Windies crum­ble af­ter Mis­bah’s near miss

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West Indies lost two late wick­ets to hand the ini­tia­tive to Pak­istan on the sec­ond day of the sec­ond Test in Abu Dhabi yes­ter­day.

West Indies had de­fied Pak­istan’s bowlers well un­til the 44th over with the score 106 for 2, but they then lost Mar­lon Sa­muels (30) and Kraigg Brath­waite (21) in the space of three balls with­out ad­ding any fur­ther runs.

Night­watch­man Deven­dra Bishoo and Jer­maine Black­wood were yet to score as West Indies trail Pak­istan’s first in­nings to­tal of 452 by 346 runs with six wick­ets in­tact.

Dar­ren Bravo, who made 87 and 116 in the first Test in Dubai, made an at­trac­tive 43 but his dis­missal left Pak­istan in a dom­i­nant po­si­tion. A late col­lapse hit the West Indies hard as Sa­muels edged fast bowler Ra­hat Ali to slip be­fore Brath­waite was run out by Mis­bah-ulHaq’s throw af­ter set­ting off for a quick sin­gle.

Bravo, who opened the in­nings af­ter Brath­waite was off the field when Pak­istan were bat­ting and could not come in at the start, helped the tourists reach 27 with­out loss at the tea in­ter­val.

But in the third over af­ter tea Ra­hat gave Pak­istan the break­through when he trapped Leon John­son leg-be­fore for 12. Bravo and Brath­waite took the score to 65 be­fore drama un­folded in­volv­ing English um­pire Michael Gough as two of his de­ci­sions were over­turned on re­fer­ral.

Leg-spin­ner Yasir Shah struck Bravo on his back pad as the left-han­der tried to pull a short ball but Gough turned down a vo­cif­er­ous ap­peal from Pak­istan play­ers.

Mis­bah re­viewed the de­ci­sion and tele­vi­sion re­plays re­sulted in Bravo be­ing sent on his way trapped leg-be­fore for 43. The very next ball Shah trapped Sa­muels in front of his stumps and Gough raised his fin­ger, only for a re­view to grant the bats­man a re­prieve as re­plays showed he had hit the ball.


Ear­lier, Pak­istan skip­per Mis­bah missed out on his 11th Test cen­tury by just four runs, but Sar­fraz Ahmed (56) and Mo­ham­mad Nawaz (25) added 70 for the sev­enth wicket to en­sure Pak­istan crossed the 450-mark.

Shan­non Gabriel, who took a ca­reer best five for 96, had dis­missed Mis­bah in the first ses­sion be­fore bowl­ing Ahmed soon af­ter lunch. He dis­missed Zul­fiqar Babar for nought to wrap up the in­nings. “There is not much for the bowlers in the pitch so it’s great to get five wick­ets and I am very happy,” said Gabriel, fol­low­ing his first Test five-wicket haul.

So­hail Khan hit five bound­aries be­fore he be­came one of three vic­tims for Ja­son Holder, who fin­ished with 3-47. Pak­istan had re­sumed the day on 304-4 in the hope that Mis­bah and

night­watch­man Shah would sur­vive the sec­ond new ball which the West Indies took at the start of play. Shah was for­tu­nate to es­cape a leg-be­fore re­view off Holder but Mis­bah was not so lucky as he was dis­missed in the next over. Mis­bah missed an in­swing­ing de­liv­ery which hit him in front of the wicket, with um­pire Gough rais­ing his fin­ger. The Pak­istani skip­per re­luc­tantly re­viewed the de­ci­sion but with­out suc­cess. Shah was the next to go as he pulled Holder straight to square-leg fielder Bishoo af­ter scor­ing 23. Ahmed paced his in­nings well, hit­ting six bound­aries in his 59ball knock, as Pak­istan com­piled an im­pos­ing first-in­nings score.

Pak­istan lead the three-match se­ries 1-0 af­ter win­ning the first Test-a day-night af­fair played with a pink ball-by 56 runs. — AFP

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