Pakistan drub Windies to square series

Pakistan’s Tanvir Ahmed celebrates with team-mates after dismissing West Indies’ Kraigg Brathwaite. Pakistan won the match by196 runs. APSlow left-armer Abdur Rehman finished with figures of four for 65 as West Indies, resuming on 130 for five and needing to bat through the day to win the series, were bowled out for 230 before lunch.

Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal did the damage with the key wickets of Brendan Nash (30), skipper Darren Sammy (41) and Ravi Rampaul (20).

It was always going to be too much for West Indies to bat through the day having already lost their top order but it was a sorry end to their innings when Kemar Roach was run out for 12.

Any chance of resistance dissipated when Nash edged Ajmal to Taufeeq Umar at slip and then Baugh became the latest in a series of West Indies batsmen to fall lbw to Rehman.
Sammy was caught at midwicket off a dreadful shot off Ajmal and although Rampaul showed some defiance, it ultimately proved futile. Once again West Indies struggled against spin which will give great heart to their upcoming opponents India who begin their tour of the Caribbean next month.

Pakistan, who won the five-match one day international series earlier in the tour 3-2, took full advantage of poor West Indian fielding in their second innnings which saw centuries for Taufeeq Umar and skipper Misbah-ul-Haq.

Misbah was delighted with the way his team, who are still unable to play home Tests due to the security situation, coped and performed on the tour.

“I am really proud of this bunch of guys and their fighting spirit. Catching was one of our failings in the first Test but we turned it around here and it was the big difference between the two teams,” he said.

“I am happy, I am performing well and it feels good to lead from the front. We hope we will be able to play on our home grounds soon but we are getting exposure outside and becoming a better team in the process,” he said.

For West Indies, who have blooded young opening batsmen Lendl Simmons and Kraigg Brathwaite with little success in this Test, the debate will restart over selection choices for the India series. The optimism generated by the first Test victory in Guyana was short-lived and Sammy highlighted a familar problem.

Scoreboard

PAKISTAN (I Innings): 272 all out
WEST INDIES (I Innings): 223 all out
PAKISTAN (II Innings, O/n: 202/3):
Hafeez b Sammy    32
Umar (run out)    135
Azhar c Sammy b Bishoo    53
Shafiq c Baugh b Roach    4
Misbah (not out)    102
Akmal b Bishoo    30
Salman c Roach b Rampaul    8
Tanvir (not out)    4
Extras (W-7, NB-2)    9
Total (6 wkts decl, 112.2 )    377
Fall of wickets: 1-82, 2-158, 3-167, 4-296, 5-358, 6-367.
Bowling: Kermar Roach 21-6-58-1, Ravi Rampaul 24.2-6-87-1, Sammy 23-3-64-1, Bishoo 38-5-149-2, Nash 6-0-19-0

WEST INDIES (II Innings):
Simmons c Hafeez b Rehman    24
Brathwaite b Tanvir    0
Bravo lbw Riaz    50
Sarwan lbw Rehman    0
Samuels c Salman b Rehman    6
Nash c Umar b Ajmal    30
Baugh lbw Rehman    18
Sammy c Misbah b Ajmal    41
Roach (run out)    12
Rampaul c Akmal b Ajmal    20
Bishoo (not out)    3
Extras (B-8, LB-6, W-6, NB-6)    26        
Total (all out, 80.3 overs)    230
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-59, 3-63, 4-77, 5-115, 6-135, 7-171, 8-193, 9-227.
Bowling: Tanvir 5-0-10-1, Riaz 10-1-39-1, Rehman 24.2-10-65-4, Ajmal 31-7-79-3, Hafeez 10-1-23-0.
 

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