Amir takes five on rainy day in Jamaica


Pakistan quick Mohammad Amir claimed his first five-wicket Test haul for seven years and West Indies captain Jason Holder reached his half-century but only 11 overs were bowled on day two at Sabina Park due to rain.

No play was possible before lunch due to a wet pitch following overnight rain in Jamaica, but Amir made up for lost time by striking twice to finish a frustrating second day of the three-match series with figures of 5-41.

The left-arm paceman was outstanding, taking five wickets in a Test innings for the first time since his haul at Lord's in the infamous match which resulted in him serving a ban for spot-fixing.

It was not only the weather that frustrated the tourists, skipper Holder was still there on 55 when stumps were drawn following another heavy downpour in the afternoon session with the Windies on 278-9.

West Indies recovered from 71-5 to end day one on 244-7 and Holder got them going on day two following a belated start, clipping debutant Mohammad Abbas for a boundary.

Devendra Bishoo added just five runs to his overnight total before he feathered the probing Amir behind for 28 before Holder launched Abbas for a glorious straight six to bring up his half-century and dispatched the next ball to the boundary.

Amir planted a kiss on the pitch after cleaning up Alzarri Joseph without scoring to complete his five-wicket haul, but the players were back in the pavilion and did not return as the heavens opened soon after.