Late wick­ets cost West Indies dearly

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

ABU DHABI, UAE (CMC): EST INDIES lost two wick­ets in the dy­ing stages of the day to take the shine off an oth­er­wise valiant ef­fort and con­cede a clear ad­van­tage to Pak­istan in the sec­ond Test of the three­match se­ries here yes­ter­day.

Re­ply­ing to Pak­istan’s first in­nings of 452, the Car­ib­bean side were coast­ing at 106 for two late on the sec­ond day when they dra­mat­i­cally lost key bats­men Mar­lon Sa­muels and Kraigg Brath­waite in the last two overs of play, to end on 106 for four.

Sa­muels had made a flu­ent 30 from 61 de­liv­er­ies with six fours when he edged a loose drive at left-arm seamer Ra­hat Ali, and was caught low down at first slip by Sami As­lam in the day’s penul­ti­mate over.

And in the very last over, Kraigg Brath­waite was run out

WGabriel ... five for 96.

for 21, sent back by night­watch­man Deven­dra Bishoo on a call for a quick sin­gle and fail­ing to beat cap­tain Mis­bah-ul-Haq’s throw from cover to the wick­et­keeper.

The two dis­missals put a damper on the out­ing, es­pe­cially af­ter left-han­der Dar­ren Bravo had stroked an at­trac­tive 43 to help put West Indies on course for a strong re­ply.

Ear­lier, fast bowler Shan­non Gabriel claimed his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests as Pak­istan, re­sum­ing from 304 for four, added a fur­ther 148 runs be­fore be­ing bowled out an hour be­fore tea.

Mis­bah fell ag­o­nis­ingly short of his 11th Test hun­dred when he was dis­missed for 96 while wick­et­keeper Sar­fraz Ahmed ex­tended his de­cent form with 56.


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