Jamaica: Pacer Kemar Roach held his nerves and guided West Indies to a thrilling one-wicket win over Pakistan in the first Test here at Sabina Park.
The 30-year-old Roach scored a crucial 30* off 53 after the hosts were struggling at 114/7 in 168 run chase. West Indies are the first team to register points in the second ICC World Test Championship (WTC).
Earlier, Pakistan were bowled out for 203 courtesy off Jayden Seales’ five-wicket haul, becoming the youngest to do so for West Indies in this format. He finished with figures of 5/55 with experienced Roach bagging 3/30.
The visitors started the day on 160/5 after skipper Babar Azam and Faheem Ashraf looked to add more runs on difficult pitch
Faheem was the first man to depart as keeper Joshua da Silva grabbed a brilliant catch off Kemar Roach. Faheem scored 20 off 92.
Babar only added one run to his overnight score of 54 as he was stunned by Kyle Mayers’ delivery which took an edge. The 26-year-old Babar was the only notable run-getter, scoring 55 off 160 which included seven fours.
Meanwhile, Jayden Seales removed Yasir Shah (4) and Shaheen Shah (0) in quick succession with Hasan Ali taking charge with the bat.
Hasan provided entertainment by smashing two four and two sixes for his 28. In the flow, he top-edged one off Seales as he tried to play over the off-side.
Shaheen provided a perfect start from Pakistan as he removes top three Windies batters, including captain Kraigg Brathwaite.
The hosts put up a great show Jermaine Blackwood taking the charge and scoring fifty. He added 66 for fourth wicket with Roston Chase (22).
West Indies lost four wickets for 20 runs before team courtesy double-strikes by Faheem Ashraf and Hasan Ali. Faheem removed Chase and Kyle Mayers (0) while Hasan dismissed Blackwood (55) and Holder (16).
After tea, keeper Joshua da Silva and pacer Kemar Roach put up a fight, adding 28 runs. Silva was dismissed by Shaheen with the hosts still needing 26 more.
Mohammad Rizwan produced a spectacular catch as Jomel Warrican tried to hook Hasan’s short ball.
Meanwhile, Roach continued to chip in singles with the 19-year-old Seales. The duo guided West Indies to an emphatic one-wicket win.
For Pakistan, Shaheen Shah bagged four wickets for 59 while Hasan Ali took three. Faheem Ashraf picked two wickets.
The second Test will commence from August 20 at the same venue.
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