West Indies Vs Pakistan 2nd Test: Review

Pakistan won by 109 runs, levelled the series by 1-1 in the two-match Test series against West Indies in the 2nd Test at Sabina Park, Jamaica.

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The day started with West Indies winning the toss and, they choose to field. The first few overs of the match disappointed the Pakistan team, as Jayden Seales and Keemar Roach were able to take the primary 3 wickets in very little time, with the score of just two runs. Pakistan was able to score 62/3 by lunch and by the time of tea, Babbar Azam and Fawad Alam partnership was able to record a century, leading Pakistan with 145/3. As the match was played in the bad weather, West Indies wicket-keeper Joshua Da Silva got cramp, who was replaced by Jahmar Hamilton. Later Alam also suffered from heat exhaustion and had to retire back to the pavilion at 76, leaving Azam undefeated at 158. However, Roach was able to beat Azam in the final session. The remaining day was taken care of by Mohammad Rizwan and Faheem Ashraf and in their partnership, they were able to lead Pakistan scoring 212/4 only in 74 overs by the end of the day.

Constant rain and wet field resulted in day 2 having no possible match between West Indies and Pakistan.

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As the 2nd day was fully washed out, the next day resumed with Pakistan batsman Fawad continuing his innings and was able to score a century, strengthening his team position which was affected by the bad weather. The visitors were reduced to 231/7 after the break. Fawad scored 124 and was not out when Pakistan declared their first innings over at 302/9 just after tea. Later West Indies started with their innings but shortly lost their openers Kraigg Brathwaite (4), Kieran Powell (5), removed by Shaheen Afridi, scoring 9 for 2 and then Roston Chase (10) was by Faheem Ashraf, leaving Nkrumah Bonner scoring 18 (not out) accompanying Alzarri Joseph yet to score. West Indies batted for 18 overs after which umpires called out for the day, scoring just 39 for 3.

After taking two wickets on Day 3, Shaheen Afridi was again able to pick up another four wickets on Day 4, West Indies scoring 51 for 6. Alzarri Joseph was back to the pavilion early, whereas the partnership of Bonner and Jermaine Blackwood provided West Indies with a fifty-plus stand. Bonner was able to score 37 from 116 balls and Blackwood managed 33 runs from 50 balls including six fours. Mohammad Abbas was able to break their partnership by defeating Bonner. West Indies managed to score 150 in their first innings which gave the lead of 152 runs to Pakistan. In the second innings, Pakistan started with full confidence and again declared their innings after scoring 176/6 just in 27.3 overs, hence, giving West Indies the target of 329 runs. The Day 4 play was closed after West Indies batted for 19 overs, scoring 49 for 1 (Kieran Powell being run out).

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On day 5, West Indies needs 280 runs with 9 wickets in hand to win, which would have been possible on any normal day but Pakistan’s dedication flipped the coin. Afridi put his best in front and was able to claim another four wickets on the final day, a total of having a 10-wicket haul in the match. Jason holder was the highest scorer for West Indies, scoring 47 runs in 83 balls hitting five fours and two sixes, but was beaten by Nauman’s slow ball. Nauman picked 3 wickets, whereas Hasan Ali claimed 2 wickets on the final day of the match. West Indies Captain Kraigg Brathwaite scored 39 runs but it was profitless as Pakistan succeded in defeating West Indies at 219 all out and won the 2nd Test match by 109 runs.

Shaheen Afridi. Photo Credit: Twitter/@ICC

Shaheen Afridi was given the title of Player of the Match and also named Player of the Series for taking 18 wickets.

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