Pakistan inched closer to victory in the first Test against West Indies after picking up two wickets before close of play on Day 4 in Dubai with the Caribbean team needing 241 more runs to win the match in the fifth and final day. West Indies were 95/2 at stumps with Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo at the crease. Mohammad Amir picked up both wickets for Pakistan. Earlier, leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo picked up his career best figures of 8-49 as Pakistan suffered a dramatic second-innings batting collapse, leaving West Indies to chase 346 runs to win their first ever day-night match. Having bowled out West Indies for 357 in the first innings with Yasir Shah picking up a five-wicket haul, Pakistan had a 222-run lead from first innings but captain Misbah-ul-Haq didn’t enforce the follow-on. They were bowled out for 123 in the second innings.
STUMPS on Day 4!
West Indies end Day four at 95/2 against Pakistan. Good batting effort from West Indies but they need to survive three more session to save or win this match. Pakistan need eight wickets. West Indies are 241 runs away from win
Marlon Samuels comes out to bat with close of play just round the corner. Crucial 20 minutes for both West Indies and Pakistan
WICKET! Leon Johnson lbw Mohammad Amir (47)
Amir strikes again as Johnson is trapped in front. Pacy and coming into the left-hander. Umpire thinks it is out. But Johnson reviews
West Indies going steadily in this chase. Fifty stand up between Johnson and Bravo. Exceptional batting from both in testing conditions. Yasir Shah turning it big
FIFTY! Team fifty up for West Indies in the 15th over. They are chasing a mammoth 346 runs and have nine wickets in hand. Pakistan bring on Wahab Riaz to bowl
WICKET! Kraigg Brahtwaite (6) b Mohammad Amir
Breakthrough for Pakistan! Ball moves slightly in and Brathwaite was committed to the shot. Gets an inside edge and is bowled
Four overs gone in West Indies innings and the score is 15 without any loss. Brathwaite and Johnson at the crease for them. The ball is moving a bit but not troubling the batsmen in a big manner
West Indies openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Leon Johnson walk out to the middle as they chase a target of 346 runs. Mohammad Amir begin with the new ball for Pakistan
Devendra Bishoo finishes with eight wickets as West Indies bowl out Pakistan for 123. They need 346 runs to win this Test with almost four sessions left but it will be near impossible
Pakistan batsmen back in the middle for the final session of play in Dubai. The lead is 343 runs. Though difficult to chase on this wicket, West Indies will be happy to not give away too many runs
WICKET AND SUPPER!
Yasir Shah gets a leading edge and Holder takes a high catch off his own bowling. Pakistan lose their eighth wicket and the lead is 343 runs
End of the second session in Dubai
WICKET! Wahab Riaz c Kraigg Brathwaite b Devendra Bishoo.
Goes for the big shot but is caught. Bishoo picks up his sixth and this is now his best bowling figures in Tests
WICKET! Mohammad Nawaz (0) b Devendra Bishoo
Big spin from Bishoo to the left-handed Nawaz. Castles him as Nawaz leaves it alone. What a spell from the leg-spinner as he completes his five-wicket haul. Pakistan six down now
WICKET! Misbah-ul-Haq b Devendra Bishoo
Inside edge and on to the stumps. Misbah goes for the heave over leg-side in search of some quick runs but it turns away from him to take the inside-edge and hit the off-stump
Misbah and Sarfraz Ahmed at the crease for Pakistan. They will look to score some quick runs to help Pakistan’s extend lead close to 400. We may see West Indies batting late in the day
WICKET! Sami Aslam (44) c Jermaine Blackwood b Devendra Bishoo.
Fourth wicket for Bishoo as Aslam has to depart. Grips it of the pitch and the batsmen makes room for himself. Edges it to the slips where Blackwood takes a good, low catch
Misbah-ul-Haq walks in to bat and takes a couple on the third ball he faces. Pakistan’s lead is over 300 now. They are only three wickets down. Pakistan 79/3 in the second innings
WICKET! Babar Azar (21) b Devender Bishoo
Finally, West Indies get Babar Azam. He moves on the back-foot to play it on the leg-side but it is drifted into him. Inside edge of the bat, on to the pad and hits the bails
After 17 overs, Pakistan are 77/2 and now lead in 299 runs. How much is enough on this pitch and under lights? The ball has lost its shape and their have been instances when the fielders have gestured for not spotting the ball
BABAR AZAM SURVIVES AGAIN! This is great luck for Azam. Cummins over-steps. A good bouncer as Azam had no clue how to play that. Takes his eyes of the ball. The ball brushes the gloves and lobs to the keeper. But he stays
DROPPED! Babar Azam could have been heading home but West Indies make a mess of the catch. A hook that took the top edge and Gabriel at long-leg attempted the catch. Brathwaite at deep square-leg could have taken it easily but didn’t call and both fail to catch it
Babar Azam and Sami Aslam resume the innings for Pakistan after Tea. They are at 20 for the loss of two wickets and lead by 242 runs. Bishoo to complete his over for West Indies
Tea in Dubai! Pakistan end the first session at 20 for the loss of two wickets. They lead by 241 runs and Sami Aslam the unbeaten batsman. A new batsman will join him when play resumes
WICKET! Asad Shafiq (5) lbw Devendra Bishoo
Successful review from West Indies. Shafiq tries the sweep on fuller length ball but misses it. West Indies appeal for the LBW but denied. They decide to review. Straight ball with no bat involved. Would have hit leg-stump
After five overs, Pakistan are 19/1. Sami Aslam and Asad Shafiq at the crease for them. West Indies introduce spin in the sixth over as Devender Bishoo comes on to bowl
WICKET! Azhar Ali (2) lbw b Shannon Gabriel
Azhar has been adjudged LBW! He doesn’t go for the review this time. Gabriel brings it in sharply and Azhar falls. Looked out as it hit him in line
CLOSE! West Indies appeal for a caught-behind down the leg-side. Leg-umpire Illingworth gives him out. Azhar reviews. Not hitting the bat there. Brushed the thigh pad and Pakistan will keep their review
Pakistan begin their innings with a lead of 221 runs. Azhar Ali, triple-centurion in the first innings, and Sami Aslam are opening the batting for them
West Indies wrapped out for 357 runs as Mohammad Nawaz dismisses Shannon Gabriel. Pakistan haven’t enforced the follow-on and will bat again. Big lead for them of 221 runs
WICKET! Cummins (0) b Yasir Shah
Wicket number 100 for Yasir Shah in Tests. He is joint second-fastest bowler to do so
WICKET! Jason Holder (20) b Yasir Shah. Beautiful bowling from Yasir as he foxes Holder with a googly. That is wicket number 99 for Yasir in Tests Holder playing down the wrong line
Devender Bishoo and Jason Holder take West Indies to 341/7. Wabah Riaz and Yasir Shah are bowling for Pakistan. Yasir is just two wickets away from his 100th Test wicket. He will be fastest Asian to reach the landmark if he does this in this match
WICKET! Yasi Shah strikes early for Pakistan! Dorwich adjudged LBW but he wants a review. Only question is did it pitch outside the line of leg-stump? No. Review shows it pitch in line and would have hit middle. Out for 32
Dorwich and Jason Holder will be resuming the West Indies innings. The pitch has not given the bowlers anything that has helped them trouble the batsmen. So far the batsmen have dominated the proceedings in Dubai
Mohammad Amir will begin the bowling for Pakistan
West Indies resume at 350/6
Pakistan removed the obdurate Darren Bravo late on the third day of the first day-night Test to reinvigorate their cause after a dogged West Indies batting display in Dubai. Bravo defied a potent bowling attack to score 87 during a 402-minute stay at the crease while Samuels made 76 as the West Indies closed on 315-6, still trailing Pakistan’s first innings total of 579-3 declared by 264 runs. Shane Dowrich was unbeaten on 27 with skipper Jason Holder 10 not out at the close of play.
West Indies need to reach 380 to avoid following-on, but the duration of their innings suggests Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-haq may not enforce it and bat again on Sunday. Bravo and Samuels were engaged in a resolute 113-run stand for the third wicket as the Dubai stadium pitch did not offer much help to Pakistan’s attack.
When it looked Bravo would remain unbeaten and complete his eighth hundred he fell to a lazy push off left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz and was caught by Azhar Ali at forward short-leg for the debutant’s first wicket. Bravo hit nine fours and a six during his 258-ball vigil.
Bravo had added another 77 for the fourth wicket with Jermaine Blackwood (37) but fiery paceman Wahab Riaz took two quick-fire wickets after Pakistan took the second new ball with the score at 229-3. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah and Riaz finished with two wickets apiece, with the latter explaining that dew made it tough for the bowlers.
“The ball got wet because of the dew yesterday and when we came today it had gone soft so it was wet, so there was no help for the bowlers and that’s why it was tough to get wickets, but we will do our best to effect a result,” said Riaz.
Samuels hit two boundaries off the first two balls he faced, driving powerfully off Shah and settling down quickly on a flat pitch. He took a single off Nawaz to reach his 24th Test fifty and continued in an aggressive style with 13 boundaries.
Samuels looked set for his first hundred since April last year but fell leg-before to paceman Sohail Khan when he missed an inswinging delivery and was caught plumb in front. Samuels praised his team’s resolute approach after spending the best part of two days in the field.
“We played Test cricket today,” said Samuels. “We were patient, put away the bad balls, picking singles here and there and this is the way it should be played so we must continue that.”
Pakistan had looked for early breakthroughs after the West Indies started the day at 69-1 and were rewarded when Shah bowled Kraigg Brathwaite for 32 with a delivery which turned slightly and beat the bat. Pakistan’s big total was built around opener Azhar Ali’s unbeaten 302, his country’s fourth triple century.
The remaining two Tests will be played in Abu Dhabi (October 21-25) and Sharjah (October 30-November 3).