Bishoo heroics give Windies faint hope in day-night test
DUBAI – An eight-wicket haul from West Indies’ Devendra Bishoo breathed fresh life into the first test against Pakistan in Dubai, leaving his side with a faint chance of pulling off the unlikeliest of wins in the day-night contest.
After three days in which bat had completely dominated the pink ball with just nine wickets falling, a dramatic penultimate day saw 16 tumble, with half of them snaffled by 30-year-old Bishoo’s leg breaks.
The Guyana spinner’s career-best spell of eight for 49 helped skittle Pakistan for 123 as they chased quick runs to ram home their first-innings advantage of 222.
By the close, West Indies, set a total of 346 to win, had battled to 95 for two, needing another 251 on the final day, which still represents a gargantuan task on a turning pitch against a Pakistan side scenting victory in their 400th test.
An exciting day had started with three more Yasir Shah wickets helping wrap up the West Indian first innings for 357 in just 14.5 overs.
When leg-spinner Yasir, who finished with figures of five for 121, dismissed Miguel Cummins, he reached 100 wickets in his 17th test, becoming the joint-second fastest to reach the landmark in cricket history.
Pakistan did not enforce the follow-on and, preferring instead to pile on the runs with a touch of recklessness, played into Bishoo’s wily hands as he recorded the best figures by a West Indian in a test outside the Caribbean.
His performance surpassed Michael Holding’s eight for 92 against England at the Oval in 1976. West Indies lost Kraigg Brathwaite early in their run chase but Leon Johnson and Darren Bravo offered hope with a 60-run stand before Johnson’s late dismissal highlighted the magnitude of the Windies’ last-day task.
Pakistan 1st innings 579 for 3 decl (A. Ali 302no, S. Aslam 90, B. Azam 69, A. Shafiq 67) West Indies 1st innings (Overnight: 315-6) K. Brathwaite b Shah 32 L. Johnson lbw b Shah 15 Da. Bravo c Az. Ali b Nawaz 87 M. Samuels lbw b So. Khan 76 J. Blackwood c S. Ahmed b Riaz 37 R. Chase c B. Azam b Riaz 6 S. Dowrich lbw b Shah 32 J. Holder b Shah 20 D. Bishoo b Nawaz 17 M. Cummins b Shah 0 S. Gabriel not out 6 Extras (b-9 lb-8 nb-11 w-1) 29 Total (all out, 123.5 overs) 357 Fall of wickets: 1-42 L. Johnson,2-69 K. Brathwaite,3-182 M. Samuels,4-259 J. Blackwood,5-266 R. Chase,6-300 Da. Bravo,7-325 S. Dowrich,8-346 J. Holder,9-351 M. Cummins,10-357 D. Bishoo Bowling M. Amir 22 - 6 - 54 - 0(nb-2) So. Khan 16 - 2 - 56 - 1 Y. Shah 43 - 15 - 121 - 5 W. Riaz 23.3 - 3 - 65 - 2(nb-8 w-1) M. Nawaz 16.5 - 5 - 38 - 2(nb-1) Az. Ali 2.3 - 1 - 6 - 0 Pakistan 2nd innings S. Aslam c Blackwood b Bishoo 44 Az. Ali lbw b Gabriel 2 A. Shafiq lbw b Bishoo 5 B. Azam b Bishoo 21 Misbah-ul-Haq b Bishoo 15 S. Ahmed st Dowrich b Bishoo 15 M. Nawaz b Bishoo 0 W. Riaz c K. Brathwaite b Bishoo 5 Y. Shah c&b Holder 2 So. Khan not out 1 M. Amir b Bishoo 1 Extras (b-10 nb-2) 12 Total (all out, 31.5 overs) 123 Fall of wickets: 1-13 Az. Ali,2-20 A. Shafiq,3-77 B. Azam,4-93 S. Aslam,5-112 Misbah-ul-Haq,6-112 M. Nawaz,7-118 W. Riaz,8-121 Y. Shah,9-121 S. Ahmed,10-123 M. Amir Bowling S. Gabriel 7 - 1 - 23 - 1(nb-1) M. Cummins 7 - 0 - 29 - 0(nb-1) D. Bishoo 13.5 - 1 - 49 - 8 J. Holder 4 - 0 - 12 - 1 West Indies 2nd innings (Target: 346 runs) K. Brathwaite b Amir 6 L. Johnson lbw b Amir 47 Da. Bravo not out 26 M. Samuels not out 4 Extras (lb-5 nb-2 w-5) 12 Total (for 2 wickets, 31 overs) 95 Fall of wickets: 1-27 K. Brathwaite,2-87 L. Johnson To bat: J. Blackwood, R. Chase, S. Dowrich, J. Holder, D. Bishoo, M. Cummins, S. Gabriel Bowling M. Amir 8 - 1 - 26 - 2(w-1) So. Khan 2 - 1 - 4 - 0 Y. Shah 13 - 2 - 40 - 0 M. Nawaz 4 - 1 - 7 - 0 W. Riaz 4 - 0 - 13 - 0(nb-2) Referees Umpire: Richard Illingworth Umpire: Paul Reiffel TV umpire: Ian Gould Match referee: Jeff Crowe -Reuters