PAKISTAN IN WEST INDIES, 2017 – West Indies skipper Jason Holder expressed his disappointment over his team’s inability to put up a big score in the first innings that ultimately played a part in West Indies conceding the series lead to Pakistan on Tuesday (April 25). The visitors took a 1-0 lead after winning the first Test in Jamaica by seven wickets.
“Yasir Shah did bowl well in the second innings but we could have batted a lot better,” Holder said. “From the position we were in last evening, if was always going to be difficult to come out on the fifth day and try to survive Yasir.”
Holder’s opposite number Misbah-ul-Haq was pleased with his side’s performance and credited their ability to close out the contest despite losing almost an entire day to rain. “With tricky weather, the idea was to win the toss and bowl first,” Misbah said. “We just had one chance to get them out quickly and then play one good innings. Otherwise it wasn’t going to be possible. We knew that it was going to be tough batting on the fifth day.
“I think the bowlers did very well. In the first innings (Mohammad) Amir, especially, his spell was crucial. In the second innings, again Amir and especially Yasir’s spell was incredible. Getting six wickets this morning in no time was the game changer.”