For the second time since 2000, West Indies won a test match on English soil, after defeating England in the first test match at Southampton.
After successfully chasing 200 runs on the fifth day, West Indies won the match by 4 wickets, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series in England.
Twitter was quick to hail the match as a brilliant reminder of the joy and thrill of Test Cricket:
Test Cricket matters, winning overseas matters, @windiescricket doing well in Test cricket matters. Great to see Test Match cricket back and great to see West Indies win. A phenomenal effort from the whole WI team. Congratulations #ENGvWI pic.twitter.com/yKUILMdOEr— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 12, 2020
Brilliant result for an understated, determined West Indies side. Excellent test match. This has been good for our game.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 12, 2020
Even though I cld only follow it intermittently on @ESPNcricinfo &see the TV highlights, the last five days were a welcome reminder of the unique joys of Test cricket. A great WestIndies victory, fluctuating fortunes, so many thrills: what a game! https://t.co/HCqEvxxFxY— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) July 13, 2020
Great week of Test Cricket ... For the West Indies to have come over to play is remarkable in these times ... For them to have played so well & won is incredible ... I don’t even think England fans will be too disppaointed ... bloody love Test cricket 👍— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 12, 2020
Good all-round performances by players from both teams.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 12, 2020
Jermaine Blackwood played a crucial knock in a tense situation to see @windiescricket through. An important win which has set up the series perfectly. #ENGvWI pic.twitter.com/PLbJlqIe8c
First game after the break belongs to us!— Sir Vivian Richards (@ivivianrichards) July 12, 2020
Some gritty performance from the lads. This team deserves the win in this game. Congratulations boys
You make us proud... 👊🏿 #ENGvWI pic.twitter.com/wYAVRGOwh6
Many congratulations @windiescricket on a brilliant win. Great display of skills and maturity and extremely well led by Jason Holder. Top knock from Blackwood in the fourth innings and West Indies showing how it is done #ENGvWI pic.twitter.com/Y09bLzwaYk— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 12, 2020
My cricketing loyalties are transparent. If india aren’t in the game, I’d back any team beating Eng. It is the sweetest when it is a revived West Indies. #ENGvWI— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) July 12, 2020
Forget the ugly politics, maybe even forget corona if only for half hour, can West Indies beat England? Few things better in cricket than watching the Windies play well. Loving the cricket.. Great stress buster! #ENGvWI— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) July 12, 2020
Cricket is back. Test cricket at its best. Well done West Indies. pic.twitter.com/1ZymvFY3Zc— Arun Karthick KB (@arunkarthickKB) July 13, 2020
West Indies won their third Test in England since 1996. The stadium might be empty but the entire cricketing world will stand and applaud for the historic win 👏👏— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) July 12, 2020
West Indies have never lost a Test after their batsmen earned them 100+ runs lead. Of 84 such instances in the past, they won 51 Tests and drew 33.— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) July 10, 2020
Beauty of Test Cricket. Life seems to be coming back.— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) July 12, 2020
Sex and all is good but have you ever watched Day 5 of a Test Match with a result in sight in the middle of a global pandemic. 😍 #ENGvWI— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) July 12, 2020
Finally, something to smile about in 2020!