Chase retires hurt as Windies crawl towards Pakistan total

Paola Ditto
Mag 20, 2017

West Indies need another 297 runs to win their series with Pakistan after wickets tumbled on an exciting fourth day of the third Test in Dominica.

West Indies allrounder Roston Chase called his fighting century on the final day of the series against Pakistan the "toughest" of his career, after he ran out of partners with only one more over to see out a draw in Roseau.

Increasingly impressive in his first Test series, Abbas took the last four wickets of the innings for three runs in a four-over spell after an early breakthrough from fellow pacer Mohammad Amir to finish with the excellent figures of five for 46 off 25 disciplined overs.

In the end he completed his third Test century but was left helpless at the non-striker's end when Gabriel, who had defended resolutely for 21 balls, inexplicably attempted a wild drive off Shah and dragged the ball back onto his stumps.

Medium-pacer Alzarri Joseph took out the next three wickets of Sarfraz Ahmed (4), Asad Shafiq (13) and Mohammad Amir (27) in the last session but bowlers Amir and Shah had already done the damage with their bats.

Chase (101 not out) looked positive from outset but just at the stroke of lunch, Hasan Ali (3-33) got his maiden Test wicket when he trapped Shai Hope (17) LBW as West Indies went into lunch at 73 for four.

Saturday's play also featured the final Test innings of the Pakistan greats Younus Khan (35) and captain Misbah-ul -Haq (2), who both fell to spinner Devendra Bishoo.

As Younis Khan and Misbahul Haq head off into the sunset after long and illustrious careers, Pakistan begin a tricky period of transition looking for a new wave of players ready to fill a huge void left by the retired batting greats.

“Im really disappointed that we couldnt hold on for just one more over, ” said a crestfallen Chase. There were frustrations. No-balls, wickets, couple of chances here and there, but you enjoy wins like this much more than straightforward wins.

The result also meant both Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan signed off from worldwide cricket on a high with a series victory which wouldn't have been possible without another five-wicket haul from leg-spinner Yasir Shah. It was a fine journey with him in the middle, sharing a lot of partnerships. "I thought that really was the key, seeing that he was there all series, so once I got through him it was a little easier for me to play the other bowlers". They were working hard for me and Younis, too. That effort put him into the record books for the most catches ever by a Pakistani fielder in a Test series.

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