Pak­istan com­plete Windies demolition

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ABU DHABI — Leg-spin­ner Yasir Shah took six wick­ets in Pak­istan’s crush­ing 133run sec­ond Test win over West Indies in Abu Dhabi yes­ter­day to take an un­beat­able 2-0 lead in the three-match se­ries.

The wily spin­ner fin­ished with 6-124 - his sec­ond ten-wicket haul in Test cricket - 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 from scor­ing his sec­ond Test hun­dred when he bowled him for 95 in the pre-lunch ses­sion.

West Indies, set a mam­moth 456-run 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.

Black­wood de­fied Pak­istan’s spin-cumpace 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.

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 five-wicket 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 tenth 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’s fight.— Sport24.


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