Shaheen leads Pakistan to 109-run win over West Indies
Kingston: Pakistan’s Shaheen Shah Afridi took 10 wickets in the match as the tourists bowled West Indies out on Monday to win the second test at Sabina Park and tie the two-match series.
Shaheen claimed 4-43 to add to career best figures of 6-51 in the first innings as West Indies were dismissed for 219 on the last day to give Pakistan victory by 109 runs. The hosts were always up against it after resuming on their overnight tally of 49-1, 280 runs shy of the imposing target of 329, but with survival more than chasing victory in mind.
But they lost four wickets in the morning session to slump to 113-5 at lunch with Hasan Ali ensuring top order batsmen Nkrumah Bonner and Royston Chase both departed cheaply.
Home captain Kraigg Brathwaite, 17 not out overnight, lost his wicket in the second over after tea as he cut Nauman Ali straight to point to be dismissed for 39. A 46-run partnership for the seventh wicket between Jason Holder and Kyle Mayers ended at tea with the Windies only temporarily prolonging the inevitable.
Mayers made 32 before departing and Holder top-scored with 47 before Shaheen wrapped up the tail to ensure success for the visitors as he was named man of the series.“It was tough because it was really hot out there but we delivered together as a team bowling unit,” Shaheen said at the end of the test.
West Indies battled again with the bat but Brathwaite said drawing the series must still be seen as a positive for West Indies after losing their previous series at home to South Africa in June. They beat Pakistan by one wicket in a thrilling first test, also at Sabina Park, last week.]
Shaheen, Fawad attain career-best Test rankings
The duo of Shaheen Afridi and Fawad Alam have attained career-best positions in the latest ICC rankings for bowlers and batters, respectively after Pakistan’s 109-run win against West Indies in the second Test. Afridi’s match haul of 10 for 94 – his first ten-for – helped him shoot up ten spots to No. 8, whereas Alam’s 124 in the first innings took him up 34 places to the 21st position.
Alam’s previous best in the rankings was 47th in May earlier this year and Afridi’s best was 18th, which he had reached at the end of the first Test, when he picked up 8 for 109. Afridi, the highest-ranked Pakistan bowler in the rankings, was named both player of the match and player of the series, which ended 1-1.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam and wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan also moved up. Babar gained one position to reach seventh after scoring 75 and 33, and Rizwan re-entered the top 20 at the 19th spot after scores of 31 and 10*.
Left-arm spinner Nauman Ali, who replaced Yasir Shah for the second Test, gained four places to reach the 44th spot after his three-wicket haul in the second innings.
For West Indies, Jason Holder went up six places to 37th position among batters and fast bowler Jayden Seales, who took 11 wickets in the series, advanced four slots to 54th among bowlers.