Pakistan need six wickets to beat West Indies on final day
BU DHABI – West Indies face a fight for survival against Pakistan’s spinners on the final day of the second |Test after reaching 171 for four in their second innings in Abu Dhabi, still 285 runs short of an improbable victory.
Pakistan, who began the day on 114 for one, declared at lunch on 227 for two after Azhar Ali made 79 and Asad Shafiq was unbeaten on 58. That gave the bowlers five sessions to claim victory and an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
West Indies’ hopes lie with Roston Chase (17 not out) and Jermaine Blackwood (41 not out), who put on an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 47. The same batsman were together at the start of the final day of the second Test against India in Jamaica in August, which West Indies went on to draw.
Repeating that feat against Pakistan’s Yasir Shah will require great application on Tuesday. The leg spinner claimed a wicket with only his third ball which Leon Johnson (9) dragged on to his stumps.
Yasir also had the dangerous Marlon Samuels caught and bowled for 23 after Darren Bravo (13) and Kraigg Brathwaite, lbw to Mohammad Nawaz for a defiant 67, had attempted to provide the base for West Indies to chase down their 456-run victory target.
The third Test will be played in Sharjah from Oct. 30.
Pakistan 1st innings 452 (Y. Khan 127, Misbah-ul-Haq 96, A. Shafiq 68, S. Ahmed 56; S. Gabriel 5-96) West Indies 1st innings 224 (Y. Shah 4-86) Pakistan 2nd innings (Overnight: 114-1) S. Aslam c Hope b Gabriel 50 Az. Ali c Holder b Cummins 79 A. Shafiq not out 58 Y. Khan not out 29 Extras (b-4 lb-3 nb-3 w-1) 11 Total (for 2 wickets declared, 67 overs) 227 Fall of wickets: 1-93 S. Aslam,2-164 Az. Ali Did not bat: Misbah-ul-Haq, S. Ahmed, M. Nawaz, Y. Shah, S. Khan, Z. Babar, R. Ali Bowling S. Gabriel 12 - 2 - 36 - 1(nb-2) M. Cummins 7 - 0 - 26 - 1(nb-1 w-1) K. Brathwaite 15 - 2 - 33 - 0 D. Bishoo 20 - 0 - 77 - 0 J. Holder 7 - 0 - 22 - 0 R. Chase 6 - 0 - 26 - 0 West Indies 2nd innings (Target: 456 runs) K. Brathwaite lbw b Nawaz 67 L. Johnson b Shah 9 Da. Bravo c Nawaz b R. Ali 13 M. Samuels c&b Shah 23 J. Blackwood not out 41 R. Chase not out 17 Extras (lb-1) 1 Total (for 4 wickets, 62 overs) 171 Fall of wickets: 1-28 L. Johnson,2-63 Da. Bravo,3-112 M. Samuels,4-124 K. Brathwaite To bat: S. Hope, J. Holder, D. Bishoo, M. Cummins, S. Gabriel Bowling So. Khan 10 - 2 - 24 - 0 R. Ali 14 - 1 - 40 - 1 Y. Shah 18 - 2 - 60 - 2 Z. Babar 15 - 5 - 32 - 0 M. Nawaz 5 - 0 - 14 - 1 Referees Umpire: Michael Gough Umpire: Richard Illingworth TV umpire: Paul Reiffel Match referee: Jeff Crowe. –Reuters