Pakistan draw despite heroics from Baluch and Shaiza
Pakistan 426 for 7 dec (Baluch 242) and 58 for 2 drew with West Indies 147 (Shaiza Khan 7-59) and 440 (Gregory 118, Shaiza Khan 6-167)
Kiran Baluch smashed 242, the world record for the highest score by a woman in a Test, but it wasn't enough to secure Pakistan victory in the one-off game against West Indies at Karachi. Despite being made to follow on 279 runs in arrears, West Indies dug deep to score 440 second time round and so draw the match.
Baluch, 28, beat the previous record of 214, held by India's Mithali Raj, as Pakistan declared on 426 for 7. With Sajjida Shah, her fellow opener who made 98, she put on 241 for the first wicket as Pakistan dominated the first day. They closed on 242 for 1, with Shah dismissed in the penultimate over of the day.
"I am delighted on creating a world record and credit this record to all the women players in the world," said Kiran. "It's a great moment in women's cricket in Pakistan and I am delighted that such records will give us the due recognition which has been missing."
The second day also went Pakistan's way, as they progressed past 400 before declaring and then reduced West Indies to 72 for 5.
The third morning was notable for Shaiza Khan, Pakistan's captain, becoming only the second woman to take a Test hat-trick - the first was Betty Wilson for Australia against England in 1957-58. Shaiza removed Verena Felicien (47) and Doris Francis (0) with the last two balls of her 14th over and then Stephanie Power (19) with the first delivery of her 15th. Shaiza finished with 7 for 59.
Forced to follow-on, West Indies fared far better, led by a battling hundred from Nadine George in extreme conditions . Her century, West Indies first in a Test, came off 150 balls and contained 13 fours. Exhausted, she retired hurt shortly after reaching the landmark with a muscle problem. But with Verena Felicien (55), George added 97 for the fourth wicket and West Indies closed on 230 for 4.
Pakistan needed early wickets on the final day, and when West Indies slumped to 371 for 7, only 38 ahead with George dismissed for 118, they looked on course. But Power and Francis, who both scored 57, added 105 for the eighth wicket in 115 minutes and effectively batted Pakistan out of the contest. Shaiza, followed her first-innings heroics with 6 for 167 in 55 overs, ending with match figures of 13 for 226, the best in a Test.
Set an unlikely target of 162 off a maximum of 31 overs, Pakistan had crawled to 58 for 2 when the match was called off.