2nd Test Series 2021: Pakistan Emerges On Top Against West Indies

Pakistan emerged on top on day three, thanks to Fawad Alam’s unbeaten score of 124. Meanwhile, at twilight, West Indies’ top players fought desperately to ensure damage control against Mohammad Abbas and Shaheed Afridi. The openers from West Indies and Roston Chase were back in the pavilion already, with 263 more runs being trailed by the hosts and two days to go. Although the West Indian innings only panned through 18 overs on Sunday, it certainly felt like it would be the defining period for the team. Pakistan needed to press this issue since they were looking to level the series.

How Pakistan Pulled Ahead

With Kieran Powell out of his optimal form, his attempt at an Afridi-like delivery looked programmed to hit the middle stump. Furthermore, Kraigg Brathwaite’s dismissal was a monumental moment, throwing off cricket bets online. The West Indies captain played an all-around, textbook left-arm inswinger, crashing directly into his stumps. As a result, West Indies were down by two wickets for nine, with still an hour to go.

Despite 98 overs being originally scheduled, merely eight balls happened before lunch. The captains, coaches, umpires, and the match referee had lengthy conversations followed by officials deciding to lunch early. With only six runs scored in the first ten overs of the day, Mohammad Rizwan and Ashraf garnered a 50-run partnership.

Such victory was primarily due to well-disciplined, quick bowling, allowing quite a few scoring opportunities. With the flick of his wrists, Alam pulled to midwicket that took him to the landmark. He ensured that Pakistan fought back in this session, ensuring they ended the innings on their terms.

Alam was undoubtedly the main score hoarder of the day for Pakistan. After getting injured on the first day, he returned, followed by the rapid fall of wickets for the West Indies squad. After tea break, Alam kicked off with a 35-run score with Afridi. Alam remained undefeated, bringing Pakistan the series-salvaging win.

West Indies Squad

  • KraiggBrathwaite(C)
  • JermaineBlackwood(VC)
  • JoshuaDaSilva(WK)
  • AlzarriJoseph
  • ChemarHolder
  • JahmarHamilton
  • JasonHolder
  • JaydenSeales
  • JomelWarrican
  • KemarRoach
  • KieranPowell
  • KyleMayers
  • NkrumahBonner
  • RahkeemCornwall
  • RostonChase
  • ShaiHope
  • ShamarhBrooks

Pakistan Squad

  • Babar Azam (C)
  • Mohammad Rizwan (VC, WK)
  • Sarfaraz Ahmed (WK)
  • Abdullah Shafique
  • Abid Ali
  • Azhar Ali
  • Faheem Ashraf
  • Fawad Alam
  • Hasan Ali
  • Imran Butt
  • Mohammad Abbas
  • Naseem Shah
  • Nauman Ali
  • Sajid Khan
  • Saud Shakeel
  • Shaheen Afridi
  • Shahnawaz Dahani
  • Yasir Shah
  • Zahid Mahmood

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