The second day’s play between Pakistan and West Indies was called off due to persistent rainfall. Only 11.3 overs of the game was witnessed on Day Two which saw Mohammad Aamer taking his five-for (5 for 41) – his 4th in Test cricket. West Indies had put up a score of 278 for the loss of 9 when torrential rains hit the Sabina Park once again eventually the day getting called off. West Indies skipper Jason Holder is currently unbeaten on 55 having scored his 5th test fifty. Apart from Aamer, spinner Yasir Shah has taken 2 wickets in his kitty having conceded 91 runs for the same whereas debutant pacer Mohammad Abbas and Wahab Riaz have got 1 wicket each. Live Cricket Scorecard, Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 1st Test at Jamaica
Day Two started on an embarrassing note for West Indies. There had been heavy rain overnight, but the covers on the ground were insufficient to cover the entire area. This resulted in the wet outfield and moreover, the covers which were put on the wicket saw water seeping in through them resulting in the bowler’s run-up area become damp. Coal therapy was used at the start of the day to dry up the wet patches but to a very little success. Umpires Richard Illingworth and Richard Kettleborough had an inspection of the pitch twice but no play was possible in the first session of the day. This resulted in the first session getting washed out completely and soon after the lunch was taken, rain hit Sabina Park again stopping only after a brief period of time.
Eventually, rainfall stopped resulting in weather clearing up and the finally the game was possible after a brief 4-hour break. When the players took to the field finally, the game was revised to 53 overs which was to be played in two sessions – if the weather and lights permitted.
West Indies resumed from their overnight score of 244 with Holder and Bishoo (28). Both added 20 runs more to their overnight total before Aamer got the wicket of Bishoo taking his 4th of the match. Holder continued scoring runs dealing in boundaries bringing up his gritty fifty from the other end. But Aamer struck once again, this time getting the wicket of Alzarri Joseph (0) taking his five-for – his first since the infamous five-for at Lords in 2010.
Pakistan pacers tried their best to get the last wicket of West Indies innings, but their plans were disrupted by rain eventually the play getting called off.
The game will begin 30 minutes early on Day Three to compensate for the loss of the game on Day Two. But with the prospects of rain on all the remaining days of this first Test of the series, the future of this Test remains hanging in the hands of weather!
West Indies 278 for 9 (Roston Chase 63, Shane Dowrich 56, Jason Holder 55*; Mohammad Aamer 5 for 41, Yasir Shah 2 for 91) vs Pakistan