Trinidad and Tobago women’s cricket team, the defending champions in the current regional 50-overs.per-side tournament in St Vincent, look to post their second victory in their third match today – this against a Leeward Islands team that had a rained-out first match against Jamaica and a loss by 75 runs against to the Windward Islands Saturday in their second.
TT opened their title defense Thursday with a six-wicket defeat to Barbados but rebounded to beat Guyana by six wickets also on Saturday with longstanding player Merissa Aguillera playing another key role.
Aguillera (30 runs off 50 balls with four fours) featured in the match-winning fifth-wicket partnership with opener Felicia Walters (15 not out from 81 balls).
So far in the championship, Windward Islands who play Jamaica today have won both their games as have Barbados with their West Indies stars Deandra Dottin and Hayley Matthews as well as the Knight twin, Kycia and Kyshona Barbados play Guyana today.
Over in Jamaica Pakistani stalwart Younis Khan struck yet another half-century in his illustrious career to join the 10 000-run club but was one of two wickets to fall in the last hour, as West Indies fought their back into the opening Test on the third day yesterday at Sabina Park.
The 39-year-old struck a solid 58 while Babar Azam top-scored with 72 and opener Ahmed Shezad, 31, as Pakistan ended the day on 201 for four – 85 runs behind West Indies on first innings.
With Younis and Azam involved in a 131-run, third wicket stand, the visitors appeared to be taking a strong grip on the game but fast bowler Shannon Gabriel (2-37) struck twice in successive overs to remove both batsmen.
Captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq, both unbeaten on five, then saw Pakistan safely to the close.
Unbeaten on 22 at tea to move to 9 999 career runs, Younis became the first Pakistani to reach 10 000 runs in Tests when he swept the second ball after the break from off-spinner Roston Chase to the fine-leg boundary.
He is now the 13th player to reach the coveted landmark and has 10 035 runs in his 116th Test.
Earlier, West Indies were dismissed 286 after resuming from their overnight 278 for nine.
Captain Jason Holder, who started the day on 55, finished unbeaten on 59, an innings that required 75 deliveries and included seven fours and two sixes.
Left-arm seamer Mohammed Amir finished with career-best figures of six for 44 after claiming the final wicket, that of tail-ender Shannon Gabriel who missed an ambitious drive and was bowled for five, in the morning’s third over.
Azhar Ali then stroked two boundaries in a breezy 15 off 19 balls as Pakistan started well but he paid the price for his ambition when he slashed at a wide, innocuous delivery from young fast bowler Alzarri Joseph and was caught behind in the sixth over at 23 for one.
Shezad looked in nice touch with five fours in a 50-ball knock, but seamier Holder got the breakthrough in the third over before lunch when he brought one back to beat Shezad’s defensive stroke and claimed an obvious lbw decision at 54 for two.
Not out on 47 at tea, Azam raised his third Test half-century in his seventh game in the same over from Chase when he cut to the ropes at backward point.
He brought up his 33rd Test half-century with a single to square off Brathwaite but perished 25 minutes later when he drove Gabriel low to cover, in the second over of the bowler’s new spell.
Younis faced 138 balls and counted five fours and a six.