Pakistan Create History, Give Misbah, Younus a Fitting Sendoff

Pakistan clinched a thrilling third and final Test with six balls to spare on Sunday (May 14), securing a first series victory in the West Indies and giving a fitting farewell to Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, the retiring veterans.

Roston Chase made an unbeaten 101, his second century of the series, but it went in vain as West Indies, chasing 304 for victory at Windsor Park in Roseau, slipped to 93 for 6 before the lower order almost pulled off a dramatic draw. But Shannon Gabriel dragged a wide delivery from Yasir Shah, the leg-spinner, on to his stumps to signal the end of the resistance and trigger wild celebrations in the Pakistani camp. West Indies was bowled out for 202 to lose the match by 101 runs and the series 1-2.

Chase, who also top-scored in the first innings with 69, benefitted from several Pakistani lapses. Twice, he was dropped by Hasan Ali on his follow-through, and was also lucky to escape on 91 after edging Mohammad Abbas to Asad Shafiq at slip, only for replays to show that the bowler had overstepped.

Chase duly brought up his third Test ton but could only watch on helplessly from the non-striker’s end when Gabriel, who had defended resolutely for 21 balls, attempted a wild drive off Yasir and played on. Yasir finished with 5 for 92, boosting his tally for the series to 25, as he was named the man of the series.

Roston Chase made an unbeaten 101, his second century of the series, but it went in vain as West Indies slipped to 93 for 6 before the lower order almost pulled off a dramatic draw.
Roston Chase made an unbeaten 101, his second century of the series, but it went in vain as West Indies slipped to 93 for 6 before the lower order almost pulled off a dramatic draw.

West Indies had started the day on 7 for 1 with Kieran Powell already back in the pavilion, and was dealt two severe blows inside the first hour of the final day. Kraigg Brathwaite’s poor form continued when he miscued an attempted cut off Yasir for an easy catch to backward point. Shimron Hetmyer batted freely in making 25, but was then bowled by Mohammad Amir for the third time in the series.

Chase and Shai Hope presented a broad bat and answered all Pakistani questions for just under an hour when Hasan got the breakthrough, picking up his first Test wicket 20 minutes before lunch when he trapped Hope in front with a full-length inswinger.

Vishaul Singh and Shane Dowrich were both dismissed by Yasir just after the interval, both gobbled up at short-leg by Babar Azam, and the end appeared nigh with the ball spitting and gripping on the final-day surface. But Chase and Holder batted with assurance as Pakistan’s frustrations mounted with time slowly running out.

Chase and Jason Holder put on 58 for the seventh wicket and kept Pakistan at bay for an hour and a half, until the captain missed a knee-high full toss from Hasan to be trapped in front for 22, just after tea.

That gave the Pakistanis a look-in, and even though Devendra Bishoo and Alzarri Joseph offered resistance, Pakistan always looked on course for victory. For eight gripping overs, Gabriel kept them on tenterhooks in Chase’s company, until that ill-advised heave brought an end to an eventful Test series.

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