I used the crease more
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.