JAMAICA – Pakistan won by seven wickets in the first test against West Indies on Tuesday. The three-match series is now 1-0 in the favour of tourists.
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Mohammad Amir in the first innings while Yasir Shah completed a six-wicket haul to spearhead a second innings rout of the West Indies and put Pakistan on the verge of a comfortable victory on the final day of the first Test on Tuesday.
Trailing on the first innings by 121 runs and resuming at the overnight position of 93 for four, the home side were dismissed for 152 after less than two hours´ play at Sabina Park in Jamaica.
Needing just 32 runs for a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series, the tourists lost both openers and will resume after lunch at 13 for two with Babar Azam and Younis Khan at the crease.
Misbah remained unbeaten on 12 with Babar not out on 9 while the three batsmen dismissed earlier were Azhar Ali (1), Ahmed Shehzad (6) and Younis Khan (6).
The three-test series continues with the second match starting in Bridgetown, Barbados on Sunday.
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Rain is expected across all five days of the Test. However, this will be a memorable series for Pakistan as two of its senior-most players Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan will bid farewell to international cricket after the tour comes to an end.
Misbah will be aiming to win his last series while Younis will be playing for crossing the 10,000 test run-mark. Pakistan’s recent performance in the test format was not up to par as they suffered back to back whitewashes at the hands of New Zealand, making it six losses in a row.
Meanwhile, the Caribbean side has also won just one out their previous five test matches. Pakistan’s Hasan Ali has become doubtful for the game after suffering an injury in a practice game.
Shimron Hetmyer and Vishaul Singh could be making their test debut for West Indies while Shannon Gabriel is declared fit to play.
1st Test: April 21-25 – West Indies v Pakistan at Sabina Park, Kingston
2nd Test: April 30-May 4: West Indies v Pakistan at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown
3rd Test: May 10-14: West Indies v Pakistan at Windsor Park, Roseau.
Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Sarfraz Ahmed (wicket-keeper), Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asghar, Shadab Khan, Shan Masood, Usman Salahuddin, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah and Younis Khan.
Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wicket-keeper), Alzarri Joseph, Kieran Powell and Vishaul Singh.