‘It’s the first time I’ve ever been in a position like that’

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West Indies beat Pakistan by one wicket in a thrilling one-wicket victory at Sabina Park on Sunday, as the visitors self-destructed in the final session of the fourth day while on course to win the first Test of the two-match series.

Pakistan required one wicket and the Windies required 17 runs to win. Roach, who had been dropped twice, blasted the winning runs off Hasan Ali to finish undefeated on 30.

“I’ve never been in a scenario where I’ve had to bat with the tail before.” I’m a member of the tail, so it was a matter of going out there and believing. That was the most important thing: to believe and stay positive, and it succeeded, for which I am grateful. The strategy was to maintain an optimistic attitude. That’s me on the left. “I was simply trying to take on every ball as it came,” Roach told ESPNcricinfo.

For his total aggregate of eight for 125, which included five for 55 in the second innings, Seales was named man of the match.

It was a remarkable feat for the fast bowler, who is less than a month away from turning 20, when he swept up the Pakistan tail with the last three wickets to become the youngest-ever West Indian to take five wickets in a Test innings.

“So far, this is by far the most crucial inning. I was just trying to find the openings and sprint as fast as I could. My advise to Jayden was to keep the stumps safe. The straight ball poses the most danger. He performed a fantastic job. He has the potential to be a future superstar. His five wickets today tell volumes about the state of our game. I wish him the best of luck and a successful career “Added he.

Seales was named Man-of-the-Match for his contribution to the West Indies’ triumph, which included eight wickets and two important runs off 13 balls. During the award ceremony, he reiterated, “Test cricket has been a dream come true for me.”

Source: ESPNCricinfo

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