West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd Test, St Kitts, 5th day May 24, 2011

Rehman thrilled with spinner-friendly tracks

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan's spinners picked up an unprecedented 32 of the 40 available wickets to square the two-Test series against West Indies, leaving left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman surprised by the amount of turn on offer at the two venues. Rehman was at the forefront of Pakistan's victory in the second Test at St Kitts, picking up 4 for 65 in the second innings as West Indies lost by 196 runs.

"We have been surprised by the bounce and the spin that we have gotten from the pitches," Rehman said after setting up Pakistan's win on the fourth evening. "This is why we are very happy. Spinners are happy when they get pitches that turn, but to also get the bounce is good, and [West Indies] have struggled against the spin and the bounce. It would not be a bad idea to dig up this pitch, and carry it around with me, so that I can get plenty of wickets."

Rehman bottled up one end through the series, while offspinners Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez made the breakthroughs. Ajmal was adjudged Man of the Series after helping himself to 17 wickets. Rehman indicated he was happy with his role within the attack, and was thankful to the team management for backing his skills.

"They have encouraged me to bowl the way I normally do - do not try to flight the ball too much, but try to bowl as containing [a line] as possible, and the wickets will come - and they did in this innings," Rehman said. "I was trying to flight the ball too much, and I was not as effective as I could be, but I resorted to my style of bowling, and I got some turn and bounce, and it worked for me."

Taufeeq Umar and Misbah-ul-Haq were the other architects of Pakistan's win, as they both struck centuries in the second innings. Their efforts were put into perspective by the fact that, prior to this game, Pakistan had produced only two Test tons since January 2010. Misbah and Taufeeq oversaw a strong batting revival after Pakistan had lost their way in the first innings, at one point stumbling to 194 for 9.

"It really has been a good comeback for us," Rehman said. "Our batting struggled on the first day, but this is the way cricket is played. Our coaches kept encouraging us, and giving us confidence, and they told us not to worry about what happened on the first day. They helped us, and they instructed us what to do, and then we had two hundreds from Taufeeq Umar and our captain in the second innings, and we did well to come back."

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  • KarachiKid on May 26, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    I think if Windies produce fast seaming and bouncy pitches, bring back Jerome Taylor, Fidel Edwards and Chris Gayle, they will be a handful against Indians. I think Jerome Taylor, Fidel Edwards and Ravi Rampaul have fire in them to trouble Indians. the spinner role could taken by Suleman Benn or Bishoo - if the wicket is not turning, they dont really need a spinner. A full strength Windies can definitely make it challenging for touring Indians. Good luck.

  • gottalovetheraindance on May 26, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    any1 wants a clue as to pakistan leveled the series check out this link http://www.espncricinfo.com/engvwi2009/content/story/403356.html

  • dummy4fb on May 25, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    WI have a series against india, lets get Edwards into the bowling attack and get some quick bouncy wickets prepared.

  • SlogSw33p on May 25, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    @Hamza: West Indies lost the match from the second day buddy. That 70-run partnership between Tanvir Ahmed and Saeed Ajmal sapped all their energy. They never looked like they were gonna win since then..

  • Afraz123 on May 25, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    Bring Mohammed Yousuf and Abdul Razak back.. pakistan need the service of them.

  • cricfan04315875 on May 25, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, some thing to cheer about for us Fans

  • dummy4fb on May 25, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    West Indies seemed like they had already lost the match by the end of third day..... After they dropped Taufeeq umar twice and watched him get a hundred their body lagnuage showed that they werent putting up any fight and seemed down and out already. But credit goes to pakistan for working so hard in this test.Congratz to misbah as well even though i dont like the idea him replacing afridi but thats PCB's fault not his.

  • likeintcricket on May 25, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    Despite a drawn series I am still disappointed with the result. It could have been much better for Pakistan if they have not lost their focus after 3rd one day. Unnecessary changes to the side cost them two one day intls and the 10 wicket lost effected their performance in the first test as well. But they came back strongly in the 2nd test and the general opinion is that they could have won the series if awarded a decider.

  • VivGilchrist on May 24, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    Why produce pitches that favour the opposition? Anyway before people start blaming Mr Sammy for this loss I would like you to consider home much the Windies top 6 has let the bowlers down this series. Bowlers need something to defend. Sarwan and Nash while there names look good on paper, must bat better than what they have this series to warrant selection considering Shiv, Barrath, and Gayle could be back soon. One positive is that the tail is scoring runs.

  • dummy4fb on May 24, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    I hope WICB read this comment about the pitches. We are preparing pitches that help the opposition

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