Providence, May 12: Pakistan's first Test of its tour of the West Indies began in robust fashion as the spinners reduced the hosts to 209/9 at stumps on Day 1. Saeed Ajmal was the most impressive bowler, picking up 4/63 in 29 overs with 12 maidens to his credit. While several Windies batsman made decent starts, none could convert their efforts to a decent score as Lendl Simmons top-scored with a mere 49 (scorecard).
Winning the toss and opting to bat first, the West Indies innings got off to a very cautious and unsteady start. Devon Smith struck Umar Gul for the first four of the innings, but three overs later was bowled by off-break Mohammad Hafeez for 13 off 26 balls as the Windies score read 15/1.
Then Lendl Simmons and Darren Bravo crawled along as the Pakistani spinners Abdur Rehman and Saeed Ajmal pummelled away at them. In the 24th over, Simmons broke the monotony by smacking Ajmal for two consecutive boundaries, before Bravo ran a double of Rehman in the next over to bring up the Windies' s 50.
The runs kept trickling along as the hosts went into lunch at 65/1 in 31 overs. Just three overs after the break fast bowler Wahab Riaz trapped Bravo in front for 25t off 85 balls with the Windies now at 71/2 in 33.3 overs. Just an over later, Simmons carted Rehman for the first six of the innings, but soon afterward was struck on the body by Riaz and had to retired hurt with Shivnarine Chanderpaul replacing him at the crease.
In the 43rd over, Chanderpaul got Gul away for a boundary to bring up the Windies' 100. The other batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan survived a decision review for lbw from Gul in the 47th over. But the batsman only lasted till the 55th over when Rehman had him caught behind for 23 off 79 balls. Just 3 overs later, Ajmal trapped Brendon Nash in front for 5 off 10 balls as the Windies slipped to 136/4 in 57.1 overs.
Then the same bowler dismissed Carlton Baugh in the same manner for 4 off 15 balls in the 62nd over as the hosts slumped to 142/5 in 61.4 overs. Captain Darren Sammy played a couple of extravagant shots before daparting to Rehman for 12 off 26 balls with the score now reading 159/6 in 69 overs. In the next over, Chanderpaul was dropped by Misbah off Ajmal, but just overs later ws bowled by the same bowler for 27 off 83 balls with the score reading a dismal 162/7.
Simmons returned to the crease at that point and together with Kemar Roach took the score to 175 before Ajmal trapped him in front for 49 off 130 balls. Roach and Ravi Rampaul stuck it out till the Windies moved past 200, but the latter batsman perished soon after to Hafeez for 14 of 26 balls. Devendra Bishoo and Roach were at the crease as the Windies ended the day's play at 209/9.