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PAKISTAN VS WEST INDIES – 1st TEST – REVIEW

West Indies’s fought back in the last two days of 1st test gave a lot of life to the Day/Night test era. Pakistan won the match by 56 runs but West Indies made them nervous on fifth day of a test match at Dubai. Solid come back by West Indies team, first they bowled out Pakistan for 121 runs in the 2nd innings credit goes to the leg-spinner Bishoo and later on they shown lot of characters while chasing target of 346. Pakistan bowlers came up with wickets in the final session of test match and assured 1-0 lead in the three match series.

Let’s find whatever all happened in this Day/Night 5-days game.

DAY – 1 :

Pakistan captain Misbah won the important toss and decided to bat first on day-1. Pakistan openers Sami Aslam and Azhar Ali started the innings and they made solid foundation. West Indies bowlers had bad day on day-1 as they remained wicket-less in first two session of day-1. Both openers crossed half-century and both of them assured 200+ run stand for 1st wicket. Azhar Ali reached his 11th Test match Hundred in 184 balls. Sami Aslam missed his maiden ton by just 10 runs as he lost his wicket for 90 runs (9 fours) and All-rounder from West Indies Roston Chase picked a first wicket. 215 runs opening stand were broken. Asad Shafiq came at no. 3 and joined with Azhar Ali. The two batsmen assured that no more wicket loss on day-1 and ended with 279 for 1 in 90 overs at stumps of day-1. Azhar Ali continued his good innings and remained not out for 146 at end of day one and Asad Shafiq were at crease for unbeaten 33. It was hard day for West Indies bowlers, Chase is a only wicket-taker on day-1.

 

DAY – 2 :

Azhar Ali and Shafiq resumed their innings on day-2 afternoon and they continued to score more runs for their team. Azhar passed 150 runs and continued his good work. On other end, Shafiq reached his 15th test half-century in 93 balls. Devendra Bishoo strikes for his team and took a wicket of Shafiq who got out for 67 runs. Pakistan lost their 2nd wicket for 352 runs. The sensation of ODI series, Babar Azam arrived in to the middle and joined with Azhar. Azam and Azhar built an another big partnership with steady innings. Azhar Ali was a first player to score century on Day/Night test and certainly he becomes a first player who score double century on Day/Night test. He reached double-ton milestone off 357 balls. Pakistan also surpassed 400-run mark for the loss of just 2 wickets.

Babar Azam reached his maiden half-century in 87 balls and these two scored more than 100-runs for the 3rd wicket. At end of 137 overs Pakistan were 478 for 2 and opener Azhar reached his 250-runs mark. Pakistan surpassed 500 runs in 141 overs. Bishoo came with his second wicket by removing Babar Azam for 69 and the partnership of 167 runs for the 3rd wicket was broken. Skipper Misbah joined with Azhar Ali and Pakistan increased their strike rate on the 3rd session of day-2. Azhar Ali achieved a milestone of his first Triple-Century in test cricket and he gone to record books as a first player who scored triple century in Day/Night tests! Misbah declared the innings at the moment of Azhar reached his triple ton. Pakistan declared 579 for 3 in 156 overs. Misbah remained not out for 29 runs along with Azhar Ali who scored 302 not out.

West Indies opener Johnson and Kraigg Brathwaite started their first innings in the last season of day-2. Pakistan’s leg spinner Yasir Shah came up with a wicket in 11th over and Johnson was a victim who gone for 15 runs. Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo managed to no more wicket loss on day-2 and at stumps, WI were 69 for 1.

 

DAY – 3 :

West Indies resumed day three with 69 for 1. Brathwaite (32 runs) and Bravo (14 runs) resumed the day for their team. Brathwaite lost his wicket for the over-night score of 32 runs and Yasir picked his second. Experienced Marlon Samuels joined with Darren Bravo and these two structured West Indies innings. Experienced batsmen in West Indies line-up Samuels and Bravo put 112 runs stand for the 3rd wicket before Sohail Khan strikes with a wicket of Samuels who gone for 76. Middle-order batsman Blackwood accompanied Bravo and West Indies surpassed 200 runs. Pakistan quickie Wahab Riaz came with a double-striker and removed Blackwood (37) and Roston Chase (6). West Indies down to 266 for 5. Wicket-keeper Dowrich came at no. 7. Bravo was the next man who dismissed for well made 87 and he missed ton in just short of 13 runs. Mohammed Nawaz picked a wicket of Bravo and West Indies were 300 for 6 at the time of Captain Holder arrived the middle. Holder and Dowrich remained not out at stumps of day-3 with scores of 10 and 27 respectively. It was mixed day of both the teams. West Indies batted for full 90 overs on day 3 and passed 300 runs. Pakistan bowlers had some joyful moment but at same time they had some frustrated moments too. West Indies scores were 315 for 6 at end of day-3.

 

DAY – 4 :

Holder and Dowrich resumed a innings on day-4. Pakistan spinners came in to play on first season of the day and Yasir Shah picked his 3rd of the innings when he made Dowrich to walk back for 32 runs. Captain Holder was the next man to be dismissed for 20 runs and he was 4th victim of Yasir’s spell. Yasir Shah strikes again few minutes later and it was a special moment for him. Cummins got out for duck and became 100th scalp of Yasir’s test career. Another 5-wickets haul for Yasir and he made record with second-fastest to take 100 test wickets. Finally West Indies innings comes to end with a wicket of Bishoo. WI all out in 1st innings for the total of 357 runs. Bravo top scores with 87 and Samuels with 76. Yasir Shah picked 5 wickets for his team. Nawaz and Riaz shared 2 wickets each.

Pakistan started their 2nd innings with lead of 222 runs. Straightaway West Indian Spinner Bishoo comes into play and he caused huge problem for Pakistan in 2nd innings. Except Sami Aslam, Pakistan top-order tumbled like pack of cards. Pakistan were 93 for 4 when Sami Aslam got out for 44 runs, but Bishoo’s magical spell made them all-out for just 123 runs in second innings. Bishoo came up with his career best figures of 8 for 49 in just 14 overs. It was a special spell from Bishoo and he single handedly brought his team back in to the match. Sami Aslam top scored with 44. Pakistan sets a target of 346 to win and West Indies started their 2nd innings on same day.

Mohammed Amir came with first strike in the 2nd innings and removed Brathwaite (6) early in the innings. Darren Bravo came at no. 3 once again and built solid partnership with Johnson. These two batsmen shown lot of patience in the middle. Bravo and Johnson posted 60-runs for second wicket. But, Amir broke the partnership and picked his 2nd wicket. Johnson got out for fighting 47 runs. Samuels joined with Bravo just few overs before the stumps on day-4. This duo remained not out at end of day -4 and WI scores were 95 for 2. Amir picked both of a wickets.

 

DAY – 5 :

On day-5, Bravo (26 runs) and Samuels (4) resumed the innings. But, Mohammed Amir strikes on very first ball of a day by taking a wicket of Samuels. West Indies were 95 for 3. Blackwood joined with southpaw Bravo. WI passed 100 runs mark and sooner Nawaz came with his first wicket of the innings. Blackwood dismissed for 15 runs and scores were 115 for 4. The fighting knock of Bravo continued with Roston Chase who came at no. 6 and built a partnership with Bravo. These two batsmen batted really well and made Pakistan players to worry for it. Bravo reached his fifty and WI crossed 150 mark. Yasir Shah strikes and broken 77-run stand for the 5th wicket by taking a wicket of Chase (35 runs). In the very next over Wicket-keeper Dowrich lost his wicket for duck and Wahab picked his man. WI down to 194 for 6. Skipper Jason Holder came to a crease with more than 150 runs to chased down. Bravo continued his innings well and reached a milestone of 100 runs. He lost his wicket for 116 runs and Yasir Shah picked his second wicket with caught and bowled. West Indies scores were 263 for 7. Captain Holder shown some guts in the middle and tried hard to avoid a loss with other bowler. But, Pakistan picked all 3 remaining wickets in the last hour a match and assured their 1-0 lead. Pakistan won by 56 runs. WI captain Holder remained not out with 40 runs. West Indies all-out for 289 runs. Amir picked 3 wickets for his team. Yasir Shah and Nawaz shared 2 wickets each.

 

Azhar Ali announced as Man of the Match for his effort of triple-ton in the first innings. It was debut day-night test match for both the teams and 400th test for Pakistan. Pakistan assured their win on their 400th Test match.

The second test match starts on 21st October, 2016 (This Friday). With a nail-baiting finish on 5th day of 1st Test shows lot of positive things for the Cricket fans and confirms one more thrilling test match to come on Friday!

 

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