West Indies vs Pakistan 1st Test Day 1: Amir’s three-for gives Pakistan slight edge

Amir ended the day on with figures of 3-28 off 19 overs

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Mohammad Amir ripped through the West Indies’ top order with a three-wicket haul to give Pakistan a small advantage on the first day of the first Test in Jamaica.

Choosing to bowl first, Pakistan only had to wait for eight balls to get their first wicket as debutant Mohammad Abbas struck on his second ball in Test cricket, removing Kraigg Brathwaite for a duck.

Amir then proceeded to strike twice in quick succession as he took out debutant Shimron Hetmeyer and Shai Hope.

Things continued to go from bad to worse for the hosts as debutant Vishaul Singh was sent packing by Wahab Riaz for nine runs before Amir returned to remove Kieran Powell, who was playing in his first Test match since June 2014, for 33.

With the West Indies reeling at 71/5, Roston Chase and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich amassed a 118-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries.

Dowrich scored his fifth Test fifty

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But just as the West Indies had steadied their innings, Yasir Shah got rid of Chase and Dowrich in successive deliveries.

Chase scored 63 off 151 balls, which included seven boundaries and a six, while Dowrich made 56 off 130 deliveries, which included nine boundaries.

Chase made his second half-century in Test cricket

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Following the double strike, West Indies captain Jason Holder and Devendra Bishoo held firm as they put together an unbeaten 55-run partnership before bad light brought play to an end for the day.

Holder finished on 30 off 33 balls, which included three boundaries and a six, while Bishoo remained undefeated on 23 off 35 deliveries, which included one boundary and a six.

Amir was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Yasir snapped up two, and Riaz and Abbas claimed one wicket each.

The West Indies ended day one on 244/7 and will continue batting on Saturday at 10:00 local time or 15:00 GMT.

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