Kingston (Jamaica) (AFP)
A three-wicket opening by Shaheen Shah Afridi reduced the West Indies to 38-for-three at lunchtime chasing a 168-wicket victory goal over Pakistan as eight wickets tumbled on the fourth morning of the first test at Sabina Park on Sunday.
After Jayden Seales took the final three wickets of the Tourists’ Round 2 to complete a first five wicket run in his young testing career, Shaheen went through the home team’s top three first-rate.
Roston Chase and Jermaine Blackwood then counter-cut to bring their team to 38 for three at lunch break.
Everything indicates that the afternoon session will be the decisive period when the West Indies hope to have enough depth in their hitter to cross the finish line.
Pakistan will want to believe that the interval is long enough for Shaheen to regain his energy and immediately return to the charge as soon as play resumes, as the left arm clearly represents the most powerful threat to Caribbean batsmen.
Pakistan hoped that overnight pair Captain Babar Azam and Faheem Ashraf could have continued their resistance deep into the session as they looked to a minimum target of 200.
However, the always menacing Kemar Roach separated them with just eight points added to 160 overnight for five as Faheem edged out a delivery for wicket keeper Joshua da Silva to take a good low hold to his left.
This was the trigger for the last five wickets to tumble down to 35 runs and a final total of 203.
Kyle Mayers made the biggest breakthrough when middle pace got a sharply lifted ball in Babar and Jason Holder took the single catch on the slip to take out Pakistan’s leading batsman for 55.
From there it was Seales’ show as he quickly dispatched Yasir Shah and Shaheen.
Although Hasan Ali struck boldly and agriculturally for 28 with two fours and two sixes, it was another lift attempt that ended the innings via a well-judged grip from Roach with the thin leg to give the Seales a number five. for 55 and a transport match of eight for 125.
Still three weeks away from his 20th birthday, he is now the youngest to win five cricket test heats for the West Indies.
That fun was blunted, however, by Shaheen’s impressive effort with the new ball as he trapped Kieran Powell’s leg forward, had Captain Kraigg Brathwaite caught behind and knocked down Nkrumah Bonner from the inside edge at the start of the chase. Caribbean.
Blackwood joined Chase at 16 for three and the way they played until the break suggests that a pivotal play follows the lunch break.
© 2021 AFP