Alam holds up West Indies before Abbas double lifts Pakistan


Seamer
Abbas
removed
Kieran
Powell
and
Nkrumah
Bonner
with
successive
deliveries
just
before
the
close
in
Jamaica
as
West
Indies
finished
proceedings
on
2-2.

Fawad
Alam
had
earlier
made
a
valiant
56
to
lead
a
fightback
from
the
tourists,
despite
Jayden
Seales
and
Jason
Holder
both
claiming
three
wickets
after
West
Indies
had
won
the
toss
and
opted
to
bowl
first.

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Pakistan
recovered
from
the
early
losses
of
openers
Imran
Butt
(11)
and
Abid
Ali
(9)
to
reach
68-2
at
one
stage,
only
to
then
lose
two
key
wickets
in
successive
overs
without
adding
a
run
to
their
total.

Azhar
Ali
fought
hard
before
falling
to
Seales
for
17,
while
Babar
Azam
then
fell
just
five
balls
later,
an
inside
edge
grabbed
by
wicketkeeper
Josh
Da
Silva
as
Kemar
Roach
(2-47)
sent
back
Pakistan’s
captain
for
30.

After
Mohammad
Rizwan
was
caught
by
Roston
Chase
off
the
bowling
of
Holder,
Alam
and
Faheem
Ashraf
provided
some
much-needed
stability
to
the
innings.

Their
partnership
was
worth
85
when
a
superb
throw
by
Chase
while
diving
forward
caught
Ashraf
short
of
his
ground
to
go
for
44.
Holder
eventually
ended
Alam’s
defiant
knock
as
Pakistan’s
final
three
wickets
went
down
with
the
total
stuck
on
217.

The
late
clatter
of
wickets
looked
to
have
rounded
out
a
good
start
to
the
series
for
the
home
team,
only
for
Abbas’ double
to
leave
the
game
wonderfully
poised.
Captain
Kraigg
Brathwaite
was
unbeaten
on
1,
while
Chase
was
still
yet
to
get
off
the
mark
when
bad
light
halted
proceedings.


Alam
keeps
Pakistan
afloat

With
his
unusual
technique

he
starts
out
chest-on
in
his
stance
looking
straight
at
the
bowler
before
switching
to
a
more
orthodox
position

Alam
can
be
difficult
for
opposition
bowlers
to
get
to
grips
with.
It
needed
an
inside
edge
to
remove
him,
bowled
when
pushing
at
a
delivery
from
Holder.

The
left-hander
was
far
from
fluent
but
fought
hard
for
the
cause,
hitting
six
fours
to
post
his
maiden
Test
half-century,
though
he
has
already
managed
four
hundreds
in
the
format.


Abbas
shows
problems
ahead

It
was
undoubtedly
a
day
for
the
pace
bowlers,
starting
with
Seales

who
recorded
career-best
figures
of
3-70
in
Test
cricket

and
new-ball
partner
Roach.

Yet
while
West
Indies’
attack
performed
admirably
as
a
unit,
the
unerringly
accurate
Abbas
demonstrated
how
it
will
not
be
easy
in
reply
to
Pakistan’s
workmanlike
total
at
Sabina
Park.



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