West Indies v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Roseau, 5th day May 14, 2017

Chase left stranded in dramatic send-off to Misbah, Younis

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Pakistan 376 (Azhar 127, Misbah 59, Chase 4-103) and 174 for 8 dec (Yasir 38*, Younis 35, Joseph 3-53) beat West Indies 247 (Chase 69, Abbas 5-46, Yasir 3-126) and 202 (Chase 101*, Yasir 5-92, Hasan 3-33) by 101 runs
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'I really look up to Younis' - Chase

Dominica bid farewell to two legends of the game in a most fitting manner, giving Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq the most heart-stopping send-off possible.

History beckoned time and again, torturing and teasing them. It made them wait, it made them wonder, it made them despair. But, with six balls left in the game, the series, and their careers, came perhaps its most satisfying moment.

Shannon Gabriel, West Indies' No. 11, had spent just over half an hour at the crease, and had seen out 21 balls. See out one more, and it would leave Roston Chase, who was batting on 101, to face the last over of the match, the last over of the series, and dramatically raise West Indies' chances of saving the Test.

Gabriel had kept out those 21 balls by trusting his defence, but now, in one of the most inexplicable moments in Test cricket's history, he swung wildly, madly at a loopy full delivery pitching well outside off stump from Yasir Shah. The ball took his inside edge and rattled into off stump, sealing one of the greatest days in Pakistan's cricket history.

This side - Misbah's side - had done what Hanif Mohammad couldn't do, what Javed Miandad couldn't do, what Imran Khan couldn't do. He had led his side to its first ever series victory in the Caribbean, a 101-run win sealing his - and Younis' - careers with aplomb. Test cricket certainly has a way of rewarding its own.

Pakistan looked like they would make short work of the final session when, three overs in, Hasan Ali brought an end to Jason Holder's obdurate resistance. It left West Indies seven down with only the tail to give Chase company.

With the pitch playing extremely slowly, what Hasan did to dismiss him might even have been an intentional ploy. He took the surface out of the equation, hurling a fierce inswinger that made a beeline for leg stump on the full. Holder made a mess of trying to keep it out, and was plumb in front.

But just as Pakistan began to envisage victory, Devendra Bishoo and Chase had designs on a grand resistance. They split the work brilliantly, with Bishoo keeping out Yasir Shah and Chase negotiating the faster bowlers, and Pakistan struggled to break that pattern. Ultimately Misbah resorted to pace from both ends, and Bishoo's discomfort against the seamers eventually cost him his wicket, as he fended a Mohammad Abbas bouncer to silly point.

Chase had been sensational all series, and it would be churlish to take any credit away from him. But he led a charmed life in the last session and one couldn't help wondering if he was destined to save the game. On two occasions, Hasan dropped him off his own bowling, and when Abbas had him caught in the slips on 92 in the first over after the second new ball was taken, replays showed he had just overstepped. When Chase drove Hasan down the ground for an exquisite boundary to bring up his hundred, one could sense the stadium felt it too.

Whenever a wicket fell, there was a sense that the resistance had finally ended. But Alzarri Joseph picked up from where Bishoo left off, and then Gabriel took over from Joseph. Between them, West Indies' Nos. 9, 10 and 11 spent 99 balls at the crease, while scoring 12 runs. Runs had simply ceased to matter by then.

The morning session had been dominated by Pakistan, who made significant inroads towards a series win, dismissing Kraigg Brathwaite, Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope to expose the hosts' middle order in the first hour.

Brathwaite was the first to fall, playing an unseemly shot after getting caught in two minds over what to do with a short Yasir delivery. The ball stuck in the pitch, and Brathwaite spooned it to point.

But the hammer blow was yet to come, with Hetmyer's bête noire coming back to snare him one final time. Mohammad Amir got one to tail in to Hetmyer, just as he has done all series. The youngster looked to drive on the up, missing the ball completely. He must now be sick of the sight of his off stump sent cartwheeling.

Hasan pushed West Indies further back against the wall with a dream delivery to capture his first Test wicket. Having maintained a disciplined, good length all Test, he changed it up in the most unexpected way, hurling an inswinging yorker destined for Hope's toes. The batsman was unable to get his bat down in time, and the lbw call was so obvious Chase told Hope not to bother with a review.

Two overs into the afternoon, Vishaul Singh - the closest thing to a walking wicket this series - succumbed to a classic Yasir trap. The legspinner pitched the ball into the rough, and the left-hander failed to judge the turn. His inside edge flicked the pad, popping up to Babar Azam at short leg for a simple catch.

Shane Dowrich fell to the same bowler, and the same fielder, although his wicket was altogether more controversial. His attempt to flick Yasir against the turn looped up to short leg off the pad - before which there may or may not have been a tickle of inside edge - and the umpire Bruce Oxenford adjudged him out. Dowrich reviewed immediately, but lengthy replays turned up no conclusive evidence either way, and the decision was upheld. It was a piece of misfortune the West Indies could have done without, in truth.

But despite all that, West Indies had it in control. Then came Gabriel's moment of madness, and Misbah went berserk. Cool and calm? What are you on about?

Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000

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  • imran_abbas on May 18, 2017, 8:06 GMT

    West Indies played really well. Respect from Pakistan.. #MissYou

  • Metman on May 17, 2017, 21:04 GMT

    correction to my post....should read "If for some inexplicable reason he wins whatever his Lawyer is trying to do,the Courts CANNOT ORDER the Board to pick him and if he loses he still won't be able to play unless he apologizes"

  • Metman on May 17, 2017, 16:32 GMT

    Things between Darren Bravo ,the Board and the West Indies team WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN. If for some explicable reason he wins whatever his Lawyer is trying to do,the Courts CANNOT ORDER the Board to pick him and if he loses he still won't be able to play unless he apologizes. Forget about Darren Bravo he is not to be trusted and concentrate on the Golden Boy.

  • elsmallo on May 17, 2017, 13:49 GMT

    1-1 score for Shannon Gabriel, he won one game with his bowling and lost the other with the worst shot I have seen on a cricket field since I was playing under-12s. Fitting for Misbah and Younis, two immense cricketers, to go out on a winning note, but for the West Indies a real shocker as they played well to nearly see the game out. They are improving despite some real holes in the batting. Roston Chase what a find, hope he plays for a long time. Bring back Darren Bravo who in a better world would be a senior batsman now up with the likes of Williamson and Root, he still has a little time to get there.

  • Cricinfouser on May 17, 2017, 11:19 GMT

    WPBUS13 THANK YOU. Finally somebody gets it, in addition he's allegedly suing the Board . This after an agreement was reached, not withstanding someone said he knows nothing about it. Once that's the case he isn't going to England either. Hope for his sake his brother can get him into the leagues in England and Australia So just as with England and KP get use to not seeing him in the WI Team

  • wpbus13 on May 17, 2017, 6:06 GMT

    West Indies missed Darren Bravo in this series. They lacked another top quality batsman. It was frustrating to see him sitting on the bench for Kolkata rather than play for his nation. He was ill advised by the people around him. It would be a different story if he was starting with Kolkata but he knew going into the IPL that that was not going to be the case.

  • GoodAreasShane on May 17, 2017, 4:56 GMT

    @QuebecCricketersFraternity Shillingford isn't an option, his bowling action would likely be called again straight away if he was recalled. The WICB are pretty slack about that sort of thing at domestic level. Other than that I agree with you

  • Cricinfouser on May 17, 2017, 1:43 GMT

    TRINIMON Bravo back at 3 is fine. The question is what's happening with the suit and the agreement, with the Board? As far as County Cricket is concerned, I don't know that the English would allow that just before a test series. Maybe the best option would be League Cricket. A lower level yes but at least they get some type of experience and acclimation. So name your full team

  • karachidude23 on May 16, 2017, 23:14 GMT

    And i think Pakistan should still persist with Wahab for his pace, for he would very likely be effective again the tail end batting in the future if he's given the confidence and used correctly, as we have no real fast bowler right now!

  • karachidude23 on May 16, 2017, 23:10 GMT

    Chase is awesome, with his calm and effortless batting, and the ability to put away bad balls, very hard to get out on a slow pitch especially, but in this particular innings he got lucky 3 times, i really missed Darren Bravo he's like a wall, if he had played with the form he was in the series would have been even more interesting, he's a proper batsmen, though i humbly present my in my view a unbiased opinion, that this current Pakistan team would still be the stronger test team cause of proper batsmen like azhar, shafiq, misbah and younis and babar, but loved the series thanks WI for this entertainment, your tail especially is the best in the world by far! I watched almost all of the cricket played on this tour and loved it.

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