West Indies v Pakistan, 1st Test, Day 2 Review: Rain plays spoilsport after Amir takes five

West Indies v Pakistan, 1st Test, Day 2 Review: Rain plays spoilsport after Amir takes five

The day 2 of the first Test between West Indies and Pakistan ended with just 11.3 overs being bowled on the day.

Mohammad Amir
Pakistan’s bowler Mohammad Amir touches his forehead on the field.
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The day 2 of the first Test between West Indies and Pakistan ended with just 11.3 overs being bowled on the day. It was a tame end to a promising day of Test cricket. A lot would have depended on the day’s play had the full quota of overs were been bowled. On day 2, West Indies resumed with their overnight score of 244/7 with skipper Jason Holder and Devendra Bishoo at the crease.

By the end of the day, they managed to add 34 runs to their overnight score to finish with 278/9. The hero of the rain-curtailed day was Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir. Amir completed his five-wicket haul and became the first bowler to take a five-for at the Sabina Park since the year 2010.

Talking about the day’s play, Holder and Bishoo started off cautiously and saw the first half an hour of the play with ease. In the process, Jason Holder reached his fifty as well. However, Amir struck first blood on the day when he managed to get the outside edge of Bishoo on 28. In his very next over, he got through the defenses of Alzarri Joseph as well to shatter the woodwork.

With the wicket, he completed his five-wicket haul and the Windies were 9 down in their innings. Seeking a complete assassination, Misbah Ul Haq gave an extended run to Amir to get rid of the last wicket too. However, after having bowled just 3 overs in the 93rd over of the innings, the rain gods started pouring in. The players had to walk off the field. Since the rain did not subside, the play was called off. West Indies finished with 278/9 by the end of the day.

Earlier on day 1, the Pakistan skipper Misbah Ul Haq had won the toss and asked the hosts to bat first. Some fiery bowling from the Pakistan pacers saw the hosts succumb to a midway collapse. They were reeling at 71/5 when Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich showed resilience with the bat. They added a 118 run stand between them for the 6th wicket to bail out the hosts out of sheer trouble and embarrassment.

Both batsmen notched up their respective fifties and were cleaned up by Yasir Shah in quick succession in the final session of the day.

Brief Scores 

West Indies 1st innings 278/9 in 92.3 overs (Roston Chase 63, Shane Dowrich 56, Mohammad Amir 5/41, Yasir Shah 2/91)

Check out – Full scorecard here.