West Indies keep their glorious past record in Barbados intact as they skittle Pakistan on day 5 of the second Test at the Kensington Oval to register a series leveling victory.
A scintillating five-fer (5-11) from the star performer Shannon Gabriel dismantled Pakistan batting line-up on a pitch that showed signs of deterioration and offered variable bounce. Chasing a modest 188 for victory, the visitors bundled out for just 81 to hand West Indies a memorable win at their stronghold.
At one stage, Pakistan were reduced to 36-7. But thanks to a 42-run stand for the eighth wicket between Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Amir that took the hosts past the tally of 49, their lowest score in Test cricket. Jason Holder also claimed three wickets while other two wickets were earned by Alzarri Joseph.
Sarfraz Ahmed top scored with 23, while three of Pakistan’s premiers Babar Azam, Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq didn’t even bother the scorers.
The series is now leveled at 1-all, with the decider Test scheduled in Dominica from Wednesday (May 10).
“I think I was trying too hard and trying to bowl too fast (in the first innings), so I just made the decision to stay calm in the second innings,” man-of-the-match Gabriel said at the victory presentation.
“It did reverse a bit but I still had to put the ball in the right areas. It was an up-and-down fifth-day pitch, so we knew that all we had to do was put the ball in the right areas.”
“It was a very good game for us. A collective team effort where we got good runs in both innings on that kind of a pitch. Credit must go to Shai Hope for the way he set it up for us. I thought if we got 170 we’d have a very good chance on the day five pitch. We had to use our variations, our cutters, crossed seam deliveries and the slower balls to our advantage. Credit to the boys for bowling the lengths right. The series is now alive and either side could take it. Getting the consistency in the way we play is going to be the key.” — Jason Holder, captain West Indies, said.
“You can easily say that it was about our batting on a day five pitch. But after getting them to 150/6, we allowed them to go up to 300 which was critical. We knew the pitch was going to get worse by the day. In the first innings we could have made a bigger score but all credit to the Windies. They bowled tight lines and bowled their hearts out. Dominica is going to be an interesting Test match and that is what we play cricket for.” — Misbah-ul-Haq, captain Pakistan, said.
West Indies 312 (Chase 131, Abbas 4-56) and 268 (Hope 90, Yasir 7-94) beat Pakistan 393 (Azhar 105, Misbah 99, Gabriel 4-81) and 81 (Gabriel 5-11) by 106 runs