Yasir, Amir help Pakistan take 1-0 series lead

Misbah-ul-Haq and Wahab Riaz

A scintillating bowling performance from Pakistan helped them take 1-0 series lead, as they eased to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over the hosts on day five of the first Test at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Tuesday (April 25).

After continuing from the previous day, West Indies could only add 59 to their overnight’s tally as they were bundled out for just 152 in their second innings, with the leg-spinner Yasir Shah claiming 6 for 63.

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The target of 32 was just too puny for Pakistan to make a mess of it, as Misbah-ul-Haq, who came out after the fall of Younis Khan with the visitors requiring just 8 more, launched two consecutive sixes to seal the match. Mohammad Abbas returned figures of 2/35, while Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz picked up a wicket each in the second innings.

The second Test of the three-match series is scheduled at Kensington Oval in Barbados on April 30th.

Match Summary:

Pakistan 407 (Misbah 99, Babar 72, Younis 58, Joseph 3-71, Gabriel 3-92) and 36 for 3 beat West Indies 286 (Chase 63, Holder 57*, Dowrich 56, Amir 6-44) and 152 (Powell 49, Yasir 6-63) by seven wickets

Day 1: Chase, Dowrich keep West Indies alive

Day 2: Amir completes five-wicket haul on rain-marred day

Day 3: Babar, Younis steady Pakistan ship

Day 4: Yasir Shah takes four after Misbah’s 99*

Captains’ Comments:

“It was tricky. When you are chasing a small target, you want to relax. Pretty satisfied with the win. After tough 6 Test matches, back to winning ways. Tricky weather, won the toss and bowled first. I knew there was only one chance to get them out quickly. However, we knew it was going to be tough batting on the 5th day. Amir and Yasir bowled pretty well. Yasir Shah’s spell was the game changer. This pitch had a lot of moisture, which is why we opted to bowl first and went with three pacers. It is difficult for us to get three pacers and two spinners in the side. I always say if you are not enjoying, there is no point staying. I am still enjoying to go out there and be competitive.”– Misbah-ul-Haq, captain Pakistan, said.

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“Not enough runs in the first innings. Could not really get the partnerships going. We needed to get in excess of 300. Obviously we lost early wickets and could not get starts. It was a bit difficult coming into the fifth day pitch and survive Yasir. This stage is tough. We have got to learn, I have full faith in the unit. We need to get better starts. We have not been able to hold our chances on the field. Credit goes to the bowlers for creating those chances. We lost opportunities on the field and had to pay for them.” — Jason Holder, captain West Indies, said.