Sports news | WI vs Pak, 1st test: Honors even after Abbas’ twin blows bring visitors back into the game


Kingston [Jamaica]Aug 13 (ANI): West Indies may have limited Pakistan to 217 in the first innings, but Mohammad Abbas twin strikes helped visitors come back in Thursday’s first test.

Jason Holder and Jayden Seales each picked three wickets to keep Pakistan down to a modest total on the opening day of the first test before Abbas grabbed two wickets in consecutive deliveries to create a balanced day for both sides.

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For stumps, the West Indies scorecard is 2/2, with skippers Kraigg Brathwaite and Roston Chase unbeaten on 1 and 0 runs respectively.

West Indies won the throw, calling on Pakistan to beat first. The tourists lost their openers Imran Butt (11) and Abid Ali (9) with 21 runs on the board.

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Azhar Ali was sacked for 17 runs, with captain Babar Azam contributing 30 before falling against Kemar Roach.

Mohammad Rizwan fell after rapid fire with 23 balls out of 30, which left Pakistan at 101 for five.

Left-handed Fawad Alam teamed up with all-rounder Faheem Ashraf for an 85-run, six-wicket alliance that got the visitors to 186 before Faheem ran out for 44 (66 balls, eight fours).

Fawad achieved top marks with 56, which turned out to be his first test in half a century, the southpaw having previously converted his first four career fifties into hundreds. Fawad hit six fours in his typically brave 117-ball attempt.

Pakistan was thrown for 217 in 70.3 overs, Holder took three wickets for 26, while Seales also claimed three wickets for the West Indies, with Roach ending up two for 47 of 16 overs.

There were only 17 overs possible in the morning game session when the sky opened and Pakistan was placed on 34 for two.

Pakistan roared back in the competition as pacemaker Abbas spotted opener Kieran Powell and Nkrumah Bonner on consecutive deliveries of the third over the West Indian innings.

The hosts finished the day after four overs with 2 to 2 points, they will start the second day with 215 runs behind Pakistan.

Brief Results: Pakistan 217 all out (Fawad Alam 56, Faheem Ashraf 44; Jason Holder 3-26); West Indies 2/2 (Mohammad Abbas 2-0) (ANI)

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