It was just a matter of time before the Windies team would stamp their authority and register a win in the first Test. The scenario for England to win this Test match always looked improbable. Even though chasing down 628 was never on the cards, the Brits were expected to put up a fight and take the game at least into the fifth day. But, part timer Chase had other plans.
Holder became only the third man batting at No. 8 or lower to score a Test double-ton, as he and fellow centurion Shane Dowrich kept England toiling in the field, eventually setting them a notional target of 628, or more than six sessions to survive.
Part-time off-spinner Roston Chase took eight wickets as West Indies crushed England by 381 runs in the first Test in Barbados on Saturday. The off-spinner picked up eight wickets in the second innings, registered his best bowling figures and sealed the deal for his team. Thus, the Windies go 1-0 up in the series with two more games to go.
After the whitewash they faced in Bangladesh, this victory should be a huge sigh of relief for the team. However, there isn’t any scope of complacency and they’ll still need to be at their best in the remainder of the series as well.
Roston Chase wreaks havoc
The England openers, who negotiated the last 20 overs of play on day-3, survived for about another 9 nine overs on the fourth day. But it was Alzarri Joseph who got the first breakthrough. He dismissed Keaton Jennings for 14 runs (84 balls).
Then, Roston Chase dismissed Rory Burns for 84 and Jonny Bairstow soon followed him back to the pavilion. Bairstow was undone by a short ball from Shannon Gabriel. The ball kissed his gloves on the way and was pouched by the keeper.
From here on, it was Roston Chase who picked the rest of the wickets in the England innings. While Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler – all got off to good starts, no one could sustain for a long period of time. Once these three fell, there wasn’t enough gas in the England line-up. Chase finished with figures of 21.4-2-60-8 as the visitors were bowled out for 246.
Action on Twitter after Windies won over English Team:
— Firstpost Sports (@FirstpostSports) January 27, 2019
— Hindustan Times (@htTweets) January 27, 2019
@windiescricket @cricketaakash @SirAkashchopra #WIvENG Take Above #JasonHolder #Dowrich #Hetmyer #Chase ….
Complete defeat for the @englandcricket and Best figures for Worlds Bestest Underdogs Allrounder in all Formates …Treat to watch his classical power hitting.. pic.twitter.com/jU2zTO5qo0
— Aman Kr Chaurasiya (@imAkchaurasiya) January 26, 2019
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) January 26, 2019
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) January 27, 2019
Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Shane Dowrich, Kemar Roach, Shimron Hetmeyer, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Kraigg Brathwaite…..now there's a side coming together. Beating England by 381 runs is a staggering result and so good for cricket in the Caribbean.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 27, 2019
The West Indies doing well and beating England so convincingly ( by 381 runs) is great for Test cricket and will surely inspire youngsters in the Carribean. Congrarulations to @Jaseholder98 and his boys for this formidable win #WIvEng
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 27, 2019
Jason Holder's 229-ball 200 is the second fastest Test double-century against England after New Zealand opener Nathan Astle's 153-ball onslaught in Christchurch 🙌
Is he currently the best all-rounder in Test cricket?
— Cricingif (@_cricingif) January 26, 2019
Well played West Indies – great to see you back playing magnificently aggressive Test cricket again.
As for England, words fail me about that performance.
Apart from one: DIABOLICAL. 🙈#WIvENG pic.twitter.com/esMBQlNJen
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 26, 2019
— QPR MAROC (@qprmaroc) January 27, 2019
— ICC (@ICC) January 27, 2019
Roston Chase blew England away in Barbados on the fourth day in Barbados as he helped his side to a 381 run win.
— ICC (@ICC) January 26, 2019