Yasir haul denies Bishoo and Bravo
PAKISTAN captain Misbahul-Haq blamed the conditions in Dubai for his team’s Jekyll and Hyde performance as they snatched what should have been a comfortable first Test victory over West Indies by the skin of their teeth.
Leading by 222 runs at the halfway stage, Pakistan were dismissed cheaply for 123 but survived a fifth-day scare, led by Darren Bravo (116), to win by 56 runs – the narrowest margin of victory recorded since their relocation to Dubai.
Misbah said:“The pitch was on the slower side, the Dubai pitch normally starts deteriorating after two days.
“A bit of dew in the evening session was affecting the ball.With the sogginess, the ball was getting softer so different factors contributed and helped the batsmen score runs.
“Spinners and fast bowlers will get more help and reverse swing will also be there in the dry weather.
“But in the evening the pink ball was getting wet and the seam was swelling and it got softer.
“But in the end it was a good Test match, both teams played really well, and it’s good for Test cricket.”
A sensational unbeaten 302 from opener Azhar Ali saw Pakistan declare at 579-3 and Yasir Shah spun his way to 5-121 from 43 overs as West Indies were bowled out for 357.
But momentum changed on day four as Devendra Bishoo (8-49) tore through Pakistan’s tail to limit them to 123 all out inside 32 overs.
The challenge of completing an unlikely turnaround was spearheaded by Bravo on day five as Shah’s effectiveness began to wane.
But the bowler got the last laugh, dismissing Bravo at the end of the 95th over which effectively sealed the end of the tourists’ charge.
Their race was run in the final session of the day, out for 289 as Pakistan breathed a collective sigh of relief.
Pakistan 579-3d & 123 beat West Indies 357 & 289 by 56 runs