God couldn’t have scripted it any better, as the say. After a rather sluggish play that consumed the first three days of the final, decisive Test, the remaining two days made up for it as Dominica witnessed one of the most memorable Tests in history unfold in a dramatic fashion, giving Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq the most fitting farewell possible.
With only six balls left in the game, and Roston Chase at the other playing a knock of his life, West Indies’ number eleven Shannon Gabriel — who had seen off 21 deliveries to keep his side afloat — inexplicably decided to hit Yasir Shah out of the park. The ball kissed inside edge of his willow and slammed into stumps, leaving Chase stranded on 101 and marking an end to a remarkable resistance that kept Pakistan at bay for hours.
Misbah-led Pakistan completed its first ever series victory in the Caribbean with a 101-run win, a feat which even the likes Hanif Mohammad, Javed Miandad and Imran Khan couldn’t accomplish.
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It seemed like Pakistan would comfortably stroll to victory after Jason Holder was accounted by a fierce inswinger from Hasan Ali that left him plumb in front, but Davendra Bishoo, Alzarri Joseph and Gabriel had plans of a grand resistance, as they made Pakistan toil hard to narrowly achieve what they might have thought would be a straightforward victory an hour ago.
Earlier, the hosts lost Kraigg Brathwaite, Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope inside first 60 minutes of the morning session to dash their chances of survival. Then, Yasir Shah inflicted further damage in the afternoon session, picking up Vishaul Singh and Shane Dowrich to put Pakistan within sights of victory.
But West Indies had it under control in the end, before Gabriel decided to take a mad swing at Yasir Shah.
“There’s nothing better than that. Whatever success I had through my career, I couldn’t have asked for a better finish. Would like to thank my mother, sisters, family and wife. It was only for her, I would have finished in Australia but she felt I could go on. My team-mates wanted me to go out on a winning note. Really happy for this team. The way they gave me and Younis a send-off. I wish him all the best. It was a fine journey with him in the middle, sharing a lot of partnerships. In the history books, both our names will be there.” Misbah-ul-Haq, captain Pakistan, said.
“Proud of the fight that we showed. Lot of people may have thought the Test would be earlier than it did. Disappointing to lose but we’ve seen something we haven’t seen in a long time with West Indies cricket. We’re coming up against good teams. Pakistan were No. 1 not too long ago. We need to learn to seize crucial moments. I said to the guys that I was extremely proud of the way we fought. There’s still lot of room for improvement, but a great effort nonetheless. To Misbah and Younis, I want to say congratulations to you both. You’ve been ambassadors for world cricket. Best wishes for your future endeavors.” Jason Holder, captain West Indies, said.
Pakistan 376 (Azhar 127, Misbah 59, Chase 4-103) and 174 for 8 dec (Yasir 38*, Younis 35, Joseph 3-53) beat West Indies 247 (Chase 69, Abbas 5-46, Yasir 3-126) and 202 (Chase 101*, Yasir 5-92, Hasan 3-33) by 101 runs