The West Indies held their nerves as tailenders Kemar Roach and Jayden Seales led them to an exciting victory with a wicket over Pakistan in the first test in Jamaica on Sunday.
Roach scored 30 and Seales two in an unbeaten 17-set partnership as the home side reached 168 to lose nine wickets after the West Indies lost 203 to Pakistan in the second game, with Seales taking the lead. 5-55.
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Luck fell and fell dramatically throughout the fourth day with 14 wickets falling before Roach hit the wins on the caps.
The West Indies seemed to have little chance when they lost the last recognized footballer Joshua da Silva with 26 runs required and two wickets remaining, but Roots took on the challenge with confidence.
It would never be easy to chase after Shaheen Shah Afridi knocked out the Windies’ top three players, leaving home 16-3, before a fourth 68-degree partnership between Roston Chase and Jermaine Blackwood gave them hope.
Imran Butt, however, started a series of stunning slips to reverse Pakistan as Chase went 22 for Faheem Ashraf, Kyle Mayers fell in the same combination four balls later and an impressive dive saw Blackwood comes out 55 for Hasan. Ali.
When Jason Holder received a bowl from Hassan, he got the tea with the Windies needing 54 to win and Pakistan demanding three wickets.
The fight continued to fluctuate in the evening session with three falls that contributed to Pakistan’s failure to wrap its tail.
Earlier, the 19-year-old Salehs became the youngest West Indian to take a five-wing test match, surpassing Alf Valentin’s 71-year-old record as he surpassed Pakistan’s lower tier after returning to 160-5.
Roach took the first wicket in the morning, then Mayers took that of Captain Babar Azam, who topped 55 before Seales completed the remaining three wickets.
The second and final test is also behind closed doors in Sabina Park, Kingston from Friday.