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Windies up against it

By Omair Sheikh
Although their bowlers came back well, the West Indies were still up against it at the end of the third day of the second Brighto Cup Test against Pakistan at Kensington Oval in Barbados Tuesday.
The fast bowlers in Shannon Gabriel 4/81 and Jason Holder 3/42 both bowled well to keep Pakistan to 393 all out after they started the day on 172/3 – this in reply to the West Indies 312 in the first innings.
Pakistan slipped to from 259/3 to 393 all out despite 105 from Azhar Ali and 99 from skipper Misbah ul Haq. With a lead of 81 on first innings they then ripped out West Indies opener Keiran Powell for six, as the home team closed the day on 40/1. When play resumes Wednesday they will need another 41 runs with nine wickets in hand to overhaul the deficit and will then look to set a target for the Pakistanis who lead the series 1-0.
Pakistan resumed on the overnight position of 172 for three and was prepared to defend in an effort not to lose any early wickets. The West Indies fast bowlers were disciplined which did not help Pakistan’s cause as they scored only 54 runs from 26 overs in the session. The cricket was unattractive but gripping as both teams went to the break still in this contest.
When Misbah and Ali walked off to meet the food van, the score on the board read 226/3. Ali was unbeaten on 94 – having added just 13 runs in the session of 64 balls, while Misbah was on 40 – scoring 33 runs.
On the resumption Jason Holder started off with the spin twins Devendra Bishoo and Roston Chase and Misbah in particular looked more at home. He started to pick off runs and even slammed Chase for a six over long on. Ali finally brought up his 13th Test century after batting for 444 minutes, negotiating 268 balls and striking nine fours.
Soon after Bishoo ripped a leg-spinner across him and had his caught behind for 105 with the score at 259. His partnership with Misbah was worth 98 runs in 42.2 overs.
Misbah then found another good ally in Shafiq Ali and they continued to take Pakistan towards the West Indies score of 312. They got past that score and Misbah then left painfully for 99 – just one run short of his 11th Test century. He was caught at gully of Holder after 201 balls and striking nine fours and two sixes. Misbah also got 99 not out in the opening Test at Sabina Park in Jamaica. Shannon Gabriel then removed Sarfraz Ahmed for nine and on the stroke of tea, Assad Shafiq left the park via Holder for 15.
WI vs Pakistan
(overnight 286/6)
WI 1st inns 312
Pakistan 1st inns
(overnight 172/3)
A Ali           c Dowrich b Bishoo*105
A Shehzad   c Hope b Bishoo*70
B Azam        c & b Gabriel*0
Y Khan         c Gabriel b Bishoo*0
M ul Haq     c  Hope b Holder*99
A Shafiq     lbw Holder*15
S Ahmed    c Powell b Gabriel*9
S Khan        c Chase b Gabriel*16
M Amir       c Hope b Holder*10
Y Shah     c Dowrich b Gabriel*24
M Abas     not out*1
Extras  16b, 16lb, 12w*44
Total  all out*393
Fall of wkts: 155, 156, 161, 259, 316, 325, 329, 354, 384, 393.
Bowling:  S Gabriel 32-6-81-4 (9nb), Alzari Joseph 19-5-48-0, Roston Chase 19-2-74-0 (1nb),  Jason Holder 29-11-42-3 (2nb), Devendra Bishoo 41-11-116-3.
WI 2nd inns
K Brathwaite    not out*8
K Powell          c Sarfraz b Abas*6
S Hetmyer        not out*22
Extras   4b*4
Total  for 1 wkt*40
Fall of wkts: 8.
Bowling: M Amir 4-2-7-0, M Abas 5-1-14-1, Y Shah 3-1-6-0, S Khan 2-0-9-0.

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