Bishoo, Gabriel de­rail Pak­istan in third Test

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Leg-spin­ner Deven­dra Bishoo and fast bowler Shan­non Gabriel shared seven wick­ets be­tween them to stop Pak­istan from post­ing a big to­tal on the open­ing day of the third and fi­nal Test in Shar­jah yes­ter­day.

Pak­istan were cruis­ing along nicely at 230-4 when West Indies grabbed four quick wick­ets to put Pak­istan on the back foot at 255-8 by close of play at the Shar­jah sta­dium. At close, tail-en­ders Mo­ham­mad Amir was bat­ting on six and Yasir Shah on one as West Indies will look to bowl out Pak­istan early on day two. Pak­istan, who won the toss on a bat­ting-friendly pitch, saw opener Sami As­lam (72), Mis­bah-ul-Haq (53), You­nis Khan (51) and Sar­fraz Ahmed (51) all reach half cen­turies.

Ahmed and Mis­bah had added 80 for the fifth wicket but Pak­istan lost four wick­ets in the space of 18 runs to slump to 2488, with Bishoo reg­is­ter­ing fig­ures of 4-74 and Gabriel 3-58.

“We are in a good po­si­tion to get them out (un­der 300),” said Bishoo, who took a ca­reer best 8-49 in the first Test. “We must build on this good bowl­ing per­for­mance by post­ing a good to­tal and that will strengthen our po­si­tion.”

That slump could hurt Pak­istan’s chances of white­wash­ing West Indies 3-0 af­ter win­ning the first Test by 56 runs in Dubai and the sec­ond by 133 runs in Abu Dhabi. Mis­bah had started his record 49th Test as cap­tain-bettering Im­ran Khan’s feat of 48 Tests as cap­tain-on a good note when he won the third straight toss and in­stantly de­cided to bat, but his bats­men played reck­less shots.

Mis­bah was him­self guilty as he gloved a re­verse sweep off Bishoo af­ter hit­ting three fours and a six.

Mis­bah was lucky to sur­vive a close leg­be­fore de­ci­sion af­ter West In­dian cap­tain Ja­son Holder took a re­view against Aus­tralian um­pire Paul Ri­ef­fel’s not out de­ci­sion, but tele­vi­sion um­pire Richard Illing­worth backed up the on-field of­fi­cial on the ba­sis of sound, which could have been an edge off the bat. That left West In­dian play­ers ag­grieved. As­lam, who added 106 for the third wicket with You­nis, also fell to an ir­re­spon­si­ble re­verse sweep off Bishoo af­ter look­ing set for his maiden hun­dred, hav­ing hit seven fours and a six in his 172-ball knock.

You­nis, who hit four bound­aries and a six off Chase in com­plet­ing his 31st Test half cen­tury, also played a rash shot and was caught off Ros­ton Chase. Ahmed, who hit five fours, was bowled by Gabriel while at the other end Bishoo had Wahab Riaz for four. Ear­lier, it was Gabriel who jolted the Pak­istan in­nings at the start with the wick­ets of Ali and Shafiq in the very first over of the match.

Ali, who scored a ca­reer-best 302 not out in the first Test, edged a lift­ing de­liv­ery from Gabriel to slip af­ter Sami had taken a sin­gle off the first ball.

Asad Shafiq also sur­vived just one de­liv­ery be­fore be­ing trapped lbw as that time Holder suc­cess­fully chal­lenged Reif­fel’s not out de­ci­sion.

Pak­istan brought back pace­men Mo­ham­mad Amir and Wahab Riaz-rested for the sec­ond Test-in place of So­hail Khan and Ra­hat Ali.

West Indies also made two changes from the Abu Dhabi Test, with fit-again wick­et­keeper Shane Dowrich re­plac­ing Shai Hope and pace­man Alzarri Joseph com­ing in for Miguel Cum­mins. — AFP

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