May 29, 2017

Cricket: Pakistan’s historic victory

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By Azad Ali From Life

Pakistan pulled off a historic victory in the decisive third Test against the West Indies in Dominica on Sunday, May 14.

It was Pakistan’s first Test series win in the Caribbean in 59 years, since they first toured the Caribbean. The West Indies were finally dismissed for 202, with just one over left in the day’s play to lose by 101 runs.

It looked like West Indies would save the match and earn a draw to end the series 2-1, but fast bowler Shannon Gabriel who was facing the last ball of the penultimate over, lost his composure and with it the series.

Gabriel and Man-of-the- Match Roston Chase- the last pair at the wicket — chose to attack instead of defend and hit the final ball from Yasir Shah onto his wicket of the 96 over to end the series on a heartbreaking defeat.

West Indies defied a tiring Pakistan bowling attack on the brink off an amazing rescue effort, with one over to spare at Windsor Park.

Gabriel came in after the ninth wicket fell and defended for half an hour, until he lost his cool and made a wild slog at the end of the 22nd deliver he faced and was bowled by champion leg-spinner Yasi Shah for four. Shah claimed five wickets for 92 runs.

The result gave Pakistan a 2-1 win in the three-Test series following a seven-wicket victory in the opening Test at Sabina Park, last month and a 106 defeat in the second Test at Kensington Oval, Barbados earlier this month.

For the retiring veterans, captain Misabh-ul-Haq and it was a memorable farewell with Pakistan winning their first Test series on Caribbean soil.

Windies batsman Roston Chase scored an unbeaten 102, which was his third hundred in his 10th Test and second of the series, following his 131 in the second Test.

Pakistan scored 376 in their first innings and 174 for eight declared in the second innings. West Indies made 247 and 202 all out in their second innings.

IMAGES:
Associated Press / Rick Rycroft, File
Pakistan’s Younis Khan cuts the ball for 4 runs off the bowling of Australia’s Mitchell Starc during their cricket test match in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017.
Associated Press / Ricardo Mazalan, File
West Indies’ Roston Chase evades a delivery from India’s Ishant Sharma during day five of their second cricket Test match at the Sabina Park Cricket Ground in Kingston, Jamaica, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016.

For more on this story go to; http://www.caribbeanlifenews.com/stories/2017/5/2017-05-19-azad-pakistan-wins-third-test-cl.html

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