Chase impressive, but Pakistan win series

May 15, 2017

ROSEAU, Dominica, (CMC):

A moment of stark madness from tail-ender Shannon Gabriel ended West Indies' stubborn resistance and laid waste to more than half a century of history, as Pakistan pulled off a nerve-jangling 101-run victory in the decisive third Test to clinch a historic first series win on Caribbean soil here yesterday.

Courtesy of a magnificent unbeaten 101 from the immovable Man-of-the-Match Roston Chase, West Indies defied a ruthless but tiring Pakistan bowling attack for nearly 90 overs and appeared on the brink of a brilliant rescue effort, with seven balls left in the day at Windsor Park.

But Gabriel, who had defended purposely for just over half-hour, suffered a rush of blood and essayed a wild slog at the 22nd delivery he faced - the last of the day's penultimate over - and was bowled by champion leg-spinner Yasir Shah for four as the Windies were dismissed for 202.


Memorable farewell


The result gave Pakistan a 2-1 win in the three-Test victory following a seven-wicket victory in the opening Test at Sabina Park in Jamaica last month, and a 106-run defeat in the second Test at Kensington Oval in Barbados earlier this month.

For the retiring veterans, captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, the success also provided a memorable farewell with Pakistan winning their first series since they first toured the Caribbean 59 years ago.

Chase almost proved the difference for the Windies, striking 12 fours and a six in a monumental innings which spanned 239 balls and a shade over six hours, reviving memories of his match-saving maiden Test hundred against India last year at Sabina Park.

The knock was his third hundred in his 10th Test and second of the series, following his 131 in the second Test.


Failed to cope


Shimron Hetmyer struck a breezy 25 and captain Jason Holder chipped in with 22, but the hosts failed to cope with Yasir who claimed five for five for 92 to finish with match figures of eight for 218 and take the Man-of-the-Series honours.

He was supported by debutant seamer Hasan Ali who picked up three for 33.

Resuming the day on seven for one with the victory target of 304 purely academic, the Windies' bid to save the match suffered a huge blow when they lost three wickets in the morning session to slump to 73 for four at lunch.

Two critical partnerships then followed as Chase put on 58 for the seventh wicket with Holder and another 30 for the eighth with Devendra Bishoo who made three.

Gabriel then frustrated Pakistan with a straight bat and a cool head and steadily grew in confidence as the visitors began to show signs of panic.

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