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      West Indies v Pakistan, 1st Test, Kingston

      WI hope to upset Misbah-Younis farewell

      THE PREVIEW BY DANYAL RASOOL

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      West Indies appear to be a popular side to plan a swansong against. Less than four years on from the two-Test series they played in India - more famous for being Sachin Tendulkar's last series than anything else - Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan have decided they, too, will bid farewell to international cricket once the upcoming three Tests against Jason Holder's men are concluded.

      As such, the focus is largely on the visiting side, and the statistical minutiae of what the pair might be able to do over these three games. When will Younis complete 10,000 Test runs? Will Misbah finally reverse a trend that has seen Pakistan lose six Test matches in a row, a run that began against these very opponents in Sharjah last year? Will Pakistan finally win their maiden Test series in the Caribbean? Heck, will Younis stick to his retirement decision this time?

      There isn't any such context or grand meaning to the West Indies angle. At best, they can build on a somewhat encouraging performance during the ODIs, and their younger players can polish their credentials in the longest format of the game. A series win would mark their seemingly umpteenth turnaround, a word that apparently so frustrates West Indies cricket fans Fazeer Mohammed said it had been banned right across the Caribbean.

      However, what has quietly gone unnoticed while everyone vies for the most melancholic tribute to Misbah and Younis is that a decidedly second-string West Indies side dominated Pakistan during a three-day tour match. The retiring duo combined for 15 runs, while Pakistan's spin king Yasir Shah registered figures of 53-3-189-3 across both innings. The West Indies President's XI took a lead of 227 runs and came away with a fair degree more credibility than the international opposition.

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      Kieran Powell looked like one of West Indies' brightest prospects when, at 22, he scored two hundreds in a Test against Bangladesh, helping his team to victory. However, he followed that with 16 innings without a half-century, and was dropped from the Test side in June 2014. He looks set to return to the fold for the first Test after a strong showing in the tour game, scoring 58 and an unbeaten 84, and could be a real asset for the hosts at the top of the order if he has managed to regain some of the form he found early on in his career.

      41.60. That is what Mohammad Amir has averaged in Test cricket since his return from his five-year ban in 2016. The format that Amir called his "real comeback" back in July last year has not been as kind to him as it was to the teenage boy whose first dalliances with Tests were both mesmeric and exhilarating. Ever since his return, the format has rejected his overtures, even as it has become apparent he is trying very hard (and fielders dropping simple catches doesn't help). Some have begun calling for him to be dumped but for the moment, he is stringing along, feeling he has to fulfil his potential, as well as live up to the romanticised memories people carry of him ripping shreds off Australia and England's batting line-ups seven years ago.

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      West Indies have recalled Powell for the first Test, while newcomers Shimron Hetmyer and Vishaul Singh could make their debuts in a reshaped top order on the back of strong performances during the tour game. Shannon Gabriel, who struggled with a hamstring injury towards the end of the ODI series, is fit.

      West Indies (possible) 1 Kraigg Brathwaite, 2 Kieran Powell, 3 Shimron Hetmyer/Shai Hope, 4 Vishaul Singh, 5 Jermaine Blackwood, 6 Roston Chase, 7 Shane Dowrich (wk), 8 Jason Holder (capt), 9 Devendra Bishoo, 10 Alzarri Joseph, 11 Shannon Gabriel

      Hasan Ali will miss the first Test with a groin injury, although he is understood to be recovering well, and expected to play a part later on in the series. Left-arm spinner Mohammad Asghar could potentially make his debut, which would see him become the first player from Balochistan - Pakistan's largest province by area - play Test cricket for his country.

      Pakistan (probable) 1 Azhar Ali, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Younis Khan, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Asad Shafiq, 7 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 8 Shadab Khan, 9 Mohammad Amir, 10 Wahab Riaz, 11 Yasir Shah

      Pitch and conditions

      Rain is expected across all five days of the Test. The Sabina Park surface has been relaid of late to enable it to become harder and faster, but the pitch has been slower over the last two decades or so.

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      West Indies have not played a Test since their victory against the same opponents in Sharjah last November; Pakistan have played five, in New Zealand and Australia.
      Younis Khan needs 23 runs to become the first Pakistan player to score 10,000 Test runs. He is comfortably ahead of the second highest: Javed Miandad with 8832.
      Sabina Park may be the premier cricket ground in Jamaica, but it isn't the largest. The multi-purpose Trelawny Stadium, which was established in 2006 and hosted the tour game earlier this week, seats up to 25,000 people, while Sabina Park's capacity is 20,000.
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      "It's interesting, obviously quite a bit of moisture there in the surface. There's a bit of grass cover there as well so I think there should be something in maybe the first hour of play for the faster bowlers."
      West Indies captain Jason Holder hints at what could be a testing session for whoever bats first

      West Indies hope to upset Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan farewell | Cricket | ESPN Cricinfo

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      Quote Originally Posted by ehsan View Post
      WI hope to upset Misbah-Younis farewell
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      Pakistan have won the toss and will bowl.

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      O man, this series should be all about Younus and Misbah and they should absolutely kill it.

      I think Younus needs only 23 runs to be the first Pakistani to score 10000 runs.


      here are the teams:
      West Indies: Brathwaite, Powell, Hetmyer, Hope, Singh, Dowrich (wk), Chase, Holder (capt), Bishoo, Joseph, Gabriel


      So that's debuts for Hetmyer, who was West Indies' Under-19 captain, and Vishaul Singh

      Pakistan: Azhar, Shehzad, Babar, Younis, Misbah (capt), Shafiq, Sarfraz (wk), Amir, Yasir, Wahab, Abbas.


      So there's a debut for Mohammad Abbas
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      West Indies Brathwaite, Powell, Hetmyer, Hope, Singh, Dowrich (wk), Chase, Holder (capt), Bishoo, Joseph, Gabriel

      So that's debuts for Hetmyer, who was West Indies' Under-19 captain, and Vishaul Singh

      Pakistan Azhar, Shehzad, Babar, Younis, Misbah (capt), Shafiq, Sarfraz (wk), Amir, Yasir, Wahab, Abbas.

      So there's a debut for Mohammad Abbas

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      Wicket on the 2nd ball for abbas. Nice action. Speed is less. Don't know how much effective he will be with old ball or at slow pitches. At the moment both bowlers getting support from wicket but not getting the edges

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      WI 142/5
      55 overs

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      From 71/5 WI have recovered well to end the days play at 244/7.

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      Congratulations to Younis Khan on his 10k+ test runs...
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      Misbah not out at 99. Pk having lead of 100+ . lets see if our bowlers can do some magic

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      Pakistani's tale is so lame. Even WI has better than ours.

      Too unfortunate for Misbah not to finish century due to others. Regardless, history will still remember this master class, and many more from him
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      Pakistan definitely need to improve their rate of scoring in test cricket (actually in every format of the game!) otherwise they would struggle to win matches even against weaker teams.

      WI score was not a threatening one and their attack is nothing special but Pak were still going at a snail's pace of 2.5 for much of their innings. Had they scored their runs a bit quicker say at 4+/- RPO (which most good teams do these days on most days), they might still have been able to force a result here despite time lost due to rain.

      Barring a Windies collapse tomorrow morning, this test is destined for a boring draw.

      2.5+/- RPO is a very old fashioned way of playing test cricket

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      Very unfortunate Misbah

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      Windies in trouble

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      I dont give a damn about this series....2 most boring sides in today's cricket playing against each other plus talent wise they are so mediocre. dont even know the name of a single WI player. Pakistani side is equally dull. this is the problem. Pak has stopped producing talented superstars. barring Younis and Misbah, we only have mediocre inflated players who just come and go. Azha/asad are good but so boring and dull. you just dont feel any excitement when you think of these 2 teams

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      and just remember that 1988 pak wi series in WI. cricket has lost its charm...............

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      Lets see how last day plays out. It'll be interesting. I think WI will easily stretch their inning till tea if nobody gets stuck. And after that if Pak needs around 125-150 runs, they can certainly go all blitz make a 30 over game. Either way Pak has to take quick wickets as early as possible.
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      WI 2nd Inn: they are effectively 13/7...81.4 overs still to go for the last day...
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