Pak­istan clinches series with crush­ing win

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

LEG-SPIN­NER Yasir Shah took six sec­ond-in­nings wick­ets in Pak­istan’s crush­ing 133-run sec­ond Test win over West Indies in Abu Dhabi yes­ter­day as they took an un­beat­able 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

The wily spin­ner fin­ished with 6-124 to se­cure his sec­ond 10-wicket haul in Test cricket af­ter claim­ing four wick­ets in the first in­nings as West Indies were bowled out for 322 be­fore tea on a weary fifth- and fi­nal-day pitch at Sheikh Zayed Sta­dium.

Shah had de­prived West In­dian bats­man Jermaine Black­wood his sec­ond Test hun­dred when he bowled him for 95 in the pre-lunch ses­sion.

West Indies, set a mam­moth 456run tar­get for an un­likely vic­tory, still fought hard and bat­ted for 108 overs with Shai Hope also scor­ing a fight­ing 41.

Hope and Deven­dra Bishoo fought for 45 runs dur­ing their eighth-wicket stand be­fore left-arm spin­ner Zul­fiqar Babar (2-51) had Hope and Bishoo (26) caught to fin­ish the match.

In be­tween Babar’s wick­ets, Shah had Miguel Cum­mins bowled for nought to fin­ish the match with fig­ures of 10-210, hav­ing taken 4-86 in the first in­nings.

Pak­istan won the first Test by 56 runs in Dubai, leav­ing the third and fi­nal Test in Shar­jah start­ing from Sun­day in­con­se­quen­tial.

Cap­tain Mis­bah-ul-Haq showed de­light at the series win.

“It’s a good win and I am very happy,” said Mis­bah, who equalled Im­ran Khan’s record of most matches as Pak­istan cap­tain with 48. But this is Mis­bah’s 23rd vic­tory while Im­ran had only 14.

“The pitch was not help­ing the spin­ners so it was tough to get West Indies out even on a fifth-day pitch but we have match-win­ners like Shah who bowled very well.”

Mean­while, West In­dian cap­tain Ja­son Holder was pleased with his team’s fight de­spite the de­feat.

“We’ve showed signs of im­prove­ment,” said Holder who has now lost eight of his 11 Tests as cap­tain.

“Un­for­tu­nately we weren’t able to start the game the way we like. They scored too many runs on the first day. We didn’t bat well in the first in­nings. Pleased with the guys like Black­wood, the way they showed ap­pli­ca­tion.”

Black­wood de­fied Pak­istan’s spin­cum-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 the weary pitch.

When it seemed Black­wood would com­plete his sec­ond Test hun­dred, Shah pro­duced a beau­ti­ful de­liv­ery which kept straight and hit the bats­man’s pad, dis­lodg­ing the stumps.

Black­wood hit 11 bound­aries dur­ing his en­ter­pris­ing 127-ball stay.

Shah then trapped Ja­son Holder leg be­fore for 16 to com­plete his fivewicket haul, the sec­ond in the series.

Re­sum­ing at 171-4 West In­dian pair Black­wood and Chase bat­ted with­out any problems for the first nine overs, but in the 10th of the day Shah pro­duced a sharp turn­ing ball which took the edge off Chase’s bat to wicket-keeper Sar­fraz Ahmed for an easy catch.

Pak­istan took the sec­ond new ball with the score on 223-5 but Black­wood hit two bound­aries in So­hail Khan’s first over.

Shah then took two more wick­ets to de­rail West Indies’ fight. –

Photo: AFP

Pak­istani spin­ner Yasir Shah de­liv­ers the ball on the fi­nal day of the sec­ond Test be­tween Pak­istan and West Indies at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Sta­dium in Abu Dhabi on Oc­to­ber 25.

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