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'West Indies will go on to win the Test match'

Ian Bishop looks back at the first two days of the first Test match between West Indies and Pakistan in Guyana (06:34)

May 13, 2011


WI v Pakistan, 1st Test, Providence, 2nd day

'West Indies will go on to win the Test match'

May 13, 2011

Devendra Bishoo and Darren Sammy ripped through the Pakistan top order, West Indies v Pakistan, 1st Test, Providence, 2nd day, May 13, 2011
Ian Bishop: "If West Indies get a lead of around 220, Pakistan will be hard-pressed to go for the total in these conditions" © Associated Press

Ranjit Shinde: Hello and welcome to ESPNcricinfo. I am Ranjit and I have with me former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop to look back the second day's plays of the first Test between West Indies and Pakistan in Guyana. Well, we are six sessions into the Test ... Ian want to do you make of the Test match so far?

Ian Bishop: It has been quite an interesting Test match with two, I suppose, relatively inexperienced teams. Pakistan more so than West Indies, because West Indies have experienced Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan. What happened in the one-day series was that West Indies were the more inexperienced team than Pakistan. We have had a lot of unpredictability in the way they have played so far. The batting of the Pakistanis is very weak, the pitch itself has not produced a surface which is conducive for very good cricket and it is just interesting to see how the West Indian bowlers have dominated Pakistan's batting. I think Pakistan really miss Younis Khan

RS: Ian, considering the backdrop in which the series started, how do you look at the performance of the West Indies in the one-day series and now two days into the Test match?

IB: I think West Indies have done very well to come out and play cricket. Often times when the players - Chris Gayle, Jerome Taylor and Shivanarine Chanderpaul - have had disputes, those disputes in the media concerning the board, the board has been saying different things, and we have had Sir Hilary Beckles with his views about Gayle and Marlon Samuels, I think the players done very well to put those issues behind them to reintegrate Chanderpaul and Sarwan, who has well as had issues. Put that in the background and come on to the field and play. I just believe the West Indies have done it very well to put those issues behind them and concentrate and focus on the cricket .

RS: About 22 wicket have fallen in the two days of the Test match. What do you make of the pitch. Do you think the pitch actually is playing that bad or is it just the batsman or the quality of the bowling?

IB: For me, the pitch isn't a great pitch. I think it is unsatisfactory for this level of cricket to have the ball turning as much as it has done on day one. But more to the point, the uneven bounce in the pitch ... where the ball has kept low, it is not what you want.

But that is not the only issue. I think there has been a contributing factor in that Pakistan's batting is very inexperienced and they badly miss Younis. As I said before, nobody, no batsman in that team, no specialist batsman, has played more than 32, 33 Test matches. So that has contributed.

There have been some good spinners making news in Guyana - Devendra Bishoo and Ravi Rampual has also bowled well. And West Indies, similarly, have a number of inexperienced batsmen and they have two senior players, Sarwan and Chanderpaul, who have gone through so much in the last year. So it will take some time for them to settle down.

RS: What did you make of Devendra Bishoo?

IB: Except for the time I saw him in the Champions League I hadn't seen much about him. What we saw in the World Cup was a young guy who clearly had some success at first-class level and he had the temperament to straight into a World Cup and now his first Test. If he had been younger, if he had played less first-class cricket and would have not had the initiation into one-day cricket in the World Cup and the series against Pakistan, he would have been a lot more nervous. His control is good, he is an intelligent legspinner but more than that his temperament and his ability to say: this is a big Test but I am not overawed, I back myself is the thing that sets him out.

RS: The first day belonged to Saeed Ajmal. No West Indies batsmen was able to read his doosra. What did you make of that?

IB: Ajmal is handful, we have to acknowledge that. Secondly the pitch was conducive to his type of bowling. Thirdly, West Indian batsmen, Sarwan and Chanderpaul apart, have been traditionally weak against spin. The way he bowled against Sarwan and Chanderpaul showed his class, but also the conditions under which the batsmen had to bat. But take nothing away from Ajmal. He is a strong solid performer.

RS: How do you see this Test panning out?

IB: West Indies are in a strong position. They should go on to win this Test. If West Indies get a lead of around 220, Pakistan will be hard-pressed to go for the total in these conditions.

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