Pakistan’s wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan took a stunning catch to dismiss the Windies tailender Jomel Warrican in the final innings of the Test Match. The Windies were eight down in the 53rd over of the came and required 17 runs to seal the first test match held at Sabina Park.
Warrican attempted a hook shot off Hasan Ali’s short pitched delivery but the ball took the top edge of the bat and was guiding towards the fine leg fielder. Mohammad Rizwan took the charge upon himself to get hold of the leather. The fine leg fielder was in a position to take the catch but he saw the keeper coming towards the ball. Rizwan had to cover a lot of ground but he eventually succeeded and got hold of the ball. His teammates in the field and in the dugout were delighted by the fielder’s astonishing effort. The Pakistanis needed a wicket to win and their confidence reached new heights after getting a much-needed wicket.
But their efforts were not enough and eventually the Windies sealed the victory, thanks to Kemar Roach’s 30 runs which came at a much crucial time.
Kemar Roach, who is widely known for his brutal fast bowling spells delivered a handy 30 runs innings, scoring two boundaries.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam in a post-match interview said: “This is the beauty of Test cricket. We did well with batting, but we didn’t carry on with the momentum in the first innings. The bowlers did well, and then again, we lost momentum with quick wickets in the second innings. It was difficult to score, it was swinging and seaming, the outfield was slow, and their bowlers bowled in the channel,” Babar was quoted as saying after the match.
“We were patient and wanted to build a partnership. Hasan, Shaheen, and Abbas were good throughout, and we took our catches, but we did drop two in the final session which might have made the difference,” he added.
Despite the scintillating efforts the Pak’s could not get hold of the match and the visitors went 1-0 up in a two match test series. The next game is scheduled to start from Friday 25 August at the same venue. Pakistan will be desperate for a win and will try their everything to tie the series after losing the first match.