2nd and important Test Match of the series started in Bridgetown Barbados. West Indies opted to bat 1st and it seems like a perfect decision to bat 1st looking at the scorecard at the end of Day-1.
West Indies started their batting in the same way like they did in the 1st innings of the 1st Test Match, but credit goes to Roston Chase & Jason Holder, the way they both carried West Indies batting ship out of troubles. At one stage West Indies were 107/5 in 35.4 overs and it look liked West Indies are going no where, they lost their 6th wicket at 154 and at that moment no one thought West Indies will finish the day on 6 down, but the universal truth is it is cricket and you never know what happens at the end of day.
Day-1 started with the dominance of Pakistan and finished with the dominance of West Indies and that is the real beauty of test cricket, one session can change the course of the match, still a long way to go in this test match but at the moment West Indies are ahead in this test match considering the day 5 scenario and conditions.
Statistical Analysis Of Batting:
West Indies finished the day at 286/6 in 89 overs at 3.21 Runs Per Over. West Indies have played 388 dot balls and smashed 36 fours with no Six so far. Chase is unbeaten on 131 and Holder has scored unbeaten 58. Both have made a partnership of 132 runs, in 39.0 overs, at the Run Rate of 3.38 and contributing (Holder 58, Chase 69).
Chase come to batting in the 17th over . His captain joined him in the 50th over and scored a 50. Both added 120 runs in the post-tea session at 3.43 runs per over.
Statistical Analysis Of Bowling:
Muhammad Amir bowled exceptionally well throughout the day whenever provided the opportunity from his captain to bowl. Yasir Shah was not up to the mark and was struggling a bit, may be having some fitness issue, Muhammad Abbas also bowled impressively while the young Shadab who got his test cap was getting lot of turn on the Day-1 pitch.
Pace: 40 overs, 8 maidens, 4 Wickets, 191 Dot Balls, 99 runs at economy rate of 2.47 RPO.
Spin: 49 Overs, 5 maidens, 2 Wickets, 197 Dot Balls, 177 runs at economy rate of 3.61 RPO.
Looking at the bowling statistics we have a clear picture that Day-1 is thoroughly dominated by Pace, but you can not blame spinners on a brand new day-1 pitch, Spinners usually dominates on Day-4 and Day-5 as far as test cricket is concerned.
New Ball Effect:
Misbah without any hesitation took the new ball after 80th over but credit goes to the West Indian batters who have done well to see off the day with out any further loss at the end of the day, New ball is still very much new and West Indies have to restart their build up from where they left.
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