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West Indies vs Pakistan: Plan was to stay positive, says Kemar Roach after Windies’ victory in 1st Test | Cricket News


KINGSTON: After playing a match-winning knock of 30 runs in the first Test against Pakistan, West Indies pacer Kemar Roach said his plan was to stay positive and take on every ball that was being delivered to him.
The hosts won the Test by just one wicket in a thrilling finish at the Sabina Park.
"I have never been in a situation like that before, batting with the tail. 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...The plan was to just stay positive. That's me. I was just trying to take on every ball as it came," ESPNcricinfo quoted Roach as saying.

"This is by far the most important innings (I have played). I was just trying to pick the gaps and run hard. My advice to Jayden (Seales) was just 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," he added.
With this win, the Windies have gone 1-0 up in the series and added crucial points to their World Test Championship standings.

Chasing 168 to win on Day 4, the hosts lost their first three wickets with just 16 runs on the board as Kraigg Brathwaite (2), Kieran Powell (4) and Nkrumah Bonner (5) departed cheaply. Roston Chase and Jermaine Blackwood then provided resistance as the duo put on 68 runs for the fourth wicket.
Faheem Ashraf then once again triggered the collapse for West Indies and the hosts were reduced to 142/8, still needing 26 runs for the win. However, in the end, Roach held his own and helped Windies register a one-wicket victory.

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August 16, 2021, 4:36 pm

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