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Ireland stun West Indies in third ODI to clinch historic series

Kingston [Jamaica] (ANI): Andy McBrine and Harry Tector smashed respective half-centuries to help Ireland defeat West Indies in the third ODI by two wickets on Sunday.
With this win, Ireland registered their first-ever ODI series win away from home over an ICC Full Member after recording a two-wicket victory over the West Indies in the final match of the series. West Indies had won the first ODI but Ireland came back strongly to register back-to-back wins.
West Indies were folded for 212 in the 45th over and Ireland survived a late batting collapse to get over the line in the third ODI.
Ireland won the toss and chose to bowl first but didn’t get off to a good start as West Indies added 72 runs for the first wicket.
Craig Young removed both Shai Hope and Justin Greaves in his successive overs to bring back Ireland in the game.
Those dismissals brought about a middle-order collapse with West Indies losing 7-57 in the next 17 overs. Young picked two wickets, but it was off-spinner Andy McBrine who wreaked havoc.
West Indies were only able to score 212 as McBrine returned with four wickets to dismantle the hosts’ batting line up.
Chasing 213, Ireland lost opener Porterfield on the first ball of the innings but Paul Stirling and Andy McBrine revived the innings before Harry Tector smashed a fifty to help visitors take full control over the game.
Ireland suffered a collapse just when they were about to reach the target but the visiting side held their nerves to clinch the third ODI.
Brief Scores: West Indies 212 (44.4 overs: S Hope 53, J Holder 44; A McBrine 4-28, C Young 3-43) vs Ireland 214-8 (44.5 overs: A McBrine 59, H Tector 52, P Stirling 44; A Hosein 3-59). (Image source: Instagram)

Sri Lanka four wickets away from victory against West Indies at Stumps, Day 4

Galle [Sri Lanka]: Sri Lanka completely dominated the proceedings on Day 4 and the hosts are just four wickets away from registering a victory against West Indies in the ongoing first Test here at the Galle International Stadium.
At stumps, West Indies score read 52/6 — still needing 296 runs for the win. For the visitors, Joshua Da Silva (15) and Nkrumah Bonner (18) are unbeaten at the crease. Chasing 348, West Indies got off to the most horrendous start possible after being reduced to 18/6 in the 12th over. Ramesh Mendis wreaked havoc as he dismissed visitors top-order and West Indies was looking completely down and out.
Joshua Da Silva and Nkrumah Bonner then revived the innings for Windies and both batters grinded it out in the middle. Bad light forced an early end to Day 4 and the hosts are just four wickets away from victory.
Earlier, after gaining a lead of 156, Sri Lanka got off to a bad start as Pathum Nissanka (3) departed cheaply off the bowling of Rahkeem Cornwall. Oshada Fernando (14) also did not manage to stay at the crease for a long haul, but Dimuth Karunaratne and Angelo Mathews took Sri Lanka to the lunch interval and the hosts had eight wickets in hand, with the lead extended to 240.
Karunaratne went on to score 83 while Mathews remained unbeaten on 69 as Sri Lanka declared their innings at 191/4, setting West Indies a target of 348.
Earlier, resuming Day 4 at 224/9, overnight batters Joshua Da Silva and Shannon Gabriel did not manage to stay at the crease for a long haul as the latter was dismissed by Praveen Jayawickrama, and Windies innings folded for 230, giving hosts a lead of 156 runs.
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 367 and 191/4 (Dimuth Karunaratne 83, Angelo Mathews 69*; Rahkeem Cornwall 2-60); West Indies 230 and 52/6 (Nkrumah Bonner 18*, Joshua Da Silva 15*; Ramesh Mendis 4-17).

Sri Lanka on top against West Indies at Stumps

Galle [Sri Lanka]: Sri Lanka took control of the ongoing first Test against West Indies after the visiting batters displayed a lacklustre performance on Day 2 here at the Galle International Stadium on Monday.
At stumps, the Windies score read 113/6 with the visitors still trailing by 273 runs. For West Indies, Jason Holder (1*) and Kyle Mayers (22*) are currently unbeaten at the crease. After bundling out Sri Lanka for 386, Windies got off to a steady start as openers Jermaine Blackwood and Kraigg Brathwaite put on 46 runs on the board. However, Sri Lanka stormed right back into the contest with two quick wickets of Blackwood (20) and Nkrumah Bonner (1), reducing the visitors to 51/2.
Braithwaite (41) tried his best to survive but his resistance finally ended in the 32nd over as he was sent back to the pavilion by Ramesh Mendis. Windies innings further went into a slump as Shai Hope (10) and Jomel Warrican (1) departed cheaply. In the end, Kyle Mayers and Jason Holder ensured that the visitors do not lose any more wickets before stumps on Day 2.
Earlier, resuming Day 2 on 267/3, Sri Lanka did not manage to show the same resistance as the opening day and the hosts kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. Once Dimuth Karunaratne (147) was sent back, what followed was a procession and in the end, the hosts were bowled out for 386. For West Indies, Roston Chase returned with five wickets.
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 386 all out (Dimuth Karunaratne 147, Dhananjaya de Silva 61; Roston Chase 5-83); West Indies 113/6 (Kraigg Brathwaite 41, Jermaine Blackwood 20; Ramesh Mendis 3-23).

‘I ain’t leaving’, says Chris Gayle

New Delhi [India]: West Indies batter Chris Gayle has indicated he isn’t going anywhere and might be playing cricket despite the Windies’ poor show in the recently concluded T20 World Cup.
For West Indies, it was an emotional end to their title defence. The two-time champions showed glimpses of their era-defining T20 batting as they bid farewell to Dwayne Bravo and potentially Gayle. However, Gayle on Thursday hinted that he isn’t leaving via a cryptic tweet.
“I Ain’t Leaving…,” Gayle tweeted.

The opening batter had clarified after the West Indies’ last match that he has not officially announced his retirement from international cricket as he wants to play his farewell game at his hometown Jamaica.
Gayle was applauded onto the field by teammates when he went out to open the batting against Australia in the T20 World Cup and he had saluted the ground after his dismissal, proceeding to throw gloves into the crowd.
Alongside the retiring Dwanye Bravo, he was given a guard of honour on his way off the field at the end of the match.
“I’d love to play one more World Cup. But I don’t think they will allow me. It’s been a phenomenal career. I didn’t announce any retirement but they actually give me one game in Jamaica to go in front of my home crowd, then I can say ‘hey guys, thank you so much.’ Let’s see,” Gayle had said on ICC’s post-match Facebook live show.
“If not, I’ll announce it a long time and then I’ll be joining DJ Bravo in the backend and say thanks to each and everyone but I can’t say that as yet,” he added.
A veteran of 79 T20Is, 103 Tests and 301 ODIs, Gayle’s international career has spanned 22 years and three decades.
Most famous these days for his T20 legacy, Gayle was a force across all three formats. Gayle will likely be his impact on the sport’s newest international format that he is most remembered for.
A two-time winner of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, in 2012 and 2016, Gayle was fittingly the first player to score a century in the format at the international level, doing so in the first-ever T20 World Cup match.

T20 WC: End of a generation, says Pollard

Abu Dhabi [UAE] : West Undies captain Kieron Pollard said it’s the end of a generation after the Caribbean team was defeated by Australia in their final Super 12 match of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Saturday.
Half-centuries for David Warner and Mitchell Marsh, and four wickets for Josh Hazlewood made it four wins in five matches for Australia in Group 1. Warner made 89* off 54 while Marsh supported him with 53 off 32 as they chased down the target of 158 with eight wickets and 22 balls to spare. For West Indies, it was an emotional end to their title defence. The two-time champions showed glimpses of their era-defining T20 batting as they bid farewell to Dwayne Bravo and potentially Chris Gayle. However, they finished their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 campaign with only one win in the Super 12 stage.
In the post-match presentation, Kieron Pollard said: “I think overall has been a disappointing campaign. The batting has lived up to expectations, bowling has been decent. We could have done better with the fielding as well. Overall we weren’t good enough.”
“But for me, it’s the end of a generation/era where you have some guys who have done some good things for T20 cricket, not only in the Caribbean but around the world. Sometimes one tournament you don’t want to sum up the entire thing when it comes to that but rationally these guys have done pretty well for themselves and we as people are very, very proud,” he continued.
“Obviously we need to look at the way we play T20 cricket again. Our team is set-up for powerhitters to do a lot of damage but we weren’t able to do that. We have seen in these conditions that one guy in that top four has to bat through, when you get in try and stay as long as possible. It’s hard for the guys to come and hit straightaway. That is something that we need to do better but the good thing is that we have to start from foundation now and that’s the reality of the situation. There is nothing that we can do about it now. That journey would not have just started at this World Cup,” the all-rounder explained.
“The journey would have started earlier to get points accumalated whatever needed to qualify. For us it is what it is. We have to live with that. Couple of years ago we have to qualify for the 50-over World Cup and we did. So whoever in the position in terms of personnel now, we have to rebuild and do it. Thanks to everyone who have supported us. Thanks to the Caribbean fans, yes we disappointed you as a team, sorry. But life goes on. Thank you very much,” he added.

T20 WC: Australia beat WI

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: Australia demolished West Indies in their final Super 12 match in Group 1 of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Saturday.
With this 8-wicket win, Aussies are now in a good position to make the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 semi-final. David Warner and Mitchell Marsh played the innings of 89* and 53 respectively as Australia chased the target of 158 in 16.2 overs. The two-time men’s T20 World Cup winners, West Indies racked up an impressive 157/7 first up on the back of their top-of-the-order batters. And in reply, Australia never looked uncomfortable in chasing it down, as they gathered two points with 22 balls to spare.
Opener David Warner was in fine form, as he brought up a half-century to keep Australia well on track in their chase. With some help from Mitchell Marsh, he brought down the ask to an even 60 needed off 60 balls. Australia went into the drinks break at 98/1. The duo continued with carnage as after six overs following Marsh dismissal, Aussies chased the target.
Earlier batting first, West Indies posted 157/7 at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Kieron Pollard and Evin Lewis played innings of 44 and 29 respectively. Josh Hazlewood came back from an expensive first over to pick up four wickets.
Brief Scores: West Indies 157/7 (Kieron Pollard 44, Evin Lewis 29; Josh Hazlewood 4-39, Adam Zampa 1-20) vs Australia 161/2 (David Warner 89*, Mitchell Marsh 53; Akeal Hosein 1-29, Chris Gayle 1-7).

T20 WC: Windies knocked out of campaign

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: Shimron Hetmyer’s fifty went in vain as Sri Lanka defeated West Indies by 20 runs in the Super 12 match of the ongoing T20 World Cup here at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Thursday.
With this defeat, West Indies, the defending champions were knocked out of the ongoing T20 World Cup as Sri Lanka ended the tournament on a high. Chasing 190, West Indies got off to a worst possible start as the side lost two wickets in two overs.
West Indies needed to go big during the chase hut the side lost three wickets in the first six overs to lose the plot.
Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer did try to revive the innings but wickets kept falling at regular intervals which hampered West Indies’ chase.
Hetmyer kept on fighting till the end but failed to take West Indies over the line as the side fell 21-run short of the target
Earlier, put into bat first, Sri Lanka went all guns blazing to put up a strong total of 189 in the 20 overs.
Sri Lanka openers Kusal Perera and Pathum Nissanka got the side to a good start and posted 42 runs for the first wicket.
Andre Russell removed Perera in the sixth over but Nissanka and Asalanka stitched a 91-run stand for the second wicket. In death overs, skipper Dasun Shanaka’s cameo took Sri Lanka close to 190.
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 189/3 (Pathum Nissanka 51, Asalanka 68; Russell 2-33) vs West Indies 169/8 (Nicholas Pooran 46, Shimron Hetmyer 81*; Binura Fernando 2-24).

West Indies Women arrive in Karachi for 3 ODIs ahead of World Cup qualifier

Karachi [Pakistan]: West Indies women’s cricket team on Monday arrived in Karachi to take on Pakistan in the upcoming three-match ODI series which gets underway from November 8.
Karachi’s National Stadium will host West Indies women in the matches on November 8, 11 and 14 following which both sides will travel to Zimbabwe for the ICC women’s Cricket World Cup qualifier to be held from November 21 to December 5. “Our #MaroonWarriors arrived in Karachi earlier today to take on @TheRealPCB Women in 3 ODIs. November 8,11,14 at the National Stadium,” WIndies Cricket tweeted.
This will be Pakistan women’s third bilateral series in 2021 after they toured South Africa in January-February and West Indies in June-July.
The top three of the 10 teams will qualify for the ICC women’s Cricket World Cup 2022, which will be played in New Zealand.
West Indies squad: Stafanie Taylor (captain), Anisa Mohammed (vice-captain), Aaliyah Alleyne, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, Sheneta Grimmond, Chinelle Henry, Qiana Joseph, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Chedean Nation, Shakera Selman, Rashada Williams
Travelling Reserves: Cherry Ann Fraser, Shabika Gajnabi, Karishma Ramharack

T20 WC: Russell holds nerve as Windies win thriller against Bangladesh

Sharjah [UAE] : West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell defended 13 runs off the last over as his side defeated Bangladesh by three runs in the nail-biting thriller on Friday in Sharjah.
West Indies went against Bangladesh in the Group 1 Super 12s match of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Bangladesh needed 13 runs in the last over as the game went down to the wire. However, Russell gave just nine runs as West Indies got home for the first time in the ongoing T20 World Cup.
Put to bat, West Indies got off to a pathetic start as they lost early wickets of Evan Lewis and Chris Gayle and the score after 4.2 overs was 18/2. Bangladesh bowler Mahedi Hasan later scalped the wicket of Shimron Hetmyer. This was his second wicket after Gayle.
Later, Roston Chase and Nicholas Pooran provided the momentum to their team after playing great knocks of 39 and 40 runs, respectively. Their scores brought the team to a total of 142/7 at the end of 20 overs.
Chasing 143, Bangladesh got off to a bad start but Liton Das and skipper Mahmudullah made sure the side were right in the game till the last over before Russell brought out his A-game.
West Indies will now be facing Sri Lanka for their next ICC Men’s T20 World Cup clash in Abu Dhabi on November 4 while Bangladesh will be going against South Africa on November 2.
Brief scores: West Indies 142/7 (Nicholas Pooran 40, Roston Chase 39; Shoriful Aslam 2-20) vs Bangladesh 139/5 (Liton Das 44, Mahmudullah 31; Jason Holder 1-22)

T20 WC: Jason Holder approved as replacement for McCoy in Windies squad

Dubai [UAE]: The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 has approved Jason Holder as a replacement for Obed McCoy in the West Indies squad.
All-rounder Holder, who has played 199 international matches including 27 T20Is, was named as a replacement after McCoy was ruled out due to a leg injury. “Holder was a reserve as per the allowance for teams to travel with extra players in view of COVID-19 quarantine requirements,” the ICC said in its official statement.
The replacement of a player requires the approval of the Event Technical Committee before the replacement player can be officially added to the squad.
The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 consists of Chris Tetley (Head of Events, Chair), Clive Hitchcock (ICC Senior Cricket Operations Manager), Rahul Dravid and Dhiraj Malhotra (BCCI Representatives), Simon Doull and Ian Bishop (Independent Members).

T20 WC: South Africa thrash West Indies by 8 wickets

Dubai [UAE] : Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen starred as South Africa thrash West Indies by eight wickets in the Group 1 encounter of Super 12s in the ongoing ICC men’s T20 World Cup here at the Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday.
South Africa chased the target of 144 with eight balls to spare as Markram and Van der Dussen played the innings of 51* and 43* respectively. Chasing 144, excellent work in the field by Russell provided exactly the start West Indies had hoped for as Temba Bavuma walked back in the first over. Hendricks and Van der Dussen then forged a 50-run stand for the second wicket as South Africa consolidate their position in the chase.
Hosein then dismissed Hendricks to give a vital breakthrough to WI but the duo of Van der Dussen and Markram stitched another 50-run partnership and held SA’s innings in good shape.
The pair then cruised South Africa to victory and handed defending champions their second successive defeat in the tournament.
Put in to bat first, West Indies started off cautiously off the blocks initially after which Evin Lewis started to free his arms and took the attack against South African bowlers, especially to the part-time spin of Aiden Markram. At the end of the powerplay, their score read 43/0.
Evin Lewis continued his charge against SA bowlers as he brought up his half-century in the 10th over. But in next over, Maharaj removed dangerous-looking Lewis. He walked back after scoring 56 off 35 balls. Nicholas Pooran followed the opener soon.
The other WI opener, Lendl Simmons was dismissed in the 14th over after his 16 off 35 balls. West Indies lost a few wickets in clumps in the end but managed to make 143 runs in their 20 overs for South Africa to chase.
Brief Scores: West Indies 143/8 (Lewis 56, Pollard 26; Pretorius 3-17) vs South Africa 144/2 (Aiden Markram 51*, Rassie van der Dussen 43*; Akeal Hosein 1-27)

T20 WC: Was thinking of net run rate, reveals Morgan

Dubai [UAE]: England skipper Eoin Morgan stated that his side was thinking of Net Run Rate (NRR) after skittling West Indies to a dismal score of 55 in the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup on Saturday.
Ten batters fell on a single-figure score as West Indies were all out for 55 in a rematch of the 2016 final, a score England needed just 8.2 overs to surpass as defending champions’ NRR took a sizable early dent. With this win, England’s NRR skyrocketed to +3.970 as they now sit atop Group 1. During the post-match presentation, Eoin Morgan said: “This is as good as it gets, to start a campaign is a credit to the bowling unit. I thought the wicket was a good one, but the bowling was spot-on, we took all our chances and deserved this win.”
Spin twins Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid were the principal architects of West Indies’ downfall, the latter finishing with England’s best-ever T20I figures of four for two after Moeen had set the tone with two wickets and 18 dot balls in a miserly four-over spell.
“He is someone who does the basics well (on Moeen), he finishes off matches for us, hasn’t bowled a lot or played in a lot of games, but we did have someone like Ben Stokes in the middle. Mo has put in a huge contribution to the team,” Morgan said.
The returning Tymal Mills, representing England for the first time since February 2017, chipped in with two scalps of his own including key man Chris Gayle, who was the only batter to make it into double figures.
“He’s as good as he has ever been with the ball (on Tymal Mills), his ground fielding has improved a lot and he’s at his best at the moment, bowling wise. Some of our catching was superb, full credit to the coaching staff,” England captain said.
“We were thinking about the net run rate and so sent in guys who could have a go from ball one. But I’m sure that he’ll contribute to the team in the next few games (on Malan’s demotion),” he explained.
West Indies will take on South Africa on Tuesday while England will clash with Bangladesh in their next group game.

T20 WC: Adil Rashid stars as England kick-off campaign with 6-wicket win over West Indies

Adil Rashid scalped four as England thrashed West Indies by six wickets in their opening Super 12 match of the ongoing T20 World Cup on Saturday.

Dubai [UAE]: Set a paltry target of 56 by West Indies, England completed the formalities in 8.2 overs despite a wobble which saw them losing four wickets. With this win, England defeated West Indies at the men’s T20 World Cup for the first time in six games.
Chasing 56, England started off decently but soon lost two wickets. While Jason Roy was dimissed by Ravi Rampaul at the start of the third over, Jonny Bairstow departed six balls later leaving England at 30/2.
England lost two more wickets during their chase as Moeen Ali was run out while Liam Livingstone got dimissed as Akeal Hosein took a catch off his own bowling in the seventh over.
In the end, Buttler and Morgan made sure England don’t suffer any further hiccups as the side cruised to victory in the ninth over.
Earlier, put into bat first, West Indies got off to a bad start that only worsended as the game progressed. West Indies lost three wickets in the first five overs as England bowlers came firing on cylinders.
The Kieron Pollard-led kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were soon found reeling at 44/7 in the 11th over. West Indies had some hopes from Pollard and Russell but the duo also met the same fate as the side was folded for 55/10 in 14.2 overs.
Earlier in the day, Australia kickstarted the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup 2021 with a nervy five-wicket victory over South Africa in a low-scoring contest in Abu Dhabi.
Brief Scores: West Indies 55/10 (Chris Gayle 13; Adil Rashid 4-2, Moeen Ali 2-17) vs England 56/4 (Jos Buttler 24; Akeal Hosein 2-24)

T20 WC : Winner to get USD 1.6 million, confirms ICC

The winners of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will take home a winners’ cheque of USD 1.6 million while the runners-up will get half that amount, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed on Sunday.

Dubai [UAE], October 10 : All 16 competing teams will receive part of the USD 5.6 million allocated as prize money for the tournament, which will be played in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from October 17 to November 14. “The two losing semi-finalists will receive USD 400,000 each from the games taking place on November 10 and 11,” the ICC said in its official release.
As in 2016, there will be a bonus amount for every match that teams win in the Super 12 stage. The victors in each of the 30 games in that phase will this time win USD 40,000, a total pot of USD 1,200,000.
The teams confirmed to be competing in the Super 12 stage are Afghanistan, Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, and the West Indies.
The eight teams whose ICC Men’s T20 World Cup campaigns end at that stage will automatically receive USD 70,000 each, a totally of USD 560,000.
The same structure is in place for the first-round victories – with USD 40,000 available to those who win each of the 12 games, amounting to USD 480,000.
The four teams knocked out in the first round will take USD 40,000 each from an overall USD 160,000.
Teams whose campaigns begin in the first round are Bangladesh, Ireland, Namibia, Netherlands, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, and Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile, there will be two scheduled Drinks Intervals in each ICC Men’s T20 World Cup game. They will last for 2 minutes, 30 seconds and will be taken at the midpoint of each inning.

T20 World Cup: In order to win, teams will have to go through India, says Darren Sammy

New Delhi [India]: Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy feels every team will have to go through India if they want to progress in the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.
India will face Pakistan in their opening game of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 at the Dubai International Stadium on October 24. India, champions in the inaugural edition played in South Africa in 2007 and finalists in 2014, will also have Afghanistan, New Zealand, and two qualifiers from Round 1 to contend with in Group 2 while Group 1 comprises England, Australia, South Africa, the West Indies and two qualifiers from Round 1. “India is the team to beat. We have heard Dinesh Karthik talk about it — the experience, their T20 players come into the international cricket with, whether it is from India’s domestic T20 cricket or the IPL, you see all the countries go there and get the experience,” said Sammy on Star Sports show Game Plan.
“Apart from the World Cup, I think this is if not, the most pressure situation (tournament), where the players will be under and India has that formula. In 2016, when we left our homes, me, the coach and all the guys said — in order to win this tournament, you will have to go through India. Whatever stage it is, you will have to go through India, whether it is the final, the semi-final,” he added.
The mega event might have been shifted to UAE but Sammy feels India still has an upper hand since the hosts’ players would feature in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 before going into the World Cup.
“Yes, it (the tournament) has shifted to the UAE, but don’t forget, before that, all the Indian players would have completed the IPL and got used to these conditions,” said Sammy.
“It is not surprising to me that the Indian cricket board chose this place, at this time, to complete the IPL and it will also benefit the other teams. But you will have to go through India in any tournament.
“As you have seen in the last few ICC tournaments, whether it is the Test Championship or ODI, you will have to go through India in order to win,” he added.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE and Oman will get underway from October 17, with the final to be played in Dubai on November 14.

WI vs Pak, 1st Test: Honours even after Abbas’ twin strikes bring back visitors in game

ANI | Updated: Aug 13, 2021 10:41 IST

Kingston [Jamaica], August 13 (ANI): West Indies might have restricted Pakistan to 217 in the first innings but Mohammad Abbas’ twin strikes helped visitors come back in the first Test on Thursday.
Jason Holder and Jayden Seales picked three-wicket hauls each to restrict Pakistan to a modest total on the opening day of the first Test before Abbas grabbed two wickets in successive deliveries to make an even day for the two sides. At stumps, the West Indies scorecard reads 2/2 with skipper Kraigg Brathwaite and Roston Chase unbeaten at 1 and 0 runs respectively.
West Indies won the toss and asked Pakistan to bat first. The tourists lost their openers Imran Butt (11) and Abid Ali (9) with 21 runs on the board.
Azhar Ali was dismissed for 17 runs, captain Babar Azam contributed 30 before falling to Kemar Roach.
Mohammad Rizwan fell for a quickfire 23 off 30 balls which left Pakistan wobbling at 101 for five.
Left-hander Fawad Alam joined hands with all-rounder Faheem Ashraf for an 85-run sixth-wicket alliance that took the visitors to 186 before Faheem was run out for 44 (66 balls, eight fours).
Fawad top-scored with 56 which turned out to be his first Test half-century, the southpaw had earlier converted his first four career fifties into hundreds. Fawad hit six fours in his typically gutsy 117-ball effort.
Pakistan were bowled out for 217 in 70.3 overs, Holder took three wickets for 26 while Seales also claimed three wickets for the West Indies with Roach finishing with two for 47 off 16 overs.
In the morning session of play, only 17 overs were possible as heavens opened with Pakistan placed at 34 for two.
Pakistan roared back in contention as pacer Abbas accounted for opener Kieran Powell and Nkrumah Bonner on successive deliveries of the third over of the West Indies innings.
The hosts finished the day at two for two after four overs of play, they will begin day two trailing Pakistan by 215 runs.
Brief Scores: Pakistan 217 all out (Fawad Alam 56, Faheem Ashraf 44; Jason Holder 3-26); West Indies 2/2 (Mohammad Abbas 2-0) 

West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo plays his final T20I match in the Caribbean

Georgetown [Guyana]: Dwayne Bravo, the two-time T20I World Champion, on Tuesday announced that today’s match against Pakistan in Guyana will be his last international match on home soil.
Bravo made the disclosure to his teammates in the team huddle and via Cricket West Indies (CWI) social media ahead of the start of the fourth and final T20I at the Guyana National Stadium. “I just want to take this opportunity to wish one of our stalwarts. In all three formats, he has played though he retired from the other two a long time back. But Bravo is playing his final game in Maroon on the Caribbean soil. We look forward to that,” Kieron Pollard said in a video posted on Windies Cricket.
According to CWI, Bravo has been a lion-hearted competitor for West Indies from the very start of his career. The highlights of his T20I career are the two World Cup wins – in 2012 on his birthday against Sri Lanka in Colombo, and in 2016 against England in Kolkata.
Bravo is one of the greatest performers in the shortest format, and his bowling at the death is superb.
He has excelled and is the leading wicket-taker for West Indies with 76 wickets in 85 matches. His best figures are 4-19 which came last month against South Africa at the Grenada National Stadium.
In the West Indies, Bravo has made 138 international appearances – 15 in Tests, 93 in One-Day Internationals and 40 in T20 Internationals.
Overall, he has played 40 Tests (2200 runs and 86 wickets); 164 ODIs (2968 runs and 199 wickets) and 85 T20Is (1229 runs and 76 wickets).

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