West Indies’ coach, Stuart Law stated that the pitch of second wicket was more suitable for Pakistani bowlers and his players were heartbroken after seeing the condition of the wicket.
The home team defeated Pakistan by 106 runs to level the series 1-1, defending a target of 187 runs. The Windies bowlers ran riot and dismissed Pakistan team for just 81 runs.
“I wasn’t expecting what we turned up to see,” Law said. “If we can’t get a good coverage of grass in a tropical climate, there is something wrong. It wasn’t the sort of pitch we would have liked, I know that Pakistan were licking their lips when they saw it because it was a bit like a Pakistani pitch.”
The Australian is proud of his team’s effort on a pitch that suited the opposition more, the wicket behaved like a five-day pitch on the second day of the second Test.
“Day two when we were bowling, bouncers were landing five metres short of the keeper. We’ve got boys who bowl 90 miles an hour, and to see the ball do that is heartbreaking, particularly on day two. You expect it on day four, day five, no problem. But to get through the game the way we did, in those conditions, which suited the opposition more so, very proud of the effort,” he added.
Law has high regard for his pacer Shannon Gabriel, who destroyed Pakistani batting line in the second inning of the game with the figures of 5/11.
“He just improves every time he goes out there. Not [just] his effort on the field, that’s unquestionable, but behind the scenes, which people don’t see. He goes to lengths to see he’s right and in perfect physical condition every time he goes out on the field.
“He has had injury problems, but physio CJ Clarke is working tirelessly with him. Even away from the Test-match scene, he gets in early, works hard with him. And Shannon is very diligent with his preparation. When you’ve got a guy who can bowl 90+, you want to make sure you’re looking after him, and then he produces like he did this Test, that was just outstanding work,” he told.
Pakistan and West Indies will lock horns in the final Test of the series from May 10 on Dominica.