It had been all Pakistan on this West Indies tour to the sub-continent. It started with a thrashing in the T20s, moved to the ODIs and then the first Test – first pink ball Test in the region – which went down to the wire. Now the momentum has continued into the traditional day affair with the red ball. And it should not have been – not at least on day two.
After bowling Pakistan out for 452 – thanks to a fifer by Shannon Gabriel and three by Jason Holder – West Indies provided a tough battle with the bat. Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels were among the runs for the visitors. But in the closing stages, Samuels and Kraigg Brathwaite squandered their wickets to hand Pakistan the advantage back.
STUMPS! What a tragic end to the day’s play for the West Indies. They looked in good touch at multiple stages in the evening but wickets of Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels has thrown advantage back in Pakistan’s lap. At close, West Indies are 106/4 and still 346 runs behind.
GONE! Brathwaite run out 21 West Indies 106-4
An almighty mix-up here. Kraigg Brathwaite wants to get off strike and let the nightwatchman do his job, but instead he is sent back by Bishoo. The throw from the fielder is quick and full to the keeper. Gone. What a sequence of events.
GONE! Marlon Samuels c Sami Aslam b Rahat Ali 30 West Indies 106-3
Rahat Ali bowls a back of a length delivery outside off, the ball moves away late. Samuels doesn’t bail out from a loose waft outside the off stump. Carries low to first slip, who takes it in front of his ankles to his left
Kraigg Brathwaite is struck in front of leg by Rahat Ali and the umpire thinks it is not out. However, Misbah-ul-Haq wants to review. But the review is wasted with the ball pitching well outside leg.
Almost immediately West Indies lose another. Marlon Samuels walks to the middle and is caught in front of middle and the umpire says OUT. He immediately calls for a review and the replay confirms it got an inside edge on to the pad.
Darren Bravo lbw Yasir Shah 43 (85)
Bravo looks frustrated as he walks back after a well played knock. A review by Misbah changes the decision. Flat one by Yasir that pitched on middle and leg, spins in and beats Bravo’s pull. Replay says it was hitting middle and leg. Suggestions of inside edge but no change in seam movement and that’s gone. West Indies are 65/2
Leon Johnson lbw Rahat 12 (38)
Rahat punches the air in celebration as Pakistan get their first. Left arm seamer had the ball pitching in line and going on to hit the leg stump. Umpire raises his finger and the opener walks back. West Indies are 27/1
Play underway in the final session of the day. It will be a two and a hour session with 41 overs to be bowled. Yesterday we stopped wee bit early due to fading light. Let’s see how it develops!
TEA! West Indies are 27/0 Fairly good session for the West Indies. Got Pakistan all out with the help of Shannon Gabriel’s fifer and Jason Holder’s four-for. In reply, West Indies are going strong without losing a wicket.
Darren Bravo and Leon Johnson open West Indies’ innings and they need a good response early on to keep this competitive from the start. Rahat Ali from one end and Sohail Khan from the other
Shannon Gabriel with an impressive fifer to dismiss Pakistan in the end but safe to say that the match is in Pakistan’s hands at the moment. After early jitters, Sarfraz, Nawaz and Sohail add to Pakistan’s overnight 304.
Zulfiqar Babar c Hope b Gabriel 0
And Gabriel has five. His premature celebrations don’t go in vain as the speedsters picks up five wickets. Babar pushes at the delivery outside off and gets a thin outside edge which is taken by the keeper. Review taken to have another look but the decision is correct. Pakistan are all out for 452
Sohail Khan c Johnson b Holder 26 (26)
Sohail Khan’s rapid fire knock in the middle comes to an end. He’s added some fire right at the death with his 26 – including five boundaries – but Holder gets his fourth. The pull on a short delivery is timid and it is well taken by Johnson at midwicket. Pakistan are 452/9
Mohammad Nawaz bowled Holder 25 (71)
Jason Holder gets West Indies the much needed breakthrough. Nearly a yorker and it reverse swings in to close Nawaz’s defiant knock. Pakistan are 430/8
Sarfraz Ahmed b Gabriel 56
Searing yorker by Gabriel on the fifth delivery of the post-lunch session and it dismantles the off stump. Beautiful delivery. Low full toss which came darting in to uproot the stump. Good start for the West Indies after lunch. Pakistan are 416/7
Eventful start to the second session. Sarfraz Ahmed pushes Shannon Gabriel delivery straight down for a four and brings up his eighth Test fifty. What a well composed inning this has been
LUNCH in Abu Dhabi where Pakistan have just crossed the 400-run mark to stand at 401/6 The first hour belonged to the West Indies with wickets of Misbah and Yasir Shah but since then Sarfraz and Nawaz have put together a comfortable 59 runs together. More after 40 minutes!
Nifty little stand building between Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Nawaz here for the 7th wicket. Both playing the West Indies attack with vigour and confidence. The hosts have moved along to 384/6
Yasir Shah c Bishoo b Holder 23
Yasir Shah has a whack at a short pitched delivery by Jason Holder and it is taken by Bishoo at backward square leg. He was in no control of the pull and an easy take. Pakistan are 342/6
Misbah-Ul-Haq lbw Gabriel 96
GONE! Misbah-ul-Haq misses out on the century by just four. The ball pitches on middle and leg and catches Misbah in front with the batsman failing to flick it. The review finds that it was marginally hitting leg stump. That’s a big wicket for West Indies. Up next: Sarfraz
Holder has Yasir Shah caught leg before and the umpire raises his finger. Everyone, including some West Indies players, look surprised. It pitched just outside off and was going on to miss the stumps. The review says not out.
CLOSE! Yasir Shah offers his bat to a Jason Holder delivery that veered out of the off stump but the edge falls narrowly short of the first slip fielder. That was close to the first wicket of the day.
West Indies start the day by taking the new ball and Miguel Cummins has it in his hand. Misbah-ul-Haq is on 90 and is joined by Yasir Shah.
Fit-again Younus Khan leads Pakistan charge against West Indies
Younus Khan showed no signs of weakness after recovering from dengue fever to score a brilliant century as Pakistan dominated the opening day of the second Test against the West Indies on Friday.
The 38-year-old, who missed Pakistan’s 56-run victory in the first Test in Dubai with illness, smashed 127 to carry Pakistan, who won the toss, to 304-4 at the close at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Younus finally holed out to deep mid-wicket off part-timer Kraigg Brathwaite after five hours at the crease, with fading light prompting the umpires to halt the day six overs before the scheduled close.
Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq was unbeaten on 90 — just ten runs short of his 11th hundred as Pakistan’s batsmen dominated on a batting-friendly pitch.
Younus, who hit ten boundaries and a six, added 175 for the fourth wicket with Misbah and 87 for the third with Asad Shafiq who made 68. It was again the two veteran batsmen — Younus and Misbah — who put Pakistan on track for another big total with their 15th hundred partnership in 49 innings.
Misbah, who has now equalled Imran Khan’s record of most Test matches as Pakistan captain with 48, hit two sixes and four boundaries as he worked in tandem with Younus to build an imposing total.
West Indies were guilty of sloppy fielding with Younus dropped on 83 when Brathwaite failed to hold a return catch off his own bowling and wicket-keeper Shai Hope handing Misbah a lifeline on 54 off paceman Shannon Gabriel.
Gabriel was the best of the bowlers with 2-43.
It was Younus’s 33rd Test hundred and 11th in the United Arab Emirates — where Pakistan have been forced to host international fixtures because of security fears back home. He drove spinner Roston Chase for his eighth boundary to complete his hundred — his 31st score of over 100 without being dismissed in nineties — the most in Test cricket.
Younus and Shafiq led the early recovery after Pakistan lost openers Azhar Ali (nought) and Sami Aslam (six) in the first hour. Shafiq batted well in the extended two-and-a-half hour first session due to Friday prayers, hitting seven boundaries before playing on to Gabriel.
Ali, who scored a career best 302 not out in Dubai, played on to Gabriel in the fifth over before Aslam was bowled by leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo attempting an ambitious drive.
Pakistan, who lead the three-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Dubai by 56 runs, brought in Younus, Zulfiqar Babar and Rahat Ali as they made three changes to their line-up. Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir (both rested) and Babar Azam were the trio to make way.
West Indies were forced to leave out unfit wicket-keeper batsman Shane Dowrich, bringing in Shai Hope.
The third and final Test starts in Sharjah from October 30.