I used the crease more

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

DUBAI, United Arab Emi­rates (CMC): A THRILLED Deven­dra Bishoo told re­porters here yes­ter­day he had been forced to make sev­eral ad­just­ments which re­sulted in his ca­reer-best eight-wicket haul against Pak­istan on the penul­ti­mate day of the daynight first Test here.

The leg-spin­ner snatched eight for 49 as Pak­istan were routed for a pal­try 123 in their sec­ond in­nings at the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium to con­cede much of the ad­van­tage they held in the game from day one.

“I think I used the crease a bit more and I tried to bowl more tight than the first in­nings,” Bishoo said af­ter­wards.

“There was a lot of think­ing about it after the first in­nings, and I tried to use the crease as much as pos­si­ble in the sec­ond in­nings.

He added: “(In the first in­nings), I was bowl­ing more fourth, fifth stump and they were cut­ting the ball down to cover for sin­gles all the time, so I tried to bowl more straight on the stumps.”

Pak­istan wrapped up the West Indies’ first in­nings for 357 within 75 min­utes of yes­ter­day’s fourth day to lead by 222 runs, but then found them­selves un­der pres­sure when they slumped to 20 for two at lunch.

On the re­sump­tion, Bishoo ripped through the re­main­der of the Pak­istan in­nings as the hosts crashed from 77 for two to lose their last seven wick­ets for 44 runs.

Bishoo took only two wick­ets in the first in­nings as Pak­istan piled up a mas­sive 579 for three de­clared, but said he knew the pitch would of­fer more as­sis­tance later in the game.

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