Pakistan degree West Indies Test collection with 109-run win in last match

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Pakistan level West Indies Test series with 109-run win in final match

KINGSTON: Shaheen Shah Afridi accomplished a ten-wicket match haul to bowl Pakistan to a series-levelling 109-run victory over the West Indies within the last session of the second and last Test at Sabina Park on Tuesday.

Frustrated by the lack of a complete day’s play and one other session to rain and a sodden outfield over the weekend, Shaheen saved Pakistan’s hopes alive with a devastating first innings effort of six for 51 on day 4 – his finest Test innings efficiency – and returned on the ultimate day to strike vital blows.

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Then, when it appeared the climate would destroy their determined push for victory, he got here again for a last spell with the second new ball to take the final two wickets and provides his workforce an incredible triumph with one hour to spare.

Starting the day at 49 for one and going through the unlikely goal of 329, the West Indies had been once more let down by their top-order batting, sliding to 113 for six in mid-afternoon regardless of a battling 39 from captain Kraigg Brathwaite.

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Former skipper Jason Holder ultimately topscored with 47 nevertheless it was his demise to Nauman Ali, the left-arm spinner’s third wicket, which eased a rising sense of panic within the Pakistan camp. Then Afridi, new ball in hand and with eight wickets down, trapped Kemar Roach leg-before.

Afridi then induced a mistimed drive from Joshua da Silva for Faheem Ashraf to take the catch at mid-on and dismiss the West Indies for 219 and seal yet one more come-from-behind effort for Pakistan within the Caribbean.

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As in 2005 and 2011, Pakistan, this time led by Babar Azam, misplaced the primary Test however rebounded to take the second and share the honours with the hosts.

“This was a very important win for us, especially given the way we lost that first Test,” stated Babar, reflecting on the heart-breaking one-wicket defeat on the identical venue 9 days earlier.

“My partnership with Fawad Alam and his brilliant century was of course valuable, but I have to give massive credit to the bowling of Shaheen because he make things a lot easier for us.”

– ‘Great workforce effort’ –

Shaheen’s second-innings figures of 4 for 43 gave him a match haul of ten for 94 and with a series-leading tally of 18 wickets within the two matches at a median of 11.28, it was inevitable that the 21-year-old could be each Man of the Match and Man of the Series.

“It was a great effort, a team effort. This is what the team needed and I am just happy that I was able to deliver,” stated the left-arm pacer.

“It was really tough out there, extremely hot and even though we were picking up wickets along the way we really had to work very hard and credit must go to the entire bowling unit.”

Shaheen began the ball rolling for Pakistan throughout the first half-hour of the day when he eliminated nightwatchman Alzarri Joseph through an bold top-edged hook which was held by wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan. He then returned simply as a bathe was about to brush throughout the bottom in mid-afternoon to interrupt a cussed seventh-wicket partnership between Kyle Mayers and Holder.

Mayers’ dismissal was an ideal aid to Pakistan as only a couple overs earlier he was dropped at short-leg by Abid Ali off Nauman.

Abid was additionally badly at fault when he missed Brathwaite at slip off Faheem within the morning session.

On 25 on the time, the West Indies captain carried on to 39 however fell shortly after lunch when a top-edged reduce off Nauman discovered a grateful Fawad Alam at backward-point.

“Consistency is what we need. I just think it is a mindset because Test cricket is never wasy and all the guys technically can bat,” stated Brathwaite when it was throughout in trying to pinpoint the reason for his workforce’s repeated batting failures.

“We have to find ways to build innings, to cope with the first 30 balls and get through those tough periods.”

Shaheen had set the tone in the beginning of the day with the early wicket and his teammates adopted his lead.

Nkrumah Bonner was quickly trapped leg-before by Hasan Ali and following Abid’s inexplicable miss, his opening accomplice Imran Butt strengthened his repute because the most secure pair of arms within the Pakistan workforce, holding on to Roston Chase’s edged drive off Hasan diving to his proper at second slip.

Jermaine Blackwood regarded able to reaching the lunch interval with Brathwaite however Nauman accounted for him for 25 through one other wicketkeeper’s catch, the fourth wicket of the morning after the West Indies resumed at 49 for one.


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