West Indies held their nerve as tailenders Kemar Roach and Jayden Seales guided them to an exciting one-wicket win over Pakistan within the first Take a look at in Jamaica on Sunday.
Roach scored 30 and Seales two in an unbeaten 17-run partnership as the house facet reached their goal of 168 for the lack of 9 wickets after the West Indies had bowled Pakistan out for 203 of their second innings, with Seales taking 5-55.
Fortunes ebbed and flowed dramatically all through the fourth day with 14 wickets falling earlier than Roach stroked the successful runs by means of the covers.
The West Indies seemed to have little probability after they misplaced their final recognised batsman Joshua da Silva with 26 runs nonetheless required and two wickets left, however Roach took up the problem with a assured batting show.
It was by no means going to be a straightforward chase after Shaheen Shah Afridi eliminated the Windies’ prime three batsmen cheaply to depart the house facet reeling at 16-Three earlier than a 68-run fourth wicket partnership between Roston Chase and Jermaine Blackwood supplied them hope.
Imran Butt, nonetheless, started a collection of beautiful slip catches to show the tide again Pakistan’s means as Chase went for 22 off Faheem Ashraf, Kyle Mayers fell to the identical mixture 4 balls later and a spectacular diving catch noticed Blackwood out for 55 off Hasan Ali.
When Jason Holder was bowled by Hasan, tea was taken with the Windies needing 54 to win and Pakistan requiring three wickets.
The match continued to fluctuate within the night session with three dropped catches contributing to Pakistan’s failure to wrap up the tail.
Earlier, the 19-year-old Seales turned the youngest West Indian to get a Take a look at match five-wicket haul, beating Alf Valentine’s 71-year-old file, as he rolled over Pakistan’s decrease order after they resumed at 160-5.
Roach took the primary wicket of the morning, then Mayers snagged that of captain Babar Azam, who top-scored with 55, earlier than Seales wrapped up the remaining three wickets.
The second and last Take a look at can be behind closed doorways at Sabina Park, Kingston beginning on Friday.