Miracle catch sets up 'incredible' finish to Test

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Veteran accelerated bowler Kemar Roach and his teenage protege Jayden Seales combined successful a melodramatic 17-run concern for the past wicket which carried the West Indies to a one-wicket triumph implicit Pakistan successful the first cricket Test.

Seales earlier took 5-55, his archetypal five-wicket container successful tests, arsenic the West Indies dismissed Pakistan for 203 successful its 2nd innings, a pb of 167.

The location broadside past slumped to 3-16 earlier a fractional period by Jermaine Blackwood helped it beforehand to 6-111.

The lucifer was successful the equilibrium erstwhile Jason Holder was retired to the past shot earlier beverage with the West Indies connected 7-114, inactive 54 runs from victory.

In a thrilling last league successful which each tally and each wicket altered the equilibrium of the match, Roach shared a concern of 28 with Joshua Da Silva earlier yet combining with Seales to spot the West Indies location connected 9-168.

Roach said his unbeaten 30 connected Sunday was the astir important innings of his 66-test vocation "by far, by far."

Roach was afloat of praise for the 19-year-old Seales for his bowling and batting performances.

"The biggest menace is the consecutive ball. He did it precise well," Roach said. "He is simply a prima for the future. His 5 wickets speaks wonders astir our cricket."

Shaheen Afridi (4-50) and Hasan Ali (3-37) bowled astir 34 overs for Pakistan connected the past time and shared 7 wickets. Hasan produced an outstanding all-round performance, scoring 28 from 26 balls astatine No. 9 to assistance Pakistan spell past 200 earlier helium was the past antheral out.

He past dismissed Blackwood for 55 to woody a large stroke to the location team's hopes and bowled Holder (16) close earlier tea.

But Hasan was besides progressive successful 1 of the pivotal moments of the lucifer erstwhile helium dropped Roach, past connected 16, disconnected the bowling of Shaheen. Roach looked to propulsion and the shot carried straight to Hasan astatine heavy quadrate limb who enactment down a elemental catch.

Hasan inactive had a portion to play by dismissing Jomel Warrican to permission the West Indies connected 9-151, immoderate 17 runs from triumph and with lone Roach and Seales remaining. Warrican tried to propulsion a abbreviated transportation and the shot flew from the apical edge. Wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan turned and dashed backward, astir to the bound wherever helium took a diving drawback arsenic the shot came implicit his shoulder.

Roach batted connected with unbreakable determination to eke retired each run. With six runs needed, helium edged a shot betwixt the wicketkeeper and archetypal gaffe which conscionable eluded Rizwan's despairing dive.

He past confidently struck a shot from Shaheen, wide of disconnected stump, done screen for the winning runs.

West Indies triumph thrilling archetypal Test

"It was a singular test," West Indies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite said. "It is astir patience. Who has much patience volition travel retired connected top."

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam said the "nail-biting" lucifer showed the quality of trial cricket.

"We enactment successful a bully effort with the bat," Azam said. "The bowlers past restricted them earlier our bowlers took the wickets.

"Again, successful the 2nd innings, we fought with the bat and the bowlers deed back. Had we taken those dropped catches, the effect could person been different."

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