Pakistan beat West Indies to seal historic series victory

Doug Mendoza
May 20, 2017

Pakistan clinched a thrilling 101-run win in the third and final Test with six balls to spare to seal a first series victory in the West Indies, thus giving one of the most heart-stopping send-off possible to retiring Misbah and Younis.

A fearless unbeaten hundred from Roston Chase wasn't enough to salvage a draw from the third Test against Pakistan who claimed a 2-1 series victory after their 101 run win. At the other end, Chase, who scored 69 in the first innings and also took five wickets in the match, would have needed to survive only six more balls for a draw.

Opening bowlers Alzarri Joseph (3-53) and Shannon Gabriel (2-24) were also among the wickets for the West Indies as they looked to get back into the match.

Forced to retire hurt on 60 the previous evening due to a blow on his right elbow, Chase resumed his innings in partnership with Jason Holder and the pair seemed to be progressing without too much difficulty until Abbas replaced Amir from the pavilion end.

Pakistan is chasing its first test-series win in the Caribbean after setting the West Indies a run chase of 304.

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Pakistan's greatest Test captain Misbah Ul Haq on Sunday evening walked into the sunset of his roller-coaster career, saying he 'couldn't have asked for more'. I'm happy with what I've had in my career, couldn't have asked for a better finish. She just convinced me and the fans that I have to come.

Reflecting on the same, Chase said he was glad to average more than 100 in the series against a quality attack, adding that he is hoping to display a similar kind of performance in the upcoming series against England. The dynamic duo's legacy is here to stay and I am certain that with continuous selection, Pakistan can develop a pool of players who could go onto fill the void left by these irreplaceable legends.

Unlike Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq stated that he would carry on to serve the game of cricket in whatever capacity he could and not end association with the sport after retirement. It was a fine journey with him in the middle, sharing a lot of partnerships.

"I wouldn't say it's up there with the other two, but a century is a century", he said. "Especially Yasir Shah got the better of me a lot and this was mainly because he was tying me down and then I was just falling to a bad shot because of the pressure", Chase said. "In the history books, both our names will be there". We performed, I performed so there's nothing left that I really wanted to do.

Their 61-run partnership, surviving a couple of chances, ensured Pakistan closed in on a lead of almost 300.

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