Debutant Mohammad Abbas gave Pakistan a flying start as he in his second delivery in Test cricket picked up West Indian opener Kraigg Brathwaite. West Indian top order batting failed miserably against Pakistan pace bowling. Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Abbas together rattled West Indian top order. They lost their top four wickets inside 20 overs and then lower order gave some respite to the West Indian faithful.
The West Indies made few changes to their squad, Simron Hetmyer and Vishaul Singh made their debut. They both scored some good runs against Pakistan in the warm-up game. Shimron missed a century in that game and Vishaul Singh scored 137 runs.
After the first session, the West Indian lower order took control in their hands, Roston Chase and Shanon Dowrich both put up a partnership of 118 runs to help the West indies come out from muddy waters. They both were in the same over, first it was Chase who lost a wicket to Yasir Shah then in the very next one Shanon Dowrich was bowled by Yasir Shah. Then late on some gutsy Hitting by Jason Holder and Devendra Bishoo helped them to come close to 250 in the day. Day one was called off nine overs early cause of weather.
Mohammad Amir was the star of the morning along with debutant Mohammad Abbas, Abbas in his first over, took his first international wicket. Aamir picked up three wickets in his spell which was enough to let West Indies suffer. Aamir was getting his natural movement which was not easy for the Caribbean batsmen to control.
After the first session, the Caribbean batsman started taking advantage of Wahab Riaz’s wayward line and the track became easy to bat as well. Yasi Shah once again looked out of sorts, though he got two important wickets and broke a well-settled partnership but other than that he looked average. His economy is close to four and 50% of the boundaries came in his bowling.
The second day will be interesting to see, as Holder and Bishoo will have to settle once again and target a big score.
West Indies 244/7 (81 overs): Roston Chase 63, Dowrich 56 and Mohammad Amir 3/28