Pak­istan’s Mis­bah and You­nis given win­ning swan­song against West Indies

New Straits Times - - Sport -

ROSEAU team and all sup­port­ers of Pak­istan cricket that we were able to pull it off.”

Chase, who also top scored in the first in­nings with 69 and earned the man-of-the-match award, was the prime ben­e­fi­ciary of those near-misses.

Twice he saw caught-and­bowled at­tempts by Hasan Ali put down and then was re­prieved on 91 when an edge to Asad Shafiq at slip off Mo­ham­mad Ab­bas was shown to be off a no-ball.

“I’m re­ally dis­ap­pointed that we couldn’t hold on for just one more over,” said a crest­fallen Chase.

“We have showed that we can com­pete with the best but it’s up to us to be able to take it all the way. It doesn’t even mat­ter that I got a hun­dred.”

In the end he com­pleted his third Test cen­tury but was left help­less at the non-striker’s end when Gabriel, who had de­fended res­o­lutely for 21 balls, in­ex­pli­ca­bly at­tempted a wild drive off Shah and dragged the ball back onto his stumps.

Shah fin­ished with five for 92 and a se­ries haul of 25 wick­ets, the high­est of his ca­reer, as he took the man of the se­ries award.

From their mid-af­ter­noon per­ils, a 58-run sev­enth-wicket part­ner­ship be­tween Chase and Ja­son Holder frus­trated Pak­istan for an hour-and-a-half, un­til the West Indies cap­tain missed a knee-high full toss from Hasan Ali to be leg be­fore for 22 just af­ter tea.

Deven­dra Bishoo and Alzarri Joseph also of­fered some re­sis­tance but it was Gabriel’s de­fi­ance through eight nerve-jan­gling overs with Chase that al­most took the West Indies to safety and a drawn se­ries.

A swift end to the match had looked likely as Vishaul Singh and Shane Dowrich both fell to Shah just af­ter lunch.

Both were taken at short-leg by Babar Azam and on a pitch of­fer­ing turn and bounce, it ap­peared only a mat­ter of time be­fore more wick­ets fell.

But Chase and Holder bat­ted with calm as­sur­ance as the Pak­ista­nis grew in­creas­ingly im­pa­tient in pur­suit of the break­through.

Such anx­i­eties ap­peared un­likely at the start of the day. Hav­ing al­ready lost the wicket of Kieran Pow­ell overnight, the home side suf­fered two fur­ther set­backs in­side the first hour of the morn­ing.

Kraigg Brath­waite’s poor run of form con­tin­ued when the open­ing bats­man mis­cued an at­tempted cut off Shah for Hasan Ali to take the com­fort­able catch at back­ward point.

Shim­ron Het­myer bat­ted pos­i­tively for 25 but was then com­pre­hen­sively bowled by Mo­ham­mad Amir for the third time in the se­ries.

Chase then joined Shai Hope with the pair de­fy­ing all the chal­lenges pre­sented to them by the Pak­istani at­tack un­til Hasan Ali got the break­through and his first Test wicket 20 min­utes be­fore lunch, trap­ping Hope leg-be­fore with a full-length in­swinger.

His two ad­di­tional wick­ets in that pul­sat­ing fi­nal ses­sion were crit­i­cal to the vic­tory. AFP


Re­tir­ing Pak­istan cap­tain Mis­bah-ul-Haq (left) and You­nis Khan are car­ried by team­mates as they cel­e­brate af­ter win­ning the fi­nal Test match against West Indies at the Wind­sor Park Sta­dium in Roseau on Sun­day.

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