England vs West Indies, 2020: 1st Test, Day 5 – A record knock from Blackwood, Holder goes past Lara, Gabriel matches Walsh’s feat and more stats

England vs West Indies, 2020: 1st Test, Day 5 – A record knock from Blackwood, Holder goes past Lara, Gabriel matches Walsh’s feat and more stats

Here are all the statistical highlights recorded during the 4-wicket win of West Indies in Southampton.

Jason Holder and John Campbell
Jason Holder and John Campbell. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

West Indies earned their first points in the World Test Championship with a 4-wicket victory over England in the Southampton Test. The visiting side was set a target of 200 but found themselves struggling at 27/3 in the first session in addition to John Campbell retiring hurt. But an inspired knock of 95 from Jermaine Blackwood with a couple of 50+ stands helped West Indies to narrow down the target. Campbell returned at the loss of 6th wicket and even hit the winning runs.

Here are all the statistical highlights recorded during the 4-wicket win of West Indies in Southampton:

Holder wins the battle of skippers:

3 – The West Indies skipper Jason Holder dismissed the England captain Ben Stokes twice in the Test but got out only once to Stokes during the game. This is the first-ever instance in Test cricket where opposition captains dismissed three times in a match.

Prior to this game, there have been 13 instances (11 in Men’s Cricket and 2 in Women’s Cricket) where opposition captains dismissed each other once in a Test and 19 instances (18 in Men’s Cricket and 1 in Women’s Cricket) of a captain dismissed his opposite number twice in a Test but both never happen in the same match.


West Indies’ unbeaten record in sub-200 chases:

0/61 – West Indies never lost while chasing a target of 200 or lower in Test cricket. West Indies won 55 Tests and drew six matches while chasing a target of 200 or lower in this format.

200 – The 200-run chase by West Indies is now the 2nd highest successful Test chase despite none of the top four batsmen reaching double digits. The highest is 263 by England during 1902 The Oval Test against Australia.


A record knock from Blackwood:

95 – Jermaine Blackwood’s 95 is now the 2nd highest score for West Indies during a successful Test chase while batting at No.6 or lower position. The highest is 104 by Shivnarine Chanderpaul in the 2003 Antigua Test against Australia.

95 – The 95-run knock by Jermaine Blackwood is the 3rd highest score for a visiting batsman during a successful Test chase while batting at No.6 or lower position. VVS Laxman scored an unbeaten 103 against Sri Lanka in the 2010 Colombo Test while Shakib Al Hasan made 96* during the 2009 Grenada Test against West Indies.

Blackwood is also the first visiting player in England to score a fifty during a successful Test chase while batting at No.6 or lower position. The highest score for any player during a successful Test chase in England while batting at No.6 or lower position is Gilbert Jessop’s 104 during 1902 The Oval Test against Australia.


Yet another Test win against England for Holder:

11 – Jason Holder has won 11 Test matches as captain of West Indies; the joint 3rd most Test wins for a West Indies captain. Holder went past Brian Lara’s 10 Test wins and is only behind Sir Clive Lloyd (36) and Sir Viv Richards (27). Richie Richardson also won 11 Test matches as West Indies skipper. Five out of 11 wins of Holder in Test cricket came against England only including three in the previous three matches.


Gabriel matches Walsh’s feat:

2000 – Shannon Gabriel became the first West Indies pacer in 20 years to claim nine or more wickets in an away Test match. The last West Indies pacer to take as many as nine wickets in an away Test was Courtney Walsh also against England in the 2000 Lord’s Test where he ended up with match figures of 10/117. In these 20 years, three West Indian spinners managed to pick nine or more wickets in an away Test match.


A rare Test without a maximum:

2078 – A total of 2078 balls have been faced by the batters in this Test without hitting a six in this Test. These are the 3rd most number of balls faced by the batsmen without hitting a six since the start of 2010. The 2012 Lord’s Test between these two sides saw 2309 balls faced by the batsmen without a six while the South Africa-Sri Lanka Test in 2016 held in Port Elizabeth had 2121 balls. The 2016 Port Elizabeth Test was also the last Test match to not record a six.