BLACK­WOOD MISSES CEN­TURY, PAK­ISTAN CLOSE IN

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

LEG-SPIN­NER Yasir Shah de­prived West In­dian bats­man Jer­maine Black­wood of a fight­ing hun­dred by just five runs as Pak­istan closed on a se­ri­esclinch­ing vic­tory in the sec­ond Test in Abu Dhabi yes­ter­day. Shah, who has fig­ures of 5-105 for his eighth fivewicket haul, bowled Black­wood for 95 be­fore West Indies reached 272-7 at lunch on the fifth and fi­nal day as Pak­istan were just three wick­ets away from vic­tory at Se­hikh Zayed Sta­dium. Pak­istan won the first Test by 56 runs in Dubai. At the break Shai Hope was 23 not out and Deven­dra Bishoo five not out as West Indies – set 456 to win – still need 184 more runs to win or bat out two ses­sions for a draw. Black­wood de­fied Pak­istan’s spin-cum-pace at­tack in the first ses­sion by adding 63 for the fifth wicket with Ros­ton Chase (20) and an­other 57 with hope for the sixth to counter a weary fifth day pitch.

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