West Indies stumbled to stumps at 2-2 after bundling out Pakistan for just 217 on the opening day of the first Test in Kingston, Jamaica.
Twelve wickets fell on an eventful day for both teams after West Indies won the toss and asked Pakistan to bat.
Five Pakistan batters got starts but failed to play to capitalise on it. Fawad Alam (56) was the only half-centurion for the visitors.
Jason Holder (3/26) and Jayden Seales (3/70) took three wickets each and Kemar Roach (2/47) claimed two scalps for the Men in Maroon.
Just when Day 1 seemed to be going in the hosts’ favour, Pakistan seamer Mohammad Abbas (2-0) gave the opponents twin blows in his second over. Left-hander Kieran Powell was caught at second slip by Imran Butt while Nkrumah Bonner got out lbw (leg-before-wicket) without scoring a run.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Jason Holder who got 3/26 o is his 50th Test Appearance for Windies said
— Abhijeet ♞ (@TheYorkerBall) August 13, 2021
Fawad Alam scored yet another half century.
FAHEEM Ashraf continuing from where he left off in NZ.
Babar will be disappointed to check that shot. 🤦♂️ Pakistan might have got 250 if not for a run out. But ABBAS picked two back to back wickets to even Steven the day1. #WIvPAK
— Anish Mainali (@AnishMainali17) August 13, 2021
— Hussain zamir (@Hussainzamir5) August 13, 2021
— Zeeshan Qayyum (@XeeshanQayyum) August 13, 2021
Can't believe that Pakistan didn't pick Fawad Alam for so long eventhough he was always scoring mountain of runs in domestic Cricket.
He has been seriously good ever since he was eventually picked in the team. #WIvPAK
— . (@TopOfOff_) August 13, 2021
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) August 13, 2021
What a first day of cricket. From Brilliant bowling from the West Indies to a Fawad Alam masterclass. But above all our boy Mohammad Abbas! 2/2 West Indies in deep trouble. We need to win our first game of the Test Championship.#WIvPAK #WTC23 #Abbas
— Mustafa 🇵🇰 (@LFCandPakistan) August 13, 2021
On such a difficult pitch for batting Fawad Alam once again stood up.#WIvPAK
— Moeez (@Moiz2193) August 13, 2021
TWO WICKETS IN TWO BALLS!
Mohammad Abbas you beauty 🔥🔥🔥#WIvPAK
— Manavdeep singh (@Manavde76983515) August 13, 2021
Hang on – there was no sign of flurry of boundaries at Sabina Park, but on a greenish deck, it was the pacers, who had their say. Batting was tough as the West Indian pacers found movement and ran riot through the Pakistan batting lineup. #WIvPAK pic.twitter.com/DSFWa47u3d
— Faisal Caesar (@faisalyorker1) August 13, 2021
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) August 12, 2021