Calling it a hard fought win for West Indies won’t be an apt description of the game. Pakistan made a mess of its batting and exploded, all on itself on a slow turning wicket. Contrary to everyone’s expectation, spinners didn’t have a say in final day and Pacers wound up the proceedings as West Indies wins against Pakistan and levels the evenly poised series.
I still remember the match of 1997, Bridgetown. Indian Bowlers did a fantastic work to all out Carribean side for 140 setting themselves a target of 120. With the likes of Tendulkar, Siddhu and Dravid, the score looked speck. But India Self-exploded just like Pakistan did here. Just for the reference, no Asian side has ever been able to defeat West Indies in Bridgetown in the history of the game. India reached closed and so did Pakistan and eventually, both of them exploded.
This being said, West Indian bowlers were treat to watch in the final innings. The pitch was on a slower side and they used the cracks beautifully. Shanon Gabriel registered the figures of 11-4-11-5 and he was adjuster the man of the match and rightly so. He took a total of 9 wickets in the match. Holder and Joseph supported him nicely in setting up the win.
With bat it was again their ever reliable Chase (131) whose innings made the side cross 300 mark. Eventually, with the innings of Azhar Ali, Misbhah and Shehzad, Pakistan did cross this score and took a lead of an important 81 runs. This run looked more crucial when Yasir Shah heroic powered attack saw West Indies reeling at 268 earlier today. So that meant Pakistan had to score 188 and they had the entire day with them.
The very intent of the openers showed that Pakistan is playing for a draw and it was only matter of time to explode. Well, Dominica awaits for the series decider. Till then, watch out for more sporting action.
WI- 312 and 268
PAK- 393 and 81
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