Veteran fast bowler Kemar Roach, along with his teenage apprentice Jayden Seals, joined forces in an incredible 17-run partnership to carry the West Indies to a one-wicket victory on Sunday against Pakistan in their first cricket Test. Earlier, Jayden Seals took 5-55 as the West Indies demolished Pakistan for 203 during the second innings, giving them a lead of 167. It’s also the first time Seals produced a five-wicket haul in a Test match.
The West Indies plunged to 16-3 before Jermaine Blackwood helped with a half-century to advance the home team to 111-6. The match was up in the air when Jason Holder was bowled out on the last ball prior to the tea interval. The West Indies were on 114-7 and still needed 54 runs to claim the win. In a nail-biting final session, every wicket and run altered the outcome of the game as Kemar Roach and Joshua Da Silva produced a partnership of 28 before Roach combined with Jayden Seals to give the home team the win with 168-9.
Kemar Roach stated that his unbeaten 30 was undoubtedly the most important innings in his career and went on to praise Jayden Seals for his phenomenal bowling and batting efforts. He informed BettingPro reporters that Seals is the star of the future, and his five wickets speaks volumes about the West Indies cricket team.
Cricket Drama at Sabina Park
Hasan Ali (3-37) and Shaheen Afridi (4-50) almost bowled 34 overs for the Pakistan cricket team on the final day and shared a total of 7 wickets. Hasan Ali produced a phenomenal all-round performance, accumulating 28 runs from 26 balls to assist Pakistan to go over 200 runs during the second innings before being bowled out as the last man standing. Thereafter, he bowled out Blackwood for 55 runs, dealing a major blow to the West Indies’ hopes, and bowled out Holder for 16.
Hasan Ali was also involved in one of the most important moments of the match when he dropped the ball when Roach was on 16 runs. The pull shot of Roach went directly to Hasan where a simple catch was dropped at deep square leg. Hasan continued to play his part as he dismissed Jomel Warrican, leaving the home team on 151-9, only 17 runs away from winning the match with Seals and Roach the only players remaining.
Kemar Roach continued to bat with unbreakable determination to produce important runs for the West Indies. With only 6 runs needed for victory, Roach edged the ball between first slip and the wicketkeeper, evading the despairing dive of Rizwan. Thereafter, he struck Shaheen’s ball with confidence to give the home team the win.
Kraigg Brathwaite, the West Indies captain, informed BettingPro reporters that it was a remarkable test and stated that it was all about patience.