West Indies v Pakistan, 1st Test, Kingston, 2nd day April 22, 2017

Amir's five-for headlines rain-hit day


West Indies 278 for 9 (Holder 55*, Gabriel 4*, Amir 5-41) v Pakistan
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mohammad Amir performs the sajdah after taking his first five-wicket haul since 2010 © AFP

Mohammad Amir claimed his first five-wicket haul since that fateful Lord's Test in 2010 to leave West Indies at 278 for 9 before rain put an end to a wet, miserable day in which only 11.3 overs were possible. The morning session was wiped out after the covers had leaked moisture on to the pitch. That, along with an outfield so wet that it had to be dried by lighting a fire over it, meant that over four hours had passed from the scheduled start when the players finally took the field.

Jason Holder and Devendra Bishoo, carrying over a flamboyant partnership from the first day, were much more sedate now that Amir and Mohammad Abbas were in the attack. However, despite the heavy cloud cover, the new ball wasn't nearly as lively as Pakistan might have hoped, and the batsmen looked fairly comfortable for the first half hour. But, soon after, Bishoo perished reaching for a delivery from Amir that was well outside off stump, getting a faint edge that carried comfortably to Sarfraz Ahmed.

Holder, sensing he was running out of partners, took the attack to Abbas, walking down the track to launch him over mid-off for six, bringing up a brisk half-century. Next ball, he went from destructive to delicate, opening the face of his bat to guide the ball through the slips and taking his side closer to 300.

Amir then had a whole over to bowl at Alzarri Joseph, and that was never going to end well for the No. 10 batsman. If Bishoo's dismissal was scrappy, the one to dismiss Joseph and complete his five-wicket haul was all class. Class of 2009-10, to be precise. Not getting swing from over the wicket, Amir switched angles to Joseph, pitching the ball up at pace from around the wicket. It tailed in slightly, and crashed into Joseph's off stump. Joseph could perhaps find some solace in the fact that the delivery would have done in many of his team-mates batting higher up the order.

There was just enough time left for No. 11 Shannon Gabriel to play the shot of the day, driving Amir sweetly down the ground for four to take the West Indies total to 278. Two balls later, the heavens opened once more, forcing the players off the field for good. It might have felt like a wasted day, but you try telling Amir that.

Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000

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  • johnycrg on April 23, 2017, 17:46 GMT

    @swarzi while I applaud you for setting high standards for the players I think your posts are starting to veer away from logic. I referred to holder as a bowling all rounder simply because of his batting position. I think every single person here can appreciate and agree that he is a better batsman than bowler.but to even use narine stats to ridicule holder is just insulting to narine. The fact that an all rounder who you consider to be more batsman than bowler bowling stats are comparable to a specialist spinner justifies the exclusion of that said spinner. I see you as a reasonable person who just wants the best for the team but I think your focus is a bit off base. Instead of asking holder to average 35 with the bat ask the other specialist batsmen to average 35 first. until then your credibility on the forums will be naught. personally I know he can do it. and I think he should play as a top order batsman as opposed to a 'bowling all rounder'.

  • Mohammad Zamin on April 23, 2017, 16:24 GMT

    What a lovely spell of fast bowling by Mohammed Aamir. The balls he bowled were absolutr beauties, hopefully this will give him confidence to bowl thise delivieries often. Yasir can be the demolisher in the second innings. Bad shot played by Azhar Ali, he is undoubtedly one of the best Test batsman in the world today.

  • cricfan9033227104 on April 23, 2017, 16:19 GMT

    I love mohommad amir...from SL fan...

  • Mekkayel on April 23, 2017, 15:53 GMT

    which batsman in the current test team has averaged better than Holder (34.5) since 2015? excluding brathwaite of course. even Bravo's average during this period is 32. so what "high standards" are posters like swarzi accustomed to? as a matter of fact name an allrounder that's done the same in a similar period?

  •   Ricardo Mitchell on April 23, 2017, 15:45 GMT

    My respect for J Holder batting, i hope that he bowl and captain the side well to victory. Only West Indies can loose this match which are in their favour.

  • Ramslam92 on April 23, 2017, 15:34 GMT

    @samroy dont speak if you dont know about something......when it comes to pollard you are saying that he cant pick googly and cant play outswingers likewise ....but he has 3 hundreds against the best teams two against australia and one against india....so how many holder have...lol

  • mar2000 on April 23, 2017, 14:57 GMT

    Again we see the talent of HOLDER as a batsman. I always say , "Holder is a batsman who can bowl". Maybe , he should consider moving up the order.......now & then.

  • swarzi on April 23, 2017, 14:56 GMT

    @SAMROY: Based on what most people like you write, I conclude lots of you are from "the school of mediocrity". I'm not. I set high standards to which I'm accustomed. I noticed you're still referring to Holder as "bowling" all rounder, even though he's playing test cricket for over 3 years now, and has an abysmal bowling record of "one wicket per innings"! So, I can't see him as any bowler of significance; but because the authorities that be, are adamant that he should be in the team, I'm trying to give him a pass in the role which he seems to be better at - that is, his batting. So I am saying, if he bats at No.7 and can consistently average 35 runs per year, he can be picked, but not as captain. But it's outrageous that so many of you think that 35 is too high an average for a so called test match all rounder - what low standard! And like you want me to set my standard that low too - hell no! You complain of Narine taking wkts at 40 runs apiece but backing Holder who takes them at 41!

  • doosra-sheru on April 23, 2017, 14:46 GMT

    WHOA.......I have great respect for WI fans as they are very knowledgeable about cricket unlike other world fans who can be emotional fanatics. However some WI fans have been calling for WICB to put the best team out for matches even knowing some are unwilling,some have retired,some are past their prime, one has been rude to WICB,some are unavailable, and one has even gone to IPL to develop form (lol) So if theoretically this team is picked can it do better than the present one? Team: Gayle,Simmons ,Bravo,Bravo,PollardSammy, Ramdin,Nareen,Taylor,Cummins and Roach ...I doubt it. So time to move on and build a new team with nil baggage.It is unheard of in civil world to walk out of a tour or insult or criticize your managers and still be retained. The present team might very well win this present Test match

  • sreyassree on April 23, 2017, 14:31 GMT

    West Indies are not selecting talents u has D.Johnson who is left arm fast bowler.he will affect variety to attack.but Jason holder is blocking entry of new bowlers.then chemar holder kma Paul kesrick Williams etc.

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