Due to the pandemic, there had been no international cricket since March. Even though a few attempts were made to resume the cricket at the international level, none got up to the implementation level as players and officials were in great fear of the pandemic. Finally, after 114 days of a long wait, international cricket has resumed, thanks to England and West Indies.
West Indies is touring England to play a three-match test series. The series will be played with no audience bring allowed to watch the match directly by sitting in the stadium. This might be the first international cricket match that is being played with no crowd present at the stadium to cheer the players.
Players of both the teams were wearing jerseys with the tag “Black Lives Matter” on their collars. They also played homage to the dead George Floyd by kneeling on the ground before the start of the match.
International cricket resumed with great excitement among the fans as well as cricketers on the 8th of July but lasted for just 17.4 overs due to pesky rain at Southampton.
England won the toss and chose to bat first. While their innings was stable on day 1 (ended at 35/1), an outrageous performance from Windies bowlers on day 2 saw England getting bowled out for just 204 runs. When Windies were looking comfortable at 57/1 after 19.3 overs, play got suspended temporarily due to bad light.
On the third day, West Indies showed a lot of promise and added 261 runs to their overnight total of 57-1 finishing with a total of 318 and England on the other had started their second innings trailing by 114 runs and survived the last ten overs of third days play without a loss of wicket.
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