International Cricket

Pakistan level series against West Indies as spinners run riot

Abdur Rehman finished with career-best figures, and shared the last five wickets with fellow spinner Saeed Ajmal to usher Pakistan to a series-levelling 196-run victory in the second Test against West Indies yesterday.

Rehman captured four for 65 from 24.3 overs, and Ajmal took three for 79 from 31 overs, as West Indies, in pursuit of a highly improbable target of 427, were dismissed for 230 in their second innings about 15 minutes before lunch on the final day at Warner Park.

The Pakistani victory meant the two-Test series was tied 1-1, after West Indies claimed a 40-run victory in the first Test.

Misbah noted it has been difficult playing so much away from home because of safety concerns, but they were many positives to this sad reality.

“We are getting more experienced playing in foreign conditions, and we are learning more and more how to adapt ourselves and our cricket to different conditions,” he said.

“I think it has also helped our team unity because the guys are getting stronger mentally, and are still performing well in conditions to which they are not accustomed.”

Misbah also hailed the fielding of his side in the match, a transformation from the first Test, when they dropped close to 10 catches.

“This is the one area where we were certainly behind in the previous Test, and I think in this game, the fielding was the difference between the two sides.”

West Indies captain Darren Sammy said: “We had good momentum coming into this game, and I think we lost that momentum when the Pakistan last wicket pair put on 78 in the first innings,

“But we just did not score enough runs in this game. We are not happy with this, or the way we have batted throughout the series.”



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