The world of cricket was jumping in joy as the purest form of the sport in cricket resumed after a gap of almost 4 months as the world was going through one of its toughest phases due to the dangerous corona virus pandemic
England took on the visitors West Indies in the 1st of the 3 match test series in The Rose Bowl, Southampton. The series comes under the world test championship which makes it all the more important and an exciting contest.
One of the most improved fast bowlers in the recent times in Shannon Gabriel showed his class in the 4th ball he bowled after the resumption of the historic game. The wicket had something in it for the fast bowlers in the first half an hour and the West Indies bowlers exploited it brilliantly with limited luck.
The brand new opening pair Rory Burns and Dom Sibley walked into the middle and Burns survived an initial scare as he was adjudged not out courtesy umpire's call in the very first over of the match.
The big unit Shannon Gabriel was given the 2nd over of the game and he responded by dismissing Dom Sibley with an absolute peach of a delivery that left Dom Sibley speechless.
The rain leading up to the game spiced things up as the moisture seeped into the wicket that helped the bowlers big time. The ball to Sibley was bowled on a good length and if not for the awkward bounce, in all probability it would have been a good leave from Sibley but wasn’t meant to be the case. The ball cut back in sharply to taste the top of off.
As they say, while playing in England, one has to look up at the sky before looking down at the wicket. The rain gods made an absolute mockery of the first day's play with only 17.4 overs bowled. England will resume the day 2 with 35 runs on the board with 9 wickets in hand.
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