West Indies, set 346 to win by Pakistan, were 95-2 at close on the fourth day of the first day-night Test in Dubai yesterday. Darren Bravo (26) and Marlon Samuels (four) were at the crease with West Indies needing another 251 runs while Pakistan need eight wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Leg-spinner Devendar Bishoo took a career best 8-49 to dismiss Pakistan for a paltry 123 in their second innings on a day when 16 wickets fell.
Earlier it was Pakistani leg-spinner Shah who became the second joint-fastest bowler to take 100 wickets in Test cricket during his 5-121 which bundled West Indies out for 357 in their first innings. Pakistan, who scored 579-3 declared in their first innings, did not enforce the follow-on despite West Indies coming up 23 runs short of the follow-on target of 380.
Pakistan collapsed in search of quick runs to effect a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. With the rough marks on the pitch helping spinners, Bishoo triggered a middle-order collapse after Pakistan had lost opener Azhar Ali (two) and Asad Shafiq (five) just before tea.
Bishoo, who had trapped Shafiq leg-before ahead of tea, then came into his own, dismissing Babar Azam (21), Sami Aslam (44), Misbah-ul-Haq (15), Mohammad Nawaz (nought) and Wahab Riaz (five) in the space of 40 balls for 21 runs.
Bishoo’s previous best bowling was 6-80 against Australia at Dominica last year. Ali, who scored a career best 302 in the first innings, was lucky to avoid a caught behind decision off Gabriel but was trapped leg-before the very next ball.
The day also belonged to Shah who wrapped up the West Indies innings in quick time and also reached a milestone. England’s right-arm medium-pacer George Lohmann reached 100 Test wickets in just 16 Test matches in 1896, which still is a world record in Test cricket’s 140-year history.
Australia’s Charlie Turner and Clarrie Grimmett, and England’s Sydney Barnes each got to the milestone in their 17th Test. Shah, who made his debut at the same venue in October 2014, bettered off-spinner Saeed Ajmal who held the Pakistani record of fastest to 100 Tests wickets in 19 matches.
West Indies’s overnight batsmen Shane Dorwich (32) and Jason Holder (20) both fell to Shah while Bishoo (17) fell to Nawaz as West Indies failed to delay the inevitable. Nawaz finished with 2-30 on debut and Riaz took 2-65. The remaining two Tests will be played in Abu Dhabi (October 21-25) and Sharjah (October 30-November 3).
Pakistan I innings 579-3
West Indies 1st innings (overnight 315-6)
S. Dowrich lbw Shah 32
J. Holder b Shah 20
D. Bishoo b Nawaz 17
M. Cummins b Shah 0
S. Gabriel not out 6
Extras: (b9, lb8, nb11, w1) 29
Total: (all out; 123.5 overs) 357
Fall of wickets: 1-42 (Johnson), 2-69 (Brathwaite), 3-182 (Samuels), 4-259 (Blackwood), 5-266 (Chase), 6-300 (Bravo), 7-325 (Dowrich), 8-346 (Holder), 9-351 (Cummins)
Bowling: Amir 22-6-54-0 (2nb), Sohail 16-2-56-1, Shah 43-15-121-5, Riaz 23.3-3-65-2 (8nb, 1w), Nawaz 16.5-5-38-2 (1nb), Ali 2.3-1-6-0
Pakistan II innings
Sami Aslam c Blackwood b Bishoo 44
Azhar Ali lbw Gabriel 2
Asad Shafiq lbw Bishoo 5
Babar Azam b Bishoo 21
Misbah-ul-Haq b Bishoo 15
Sarfraz Ahmed st Dowrich b Bishoo 15
Mohammad Nawaz b Bishoo 0
Wahab Riaz c Brathwaite b Bishoo 5
Yasir Shah c and b Holder 2
Sohail Khan not out 1
Mohammad Amir b Bishoo 1
Extras: (b10, nb2) 12
Total: (all out; 31.5 overs) 123
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Ali), 2-20 (Shafiq), 3-77 (Azam), 4-93 (Aslam), 5-112 (Misbah), 6-112 (Nawaz), 7-118 (Riaz), 8-121 (Shah), 9-121 (Ahmed)
Bowling: Gabriel 7-1-23-1 (1nb), Cummins 7-0-29-0 (1nb), Bishoo 13.5-1-49-8, Holder 4-0-12-1
West Indies II innings (Target: 346 runs)
K. Brathwaite b Amir 6
L. Johnson lbw Amir 47
D. 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 (Brathwaite), 2-87 (Johnson)
To bat: J. Blackwood, R. Chase, S. Dowrich, J. Holder, D. Bishoo, M. Cummins, S. Gabriel
Bowling: Amir 8-0-26-2 (5w), Sohail 2-1-4-0, Shah 13-2-40-0, Nawaz 4-1-7-0, Riaz 4-0-13-0
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