Est­wick urges pos­i­tive bat­ting

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emi­rates (CMC): OWLING COACH Roddy Est­wick ex­pects a pos­i­tive ap­proach to pay div­i­dends for West Indies, as they en­ter to­day’s fi­nal day of the sec­ond Test chas­ing a world record 456 to level the three-Test series.

West Indies fin­ished the penul­ti­mate day at the Sheikh Zayed Sta­dium on 171 for four, still re­quir­ing a fur­ther 285 runs to over­haul their mas­sive tar­get and grab their first win of what has been a tough tour.

“A lot will de­pend on the first hour or the first ses­sion and how Ros­ton Chase and (Jer­maine) Black­wood ap­proach it,” Est­wick said following the day’s play.

“I thought to­day (yes­ter­day) we played rea­son­ably well. We prob­a­bly lost two wick­ets too many, but at least I like how we were pos­i­tive. I found in the first in­nings, we got stuck and we were un­able to ro­tate the strike, and we weren’t able to turn it over.

B“To­day, we looked a lot bet­ter. Kraigg played won­der­fully well. I thought he was a bit un­lucky with his de­ci­sion, but I thought they came out and showed pos­i­tive in­tent and that kind of spread through the team.”

Re­sum­ing yes­ter­day on 114 for one, Pak­istan de­clared their sec­ond in­nings on 227 for two at lunch, to put them­selves in pole po­si­tion to take vic­tory.


Opener Leon John­son then fell cheaply for nine and Dar­ren Bravo for 13 as West Indies slipped to 60 for two, be­fore Brath­waite stroked a top score of 67 and Black­wood, an un­beaten 41, to keep their side alive.

Est­wick said the fi­nal day would be a chal­leng­ing one and it was im­por­tant that West Indies re­mained fo­cussed through­out and not let their guard down.

“(They have to) keep play­ing the same way, keep be­ing pos­i­tive. If you’re pos­i­tive, you get those close field­ers from around the bat and then you have a bet­ter chance of sur­vival so I would say keep play­ing the same way, assess the sit­u­a­tion, make sure you don’t re­lax too much be­cause this is Test cricket,” the for­mer Bar­ba­dos seamer stressed.

“You’ve got to be pa­tient. This is Test cricket. It is very, very hard and you can see that the con­di­tions here are very, very tough. They’re un­for­giv­ing, and you’ve got to keep work­ing. You can’t af­ford to re­lax.”

Est­wick said one of the big lessons West Indies would take away from the on­go­ing tour was the value of dis­ci­pline and fo­cus.

“When you’re bowl­ing you’ve got to be pa­tient. You have to learn to bowl one side of the wicket,” he pointed out.

“One of the dif­fer­ences be­tween the two teams is when their bat­ters got in, they got big hun­dreds and I hope that our play­ers would learn from that and move their av­er­ages from the mid-30s to the 40s and 45 and the only way you can do that is by churn­ing out big scores.” PAK­ISTAN 1st in­nings WEST INDIES 1st in­nings PAK­ISTAN 2nd in­nings (overnight 114 for one) Sami As­lam c wkp Hope b Gabriel Azhar Ali c Holder b Cum­mins Asad Shafiq not out You­nis Khan not out (b4, lb3, w1, nb3) (2 wkts decl., 67 overs)

1-93, 2-164. Gabriel 12-2-36-1 (nb2), Cum­mins 7-026-1 (w1, nb1), Brath­waite 15-2-33-0, Bishoo 200-77-0, Holder 7-0-22-0, Chase 6-0-26-0. 452 224

50 79 58 29 11 227

WEST INDIES 2nd in­nings (tar­get: 456 runs) K Brath­waite lbw b Mo­ham­mad Nawaz 67 L John­son b Yasir Shah 9 D Bravo c Mo­ham­mad Nawaz b Ra­hat Ali 13 M Sa­muels c & b Yasir Shah 23 J Black­wood not out 41 R Chase not out 17 (lb1) 1 (4 wkts, 62 overs) 171

1-28, 2-63, 3-112, 4-124. So­hail Khan 10-2-24-0, Ra­hat Ali 14-140-1, Yasir Shah 18-2-60-2, Zul­fiqar Babar 15-532-0, Mo­ham­mad Nawaz 5-0-14-1.

West Indies re­quire a fur­ther 285 runs for vic­tory with six wick­ets stand­ing.


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