OVERS 23.2: WICKET! Shannon Gabriel castles Joe Denly for 18 runs. The West Indies paces knocked him over. What a delivery. Good length delivery from Gabriel, Denly fails to judge the pace, the ball rips through the gap and does the rest. Poor footwork from Denly. Second wicket for Gabriel. ENGLAND 48/2
Gabriel strikes again!Joe Denly is bowled by a beauty and England are two down.#ENGvWI https://t.co/iOvKY2vh2T
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OVERS 23.1: FOUR! Denly sends Gabriel towards deep mid wicket for a boundary.
OVERS 21.3: On to the stumps from Gabriel. Burns plays this down the leg side. He will get a couple. Good running between the wickets by Burns and Denly. ENGLAND 43/1
Words of encouragement from former West Indies player Sarwan:
Words of encouragement from @ronniesarwan to trust the process and take of business against England!🔥Thanks Sarwan!… https://t.co/WaLU2ZLo8M
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OVERS 19.4: First NO BALL of the match. Gabriel has overstepped.
OVERS 19.1: FOUR! Gabriel to Burns. The England batsman gets a thick outside edge and the ball races towards deep backward point for a boundary. ENGLAND 40/1
OVERS 18.6: 1000 RUNS for Burns. Rory Burns takes a single off Jason Holder and reaches 1000-run mark in Test cricket.
Rory Burns has now scored 1000 runs in Test cricket 👏 He becomes the 30th England player to pass the tally in the… https://t.co/1nJo29pnoG
— ICC (@ICC) 1594289164000
OVERS 18: Joseph completed his over by bowling two dot balls. ENGLAND 35/1
Here we go.. Alzarri Joseph starts the Day 2 for West Indies
Welcome back! Like you, we here at Timesofindia.com too hope the rain Gods in Southampton are more kind today and fans world over get to see a full day’s play on the second day of the first Test between England and West Indies that marked return of cricket after almost a four-month-long break forced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
After all the anticipation, day one of the first of three Tests turned out to be a damp squib. If any fans had been allowed, in they would have been jeering and complaining as the players remained in the pavilion for more than 90 minutes because of bad light, despite the Ageas Bowl having floodlights.
The bad weather allowed just 17.4 overs and the hosts closed a frustrating day on 35/1. England won the toss and opted to bat but soon lost Dom Sibley for nought after he left a Shannon Gabriel delivery which cut back to clip his off stump.
The match is being played in a “bio-secure environment” with daily health checks for everyone in the ground.