West Indies v Pakistan, 1st Test, Providence, 2nd day May 13, 2011

Bishoo puts Windes ahead on bowlers' day


West Indies 226 (Simmons 49, Ajmal 5-69) and 34 for 2 lead Pakistan 160 (Rehman 40*, Bishoo 4-68) lead by 100 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Thirteen wickets went down on an action-packed second day at Providence which ended with West Indies ahead on a crumbling track. Legspinner Devendra Bishoo added to his burgeoning reputation with a probing debut spell that befuddled Pakistan's batsmen, giving West Indies a handy, and unexpected, first-innings lead.

If anyone was wondering whether the testing track had eased up since the first day, the answer was provided as early as the second over of the morning, when Saeed Ajmal's delivery barely reached ankle height, fizzing through the wicketkeeper's legs. That set the tone for a frenetic day when spin and bounce conspired to make life difficult for batsmen.

Pakistan were a happy side at lunch, having wrapped up the West Indies innings for 226, before creeping to 45 for 1 with some safety-first batting. Bishoo, though, showed what a threat he was going to be right after the break by getting his second ball to spit off the pitch and fly off Azhar Ali's edge past slip. In his next over, he got one to zip through low and Ali couldn't get close to it as he thought of a cut.

It was the more amiable bowling of Darren Sammy, though, that got the breakthrough, ending the dogged 52-run stand between Taufeeq and Ali. Sammy was getting the ball to dip in on occasion, but the wicket came off a delivery that went straight on; Taufeeq played around it and was struck in front of middle and leg. That ended Pakistan's largest partnership and signalled the start of the slump.

Misbah-ul-Haq survived a lbw call on 0 off an indipper from Sammy, but two overs later he became Bishoo's first Test victim. Bishoo slipped in a straighter one, which Misbah looked to play off the back foot - he missed and was so plumb that he contemplated walking off even before the umpire raised the finger. In the next over, Ali inexplicably left a delivery from Sammy that ducked in sharply from outside off, and was mortified to see it take off stump. The two wickets will provide the under-fire Sammy some respite from his many critics.

Asad Shafiq, another promising youngster from Pakistan, also didn't last long, trapped on the back foot by a flat legbreak from Bishoo, who got the lbw decision after referring it to the third umpire. 57 for 1 had become 66 for 5.

Pakistan's hopes of getting close to West Indies' score now depended on Umar Akmal, who began with a confident punch through cover for four. He had an entertaining battle with Bishoo, highlighted by the 32nd over. Even with the wickets tumbling, Akmal didn't shelve his strokes, shuffling down the track and thumping over long-on for four, and backing that up with a powerful cut past point for another boundary. An unfazed Bishoo responded by sliding in a quicker legbreak that easily beat Akmal.

Bishoo, bowling accurately with five fielders lying in wait for the edge, soon got his third wicket, with Mohammad Salman using up another referral after being adjudged lbw. Bishoo continued to produce the odd unplayable ball - combining turn and bounce to baffle the batsmen - but Abdur Rehman and Akmal survived till tea, putting on 33 to take Pakistan to 113 for 6. The final session began with several French cuts from Rehman, interspersed with some forceful hits, and despite the close calls, the pair put on 50 runs.

That was when Akmal had his seemingly mandatory brainfade. Looking to swipe a short ball, he top-egded it high and only as far as the wicketkeeper. Rehman picked up a few more boundaries to finish as the top-scorer, though the Pakistan tail couldn't put up the sort of fight West Indies' had. The home side's last-wicket pair battled gamely for eight overs on the morning, before Ajmal induced the inside-edge that brought him his five-for and best bowling figures in a Test.

Bishoo's control and subtle variations meant West Indies took the first-innings lead despite picking only one specialist spinner in the line-up. They still can't rest easy though, as they have already lost two early wickets. Devon Smith confirmed he is Mohammad Hafeez's bunny by being trapped lbw - the sixth successive innings that he has been dismissed by Hafeez - and Darren Bravo was caught on the crease by a straighter one from Ajmal.

There is still the small matter of negotiating the dreaded Ajmal doosra, which none of the West Indies batsmen pick consistently. After all the controversy over the past month, tomorrow will be the day for Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan to prove the worth of all that experience.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 14, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    THIS is a match we can win. HOWEVER, to do so SAR and SHIV have to give us some runs. WE have been in this position before,can the veterans pull it off or is the BOARD right? I know BISHOO will play his part. THIS may well be the final act.INTERESTING times ahead.

  • Dummy4 on May 14, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Bishoo has troubled us not just in the odi series but hes looking to be a very succesful leg-spinner-

  • Dummy4 on May 14, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    While spin bowling on this Guyana track looks awesome, I have seen worse pitches!I think therefore, batsmen on both sides are getting out more to a lack of skill rather than the pitch. We have just seen similar performances from batsmen in all the teams during the world cup, on much better pitches. Hence, I wondered when all the batsmen were finding difficulty against Ajmal, Afridi, MuraLi, Harbhijan, Yuvraj, Tahir, Botha and Vetorri, etc, how come we were not ever hearing the name of Brian Lara, the greatest batsman the world has seen against any type of spin bowling - I guess it was on purpose! Since the advent of the doorsa, there are too many batsmen who can't bat spin bowling; but the Great Brian Lara, the dominant batsman he was showed them all how to play it, with super success. I'm overly surprised that contemporary batsmen are not adopting Lara's techninque against quality spin bowling. It tells me it's very difficicult - that's why Brian has always been the best by far

  • Ali on May 14, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    I am a pakistani but still i am impressed by bishoo. I cant wait to see what he does against an indian batting lineup.

  • Dummy4 on May 14, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    Coconutpark, I agree with your comments. If Sammy can maintain or improve his bowling performance from this match he will ok. I like Sammy's passion. I never saw as a captain, especially with his lack of experience. People however need to understand that with players not willing to commit themselves the board had to make decisions for the future. We are not going to be a great team right, keeping the players who have the skill level and grooming them will pay off. I would love to see Gayle return, but he and the board need to be adults and rectify their issues. Right now the team is in a good position to win so let us support our players whatever 11 plays.

  • Ernie on May 14, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    well done wi and stop giving the captain pressure he is trying his best

  • Dummy4 on May 14, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    WI seem to want to win this game. They seem to enjoy playing together. I hope they do go on to win and I am confident that they will, especially, since we have the two masters Shiv an Sars who play spin very well. Even if Sammy were to take 7 for 7 or score 50, he would still be criticised. Take the criticisim and win

  • Ravi on May 14, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    big day ahead for the windies...

  • Ernie on May 14, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    West Indies supporters are rediculous at least the team bowled out Pak for 160.please accept the effort from those guys they worked hard to bowled out pak and get a lead of 60 plus.also bishoo did good against india in the worldcup

    go windies win that game and think of india later sars and chander's its you all time to shine for the wi we need you all runs now

  • Basil on May 14, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    @Stos. Smith after 33 Tests has a batting average of 24.71 ..... please tell me and everyone else how that is good for an international opener?

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