At Bridgetown, Barbados, April 30-May 4, 2017. West Indies won by 106 runs. Toss: West Indies. Test debut: Shadab Khan.
This match brought back memories of West Indies' fiery prime. Gabriel's pace and menace earned him nine wickets, including five on the last day, when Pakistan - attempting to become the first Asian team to win in Barbados - were blown away for 81 in pursuit of 188. It was the fourth-lowest target successfully defended by West Indies.
When they slipped to 41 for two on the fourth morning, still 40 behind, West Indies had relied on Hope. He enjoyed home comfort - each of his five first-class centuries had come at Kensington Oval - and batted 209 balls for a Test-best 90, sharing half-century partnerships with Brathwaite, Chase and Singh.
With Yasir Shah turning the ball sharply from the rough, it was a superb effort to reach 235 for four but, once Hope picked out cover, the last six fell for 33. Yasir finished with seven for 94, the second-best figures for Pakistan against West Indies, after Imran Khan's seven for 80 in Guyana in 1987-88. It was also his tenth five-for in just 25 Tests. Yet when, on the last afternoon, he became the last of Gabriel's five - his stumps flattened by one that kept low - Yasir's feats were relegated to a footnote. Among West Indians, only Jermaine Lawson, with six for three against Bangladesh at Dhaka in 2002- 03, had collected a cheaper Test five-for than Gabriel's five for 11 (though Jerome Taylor also took five for 11 against England at Kingston in 2008-09).
West Indies' first innings had also relied on Bajan ballast. From 107 for five, Chase's second Test century ensured they batted into the second day, and made it to 312. Pakistan's selection had also helped relieve the pressure. Misreading the conditions, they swapped Wahab Riaz for 18-year-old leg-spinner Shadab Khan, Pakistan's youngest debutant since Mohammad Amir in 2009. Shadab struggled with fitness, and took just one wicket from 40 overs. With more grunt, they might have been able to press home their advantage.
The go-slow approach of Pakistan's batsmen on the second day drew severe criticism, with former coach Waqar Younis accusing the openers of playing selfishly. Ahmed Shehzad scored just 23 runs from his first 104 deliveries on his way to 70 off 191. He was dropped on three, and twice dismissed off no-balls, by Gabriel and Chase (his first in Test cricket). Azhar Ali, meanwhile, took 268 balls to score his 13th Test hundred.
From 155 for none, Pakistan lost three for six, including Babar Azam for the first half of a pair, before Misbah-ul-Haq prevented a collapse and guided them into the lead. He calmly reached 99 (for the second match running), survived an lbw shout off Holder, then tried to leave the next delivery. But he hid his hands too late, and the ball ballooned off his glove to gully. He became the only Test batsman to collect three scores of 99, a stat as unwanted as a seventh defeat in eight matches since October 2016 after Pakistan's last day collapse.
Man of the Match: S. T. Gabriel