West Indies vs Pakistan 1st Test, Day 3: West Indies snatch a low-scoring thriller
The West Indies have won a nail biting first Test by just 1 wicket. Kemar Roach was the hero of the day! A fantastic effort from the Pakistan bowlers, they were so close yet so far. West Indies go 1-0 up!
West Indies 253/10 (89.4 ov) & 168/9 (56.5 ov)
Pakistan 217/10 (70.3 ov) & 203/10 (83.4 ov)
West Indies won by 1 wickets
At 4.34pm local time, Sabina Park, Kingston witnessed a narrow one-wicket Test victory by West Indies, who are now one up in the two-match series against Pakistan. The home side held to their nerves in a low-scoring contest that finished on the fourth day. The experienced Kemar Roach’s unbeaten 30 at No.9, put finishing touches to a thrilling contest, between two evenly-matched sides.
By claiming four wickets within the first hour, West Indies had made a perfect start to day 4. It was a just reward for the persistency displayed by their pacemen. Faheem Ashraf’s patient 20 off 92 balls came to an end quite early and he was followed by Babar Azam, who only added a single to his overnight 54 and Pakistan’s lead was 134 runs. The tourists could not afford such dramatic collapse and were in serious danger of losing the Test match. Though the cracks have appeared on the pitch, anything below 200 was not good news at all.
With the situation getting desperate on 192-9, Hasan Ali had little option but to resort to his assertive role, which comes natural to him. Great timer of a cricket ball, he hit two sixes before falling for 28 off 26 balls. By bowling out the opposition for 203, West Indies needed 168 to go one-up in the series. The 19-year old, right-arm- fast medium Jayden Seales (5-55), who hails from Trinidad & Tobago, became the youngest West Indies bowler to claim five-wicket haul in Tests, beating the previous record set by Alf Valentine, way back in 1950. Pakistan had lost their last five wickets this morning for the addition of only 43 runs.
With a smallish fourth-innings target on an up-and-down wicket, West Indies were rattled by a hostile spell from Shaheen Afridi, who at one stage had figures of 3.3-1-7-3, bringing back the memories of the great Wasim Akram. He send back both openers and the one-down batsman to leave the home side on 16-3 and suddenly Pakistan fielders had a spring in their steps. Lunch was taken on 38-3, with the game having taken a different dimension, with both sides eager to wrap up the match in their favour.
On resumption, Pakistan bowlers had just 130 runs to play with and no room for error. They could turn the game around but not without bowling wicket-to-wicket. The fourth wicket stand between Roston Chase (22) and Jermaine Blackwood (55) took the score to 84 and the home side was cruising. Faheem Ashraf dismissed Chase and Kyle Mayers to bring Pakistan back into the game that had been see-sawing from Day 1. Shortly afterwards Hasan Ali send back Blackwood (caught) and Jason Holder (bowled) in quick succession, to leave the score at 114-7 at tea.
The last session on day 4 was certainly a nail-biting affair for all concerned with West Indies needing 54 runs and Pakistan in search of three wickets, to emerge winner. The visitors were certainly ahead on points at this stage and had the last recognized batsman – wicket-keeper Da Silva – been caught at fine-leg by Mohammad Abbas off Hasan, it would have taken another step closer to a win. It was not to be as both Da Silva and Kemar Roach added 28 that set panic in the fielding side. The fall of eighth wicket, gave them a glimmer of hope as West Indies still required 26 runs. It was all pretty tense with ball keeping low to make batting harder for the tail-enders.
Few edges through the slips and a drop catch by usually reliable Hasan Ali at deep mid-wicket, summed up Pakistan’s missed opportunities. A sensational catch running back by Mohammad Rizwan made amends to the earlier miss as West Indies were nine down and still 17 runs short of the finish line. Pakistan fought well but West Indies were the deserving winners.
Fall of wickets: 1st Innings
Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Imran Butt - 6.4 ov), 2-21 (Abid Ali - 7.6 ov), 3-68 (Azhar Ali - 31.2 ov), 4-68 (Babar Azam - 32.1 ov), 5-101 (Mohammad Rizwan - 41.4 ov), 6-186 (Faheem Ashraf - 62.1 ov), 7-190 (Yasir Shah - 64.3 ov), 8-217 (Hasan Ali - 69.6 ov), 9-217 (Fawad Alam - 70.2 ov), 10-217 (Mohammad Abbas - 70.3 ov)
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Kieran Powell - 2.2 ov), 2-1 (Nkrumah Bonner - 2.3 ov), 3-51 (Roston Chase - 20.4 ov), 4-100 (Jermaine Blackwood - 37.1 ov), 5-100 (Kyle Mayers - 37.2 ov), 6-196 (Jason Holder - 68.5 ov), 7-221 (Kraigg Brathwaite - 77.1 ov), 8-249 (Kemar Roach - 86.2 ov), 9-252 (Jomel Warrican - 87.6 ov), 10-253 (Joshua Da Silva - 89.4 ov)
Fall of wickets: 2nd Innings
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Imran Butt - 2.5 ov), 2-56 (Azhar Ali - 21.2 ov), 3-65 (Abid Ali - 25.1 ov), 4-65 (Fawad Alam - 25.4 ov), 5-121 (Mohammad Rizwan - 45.5 ov), 6-168 (Faheem Ashraf - 74.1 ov), 7-170 (Babar Azam - 76.2 ov), 8-180 (Yasir Shah - 79.6 ov), 9-192 (Shaheen Afridi - 81.2 ov), 10-203 (Hasan Ali - 83.4 ov)
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Kieran Powell - 1.5 ov), 2-15 (Kraigg Brathwaite - 5.5 ov), 3-16 (Nkrumah Bonner - 7.3 ov), 4-84 (Roston Chase - 26.6 ov), 5-92 (Kyle Mayers - 28.4 ov), 6-111 (Jermaine Blackwood - 34.2 ov), 7-114 (Jason Holder - 38.4 ov), 8-142 (Joshua Da Silva - 49.4 ov), 9-151 (Jomel Warrican - 52.4 ov)
Pakistan - Imran Butt, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (c), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Yasir Shah/Nauman Ali, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi
West Indies - Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Nkrumah Bonner, Shai Hope, Kyle Mayers, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Jason Holder, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Alzarri Joseph
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