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Windies revival frustrates Pakistan in first Test

Updated Apr 22, 2017 10:43am


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Mohammad Abbas celebrates with teammates after dismissing Kraigg Brathwaite. —AFP
Mohammad Abbas celebrates with teammates after dismissing Kraigg Brathwaite. —AFP

Half-centuries by Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich engineered a West Indies revival in reaching 244 for seven at stumps against Pakistan on the opening day of the first Test at Sabina Park on Friday.

Coming together immediately after lunch when opener Kieran Powell became Mohammad Amir's third wicket with the innings in tatters at 71 for five, Chase batted with confidence and fluency for a top score of 63.

His sixth-wicket partnership with Dowrich was worth 118 runs, the wicketkeeper-batsman enhancing his reputation with a polished 56, the pair making a mockery of the West Indies' earlier struggles after they were put in to bat.

On the same ground where an unbeaten hundred in just his second Test match saved the West Indies from defeat against India a year earlier, Chase looked at ease against all bowlers although his penchant for the uncontrolled hook resulted in a couple of narrow escapes.

Yet it was Yasir Shah who removed both him and Dowrich off successive deliveries in the final session. Made to look ordinary by the pair's positive play through the afternoon, the leg-spinner had the last laugh when he lured Chase into the lofted stroke and Wahab Riaz held an outstanding catch running back from mid-off almost to the boundary rope.

Dowrich was then completely deceived and bowled by the next delivery.

At 189 for seven, Pakistan's hopes of dismissing the West Indies on the opening day were revived, only for captain Jason Holder (30 not out) and specialist spinner Devendra Bishoo (23 not out) to frustrate the visitors with an enterprising unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 55.

Earlier, Mohammad Abbas had a dream start to his Test career, having Kraigg Brathwaite caught at second slip by Younis Khan without scoring with his second delivery sharing the new ball with Amir.

It was an important early breakthrough as the opener had made history in their last Test match meeting with unbeaten scores of 142 and 60 that earned the Caribbean side a five-wicket win in Sharjah last November at the end of an otherwise miserable tour of the United Arab Emirates.

West Indies played two debutants in the middle-order in the pair of Guyanese left-handers Shimron Hetmyer and Vishaul Singh, and Pakistan pressed the advantage even further with Aamir claiming his first wickets for three Test matches.

Maintaining a nagging accuracy, the left-arm fast bowler bowled both Hetmyer and Shai Hope, scattering the stumps with deliveries that jagged in sharply off a good length.

Pakistan's third seamer in their bowling armoury, Riaz, then removed Singh via a fine diving catch by Azhar Ali at backward square-leg to have the home side tottering at that point at 53 for four.

“I was struggling to swing the white ball (during the limited-over matches) but got things working well today,” said Amir about his effort on the day of three for 28 off 19 overs.

“(Bowling) coach Azhar Mahmood has been working a lot with me and I got the results, but we have to keep working hard to keep the West Indies down to a manageable total.”

West Indies opted to omit Jermaine Blackwood from their final eleven to accommodate the debutants in the batting line-up, meaning there was no Jamaican in the home side for a Test match at Sabina Park for the first time since 1997 when, incidentally, the opponents were also Pakistan.

Notwithstanding his impressive entry to senior international cricket during the limited-over leg of the tour, the visitors resisted the temptation to include the uncapped Shadab Khan in their team as a second spinner in support of Shah, choosing instead to introduce 27-year-old Abbas to Test cricket.

This is the 50th Test between the two nations and also the 50th Test match to be played at Sabina Park since the very first at the venue in 1930.

Kieran Powell plays a shot on day one of the first Test match. —AFP
Kieran Powell plays a shot on day one of the first Test match. —AFP


West Indies: Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Vishaul Singh, Shane Dowrich, Roston Chase, Devendra Bishoo, Alzarri Joseph, Shannon Gabriel.

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Abbas.


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J. Gamble Apr 21, 2017 10:29pm

First session of first day of the first test belong to Pakistan.

Waseem sarwar Apr 21, 2017 10:44pm

We need to get them all out for under 250. This looks like a brilliant test wicket which is offering help to quick bowlers. Aamir and Abbas have been very good so far but we need to get Powell out quickly.

Sara Apr 22, 2017 06:01am

Tabish khan deserved more to play for Pakistan

Mahen Apr 22, 2017 07:41am

Since WI best players are in IPL, this is a great chance to beat this B team. Will the win count on the rankings board?

LYRA Apr 22, 2017 08:14am

WI 244/7 at stumps! 244 is enough to get pak all out twice

d.kumar Apr 22, 2017 09:20am

WI will score more than 275 or say 265 that will be enough for Pakistan to bowled out.

Shahid Apr 22, 2017 09:59am

Yasir Shah disappoints again and again, and Wahab has not learned anything in his 8 years in the team. He still does not know his line and length.

Osama Apr 22, 2017 10:22am

@Mahen All of the people that are playing in the Ipl from West Indies don't make the test team. This is the same team India played against in West indies.

ANUJ Apr 22, 2017 10:41am

@Osama but they do make the ODi and T20 team, and in their absence PAK won so easily.

Sandeep Apr 22, 2017 10:46am

Battle of Bottom:)

Iqbal HADI ZAIDI Apr 22, 2017 11:19am

We screwed West Indians but later on we were screwed by them to be honest, if not annoying. Why and how Dawn did not give me any chance to comment while the match was very much on? Cant someone be detailed from Dawn to cover the match live so that Gamble and I are face to face during the match? Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait /

israr Apr 22, 2017 01:19pm

great start great work by our seamers just lost focus in field and captaincy towards the end, aamir not going to a catch at long leg off wahab then he himself took a brilliant catch to lead the way, however the captaincy since then has not been great, more attacking option should have been taken

Sarai alamgir Apr 22, 2017 02:39pm

@Sandeep You are mistaken my friend, Pak is playing in foreign conditions and made it to No.1 by doing so, unlike India who has planned 5 straight home series so they could move up the ladder, you wont be able to win against SL if you had the guts to visit them.

Saeeds Apr 22, 2017 03:10pm

Except Amir Pakistani bowler have no brain . Yasir shah most overrated bowler with hundred over per test anyone can few wickets. Get rid of bowling coach he is making no difference.

pure ind Apr 22, 2017 04:25pm

@Sarai alamgir buddy we beat Srilanka in Lanka so was West Indies easily beaten. All the best hope you guys can win, its always fun to watch two Teams equally talented or equally lacking it, fighting it out, surely its the same with this Pakistan- WI series. Just hoping Windies do well hang on tough surely you guys will win.

J. Gamble Apr 22, 2017 07:16pm

@Iqbal HADI ZAIDI -Since you mentioned my name in your comment, I don't understand what are you talking about, though you sound frustrated.

Malik Naveed Apr 22, 2017 07:16pm

@Mahen for your information ipl doesn't stop any player to perform national duty once they are selected for the team.

Malik Naveed Apr 22, 2017 07:24pm

@Sandeep Ask India play a full series with Pak on regular basis then what happens,one match (t20 or odi) in the world cups doesn't decide strength of any team. Why politics is involved in cricket???????????????? why 7,8,10 years gaps between the series?why??????????????????????????

J. Gamble Apr 22, 2017 07:36pm

@Malik Naveed -Be cool. If India do not want to play against us, so be it. It is not the end of world. There are other countries, who are willing to play against us year round.

Waseem sarwar Apr 22, 2017 07:55pm

@ANUJ , Gayle, Bravo, Pollard and Narine played in ODI series against Pakistan last year in UAE and they couldn't even get close to Pakistan once in T20's or ODIs. We defeated them in all 3 T20's and ODIs back then so perhaps this current side minus old players is better West Indies side because they won one T20 and ODI against us.

J. Gamble Apr 22, 2017 08:28pm

@Iqbal HADI ZAIDI -You may be aware of the fact that Shrayar Khan has sent his resignation to the PRIME MINISTER. Since, you are a retired diplomat, and love Cricket, and do great commentary, you have a great chance of becoming the next PCB Chairman.

dean Apr 24, 2017 04:15pm

Pakistan need to play a lot better if they have any chance in the Champions Trophy. But I do think the conditions would suit their bowlers a lot better then any other bowling attack apart from England. problem still sits with the batting