West Indies 312 (Chase 131, Abbas 4-56) and 268 (Hope 90, Yasir 7-94) beat Pakistan 393 (Azhar 105, Misbah 99, Gabriel 4-81) and 81 (Gabriel 5-11) by 106 runs
West Indies’ form has been woeful at best of late, in all formats of the game. They missed out on the Champions Trophy and are in danger of missing out on automatic qualification for the next 50 over World Cup. The home tour against Pakistan was seen by many as an opportunity to get back to winning ways, especially since Pakistan has been having some problems of their own.
They lost both the t20 and ODI series, and some will say that it was no surprise. The first Test Match came, and they left themselves too little to defend in the 4th inning. Pakistan went on to win by 7 wickets.
The second Test was in Barbados, which came as good news, given the record that no team from the subcontinent had managed victory against the West Indies at the Kensington Oval.
Holder won the toss and elected to bat first, knowing well that the team batting last would have a tough time negotiating possible deterioration of the pitch on the 5th day.
A classy century by Roston Chase (131), helped with 58 from Holder brought West Indies to a respectable 312 all out in their first inning. Mohammad Abbas, in his 2nd test match was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan with 4-56.
West Indies were absolutely horrible in the Pakistan 1st inning, with misfields, drop catches and no balls costing them dearly. Pakistan amassed 393 in reply, with a century from Azhar Ali (105) and 99 from captain Misbah. Shannon Gabriel took 4-81, with Holder and Bishoo also grabbing 3 wickets each. Pakistan recorded an 81 run lead.
West Indies required a gritty 90 from wicketkeeper Shai Hope, as they limped to 268 all out in the 2nd inning, setting Pakistan a modest target of 188 at the start of the 5th day.
Both sides knew that the deteriorating pitch would be a factor, but the extent to which it was, took both teams by surprise.
Fantastic bowling from the West Indies seamers, with the help of the pitch here and there, demolished the Pakistan batting order. Shannon Gabriel was absolutely superb, bagging 5-11. His effort reminded many West Indians of an effort by Jerome Taylor against England at Sabina Park in 2009, when he took 5-11. England were dismissed for 51, and West Indies won that Test Match by an inning and 23 runs, incredibly. This performance in Barbados by West Indies was by no means as polished as the 2009 effort, but it was a fantastic performance nonetheless. Credit to Alzarri Joseph (2-42) and Jason Holder (3-23), who supported Gabriel’s effort as Pakistan were dismissed for 81, a 106 run win for the Windies. Gabriel claimed 9 wickets for the match, and was deservedly named player of the match.
The teams will now move to Dominica for the final match of the 3 test match series, and final game of the tour.