WI vs PAK | Day 2: Brathwaite, Holder script fightback to help Windies take first innings lead

Somya Kapoor

Somya Kapoor

Author| Aug 14, 7:18 AM

Photo Credits: Twitter
Photo Credits: Twitter

Skipper Kraigg Brathwaite and Roston Chase steadied West Indies after a terrible start in the first innings of the first Test against Pakistan in Jamaica. They had lost two wickets for two runs in a short period before the end of the first day’s play. 

The duo stitched a stand of 49 runs for the third wicket before Chase was sent back in the hut for 21 by Hasan Ali. 

Brathwaite then put on another partnership of 49 runs with Jermaine Blackwood for the fourth wicket but Shaheen Shah Afridi brought Pakistan back in the game once again with the wicket of Blackwood and Kyle Mayers on consecutive deliveries. 

The hosts were in a spot of bother at 100/5 when the former skipper Jason Holder joined Brathwaite in the middle. 

Both batsmen resisted well and helped West Indies come out of a critical situation with a 96-run stand for the sixth wicket. Holder departed for 58, while Brathwaite fell just three runs short of what could have been a fine century and was run out for 97.

The Caribbean side took the first-innings lead of 34 runs by ending the second day’s play at 251/8.

Mohammad Abbas added another dismissal to his tally in the innings for Pakistan while Shaheen scalped a couple of wickets. Faheem Ashraf and Hasan Ali also picked up one wicket each before the stumps were called. 

Brathwaite expressed his disappointment at missing out on a ton. “Obviously not feeling too good (getting run-out on 97), as soon as I returned for the second (sensed the trouble), but I committed to two and then I took off. Probably misjudged it and wouldn't do it again but from a team's POV [Point of view] I would have liked to be there at the end,” he said.  

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