Fifth Test Match

West Indies v Pakistan

At Kingston, April 15, 16, 17, 19, 20. The West Indies won by 140 runs and so clinched the series by two victories to one. On a good, fast pitch yielding bounce, batsmen on both sides faltered against pace and leg-spin bowling.

There were exceptions, principally Greenidge, who scored 100 and 82 for the West Indies, vital contributions to his team's effort. Asif Iqbal, after an early chance, attacked excitingly in the Pakistan second innings for his only substantial score of the series but his effort proved futile.

The West Indies' first innings was dominated by Greenidge, who batted flawlessly in hitting three 6's and fifteen 4's. He scored exactly half the runs before he was fifth out at 200. Imran, who took six for 90, bowled with speed and hostility. Greenidge prevailed in a partnership of 90 with Kallicharran after the early loss of Fredericks, Richards and Lloyd while King, in his first Test of the series, contributed an important 41.

The Pakistan batsmen failed to build on the start gained by the bowling, falling before tea on the second day 82 behind. Roberts and Croft generated great pace and neither was capably handled. The veteran leg-spinner Holford, a surprise choice, removed Asif Iqbal and Raja and only Haroon batted confidently before he was brilliantly caught at second slip.

Wasim Bari was forced to retire hurt after being hit on the face, hooking at Croft, and his absence behind the wicket for the remainder of the second day appeared to depress the Pakistani spirit.

In the circumstances, Fredericks and Greenidge put on 118 with no bother. They carried their partnership to 182, a new first wicket record against Pakistan, before both were caught behind by the substitute wicket-keeper Majid -- the first of the four catches he made before Bari returned on the fourth day.

When four more wickets fell in the period between lunch and tea, two to Raja and two to the young fast bowler, Sikander, Pakistan were fighting their way back into contention. Murray and Holford, with a wealth of experience between them, batted intelligently to tilt the balance in their team's favour once more, adding 66 for the seventh wicket.

Even though the tail folded quickly, Pakistan needed a formidable 442 when the last West Indies wicket fell early on the fourth morning. Bari, who resumed duties on the fourth day, held three catches to claim his 100th victim in Test cricket.

They were virtually condemned to defeat in the 68 balls they faced before lunch as Croft, bowling as fast as he had done at any time in the series, had Majid caught at cover and Sadiq and Zaheer taken in the slips at a cost of 12 runs.

Garner accounted for Haroon soon after the interval and if Asif had been caught at first slip off Croft when he had made only 5, Pakistan's defeat would probably have been a quick and humiliating one.

The miss prevented Croft from surpassing the West Indian Test record of Alf Valentine of 33 wickets in one series and suddenly Asif took it as a cue to burst into a volley of shots against all bowlers.

He scored 69 of a partnership of 87 with Mushtaq and was then matched run for run by the enterprising Raja in a stand which added a further 115. The West Indies appeared taken aback by the flow of runs but, towards the end of the day, Holford broke the stand with his leg-spin and he also accounted for Imran. Raja was caught off bat and pad after taking two 6's in the previous over.

Entering the final day, Asif was Pakistan's only hope but he did not last long, being stumped off Holford for 135 -- a memorable innings including one 6 and twenty 4's. That proved the end of the resistance and the West Indies were celebrating their third successive triumph in a Test series inside the first half-hour of the final day.

© John Wisden & Co