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Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Viv Richards lead wishes for West Indies after their Southampton Test win

West Indies registered a stunning Test win over England in Southampton on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

But more than their victory, it was the way in which they outclassed England in their own den over the course of four days which left a smile on every cricket lover’s face.

Social media was flooded with congratulatory messages for Jason Holder’s team, who chased down the target of 200 with 4 wickets in hand on the final day of the Southampton Test.

India captain Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Viv Richards, Virender Sehwag were among the first batch of cricketers who paid rich tributes to the Windies, which became the first cricket team to win an international match after the resumption of the sport following cricket’s 117-day break due to Covid-19.

The win saw Holder become the joint 3rd-most successful West Indies captain. He has won 4 out of the 6 Tests he has led against England.

Jermaine Blackwood’s fighting 95 in the second innings helped West Indies seal a four-wicket win over England on a gripping final day of the first test at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday.

Chasing 200 to win, West Indies lost three early wickets but Blackwood shared a 73-run stand with Roston Chase (37) to revive their hopes before skipper Jason Holder and John Campbell steadied the ship to guide the visitors home.

West Indies have never lost a Test while chasing a target of 200 or less and they made sure to keep that record intact, winning the first international match after cricket’s return following the 117-day hiatus due to the Covid-19 crisis. This is also the first time West Indies have won a match in the longest format in England in 22 Tests.

Sadly they didn’t have any fans to celebrate the win with due to the matches being played in empty stadiums as a precautionary measure. But nonetheless, they will always be the first cricket team to register a win during a pandemic.

West Indies took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, with the second and third tests to be held in Manchester without fans present in the stadium due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier, England resumed their second innings on 284-8 and were bowled out for 313. West Indies paceman Shannon Gabriel claimed his sixth five-wicket haul in tests, finishing with 5 for 75.

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