Sen­sa­tional WI come­back

Bishoo’s eight-wicket haul gives West Indies win­ning chance

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

DUBAI, UAE (CMC): LEG-SPIN­NER DEVEN­DRA Bishoo took a ca­reer-best eightwicket haul to trig­ger a stun­ning Pak­istan bat­ting col­lapse and put West Indies in sight of a sen­sa­tional come-from-be­hind win as 16 wick­ets clat­tered on a dra­matic fourth day of the his­toric day/night first Test here yes­ter­day.

Set 346 for vic­tory, West Indies closed on 95 for two, still re­quir­ing a fur­ther 251runs in to­day’s fi­nal day at the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium to pull off vic­tory.

Left-han­der Dar­ren Bravo was un­beaten on 26 and was part­nered by vet­eran Mar­lon Sa­muels on four, with a heavy bur­den rest­ing on the duo if the Windies are to com­plete a suc­cess­ful run chase.

Opener Leon John­son stroked a fine 47 but fell just short of his third Test half-cen­tury five overs be­fore the close. He and Bravo added 60 for the sec­ond wicket to steady the in­nings after Kraigg Brath­waite played a loose shot to a wide de­liv­ery from seamer Mo­ham­mad Amir (2-26) and dragged on for six at 27 for one.

The left-handed John­son faced 81 balls in 1 hours at the crease and struck six fours, while Bravo has so far con­sumed 67 balls and counted one four and a six – a sweetly timed loft over long-on off in­ef­fec­tive leg-spin­ner Yasir Shah.


West Indies were eas­ing to the close when Amir got one to beat John­son’s de­fen­sive stroke, and though the bats­man im­me­di­ately re­viewed the lbw de­ci­sion, re­plays showed the ball strik­ing the top of mid­dle and leg.

The game had ear­lier taken a dra­matic twist when Bishoo claimed eight for 49 – the fifth best bowl­ing fig­ures in West Indies Test his­tory – to send Pak­istan crash­ing for a pal­try 123 in their sec­ond in­nings.

Twenty-year-old opener Sami As­lam top-scored with 44 and debu­tant Babar Asam got 21 as Pak­istan reached 93 for three at one stage after lunch be­fore a rapid col­lapse saw the last seven wick­ets fall for a mere 30 runs.

Lead­ing by 222 on first in­nings after wrap­ping up the West Indies first in­nings for 357 in­side the first 75 min­utes of play, Pak­istan slumped to 20 for two at the in­ter­val when first in­nings triple-cen­tury-maker Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq both de­parted cheaply.

Speed­ster Shan­non Gabriel trapped Azhar lbw for two with one an­gled in at 13 for one, and Bishoo struck on the stroke of the in­ter­val when Shafiq missed a sweep at a fullish de­liv­ery and was ad­judged lbw for five.

Sami As­lam and Azam re­built after the break, putting on 57 for the third wicket to keep West Indies wick­et­less for most of the first hour be­fore the rot set in.

Azam was once again freescor­ing in hit­ting three bound­aries off 38 de­liv­er­ies be­fore drag­ging on to Bishoo two overs

be­fore the drinks break, and Sami As­lam, who made a first-in­nings 90, was taken low at slip by Jer­maine Black­wood, also off Bishoo, after fac­ing 61 balls and count­ing four bound­aries.

Cap­tain Mis­bah-ul-Haq un­der-edged a wild swing at Bishoo and dragged on for 15, and left-handed Mo­ham­mad Nawaz shoul­dered arms to the third ball he re­ceived and was bowled with­out scor­ing by one from Bishoo that spun back sharply.

Wa­hab Riaz top-edged Bishoo to Brath­waite on the ropes at mid-wicket to fall for five, and on the stroke of tea, Yasir Shah found him­self in a tan­gle against an in­nocu­ous short ball from cap­tain Ja­son Holder and was caught and bowled for two.

Tot­ter­ing on 121 for eight, Pak­istan’s in­nings lasted only five de­liv­er­ies on re­sump­tion. Sar­fraz Ahmed charged Bishoo off the first ball, missed, and was neatly stumped for 15, and Amir was bowled by a rip­per off the fifth de­liv­ery.

Ear­lier, West Indies lost their last four wick­ets for 42 runs after re­sum­ing on 315 for six, with leg-spin­ner Yasir fin­ish­ing with five for 121. Left-arm spin­ner Nawaz (2-38) and seamer Wa­hab (265) picked up two wick­ets apiece.

The Caribbean side lost wick­et­keeper Shane Dowrich in the fourth over of the day, lbw to Yasir, after he had added just five runs to his overnight 27.

Holder, start­ing the day on 10, put on 21 with Bishoo (17) be­fore he was bowled by Yasir for 20 at 346 for eight and the tail put up lit­tle re­sis­tance.

Leg-spin­ner Deven­dra Bishoo snapped up a ca­reer-best eight for 49.

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