Going into the final day of the second Test against West Indies, Pakistan needed to pick six wickets and defend 285 runs. The first session got half the job done with Yasir Shah picking up three wickets – one an over before the lunch break to hand the visitors a jolt.
The job was complete in the post lunch session as Yasir finished the second essay with six wickets and the match with ten wickets after Pakistan posted a dominant 133 run win and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
Jermaine Blackwood scored 95 to give a strong fight but it was too late by then to salvage anything for the visitors.
Bishoo c Misbah-ul-Haq b Zulfiqar Babar 26 (54)
ALL OUT. West Indies are all out for 322 and Pakistan win the Test by 133 runs and the series 2-0.
Bishoo tries to heave it over midwicket but gets a top edge and Misbah gets under it and easily takes it.
And that’s ten wickets in the match for Yasir Shah. What an absolutely sublime show of spin bowling even with the pitch offering nothing.
Cummins b Yasir Shah 0 (4)
Well there is no reviewing or debating this time around. Yasir Shah, again around the wicket, pitches the ball outside off and it spin in to topple the off stump. One more wicket to go!
SAFE! Miguel Cummins takes a review after the umpire gives him out leg before off Yasir Shah. Pitched outside off and from around the wicket it was going on to miss the leg stump. Quick decision
Shai Hope c Younus b Zulfiqar 41 (93)
Lovely catch by Younus Khan at first slip to dismiss Shai Hope. Great delivery but an even better catch. It pitches slightly short outside off and Hope is caught in two minds of how to face that delivery. Tries to withdraw the bat late on but takes an outside edge which Younus takes low off the ground. West Indies are 311/8
As the 100 overs come to a close, West Indies cross the 300 run mark. Not entirely comfortable. Tough to bat through a session and a half.
Not much happening in Abu Dhabi at the moment. Yasir Shah’s purchase from the pitch has reduced significantly and West Indies playing carefully. Up to 296/7 now.
Play underway in the post Lunch session. Devendra Bishoo and Shai Hope the batsmen to try and fend away this Pakistan attack. And right from the get go is Yasir Shah who has picked up three wickets today and bowled the entire day. No reason not to start with him, though.
LUNCH! At lunch, West Indies are 272/7 and need 184 runs. But Pakistan have picked up three wickets courtesy Yasir Shah to pick up a fifer and if there was any debate earlier, it looks clearer now that this match is headed Pakistan’s way.
Jason Holder lbw Yasir Shah 16 (22)
Yasir Shah has FIVE! The ball pitches on leg stump and straightens to catch Holder pad first. No debates there. PLUMB in front! West Indies’ woes compound and that is a dreadful time to concede a wicket – right before the break. West Indies are 266/7
SIX! Jason Holder makes room for himself on the off side and goes inside out to Zulfiqar Babar and it sails into the stands for a six. With the absence of any crowd, an official has to go jumping across fences to fetch the ball.
Jermaine Blackwood b Yasir Shah 95 (127)
GONE! Yasir Shah picks the second of the day and it’s the big wicket. Blackwood departs after a brave knock but he’s fallen narrowly short of a ton. Pitches on leg and middle, little loop into it and more flatter, Blackwood goes for a drive but the ball squeezes between bat and pad. West Indies are 245/6
And Pakistan have taken the new ball And in two overs after taking the new ball, West Indies have collected 16 runs – all in boundaries.
Drinks break in the first session and West Indies are 210/5. Still need 246 to win and Pakistan need 5 wickets. Can go either way!
EDGED AND FOUR! Sohail Khan comes into the attack and he offers width straight away to Jermaine Blackwood. Short, wide and slow outside off to Blackwood and the West Indies batsman goes after it but doesn’t get the right contact. Gets a thick outside edge which goes flying over the slips for a four
Roston Chase c Sarfraz b Yasir 20 (86)
GONE! Yasir Shah strikes with a peace of a delivery. The ball pitches on middle and off and angling away from the right hander. Chase tries to defend it but ends up getting an outside edge and Sarfraz holds on. West Indies are 187/5
FIFTY! Jermaine Blackwood drives Yasir Shah with the spin to pick up a single and bring up his fifty.
On the other end is Yasir Shah. But before that we’ve already had the first runs of the day courtesy Blackwood who sends the ball to the right of the fielder at mid-on. A desperate dive doesn’t prevent the ball from making its way to the ropes
All right, off we go! Jermaine Blackwood to face the first delivery of the day and he’s joined by Roston Chase at the non-striker’s end. Rahat Ali to open proceedings with the ball.
West Indies stumble to 171 for 4, chasing 456
West Indies were left reeling at 171-4 as Pakistan pressed for victory on the fourth day of the second test after setting up a stiff target of 456 runs.
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah took 2-60 while seamer Rahat Ali got the prized wicket of Darren Bravo for just 13 when the left-hander played a lose cut and was caught at point Monday.
Left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz then went for a successful lbw television referral against half century-maker Kraigg Brathwaite (67) to leave West Indies with a gigantic task to save the test on the last day.
Jermaine Blackwood (41 not out) and Roston Chase (17 not out) survived over an hour and will resume with West Indies requiring further 285 runs for victory or to bat out the 90 overs for a draw on Tuesday.
Both Blackwood and Chase needed to repeat their performances against India at Jamaica in August where they also resumed the last day and earned West Indies a draw.
West Indies already trails 1-0 in the three-match series after losing the first day-night test by 56 runs where Bravo hit a resilient century in the second innings.
Earlier, Pakistan stretched its lead to 455 before declaring their second innings at 227-2 at lunch after they resumed at overnight 114-1.
Asad Shafiq scored successive half century with a fluent unbeaten 58 and West Indies’ lone success came when Azhar Ali (79) chased a wide delivery of Miguel Cummins and was caught in the slips.
Azhar, who scored a triple century in Dubai test, added 29 to his overnight 52 before missing out on an opportunity to hit a hundred.
Brathwaite looked at ease for the first time in the test series despite Shah striking in his second over and clean bowling Leon Johnson for 9.
Bravo looked composed until he played a reckless stroke and gifted his wicket before Marlon Samuels and Brathwaite added 49 runs.
Shah broke the partnership after tea when Samuels fell to a loose shot and looped a simple catch back to the leg-spinner.
Brathwaite completed his half century off 71 balls when he flicked Rahat Ali to wide mid-on for three runs but erred against Nawaz’s quicker delivery.
Chase, who scored an unbeaten century at Jamaica against India and batted throughout the last day, then played solidly with Blackwood as both batsmen negotiated the spin and reverse swing of seamers for more than 17 overs.