen collapsed after the lunch.

Jason Holder and Alzarri Joseph joined the fun claiming two wickets each on the bowling favor pitch.

The home side were 127-6 at stumps, leading the innings by 339 runs. Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich (27) and skipper Jason Holder (7) were were on the crease when the match was called off for the day.

In March 2018, England were all out for 58 against New Zealand in Auckland. They have an embarrassing record of scoring the lowest total in the West Indies – 51 in Jamaica in 2009 and 46 in Trinidad in 1994.

England's lowest Test totals

45 v Australia, Sydney, 1887

46 v West Indies, Port of Spain, 1994

51 v West Indies, Kingston, 2009

52 v Australia, The Oval, 1948

53 v Australia, Lord's, 1888

58 v New Zealand, Auckland, 2018

So far no team can chase more than 311 in the fourth innings to win a Test at the Kensington Oval since West Indies did it against Australia for the victory in 1999. This means the hosts are favorites to claim a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.