Late wickets cost West Indies dearly
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
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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.