Brathwaite, Holder rescue West Indies, take 34-runs lead against Pakistan


JAMAICA: Skipper Kraigg Brathwaite and Jason Holder rescued West Indies as they took a 34-runs lead against Pakistan in the first Test. 

Brathwaite remained unlucky and got run-out for 97 runs including 12 boundaries. Holder left the crease earlier after he fell to Faheem Ashraf. They both scored 96 runs together to take the hosts out of pressure as they post 251/8 at stumps on the second day.

They both fought hard for their team as they managed to score 148-5 at Tea on Day 2. Brathwaite was not out for 60 runs alongside Jason Holder who made 30 runs before Tea. West Indies struggled to rebuild as they were 81-3 at Lunch.

Hasan Ali joined his bowling partner Mohammad Abbas to take a wicket after Drinks before Lunch to put West Indies under pressure. Later on, Shaheen Shah Afridi bagged two wickets.

Roston Chase (21) and Brathwaite fought hard as West Indies had managed to lose no wicket in the opening hour on Day 2. They scored 49 runs together before Hasan got rid of Chase.


Abbas wreaked havoc on West Indies by picking up two quick wickets to reduce them to 2-2 to finish Day 1 of the opening Test for Pakistan on a high note.

In just the third over, Abbas first picked up Kieran Powell with Imran Butt taking a well-judged catch in the slips, followed by Nkrumah Bonner getting LBW on the next ball.

Four overs were bowled before umpires called for Stumps on Day 1 due to bad light. Abbas remained run-less in his two overs and picked two important wickets for the Green Caps. Shaheen Shah Afridi and Yasir Shah bowled an over each.

Earlier, Fawad Alam scored a half-century before West Indies bowled out Pakistan for 217 in the first inning here at Sabina Park.

Fawad scored crucial 56 runs off 117 balls with the help of six boundaries for his team. He partnered with Faheem Ashraf to score 85 runs to take Pakistan from 101-5 to 186-5. Faheem got run-out after supporting Fawad brilliantly. He scored 44 runs off 66 balls including eight boundaries.

Jason Holder picked up two wickets in two bowls to wrap up Pakistan’s inning for 217. He bagged three wickets for 26 runs in the inning.

Sent into bat first, Pakistan had a sloppy start with openers Abid Ali and Imran Butt struggling a bit. Kemar Roach did the job for West Indies by removing Butt who scored 11 runs.

Abid Ali fell to Jayden Seales in the eighth over without adding a single run after Butt’s departure. He made just nine, bringing Azhar Ali and Babar Azam together at the crease when Pakistan was 21-2.

Experienced Azhar was struggling to score runs but Babar got his nerves calm before the rain came in and both batters walked out with Pakistan under pressure at 34-2.

Coming back from Lunch, the duo looked balance as they scored 47 runs together. West Indies was finding it hard to take a wicket as both Babar and Azar were looking set on the crease. In 32nd over, Azhar threw away his wicket to Seales after scoring 17 runs.

Babar (30) followed Azhar and walked off after losing his wicket to Roach who joined Seals on the bowling roaster with two wickets.

Mohammad Rizwan joined Fawad for the fifth wicket and they both scored 33 runs together before Rizwan gave a simple catch at square leg. The wicket-keeper batsman contributed 23 runs.

Hasan Ali added 14 runs whereas Yasir, Abbas, and Shaheen scored no run.

Seals and Holder took three wickets each whilst Roach bagged two. Kyle Mayers also picked up a wicket.