Yasir Shah and Misbah-ul-Haq brought Pakistan the much-needed victory in Test cricket by winning the first Test against West Indies at Sabina Park, Kingston. Yasir twirled 6 West Indies batsmen in his wily spin to bundle out the entire Jason Holder-led team to just 152 in the second innings, dishing out a paltry target of 32 – which Pakistan chased down at the cost of 3 wickets. Despite the poor batting show from some big names in the Pakistan batting, Team Misbah will be happy with the result as they won their first Test after 6 consecutive defeats. So let’s take a look at some of the highlights from 5 days of exciting cricket: Live Cricket Scorecard, Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 1st Test at Jamaica
Mohammad Aamer fires: Pakistan invited West Indies to bat first as the wicket looked conducive to fast bowlers. And rightly so, Aamer leading from the front dismantled the West Indies top order with his accurate seam bowling. Aamer utilised the seaming conditions more aptly than any other bowler swinging the ball both ways, thereby putting the West Indies in doubts every time he bowled. Since the time he has made a comeback, Aamer had been a victim to catches being dropped off his bowling.
But this time he ensured of getting the job done all by himself. Out of the total 6 wickets he took, he demolished the stumps four times and twice made the batsmen edge it to safe hands of Younis Khan in the slip cordon.
Roston Chase-Shane Dowrich: Roston Chase is the helping hand for West Indies when in peril. It was against India in 2016, when he displayed his talent at Port of Spain – that he can soak in pressure in any conditions. He did the same at Sabina Park. When he came in to bat, West Indies top order had surrendered against Aamer. But he stood strong despite the in and away swingers from Aamer and co. Also, he found a partner in the form of Shane Dowrich, who too played a resilient knock. They not only nullified Pakistan’s pace attack but also defied Yasir.
Chase and Dowrich went on to put up 118 runs – from 76 for 5 to 189 for 6. ‘Could have batted better’, says Holder after defeat in 1st Test
Jason Holder leading with the tail: From 76 for 5, West Indies went to 189 for 6. But then they lost both Chase and Dowrich on consecutive deliveries as Yasir chipped in with crucial wickets. The shadows of getting bowled out in 190s loomed large over West Indies. But Captain Holder and Bishoo held the innings tight. They both scored valuable runs at the bottom of the innings. Both scored 75 runs for the 8th wicket in 115 deliveries. While doing so, they played some glorious drives through the cover and midwicket region, frustrating Team Misbah.
Holder in total scored 97 runs with the last three batsmen, or bowlers, which ensured West Indies reached a decent score of 286 in the first innings.
- Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st Test, Day 5: Yasir Shah’s 8-for guides Pakistan to a nervy 7-wicket win over West Indies
The 10,000-man Younis Khan: To be a part of an elite group is always cherishing. But to be the part of an elite group where no other person from your country is – shows what class you are. Same is the story of Younis Khan. He started off his innings at 9,977 career runs. He took 19 deliveries and around 40 odd minutes to get off the mark.
But once the first run of the bat came, the usual Younis show began. He danced around the wicket, displayed how wristy he is ,batting with the grace with which he usually does. He went for a cup of tea at 9,999 runs. Such is Younis. He wanted to celebrate his milestone. The way he ran towards the dressing room keeping his bat raised, the way he thumped his chest where the Pakistan badge is and the way he showed his muscles to show how strong he was just too good to describe! PAK vs WI, 1st Test, Day 5: Yasir’s 8-for guides PAK to a nervy 7-wicket win over WI
Misbah-ul-Haq 99*: As I mentioned earlier, to be the part of an elite group where no other person from your country is – shows what class you have exceptions sometimes. Misbah playing his Tuk-Tuk innings ensured Pakistan went well past West Indies. But while doing so, he kept running out of partners. He found some respite in Mohammad Abbas – who playing his debut game defended like a wall.
Misbah drove one through the covers in a bid to get 3 runs and score his 11th Test hundred. But he had to settle for 2 and also had to wait at the non-striker’s end as it was the last ball of that over.
But he was left at the non-striker’s end eventually, as Abbas was dismissed bringing an end to the entire Pakistan innings.
Yasir Shah- the second innings giant: Time in and time out, Yasir has always found a way to shut his critiques. He has never spoken and lets the ball do the talking. After having dismal series against New Zealand and Australia, Yasir rammed through the West Indies top order in the final session of Day Four. He bowled 9 overs and in that 54 deliveries, he ensured Pakistan were on the brink of the victory when they would come out to play on Day Five.
Using the cracks and rough spots perfectly, Yasir troubled the West Indies batsmen. He tossed up the ball, pitched it short, and dished out his leg-breaks and googlies competently leaving West Indies baffling.
Pakistan cricket = Drama: What is Pakistan cricket without some drama in it? They had to chase 32 runs with more than half of the day available. But while doing so, they lost 3 wickets. The first two – they lost in a matter of 4 deliveries. The third wicket fell when the victory was certain.
But then came Misbah and finished it off with 2 sixes. No nonsense, just class!