KINGSTON: Shaheen Shah Afridi completed a 10-run victory over West Indies in the final session of the second and final Test at Sabina Park on Tuesday to give Pakistan a 109-run victory in the series.
Disappointed with another day’s play and another rainy season and a dry outfield over the weekend, Shaheen kept Pakistan’s hopes alive, taking six wickets for 51 runs on the fourth day with a devastating first innings effort. The last day of the critical beating.
Then, when it looked as if the weather would ruin his desperate push for victory, he returned for a final spell to take the last two wickets with the second new ball and put his team at great length an hour away. Conquered
Starting the day at 49 for one and facing an unexpected target of 329, the West Indies once again lost by top-order batting, to 113 for six in the afternoon despite 39 runs by captain Craig Braithwaite. Slipped
Former captain Jason Holder eventually topped the list with 47 runs, but the death of the left-arm spinner’s third wicket at the hands of Noman Ali reduced the growing sense of panic in the Pakistan camp. Then Afridi, with the new ball in hand and eight wickets down, was caught before Kemar Roach’s leg.
Afridi then caught Faheem Ashraf at mid-on due to a misunderstanding by Joshua da Silva and bowled out the West Indies for 219 and made another attempt for Pakistan in the Caribbean.
As in 2005 and 2011, Pakistan, this time under Babar Azam, lost the first Test but returned to take the second and share the honors with the hosts.
“It was a very important win for us, especially the way we lost the first Test,” Babar said.
My partnership with Fawad Alam and his magnificent century was certainly valuable, but I have to give a lot of credit to Shaheen’s bowling because they make things so much easier for us.
– ‘Great team effort’ –
Shaheen’s 43 in the second innings gave him a target of 10 for 94 and led the 18-wicket series at an average of 11.28 in two matches. Both off the series
“It was a great effort, a team effort. That’s what the team needed and I’m glad I was able to deliver,” the left-arm fast bowler said.
“It was very difficult there, very hot and even though we were picking up wickets along the way we had to work really hard and the credit should go to the entire bowling unit.”
Shaheen started ball rolling for Pakistan in the first half hour of the day when he removed night watchman Alzari Joseph with an ambitious top aged hook held by wicketkeeper Muhammad Rizwan. He then returned when the shower was about to shake in the middle of the afternoon to break the seventh-wicket stand between Kyle Myers and Holder.
Myers’ dismissal was a great relief for Pakistan as just a few overs ago he was dropped by Abid Ali on a short leg off Noman’s ball.
Abid was also badly mistaken when he missed Faith in the morning session by slipping Faheem.
At 25, the West Indies captain scored 39 but fell shortly after lunch when Noman found the cut off Noman thankful for Fawad Alam in the back.
“Coordination is needed. I think it’s a mindset because Test cricket never goes bad and all the boys can bat technically,” Berthawitt said.
We have to find ways to make innings, deal with the first 30 balls and get through these difficult times.
Shaheen started the day with an early wicket and his teammates followed his lead.
Nakarma Buner was soon caught by Hassan Ali before the leg and after Abid’s indescribable miss, his opening partner Imran Butt strengthened his reputation as the safest pair of hands in the Pakistan team, from Hassan Diving The second slip grabbed Ruston Chase’s Aged Drive to his right
Jermaine Blackwood looked able to reach the lunch break with Brathwaite but Noman scored 25 off another wicketkeeper’s catch, the fourth wicket of the morning resumed at 49 for one.