Bishoo hails Brath­waite af­ter strong Windies start

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

SHARJAH, United Arab Emi­rates (CMC): FOR THE third straight match, all-rounder Car­los Brath­waite was re­duced to watch­ing from the side­lines, but that did not pre­vent him from hav­ing a pro­found im­pact on the open­ing day of the third Test here yes­ter­day.

Brath­waite has failed to make the fi­nal XI in the se­ries, but with leg-spin­ner Deven­dra Bishoo’s con­fi­dence sag­ging af­ter Pak­istan cap­tain Mis­bah-ul-Haq put him to the sword, the re­serve player was quick to re­spond, en­cour­ag­ing his team­mate to re­main on top of his game and not to let his head drop.

The net ef­fect was that Bishoo went on to claim four for 74 and trig­ger a slide in the fi­nal hour, which saw Pak­istan crash from 230 for four to 255 for eight at the close.

“He (Mis­bah) tried to get af­ter me in the sec­ond Test match. He tried to pick me off ... at­tack me a bit, but, in this game, I tried to do the ba­sics. I tried to bowl my lengths [in] my ar­eas and don’t try too much,” Bishoo told re­porters fol­low­ing the day’s play.

“When I had just started my spell, I had gone for a few runs, but Car­los (Brath­waite) saw my body lan­guage was a bit down and he came and told me, ‘You need to pick up your­self.’

“[He said], ‘You’ve done well in in­ter­na­tional cricket al­ready. You got eight in the first game, so why can’t you do it again?’ And he said ‘I want to see some con­fi­dence in you’, and I started to be a bit more lively.”


Bishoo picked up three of the four wick­ets to fall late in the day, in­clud­ing that of Mis­bah, who gloved a catch be­hind for 53, as he at­tempted to re­verse sweep.

Mis­bah was one of four play­ers to make half-cen­turies as 20-year-old opener Sami As­lam top-scored with 74 and You­nis Khan and Sar­fraz Ahmed both made 51.

With Pak­istan coast­ing in the sec­ond ses­sion and in the first hour af­ter tea, Bishoo said West Indies were fo­cused on dry­ing up the scor­ing and cre­at­ing pres­sure.

“In the sec­ond ses­sion, we de­cided if we were not go­ing to get wick­ets, we were not go­ing to let them score as much,” he said.

“We were try­ing to keep the run rate un­der three [runs per over], so we tried to bowl our ar­eas, be pa­tient and let them make the mis­takes.”

The Guyanese, who took a ca­reer-best eight-wicket haul in the sec­ond in­nings of the his­toric day/night open­ing Test, was well sup­ported by in-form pacer Shan­non Gabriel, who once again bowled with pace to claim three for 58.

Gabriel picked up two wick­ets in four balls in the first over of the day to re­duce Pak­istan to one run for two wick­ets.

“It’s the first day of the game and I think we’ve put our­selves in a very good po­si­tion and we need to cap­i­talise from here on. The job isn’t fin­ished as yet, but it’s good start for us on the first day,” Bishoo said.

“It was a good bowl­ing ef­fort. I think we tried to bowl as tight as pos­si­ble, tried to hold our line and lengths, and if they wanted to take the chances, they take the chances.”


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