Excitement was at its peak in the first Test at Kingston’s Sabina Park. Chasing Pakistan’s 168, West Indies lost their ninth wicket for 151 runs. The victory was still 17 runs away from the Caribbean and Pakistan needed just one wicket. Cricket fans had speculated that the Pakistan team led by Babar Azam would be able to take a 1-0 lead in the series. However, Kemar Roach (30 not out) and Jaden Seals (2 not out) once again proved why cricket is called a game of uncertainty. Both batsmen shared an unbroken 17-run partnership for the last wicket and Roch Hassan Ali scored 2 runs to give West Indies a memorable victory.
Chasing a target of 168, the West Indies had a poor start and lost three batsmen, including team captain Crath Brathwaite, by just 16 runs. After this, Blackwood and Roston Chase made a valuable partnership of 68 runs for the fourth wicket. Fahim Ashraf broke the partnership by ending Chase. After this, the Caribbean team’s innings suddenly went bad and the team lost its 9 wickets at the 150-yard crossing. However, in the wake of Kemar Roach’s smart innings and seals, the West Indies managed to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Shahin Afridi took 4 for Pakistan and Hasan Ali took 3 wickets in 3 innings.
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Before that, thanks to captain Babar Azam’s 55-run innings, the entire Pakistan team was all out for 203 in the second innings. Besides skipper Mohammad Rizwan scored 33 and Hasan Ali 28. Jayden Seals and Kemar Roach also excelled at West Indies bowling. Seals 5 and Roach took three wickets. Pakistan were bowled out for 217 in the first innings, in reply, the entire West Indies were all out after scoring 253 and leading the innings by 36 runs.