Gabriel rocks Pakistan as West Indies hunt for victory
BRIDGETOWN – West Indies, inspired by incisive fast bowling from Shannon Gabriel were scenting a victory as Pakistan, set 188 runs for victory, were reeling on 35 for five off 20 overs at lunch on the fifth day of the second cricket Test in the Brighto Paints Q Mobile Cup series at Kensington Oval here Thursday.
The not out batsmen are opener Ahmed Shehzad on 14 and wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed on five with Pakistan still requiring a further 153 runs with five wickets remaining.
Gabriel has so far taken three for 10 runs in nine overs while captain Jason Holder and fast bowler Alzarri Joseph have captured one wicket each for five and 20 runs, respectively.
Opener Azhar Ali was caught at short mid-wicket by Shimron Hetmyer off Gabriel for 10 while Babar Azam bagged a pair, edging a leg-side catch to wicket-keeper Shane Dowrich off Joseph.
Younis Khan was trapped leg before wicket by Holder for five while Gabriel made a double strike when he was switched to the southern end.
He removed Pakistan’s captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq for “ducks”.
Misbah was trapped leg before wicket while Asad Shafiq was caught at first slip on the third attempt by Kieran Powell.
Earlier, the West Indies, resuming from 264 for nine overnight, added just four more runs before they were dismissed for 268 off 102.5 overs in the first over of the final day.
Devendra Bishoo was the batsman out, when he skied a catch to Ali in the covers off leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who ended with figures of seven for 94 in 39.5 overs.
West Indies 312 in 98.5 overs (Roston Chase 131, Jason Holder 58; Mohammad Abbas 4-56, Mohammad Amir 3-65) and 268 in 102.5 overs (Shai Hope 90, Kraigg Brathwaite 43, Vishaul Singh 32; Yasir Shah 7-94, Mohammed Abbas 2-57). Pakistan 393 in 140 overs (Azhar Ali 105, Misbah-ul-Haq 99; Shannon Gabriel 4-81, Jason Holder 3-42, Devendra Bishoo 3-116) and 35-5 in 20 overs (Shannon Gabriel 3-10). (EZS)