West Indies triumph booming one-wicket victory over Pakistan leading 1-0 between the two-match test series on this Sunday at Sabina Park, Jamaica.
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The toss was won by West Indies and they choose to field. The match was expected to be the battle of batsmen but it’s been the bowlers who have dominated the proceedings. The first morning was an initial spot for the West Indies as Pakistan openers were boot out easily by Kemar Roach and Jayden Seales. However, rain bought a pause to proceedings and forced an early lunch on 34/2. After play resumed West Indies’ pace bowlers continued putting the Pakistan batsman through difficult times; in the space of five deliveries Azhar Ali and Babar Azam were removed from the field. Tea came with Asian nation on a score of 123/5, however Fawad Alam along with Faheem Ashraf engineered an 85-run partnership subsequently after the interval to bring their team to a safer position, but Ashraf was run out because of the attempt made on the needless single. This effectively resulted in a loss for the batting team as the final 5 wickets fell for 31 runs in less than an hour. West Indies went to bat shortly, however Mohammad Abbas was caught up within the third over to get rid of Kieran Powell and Nkrumah Bonner, each for duck with serial deliveries. Then the bad light brought the end of the primary day with West Indies unsteady at 2/2.
Imran Butt fell early as Roach gave West Indies the perfect start after they opted to bowl. Image Credit: Cricbuzz.com
The second day began with Abbas once again facing the batsman with difficult lenghts. However the nerves settle down, when West Indies navigated to lunch with the loss of just one extra wicket 81/3, with Kraigg Brathwaite unconquered on 35. Braithwaite maintained to rule the day with the score 148/5 at the interval with rolling on towards a 96-run partnership with Jason holder, before the latter was knocked out. Shortly Brathwaite was departed; run out just three runs to keep of a century. Pakistan thought to take advantage of his gap, however disobedient bowling with the new ball let the lower order squeeze out additional runs and a slim lead, with West Indies standing on 251/8.
The next day greeted the players as Shaheen Afridi allowed only 2 more runs and took the remaining 2 wickets of his opponents. Afterwards in the next innings, West Indies was once again able to remove the openers in a fast order. However, Azhar and Abid Ali settled for a 55-run second wicket and were progressing but Azhar was bowled with the final over just before lunch scoring 56/2. The audience was able to view the best moment of the day after the match was resumed as Seales removed Abid and Alam in fast sequence, with Pakistan standing on 4 wickets down with just lead of 29. Mohammad Rizwan and Azam step by step added scores to their current total. Later again rain forced an early interruption for tea, the guest currently at 117/4. Afterwards, Rizwan wicket was quickly taken by Holder’s bowling. Azam reached a half century with the partnership of Faheen Ashraf, leading to 160/5. This put the West Indies in the position of requiring a reboust performance to limit the chase to achievable total.
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This was achieved the next morning with the help of Jayden Seales, who took Pakistan’s last 5 wickets by giving just 35 runs, also from which 28 were made by Hasan Ali and he became the youngest West Indies bowler to record a 5-wicket haul, breaking Alf Valentine’s record in a Test series. West Indies started with a dramatic session by losing three wickets stock and bond were next, both were hit by Afridi. Jermaine Blackwood and Roston Chase were able to lessen the damage scoring 38/3. In the next over, pressure was built on Chase and Kyle Mayer by Faheem Ashraf. However the wicket of Blackwood and Holder next was a joyful moment for Pakistan, downing West Indies to 114/7. The remaining 54 runs look impossible for West Indies but in spite of the best efforts by Pakistan along with a wonderful catch by Rizwan for the 9th wicket, West Indies reached the score of 151/9. And the remaining 17 runs were scored by West Indies leading them to win by 1 wicket against Pakistan.
Jayden Seales was called for the Player of the Match, as he was able to take 8wickets in the 1st series.