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Honours even as 12 wickets fall on first day of Jamaica Test

Honours even as 12 wickets fall on first day of Jamaica Test
August 13, 2021 Web Desk

JAMAICA – The first of the two-Test ICC World Test Championship series matches between West Indies and Pakistan began on Thursday at the Sabina Park, Jamaica, despite a rain-curtailed day, a total of 12 wickets fell on day-one of the Test.

West Indies won the toss and asked Pakistan to bat first. The tourists lost their openers Imran Butt (11) and Abid Ali (9) with 21 runs on the board.

Azhar Ali was dismissed for 17 runs, captain Babar Azam contributed 30 before falling to Kemar Roach.

Mohammad Rizwan fell for a quickfire 23 off 30 balls which left Pakistan wobbling at 101 for five.

Left-hander Fawad Alam joined hands with all-rounder Faheem Ashraf for an 85-run sixth-wicket alliance that took the visitors to 186 before Faheem was run out for 44 (66 balls, eight fours).

Fawad top-scored with 56 which turned out to be his first Test half-century, the southpaw had earlier converted his first four career fifties into hundreds. Fawad hit six fours in his typically gutsy 117-ball effort.

Pakistan were bowled out for 217 in 70.3 overs, Jason Holder took three wickets for 26 while Jayden Seales also claimed three wickets for the West Indies with Roach finishing with two for 47  off 16 overs.

In the morning session of play only 17 overs were possible as heavens opened with Pakistan placed at 34 for two. 

Pakistan roared back in contention as pacer Mohammad Abbas accounted for opener Kieran Powell and Nkrumah Bonner on successive deliveries of the third over of the West Indies innings.

The hosts finished the day at two for two after four overs of play, they will begin day-two trailing Pakistan by 215 runs.

Scores in brief:

Pakistan 217 all out, 70.3 overs (Fawad Alam 56, Faheem Ashraf 44; Jason Holder 3-26, Jayden Seales 3-70, Kemar Roach 2-47)

West Indies 2 for 2, 4 overs (Mohammad Abbas 2-0)