Exceptional thriller of cricket.
West Indies beat Pakistan in a low scoring test classic, WI won by 1 wicket. Kemar Roach and Jayden Seales also player of the match held their nerve to see the home side over the line.
They made a 17-run partnership for the last wicket. Roach, taking 3/30 with the ball before scoring a memorable 30 not out was the highlight of the last inning.
Skipper Kraigg Brathwaite was full of praise for his team, speaking about their never-say-die attitude. He pointed to how hard the Windies batsmen have been working, and this came to fruition in pressure moments in both innings.
Remarkable Test. We never lost hope. It was truly amazing. I thought Pakistan bowled really well. It is about patience – who has more patience will come out on top. It will be a different pitch [for the second Test]. The bowlers did a fantastic job. They were a little tired at times too. We have been working hard as a batting group. Blackwood has been hungry for runs, especially at his home ground [here]. It was a good cricket pitch, and had something for the pacers and value for runs.West Indies captain
Pakistan tried to take control few time times in the game, at 16/3 and again 114/7 they looked good, but a few missed chance reduce their hopes and broke the hearts of Pakistan fans.
Skipper Babar Azam spoke about those missed chances in the post-match interview. This is yet another loss from Pakistan in a winning position overseas, after losing to England and New Zealand over the past year. He praised his batsmen for their fight and patience, but admitted the dropped catches were costly.
This is the beauty of Test cricket. We put in a good effort with the bat. The bowlers then restricted them before our bowlers took the wickets. Again, in the second innings, we fought with the bat and the bowlers hit back. It was swinging and seaming throughout in the second innings. But we were patient, and our attempt to stitch together partnerships. Our bowlers were really good, especially Abbas and Shaheen. Had we taken those dropped catches, the result could have been different.said Babar.