Pakistan ahead in series winning first test against West Indies

 . Last updated on April 26, 2017, 12:47 PM
Pakistan ahead in series winning first test against West Indies
Misbah-ul-Haq smashing the winning sixes to seal the first victory of the series.
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High powered batting strides from several batsmen and excellent attacks from bowlers let Pakistan register its record first victory in Caribbean. In West Indies second inning, the attack was bolstered by Yasir Shah, who took down six wickets. In its second inning, all Pakistan had to do for a victory was to score 32 runs. The visitors batted for 10.5 overs all at ease, also knocking down 3 wickets. When Younis Khan toppled, Pakistan required eight runs. Misbah-ul-Haq smashed two consecutive sixes to snatch it all. In the first inning, Pakistan scored an incredible 407 to dominate West Indies. The inning had four half centuries including the 99-not-out from Misbah.

Pakistan bowlers sustained the pressure in both the innings. In the first inning, it was pacer Mohammed Amir who capped West Indies batsmen and in the second, Yasir Shah ravaged the batting lineup. Both bowlers took down six wickets in the innings. In its first inning, West Indies scored 286 batting for 95 overs. Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich and Hason Holder scored half centuries batting as the sturdy middle order. In their second inning, Kieran Powell scored 49 as the highest score. The team posed 152 runs getting ahead of Pakistan by 36 runs. In inning was almost one sided with the team losing six wickets for 59 runs.

Pakistan lost its openers before four overs chasing the winning target of 32. Ahmed Shazad and Azhar Ali could not even bring double digit runs handing the inning to Babar Azam and Younis Khan. After lunch, Khan was removed. It was Misbah, the man in form who smashed two sixes to end the game for West Indies. Pakistan won the match by 7 wickets. It is the first match of the three-match series. Yasir Shah was accoladed as the Player of the Match for his six-wicket haul, which was the turning point for West Indies.

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