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Four-star Abbas helps Pakistan restrict West Indies after big stand

Four-star Abbas helps Pakistan restrict West Indies after big stand

BRIDGETOWN: Openers Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shehzad were laying the foundations of a solid reply by Pakistan at 36-0 at lunch after their bowlers had dismissed the West Indies for 312 in the first innings on the second day of the second Test at Kensington Oval here on Monday.

Seamer Mohammad Abbas led the visiting bowlers’ effort with two more wickets to finish with four for 56, the best figures by a Pakistan fast bowler in Test innings at the venue, bettering Wasim Akram’s four for 73 in 1988, as the home team lost their last four wickets for the addition of 26 more runs.

West Indies’ hopes of pushing towards a total closer to the 400-run mark were dashed within the first nine deliveries of the morning as their first-day heroes, Roston Chase and Jason Holder, were dismissed without any addition to the overnight total of 286 for six.

Holder was the first to go, his late decision to pull away from an Abbas delivery resulting in an inside-edge to wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Mohammad Amir then removed Chase, whose 131 was the first Test century by a Barbadian on home soil for 18 years. Drawn forward by a full-length delivery, his indeterminate prod resulted in a thick outside edge for Younis Khan to snare his third catch of the innings at second slip.

Chase faced 210 deliveries in five hours at the crease, stroking 17 fours while Holder’s innings has occupied 128 deliveries with eight fours decorating his knock.

Devendra Bishoo played in his usual pugnacious manner but Abbas’ insistence to captain Misbah-ul-Haq for another over reaped immediate rewards when Bishoo lifted an on-drive to Yasir Shah at mid-on.

Yasir then wrapped up the innings when Alzarri Joseph was bowled missing a heave at a full-toss in the leg-spinner’s first over of the morning.

Pakistan were fortunate to reach the interval with the openers still together as Vishaul Singh failed to hold on to a low catch at wide mid-on offered by Shehzad off Shannon Gabriel.

None of the other bowlers appeared particularly threatening in the brief passage of play before the break although Chase was able to extract considerable turn and bounce delivering his off-spinners into the considerable rough that has already appeared on an otherwise rock-hard pitch.

On Sunday’s day one, Chase’s second Test hundred and fine support Holder in a record partnership of 132 led the hosts’ recovery.

Called upon to repair yet another debacle at the top of the order, Chase’s unbeaten 131 was characterised by calm assurance and elegant strokeplay after he came to the crease at 37-3.

Even if he lived a bit dangerously, the skipper also played positively to establish a new record for the seventh wicket in Tests for the West Indies against Pakistan.

On a surface offering very little assistance to the faster bowlers, the Caribbean team still managed to slip to 154 for six in mid-afternoon and at that stage it looked as if the tourists would have been well into their reply by the end of the day.

After Amir and Abbas claimed a wicket apiece in each of the first two sessions while Shadab Khan, selected for a Test debut in support of senior leg-spinner Yasir Shah, earned his first success in the shape of Shane Dowrich after Yasir had accounted for Shai Hope.

“There was very little assistance from this pitch and we will have to come back even harder on the second morning to break this partnership,” said Abbas after stumps on Sunday. “My experience of playing a lot of first-class cricket back in Pakistan would have prepared me for days like this.”

Kieran Powell, who batted through the morning session, departed on the resumption after lunch. An lbw appeal off Amir with the batsman on 38 was ruled not out by on-field official Richard Kettle­borough only to be overturned on review of the television replays.

Vishaul Singh’s miserable start to his Test career continued with a low catch to Younis Khan at second slip off Abbas and Younis’ secure pair of hands were again in evidence when Dowrich, on 29, pushed at a full length delivery from Shadab and the veteran made no mistake.


WEST INDIES (1st Innings, overnight 286-6):

K.C. Brathwaite c Sarfraz b Amir9

K.O.A. Powell lbw b Amir38

S.O. Hetmyer c Azhar b Abbas1

S.D. Hope c Sarfraz b Yasir5

R.L. Chase c Younis b Amir131

V.A. Singh c Younis b Abbas3

S.O. Dowrich c Younis b Shadab29

J.O. Holder c Sarfraz b Abbas58

D. Bishoo c Yasir b Abbas14

A.S. Joseph b Yasir8

S.T. Gabriel not out0

EXTRAS (B-4, LB-10, W-2)16

TOTAL (all out, 98.5 overs)312

FALL OF WKTS: 1-12, 2-13, 3-37, 4-102, 5-107, 6-154, 7-286, 8-286, 9-312.

BOWLING: Mohammad Amir 26-5-65-3; Mohammad Abbas 23-6-56-4 (2w); Yasir Shah 25.5-2-83-2; Shadab Khan 23-3-90-1; Azhar Ali 1-0-4-0.

PAKISTAN (1st Innings):

Azhar Ali not out16

Ahmed Shehzad not out16

EXTRAS (B-2, NB-2)4

TOTAL (for no wkt, 14 overs)36

TO BAT: Babar Azam, Younis Khan, Misbah ul Haq, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas.

BOWLING (to-date): Gabriel 4-1-13-0 (2nb); Joseph 3-1-10-0; Chase 4-1-8-0; Holder 3-1-3-0.

Published in Dawn, May 2nd, 2017

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