Abbas double strike puts West Indies on back foot in first Test
Abbas double strike puts West Indies on back foot in first Test

Two wickets in two balls by Mohammad Abbas not long before the end of play put the West Indies quickly on the back foot in answer to Pakistan's first innings absolute of 217 on the downpour influenced first day of the season of the principal Test at Sabina Park on Thursday.

At 2-2 going into the subsequent day, with skipper Kraigg Brathwaite and Roston Chase set to continue the innings, the home side will be aware of the continued batting capitulations they suffered in being whipped in a comparable two-Test duel with South Africa two months sooner in St Lucia.

Abbas put the seal on a bowlers' day by having Kieran Powell taken low at second slip and afterward catching Nkrumah Bonner leg before next ball in a testing last 20 minutes of the play.

It was Bonner's first Test innings since his concise appearance on the first day of the season of the South Africa series when he had to resign harmed subsequent to being struck flush on the protective cap first ball by quick bowler Anrich Nortje.

Like Abbas, the West Indies quick bowlers advocated their captain's choice to bowl first with previous pioneer Jason Holder and youthful pacer Jayden Seales taking three wickets each.

Kemar Roach lifted his count of Test wickets to 225 in his 66th match by eliminating Imran Butt after thirty minutes play and afterward added the significant wicket of Pakistan commander Babar Azam.

Babar and previous captain Azhar Ali put on 47 for the third wicket with Azhar catching a significant part of the consideration in the early evening meeting for an unusual progression of respites through references to the TV innovation with four successive choices going the method of the batsman.

Nonetheless, it was the joined exertion of left-handers Fawad Alam (56) and Faheem Ashraf (44) which gave the innings some substance.

The pair put on 85 for the 6th wicket possibly to be isolated by a run out when Ashraf was discovered shy of his ground by square-leg defender Chase when trying to finish a sharp single.

Just as the West Indies bowled on the principal day's pitch, the conditions were a bit of an astonishment for them.

"It was a little more slow than I anticipated that it should be so I needed to bowl much more full and make the batsmen play significantly more," said Holder. "I think it will be troublesome front and center with the bowlers they have accessible. We can take a gander at the application displayed by Faheem and Fawad and take design from that."

On a day when 12 wickets fell, it was the four events with hardly a pause in between when Azhar made due to battle on from the get-go in the post-lunch period which demonstrated generally critical.

Twice he was reprieved by exploring the on-field umpire's ruling against him and two additional occasions Brathwaite was ineffective in having not out choices upset by means of the accessible TV innovation.

Holder was the terrible bowler on the initial three events while Kyle Mayers was the other man left especially abused.

Amusingly, it was Holder who then, at that point held a decent low catch at second slip to excuse Azhar for 17 off Seales.

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