Misbah-ul-Haq, in his final international outing, became the first Pakistan captain to win a Test series in the Caribbean as the touring party won the final of the three-match Test series at Windsor Park, Dominica by 101 runs. The drop scene of the contest came on the last ball of the penultimate over, when a perplexed Shannon Gabriel went for a slog, only to drag Yasir Shah’s full-length leg-spinner back on the stumps.
Roston Chase played a splendid 239-ball knock for his unbeaten 101, which went in vain. “I had one thing in my mind to save the game,” Chase, who had been left stranded, said in the post-match ceremony.
Along Misbah, the match also brought an end to Younis Khan’s 17-year-long Test career.
The last afternoon session of the three-match Test series was dominated by the 53-run stand between Roston Chase and the West Indies captain Jason Holder after Pakistan picked up two wickets earlier in the session. The two remained unbeaten as the tourists required four wickets to bag a their first-ever Test series win in the Caribbean.
Pakistan require six more wickets to pocket their first-ever Test series win in the Caribbean. West Indies, set a 303-run target, lost three wickets. Yasir Shah, Mohammad Amir, and debutant Hasan Ali bagged a wicket each. Roston Chase and Vishaul Singh batted at 19 and 1 as West Indies were four down for 73.
Pakistan find themselves on the cusp of their first Test series win in the Caribbean as West Indies require 297 more with nine wickets in hand on a wicket that keeps on getting slow. The hosts lost the crucial wicket of Kieran Powell in the last over of the day that brought an end to the evening session. They had accumulated seven runs in six overs, when Shan Masood’s sensational piece of fielding at the silly-point brought them the much-needed wicket off Yasir Shah’s bowling. A 61-run partnership between Mohammad Amir and Yasir stretched Pakistan’s lead past 300
Pakistan lost their two legendary batsmen Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan on the cusp of Tea on day four of the final Test against the West Indies. Davendra Bishoo accounted for the both wickets as Misbah skied the leggie in an attempt to clear the mid-wicket boundary and Younis top-edged a full-toss to short fine-leg.
Shan Masood (21 off 68) was the other batsman to fall in the session. The left-hander failed to put a profound knock getting LBW off Shannon Gabriel’s bowling.
Pakistan were 72 for 5 at Tea with Asad Shafiq batting at 1.
Roston Chase struck at the stroke of Lunch on day four to reduce Pakistan to eight for two as Babar Azam registered his third duck in four innings in the final Test between the West Indies and Pakistan. Building on their first innings lead of 129, Pakistan suffered an early blow in the shape of Azhar Ali, who departed off Shannon Gabriel’s bowling after scoring three off nine. Shan Masood batted at 5, and is expected to be joined by Younis Khan, who will come out to bat for the very last time in his illustrious Test career.
Earlier in the session, Mohammad Abbas picked up for wickets to registered his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket. Mohammad Amir removed Shane Dowrich in the first over of the day, to initiate the collapse. West Indies managed 247 in Pakistan’s reply of 376.
West Indies were five down and trailed by 158 runs at the end of the third play’s day. Vishaul Singh, who came in to bat after Shai Hope was removed on the last ball of the previous session, was the only Windies wicket to fall in the session. The left-hander was trapped LBW by Mohammad Abbas. Shane Dowrich and Jason Holder batted on 20 and 11. It was Roston Chase who dominated the proceedings in the latter part of the day, but his stay at the crease was curtailed when Mohammad Amir’s length delivery struck him on his arm and forced him to retire hurt. Chase, who averages 97 in the series, had scored his third Test fifty earlier.
Roston Chase and Shai Hope batted for the whole second session to take the West Indies to 152 for 4, before the latter prodded Azhar Ali’s good-length delivery into Misbah-ul-Haq’s hand at short cover. Yasir Shah failed to pick a scalp after being the reason behind all of the Windies wickets in the previous session. Hasan Ali’s immaculate line and length kept the host side guessing. Chase remained not out on 41 as his side trailed by 224.
Yasir Shah accounted for West Indies’ three wickets - Kieran Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, and Kraigg Brathwaite – as the hosts wobbled to 97 runs, adding 83 to their overnight total. Despite bowling tight lines, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Abbas failed to dismantle the Windies top-order, which otherwise had been the case throughout the tour. Lanky allrounder Roston Chase is expected to join Shai Hope, who batted at 15.
West Indies were 14 without a loss in 11 overs at Stumps as Misbah-ul-Haq’s tactics aimed at dismantling the hosts’ opening pair went in vain. The touring party introduced their all four bowling options, which kept things tight but couldn’t make inroads into the Windies line-up.
Pakistan were rolled out for 376 earlier in the session as a vital 51 from Sarfraz Ahmed lightened up an otherwise dull innings.
Pakistan were six down for 311 as Misbah-ul-Haq scored 59 off 148 balls to take before Tea on Day Two of the final Test against the West Indies. The Pakistan captain attempted a reverse-sweep off Roston Chase’s bowling, top-edging the ball to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, on the cusp of tea. On the previous ball, the 42-year-old had treated the off-spinner with a vintage Misbah slog-sweep that sailed over the mid-wicket boundary for a massive six. Misbah’s deputy, Sarfraz Ahmed, batted at eight off 16 balls.
Pakistan crept to 227, adding 58 to their overnight total, in the first session of the second day of the final Test against the West Indies. Azhar Ali scored his second century of the tour but the highlight of the session was Misbah-ul-Haq’s snailpaced eight off 60 balls.
Pakistan were 169 for two when the bad light stopped the first day’s play of the final Test. Azhar Ali scored a solid 85 not out on a rain-interrupted day. He was supported by Babar Azam, who scored his career’s fourth Test fifty, throughout his innings.
After being put in to bat, Pakistan were 75 for one at the end of the first session. Shan Masood, brought in for Ahmed Shehzad, was the only casuality as the left-handed batsman prodded Roston Chase’s delivery to the first slip. Azhar Ali and Babar Azam batted.