West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Bridgetown, 5th day May 4, 2017

Hope's knock the gamechanger - Holder


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'The series is wide open' - Holder

It was a match where momentum swung sharply one way and then the other, but still left one feeling that West Indies were up against it. Ever since Pakistan had dominated the opening two sessions of the first day, reducing their opponents to 154 for 6, they kept snuffing out any West Indian resurgence. All those efforts came undone on a famous morning in Bridgetown, with the West Indies needing under 35 overs to blow Pakistan away for 81 and seal an astonishing 106-run series-levelling victory.

The seeds of the win were sown during the course of the fourth afternoon when Shai Hope, who averaged little over 15 in eight Tests prior to this, negated the Yasir Shah threat to make a gritty 90 that stretched the lead to 187.

"It was a collective team effort," Jason Holder, the West Indies captain, said. "We got runs in the first innings which I felt was crucial, and we were able to back it up with a solid second-innings performance on that kind of pitch. I think credit must go to Shai Hope, and obviously our bowling department was outstanding the entire game.

"We felt if we could give them anything in excess of 170, we were in with a really good chance on a day-five pitch. It was all about being patient, we needed to hit our lengths, and use our cutters, cross-seam deliveries, anything that would give us assistance off the wicket. We dropped one or two chances, an area we need to improve on, but it was still a strong collective team effort."

Holder's one regret was Hope missing a maiden Test century. "His innings was outstanding. He likes batting here; I think he has two double-centuries at this ground. And it's good he came here, playing his second Test match here, and went on to score a half-century. Unfortunately, he didn't go on to score a hundred, I felt he deserved it, but that's the way cricket goes. But I felt his innings was really crucial. He was patient and selective. He played on merit and was able to get a good score for us."

Misbah, for his part, refused to play up the troubles of chasing on a crumbling surface. "You can easily say that it's about batting on a day-five pitch. But after getting them 150-odd for 6 in the first innings and letting them score 300-plus, we let it slip. Then, we were in control batting at 316 for 4, but could only manage a lead of 81. I think that made a huge difference, and we all knew even on the first day that it's [the pitch] going to get worse.

"So if we had managed a bigger lead in the first innings that could have made a difference. On the last day, all credit to the West Indian bowlers, they hit their lines, they bowled their heart out, and we really had no answers."

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

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  • Metman on May 10, 2017, 18:02 GMT

    @JOHNNY865.....Pollard has only played 3 full seasons of 4 day cricket. 2007 ,2008,and 2009. He played no matches in 2010...one in 2011 ,2012 and 2015 ,....2 each in 2013 and 2014 and none in 2016 and 2017 ...and that is the reason he has an. av. of 37.71.You should also look and see who were the established players from 2007 to 2010.

  • cricfan46234109 on May 10, 2017, 3:50 GMT

    On such fifth day pitch no team could survive

  • Johnny865 on May 9, 2017, 13:03 GMT

    @metman... you do know that pollard batting average in 4 day cricket is better than that of dorwich, singh, hetmyer, holder, powell. he in fact made his name in 4 day cricket. just some knowledge you should be aware of b4 undermining the guy...

  • Cricinfouser on May 9, 2017, 12:56 GMT

    are west indies selectors keeping the same squad for the next test. does anyone know. I am just hoping that they can strengthen both batting and bowling so as to take this series. we have some good players sitting out. this pitch might play a little different and we should be prepared for that since this is the decider.

  • Metman on May 9, 2017, 12:07 GMT

    RALLY_WINDIES.......big man you are WAY OFF BASE....Dwayne Bravo said he WANTED A BREAK FROM TEST CRICKET soon after the WI won the their first WC and after it was announced that SAMMY was being RETAINED as CAPTAIN for the upcoming TEST series against PAKISTAN in 2011. His announcement came soon after Chris Gayle said that he would be unavailable for that series too because of a bad back which he said he had played through the WC with. Bravo NEVER said he was AVAILABLE for selection again which he should have done,since he was THE ONE who had requested the break during the time Sammy was captain and ONLY said he was INTERESTED in playing TEST cricket AGAIN after Phil Simmons was appointed coach and Sammy removed as captain. During that same time Pollard said he wanted an INDEFINITE break from 4 day cricket as though he was good enough to play TEST cricket but after Simmons was made coach said he would love to play TEST cricket Check those FACTS big man...you are misleading YOURSELF.

  • Rally_Windies on May 9, 2017, 5:19 GMT


    stop the Lies,, you are acting like Cameron, making up stuff...

    Dwayne Bravo was devastated when WICB dropped him from all cricket..

    he never wanted a rest from test cricket...

    Dwayne Bravo made himself unavailable for Test Cricket around when he was aged 32,, a good 6 years after he had played his last Test match ..

    For 6 years, he wanted to represent WI, and was ignored ...

  • swarzi on May 9, 2017, 1:57 GMT

    @CRICFAN4440747489: My answer to your question is: "Gabriel would have had to bowl to defend 115 runs; and he would have defended it with ease, because he dismissed Pakistan for 81". Any more questions?

  • Blal on May 8, 2017, 20:56 GMT

    CRICKETISTHEWAY: I am talking about 1997 tour by not 1977...

  • cricfan8608326640 on May 8, 2017, 16:36 GMT

    This was a brilliant win because it was not expected and the West Indies deserves a lot of credit for bowling out a great team. Shannon Gabriel has improved a lot and should push on from here for bigger performances in the future. The team should continue to fight and show that the West Indian spirit is still strong and alive.

  • cricfan3501928285 on May 8, 2017, 14:40 GMT

    I really do think players like Fawad Alam, Usman Salahuddin, Asif Zakir, Kamran Akmal should be in the test squad. Especially fawad Alam who averages 56.51 in FC cricket. Kamran Akmal has had a stellar FC season topping the charts with his runs and Asif Zakir and Salahuddin have also been consistent in domestic level. I'm thinking that Fawad Alam, Kamran Akmal and Asif Zakir should really be in the starting XI in the expense of Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed and Misbah and Younus when they retire.... What do you guys think?

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