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WI vs Eng: England bundled out for 77 runs, Roach takes five wickets
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WI vs Eng: England bundled out for 77 runs, Roach takes five wickets

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Barbados, Jan 25: England were bundled out for 77 runs in their first innings against West Indies in the first Test here at Kensington Oval, Barbados on Day two on Thursday.

The hosts seized control of the first Test on a riotous day when 18 wickets fell in Barbados. At stumps, West Indies were 127-6 in their second innings, taking their lead to 339 runs.

Right-arm fast bowler Kemar Roach led the the Caribbean bowling attack as he took five wickets for 17 runs. He got good support from other bowlers, as Jason Holder 2-15 and Alzarri Joseph 2-20 chipped in with the ball to dismiss the tourists for the lowest Test total at the Kensington Oval- the record was previously held by India and Pakistan (81 runs).

Given that no team has chased more than 311 in the fourth innings to win a Test at this ground, and the increasingly unpredictable bounce seen on a wearing pitch, the hosts are overwhelming favourites to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

In their first innings, West Indies scored 289 runs.

Brief score:

WI: 289-10 (Hetmyer 81, Anderson 5-46) & 127-6 (Moeen 3-41).

Eng: 77-10 (Roach 5-17).

The hosts lead by 339 runs. (UNI)