Pak­istan’s Yasir sends Windies reel­ing

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BARBADOS: Yasir Shah spun Pak­istan back into the sec­ond Test when he picked up six wick­ets to leave West Indies reel­ing on day four in Barbados on Wed­nes­day.

Shai Hope came within 10 runs of his maiden Test cen­tury for West Indies but a late col­lapse left the match on a knife-edge at the close at Kens­ing­ton Oval in Bridgetown.

West Indies were 264 for nine wick­ets in their sec­ond in­nings, an over­all lead of 183 runs head­ing into the fi­nal day.

Hope, whose Test av­er­age be­fore this match was a mis­er­able 15, fi­nally jus­ti­fied the faith shown in him by the se­lec­tors with a pol­ished per­for­mance, mix­ing fine stroke­play with stout de­fence.

But with a cen­tury seem­ingly within his grasp, he played a loose shot to leg-spin­ner Yasir and was caught at cover for 90.

Hope’s de­par­ture pre­cip­i­tated a col­lapse, with Vishaul Singh fall­ing to the next ball, bowled by pace­man Mo­ham­mad Ab­bas for 32.

West Indies cap­tain Ja­son Holder sur­vived the hat-trick, but was dis­missed by Yasir in the next over and Yasir claimed two more scalps as West Indies lost six wick­ets for 26 runs.

Yasir ended the day with fig­ures of 6-90, af­ter last week pick­ing up 6-63 to bowl Pak­istan to vic­tory in the first Test in Ja­maica.

Pak­istan lead the three-Test se­ries 1-0 and will fancy their chances of clinch­ing it, though West Indies have scored enough to give their bowlers a chance. Reuters

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Pak­istan’s Yasir Shah cel­e­brates af­ter tak­ing a wicket against the West Indies on Wed­nes­day.

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