Late wickets cost WI dearly
ABU DHABI, UAE (CMC):
West Indies lost two wickets in the dying stages of the day to take the shine off an otherwise valiant effort and concede a clear advantage to Pakistan in the second Test of the three-match series here yesterday.
Replying to Pakistan's first innings of 452, the Caribbean side were coasting at 106 for two late on the second day when they dramatically lost key batsmen Marlon Samuels and Kraigg Brathwaite in the last two overs of play, to end on 106 for four.
Samuels had made a fluent 30 from 61 deliveries with six fours when he edged a loose drive at left-arm seamer Rahat Ali, and was caught low down at first slip by Sami Aslam in the day's penultimate over.
And in the very last over, Kraigg Brathwaite was run out for 21, sent back by nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo on a call for a quick single and failing to beat captain Misbah-ul-Haq's throw from cover to the wicketkeeper.
The two dismissals put a damper on the outing, especially after left-hander Darren Bravo had stroked an attractive 43 to help put West Indies on course for a strong reply.
Earlier, fast bowler Shannon Gabriel claimed his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests as Pakistan, resuming from 304 for four, added a further 148 runs before being bowled out an hour before tea.
Misbah fell agonisingly short of his 11th Test hundred when he was dismissed for 96 while wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed extended his decent form with 56.
PAKISTAN 1st innings
(overnight 304 for four)
*Misbah-ul-Haq lbw b Gabriel 96
Yasir Shah c Bishoo b Holder 23
+Sarfraz Ahmed b Gabriel 56
Mohammad Nawaz b Holder 25
Sohail Khan c Johnson b Holder 26
Zulfiqar Babar c wk Hope b Gabriel 0
Rahat Ali not out 0
Extras (b1, lb15, nb9) 25
Total (all out, 119.1 overs) 452
Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-42, 3-129, 4-304, 5-332, 6-342, 7-412, 8-430, 9-452, 10-452.
Bowling: Gabriel 23.1-1-96-5 (nb9), Cummins 20-1-65-0, Holder 22-8-47-3, Bishoo 26-0-112-1, Chase 19-1-80-0, Brathwaite 9-0-36-1.
WEST INDIES 1st innings
L. Johnson lbw b Rahat Ali 12
D. Bravo lbw b Yasir Shah 43
K. Brathwaite run out 21
M. Samuels c Sami Aslam
b Rahat Ali 30
D. Bishoo not out 0
J. Blackwood not out 0
Total (4 wkts, 45 overs) 106
To bat: R Chase, +S Hope, *J Holder, M Cummins, S Gabriel.
Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-65, 3-106, 4-106.
Bowling: Rahat Ali 12-6-31-2, Sohail Khan 9-3-16-0, Zulfiqar Babar 11-1-29-0, Asad Shafiq 1-0-2-0, Yasir Shah 12-5-28-1.
Position: West Indies trail by 346 runs with six wickets intact.
Umpires: M Gough, R Illingworth; TV - P Reiffel.