West Indian skipper Kraigg Brathwaite scored 97 runs in the 1st innings of the 1st Test vs Pakistan.© AFP
After registering a narrow one-wicket win over Pakistan in the first Test, West Indies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite has said his side never lost hope in what turned out to be an exciting encounter. “A remarkable Test. We never lost hope. Pakistan threw very well, and this field required patience from the batsmen. Whoever had more patience came out on top. We have some time for the next Test and it will be a bowlers did well, they were tired, but they gave it their all,” Brathwaite told the presenter after the game.
“We’ve worked hard as a batting group and Blackwood is hungry for runs at home. Pakistan will come back hard, but whoever has more patience will come out on top. I think this was a good cricket ground – had something for the pacers and had value for runs because the ball came up,” he added.
Kemar Roach’s resilience and grit helped the West Indies walk away with a one-wicket victory over Pakistan in the first Test of the two-match series here at Sabina Park on Sunday.
With this win, the West Indies have moved up 1-0 in the series and added crucial points to the World Test Championship (WTC) standings.
After 168 for the win on Day 4, the hosts lost their first three wickets with just 16 runs left as Kraigg Brathwaite (2), Kieran Powell (4) and Nkrumah Bonner (5) left cheaply. Roston Chase and Jermaine Blackwood then created some resistance as the duo made 68 runs for the fourth wicket.
Faheem Ashraf caused the collapse of the West Indies again and the hosts were reduced to 142/8, still needing 26 runs for the win. In the end, however, Roach held out and helped his team to a one-wicket victory.
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