THE West Indies will have to pull all stops when play resumes today (Day 3/ Saturday 14th August 2021) in the 1st Betway Test match against Pakistan at Sabina Park, Jamaica.
Just before lunch time yesterday, the home team was 81 for 3 after 30 overs at a run rate of 2.70, trail by 136 runs. The not out batsmen, Kraigg Brathwaite 35 and Jermaine Blackwood 14.
Earlier in the day, the West Indies lost the wicket of Roston Chase for 21, caught by Mohammad Rizwan off the bowling of Hasan Ali to make it 51 for 3.
On the opening day (Thursday 12th), West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite won the toss and put Pakistan in to bat and went on to bowl out the visitors for 217 in 70.3 overs at a run rate of 3.07 but ended on a poor note with Kieran Powell and Nkrumah Bonner back in the player’s pavilion.
At one stage Pakistan was 101 for 5 after 41.4 overs with Imran Butt (11), Abid Ali (9), Azhar Ali (17), Babar Azam (30) and Mohammad Rizwan who scored a quick fiery (23 from 30 deliveries) back in the player’s pavilion.
Fawad Alam and Faheem Ashraf had a handy partnership of 85, which helped Pakistan cross the 200-run mark, but once it was broken, they just fell apart to be all out for 217.
Faheem Ashraf was brilliantly run out by Roston Chase for 44 to break the partnership (6 for 186), Fawad Alam was bowled by Jason Holder for 56 (9 for 217) with Hasan Ali scoring 14.
The West Indies bowlers bowled superbly and were well supported in the outfield, Jason Holder picked up 3 for 26 in 15.3 overs, Jason Seales 3 for 70 in 16 overs, Kemar Roach 2 for 47 in 16 overs and Kyle Mayers 1 for 28 in 14 overs.
Needing 218 to overhaul Pakistan’s score, the West Indies were in a spot of bother with two wickets down for 2 runs on the board in four overs when the stumps were drawn by Umpires, Gregory Brathwaite and Joel Wilson.
Mohammad Abbas was on fire, as he took back-to-back wickets, opening batsman Kieran Powell was first to go, caught by Imran Butt for 0 (1 for 1) and Nkrumah Bonner lbw for 0 (2 for 1).
The not out batsmen at the close, captain Kraigg Brathwaite 1 and Roston Chase 0 as Pakistan ended the day on a high.
Bowling for Pakistan, Mohammad Abbas took 2 wickets for no runs in two overs.
West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Kieran Powell, Nkrumah Bonner, Kyle Mayers, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Joshua Da Silva (wicketkeeper), Jason Holder, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales and Jomel Warrican.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Faheem Ashraf, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas and Shaheen Afridi.