Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

West Indies chasing 304 to win Test series with Pakistan

West Indies chasing 304 to win Test series with Pakistan

The 2-1 series win in West Indies was Pakistan's first Test series win in the Caribbean.

Devendra Bishoo dismissed Pakistan stalwarts Younis Khan and captain Misbah ul Haq in their farewell worldwide innings to leave the tourists struggling at 72 for five in their second innings at tea on the fourth day of the third and final Test against the West Indies in Dominica on Saturday. Needing to last the entire fifth day to force a draw and deny Pakistan their first series win in West Indies, the home side were kept afloat till all but six balls from close by a masterful century from Roston Chase and stout lower-order resistance.

Pace bowler Yasir Shah took five for 92 - his 11th Test five-for - as the hosts were all out for 202 in their second innings with just six balls remaining despite a fearless, unbeaten 101 from Roston Chase.

Chase (101*) was dogged and determined though and Devendra Bishoo (3 off 45 balls), Alzarri Joseph (5 off 32 balls) did their part in what was nearly a great escape. Chase, on the other hand, has moved up 21 places to a career-best 28th rank after innings of 69 and 101 not out.

"It was the first ever (series) win for a Pakistan team in the West Indies so everybody was so motivated and they were working hard for me and Younis", Misbah, who now sports a long beard unlike his clean-shaven look until a year ago, added.

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Commending the services of retiring Captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Younas Khan, the President said that through their illustrious careers they have written a golden chapter in the history of Pakistani Cricket. I tried my level best with this team. It's sad to see that it didn't mean much in the end because we lost the match but I thought the guys showed a lot of guts and effort not only today but in the whole match.

Reflecting on the same, Chase said he was glad to average more than 100 in the series against a quality attack, adding that he is hoping to display a similar kind of performance in the upcoming series against England.

"I just told the tailenders to trust their defence", Chase said while receiving the man of the match award. If you do, then automatically players get behind you and start playing their roles. It was a fine journey with him in the middle, sharing a lot of partnerships.

A swift end to the match had looked likely as Vishaul Singh and Shane Dowrich both fell to Shah just after lunch.

Mishab and Younis scored thousands of runs across all formats and the point came when they chose to announce retirement from worldwide cricket. That effort put him into the record books for the most catches ever by a Pakistani fielder in a Test series.

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