At Kingston, Jamaica, April 21-25, 2017. Pakistan won by seven wickets. Toss: Pakistan. Test debuts: S. O. Hetmyer, V. A. Singh; Mohammad Abbas.
Younis Khan had last played a Test in Jamaica in June 2005, when he scored a hundred in a Pakistan victory. In between, he had amassed 7,212 runs and was now within 23 of 10,000. It was a goal that staved off his retirement, and brought him back to Sabina Park, hosting its 50th Test. At tea on the third day, Younis walked off on 9,999. Two balls after the break, he swept Chase fine, ran towards the dressing-room, punched the air, and pointed to the emblem on his breast. He had become the first from Pakistan to reach the landmark, the 13th in all and, at 39 years and 145 days, the oldest. It took him 116 matches, making him third fastest, behind Brian Lara (111) and Kumar Sangakkara (115).
While the focus was on batting milestones (Misbah-ul-Haq also became the seventh Pakistani to 5,000 runs), it was their bowling that won the match. Mohammad Abbas, making his debut because of Hasan Ali's injury in the warm-up game, impressed many with his movement, and had Kraigg Brathwaite poking to slip with the eighth ball of the series. Mohammad Amir was the pick, though, claiming three of the top four - including Kieran Powell, playing his first Test in almost three years after a dalliance with baseball - and cleaning up the tail to finish with a career-best six for 44. He added another in the second innings for match figures of 40-15-64-7, another best.
Powell's dismissal early on the first afternoon left West Indies 71 for five, and their prospects looked as gloomy as the skies. But the last five wickets quadrupled the score, and Holder was stranded on 57 when they were all out for 286 on the third morning (only 11 overs had been possible on the second day because of rain and a leaking cover). Chase had begun the resistance with 63, and put on 118 with Dowrich, before he was caught in stunning fashion by Wahab Riaz, who ran back from mid-off and dived near the boundary. Wahab also surprised everyone by not overstepping in a Test for the first time, at the 25th attempt.
In reply, Pakistan had four half-centurions, but none made three figures. Misbah came closest, running out of partners on 99 when last man Abbas unsuccessfully reviewed an lbw. Misbah smiled, comfortable with a 121-run lead on a wearing surface. West Indies were less enthused, and Gabriel was fined 50% of his match fee for barging into Sarfraz Ahmed at the end of an over. The hosts reached 72 for one on the fourth evening, but by stumps Yasir Shah had knocked over the top four, and the rest crumbled on the last day; he collected six for 63, as West Indies lost their last nine for 80. Three quick wickets meant Misbah had to finish the paltry chase, hitting successive sixes off Bishoo; it was the fourth time he had secured victory with a six, extending his own world record.
Man of the Match: Yasir Shah