KARACHI: Pakistan clinched a nail-biting victory in the third and final Test against the West Indies on Sunday, recording their first ever victory in a series in the Caribbean.
Pakistan finally overcame a dour resistance by the West Indians, led by the stubborn Roston Chase who held the innings together with a patient, self-effacing innings of 101 not out. The West Indies, needing 304 for victory, were all out for 202, with just one over remaining of the mandatory overs.
It took Pakistan 36 overs to claim the last four wickets as the Caribbean tail wagged much to the irritation of their rivals.
Yasir Shah dismissed Shannon Gabriel after he and Chase had threatened to pull off a miraculous draw. The leg spinner claimed five wickets in the second innings and eight in the match. He ended the series with 25 wickets.
PAKISTAN (1st Innings) 376 (Azhar Ali 127, Misbah-ul-Haq 59, Babar Azam 55; R.L. Chase 4-103, J.O. Holder 3-71).
WEST INDIES (1st Innings) 247 (R.L. Chase 69; Mohammad Abbas 5-46, Yasir Shah 3-126).
PAKISTAN (2nd Innings) 174-8 declared (Yasir Shah 38 not out, Younis Khan 35; A.S. Joseph 3-53).
WEST INDIES (2nd Innings, overnight 7-1):
K.C. Brathwaite c Hasan b Yasir 6
K.O.A. Powell c Shan b Yasir 4
S.O. Hetmyer b Amir 25
S.D. Hope lbw b Hasan 17
R.L. Chase not out 101
V.A. Singh c Babar b Yasir 2
S.O. Dowrich c Babar b Yasir 2
J.O. Holder lbw b Hasan 22
D. Bishoo c Shan b Abbas 3
A.S. Joseph c Sarfraz b Hasan 5
S.T. Gabriel b Yasir 4
EXTRAS (B-6, W-2, NB-3) 11
TOTAL (all out, 96 overs) 202
FALL OF WKTS: 1-7, 2-22, 3-47, 4-66, 5-76, 6-93, 7-151, 8-181, 9-197.
BOWLING: Mohammad Amir 15-8-22-1 (2w); Mohammad Abbas 20-9-31-1 (2nb); Yasir Shah 37-13-92-5; Hasan Ali 20-7-33-3 (1nb); Azhar Ali 2-0-3-0; Asad Shafiq 2-0-15-0.
RESULT: Pakistan won by 101 runs to win three-match series 2-1.
UMPIRES: R.K. Illingworth (England) and B.N.J. Oxenford (Australia).
TV UMPIRE: R.A. Kettleborough (England).
MATCH REFEREE: B.C. Broad (England).
MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Roston Chase.
MAN-OF-THE-SERIES: Yasir Shah.
Published in Dawn, May 15th, 2017