Seven years after debut, Mohammad Amir takes first Test catch

Mohammad Amir's first catch in a Test match turned out to be a memorable one.

By: Express Web Desk | Published:November 1, 2016 11:34 pm
mohammad amir, amir, pakistan vs west indies, pakistan vs west indies third test, pak vs west indies, mohammad amir catch, darren bravo, zulfikar babbar, cricket news, sports news Mohammad Amir took 20 matches to land his first catch in a Test match. (Source: Reuters)

That Mohammad Amir set the dubious record of taking the most amount of Test matches – 20 in total – to land his first catch in the longest format of the game would be compensated by the fact that the catch in question turned out to be a stunner. It was the last of the three-match Test series between West Indies and Pakistan. Darren Bravo and Kraigg Brathwaite were out in the middle and West Indies were 32-1. Zulfikar Babbar was the bowler who benefited from Amir’s athleticism.

Bravo dispatched Babbar’s third ball of the over over mid-off, Amir sprinted back and just when it looked like it would be out of reach, Amir dived, caught the ball in mid-air and made sure it stuck to his hands when he landed. The timing of the leap was perfect as Amir had to still stretch his hands to reach the air borne ball.

Darren Bravo was dismissed for 11 but his partner, Kraig Brathwaite, stuck on and ensured that West Indies get into a strong position. Braithwaite made 142 runs, hitting 11 boundaries on the way to the total. While wickets fell on the other end, the opener remained on the pitch and was unbeaten at the end of the innings.

Brathwaite also struck up partnerships with Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich and Devendra Bishoo and the West Indies put up a total of 337 runs. Pakistan ended the day under precarious circumstances with just a 31-run lead and losing four wickets. Pakistan have ended Day 3 at 87/4.

Pakistan have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Mohammad Amir was Pakistan’s top wicket taker in West Indies’ first innings in the ongoing third Test, taking three wickets. he claimed the scalps of Jemaine Blackwood, Roston Chase and skipper Jason Holder.