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Roach’s Mantra in Thrilling Jamaica Test

The West Indies beat Pakistan by one wicket in the first Test in Jamaica, thanks to an unbeaten 17-run partnership between Kemar Roach and Jayden Seales. The Test was full of surprises, including a number of reprieves for Roach. The 33-year-old, on the other hand, took advantage of the possibilities and, alongside Seales, led the hosts to victory. “I have never been in a situation like that before, batting with the tail,” Roach said after play.

“I am part of the tail, so for me it was to go out there and believe. That was the biggest thing – to believe and stay positive – and it worked, and I give thanks.”

Positive Intent and Stuck to the Old adage of Playing Each

Roach said he attempted to play with a good attitude and followed the old adage of treating each ball as though it were his own. He only gave his junior partner, Seales, one bit of advice: keep an eye out for the straight ball and defend his stumps.  “The plan was to just stay positive,”  He stated once more. “That’s me.

I was just trying to take on every ball as it came. This is by far the most important innings so far. I was just trying to pick the gaps and run hard. My advice to Jayden was just to protect the stumps. The biggest threat is the straight ball. He did it very well. He is a star for the future. His five wickets today speak wonders about our cricket. All the best to him, and I wish him a great career!”

Denied a Famous series victory with Winston Benjamin and Jeff Dujon

Meanwhile, it was a case of so near, yet so far for Pakistan. Incidentally, the visitors have had their share of heartbreaks in the Caribbean. In 1987-88, Pakistan was denied a famous series victory with Winston Benjamin and Jeff Dujon sharing an undefeated 61-run stand for the ninth wicket in Barbados. A couple of decisions didn’t go their way.

“That’s the beauty of Test cricket,” Babar said. “The way this match panned out – you could see the momentum kept swaying from one side to the other.

“We tried to give it our 100%. Our boys put in the effort, our bowlers and fielders put in the effort. But in the final session the one or two chances that came our way in the form of catches – had we availed of those, the result of the match could have been different. When you drop catches in clutch phases, the course of the match changes. That said, we did pull off a few good catches, so you took good catches but dropped a few, so you lost the match,” he added.

Babar also mentioned that they couldn’t form enough solid partnerships during the Test and kept squandering the momentum. “We then wrested it back and lost back-to-back wickets. In a Test match, if you keep squandering momentum from advantageous positions, you struggle to put on a big score.

That’s something we need to review. A similar course of events took place in the second innings, although we weren’t able to stitch together as big a partnership as in our first dig which resulted in a lower target than we had thought of.”

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