That's it from this Test. With one whole day being washed out, we still got the result as the rain gods showed mercy over the last two days. Pakistan continue their dominance on this tour whereas West Indies are left hapless once again. Will they be able to come back stronger and level the series or will Misbah's men take an unassailable lead? Join us for the 2nd Test starting from 30th April at Bridgetown to find out what happens next. Till then, it's goodbye from us! Cheers!
MISBAH-UL-HAQ says that despite having a low target, it got tricky but adds that such things happen. Expresses joy having broken their six-match losing streak with a good victory. Reveals that the idea was to post a solid first innings score especially with the bad weather around. Says that the conditions helped on the first few days to restrict West Indies to a low score. Credits his bowlers, especially Amir and Yasir Shah for creating the win. Says that his side aren't shy to include another leg spinner if the conditions demand it but states that it could get dicey as a batsman will have to be compromised. Says that he is enjoying his last series of his international career.
YASIR SHAH (MAN OF THE MATCH) says that the focus from him was to stick to the basics of line and length. Says that he had done his training well and states that it has paid off. Accepts that he had a couple of bad series but says that those weren't conditions that were aiding the spinners. However, adds that he wants to prove himself in all conditions.
JASON HOLDER feels that they didn't have enough runs on the board. Laments the lack of partnerships which cost them. Praises Dowrich and Chase for their efforts. In the second innings, he feels that the batsmen didn't try hard enough and could have batted better. Says that it was always going to be tough to survive on the final day against Yasir Shah on a dry pitch. Credits his bowlers for trying hard and creating chances but bemoans the poor fielding efforts. Maintains that he has confidence in his young team and hopes they learn quickly.
With West Indies already under the pump and pitch starting to deteriorate, Yasir Shah breathed fire. He took full toll of the conditions and spun the web on day 4 to push the hosts further. Today, Pakistan showed that they ain't totally dependent on the leggie as their pacers wreaked havoc and wrapped it up quickly in the first session itself. Chasing a scanty 32, what was expected to be a stroll in the park, Pakistan lost three wickets and once again they required the assistance from Misbah to finish it off. Stay tuned as the presentation is coming up shortly...
Two quick wickets by Gabriel gave the hosts some hope but that wasn't meant to be as Misbah-ul-Haq stood solid like a rock. He consumed over 200 balls to tire the bowlers but in the end was left stranded on 99, only to become the first Pakistan batsman to achieve this feat. That didn't matter as his stand of 88 with Sarfraz Ahmed got them a handy lead of 121 runs. Once you get a lead in a Test, it's very rare you lose a game from there.
Pakistan go 1-0 up in the series! They completely outclassed the hosts and it was their skipper who is highly responsible for the same. After winning the toss and putting West Indies into bat, Pakistan pacers, in particular Mohammad Amir made full use of the overcast conditions and ran through the Windies line-up. Chase, Dowrich and Holder hung in by scoring their respective fifties and managed to take the score in excess of 275. Pakistan then with the bat didn't get going but the pair of Younis and Azam steadied the ship with their 131-run stand.
Devendra Bishoo to Misbah ul Haq
SIX! Yes he does! Floated ball around middle, Misbah once again sinks down and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket to finish it off in style. He's missed out on a ton in the first innings but he finishes the game this time. PAKISTAN WIN BY 7 WICKETS!
SIX! Tonk! Tossed up around middle, Misbah gets down and smacks back it over the bowler's head for a biggie all the way. Can he finish it off with another biggie?
Tossed up outside off, defended off the front foot.
Misbah-ul-Haq is the next man in!
Devendra Bishoo to Younis Khan
OUT! LBW! The decision stands! Bishoo drifts it on middle, Younis Khan lunges forward to defend but misses as the bat sticks on the pitch and is hit on the pads. A loud appeal from Bishoo and the umpire raises his finger. Younis Khan takes the review and replays show it to be pitching in line and going on to hit the stumps. That's the end for Younis Khan and what are Pakistan doing? Need 32 and have lost 3 wickets.
Younis Khan is adjudged LBW and he takes the review straightaway. Only inside edge can save him.
Tossed up delivery around off, defend off the front foot.
Jason Holder to Babar Azam
Fuller on the stumps, Azam flicks it towards square leg for a single.
Short outside off, left alone.
Short again outside off, Azam dabs it towards gully.
Short of a length ball on middle, defended with a straight bat.
Outside off, left alone.
Defended off the back foot by the batsman.