West Indies vs Pakistan 1st Test: Pakistan beat West Indies by 7 Wickets to led Series 1-0

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Pakistan vs West Indies 1st Test (Source: inquisitr.com)

Pakistan has won the first test match against West Indies by seven wickets. Played at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica, the visiting showed a great intent towards winning their first-ever Test series in the Carribean. After this win, they are just one win away from doing so.

Pakistan’s captain, Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and elected to bowl first on a pitch which had plenty to offer for fast bowlers. Pakistan pacers showed scintillating performance and reduced West Indies to 71 for 4 on lunch, Day 1. By the end of Day 1, Mohammed Amir ripped apart West Indies inexperienced batting order as bad light ends the day with 244/7 on the scoreboard.

The second day of Pakistan vs West Indies was hit by rain as only 11.3 overs were bowled. Day 3, 4 and Day 5 belonged to Pakistan as their bowlers took the charge to first all out the home side for a score of 286 in the first inning, with Amir picking up 6 wickets. The visiting team then scored 407 runs in their first inning to give them a vital lead of 121 runs. Misbah-ul-Haq remained not out on 99, Babar Azam scored 72 runs, Sarfraz Ahmed added quickfire 54 runs.

West Indies could have easily managed to draw the test but West Indies playing XI had no experienced players. West Indies Cricket board problem with players continues. In T20s they are a great team but in ODIs and Test Cricket, they are behind Bangladesh as well. Recently they failed to qualify for ICC Champions Trophy 2017 England and lost their place to Bangladesh.

On Day 5 morning, Yasir Shah picked up his ninth five-wicket haul in Test Cricket to reduce West Indies from 93/4 to 152 all out, leaving a marginal lead of 32 runs. In reply to target, 36/3 might not be a clinical chase as it was too small for West Indies to put up a fight. Leg spinner, Yasir Shah was adjudged Man of the Match and Pakistan now led the three-match series 1-0.