West Indies defeated Pakistan by one wicket in the first Test at Sabina Park on Sunday. Chasing 168 for victory, Kemar Roach hit the winning runs late on the fourth day as the veteran seam bowler ended undefeated on 30. The second match of the series takes place at the same venue from Friday.
Test cricket is alive and well in the West Indies. A nerve jangling 1 wicket win v Pakistan last night. #WIBelieve pic.twitter.com/xiQZ90cO6C
— Nick Husbands (@nick570husbands) August 16, 2021
Highest successful run chase in West Indies vs Pakistan Tests
317-2 by WI at Guyana 1958
268-8 by WI at Barbados 1988
216-9 by WI at Antigua 2000
206-4 by WI at Trinidad 1977
168-9 by WI at Jamaica 2021
154-5 by WI at Sharjah 2016
130-3 by WI at Faisalabad 1990#WIvPAK pic.twitter.com/7u1sZY4MXr
— Arnav Singh (@Arnavv43) August 16, 2021
Cricket-Brathwaite missed the century
Brathwaite was run out for 97 shortly before the close as the hosts finished the day on 251 runs for eight wickets in their first innings, having resumed on their overnight score of 2-2.
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With West Indies in trouble after being reduced to 100-5, Brathwaite anchored a rescue mission during a 96-run sixth-wicket partnership with Jason Holder.
Their effort took Windies close to Pakistan’s first innings tally of 217 after Holder was given a reprieve before he had even scored, an lbw decision being overturned when television reviews showed Shaheen Shah Afridi’s delivery pitching just outside leg stump.
Holder made good use of the opportunity to go on and score 58.
The overturned decision denied Pakistan speedster Shaheen a third wicket in four balls after he had Jermaine Blackwood caught at mid on and then trapped Kyle Mayers lbw with his next ball for figures of 2-59.
Brathwaite, showing some anxiousness in the 90s, attempted a needless second run off the bowling of Yasir Shah as he approached his century and was caught well short when Hasan Ali’s direct throw hit the stumps.
“It was a misjudgement from me,” he said.
Pakistan’s hopes of quickly snagging the last three home wickets were stymied, despite taking the second new ball as the tail added 30 runs for the loss of just one more wicket, which was the third of the innings for Mohammad Abbas.
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Joshua da Silva (20 not out) and Jomel Warrican (1) will resume on Saturday seeking to extend the home side’s lead.
GVS News Desk with inputs from agencies