West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Bridgetown, 4th day May 3, 2017

Yasir six-for edges Pakistan ahead on testing day


West Indies 312 and 264 for 9 (Hope 90, Brathwaite 43, Yasir 6-90) lead Pakistan 393 (Azhar 105, Misbah 99, Gabriel 4-81, Holder 3-42, Bishoo 3-16) by 183 runs
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Yasir Shah claimed five wickets in the final session to turn the second Test in Pakistan's favour © AFP

It was a memorable day of Test cricket at the Kensington Oval, but for West Indies, it was a cruel finish. After all, West Indies - led by a resolute 90 from Shai Hope that lasted over five hours - made Pakistan's bowlers graft and toil for the majority of the day, but the defining period will be five minutes of chaos that saw his side lose three wickets in eight balls for one run. It might yet lose them a game they have grated their way back into on more than one occasion, but with the lead already 183 with one wicket in hand, the Test is still alive. Yasir Shah claimed another six-wicket haul to lead Pakistan's fightback in the final hour.

With West Indies leading by 154 runs with six wickets still in hand, thoughts may already have been turning to an early declaration on the final day. But all of a sudden, Hope sought to cover drive a flighted Yasir delivery through the air, perfectly picking out Azhar Ali at cover. The next ball saw Vishaul Singh, the other set batsman, drag an inswinging delivery from Mohammad Abbas onto his stumps. Six deliveries on, Jason Holder poked at one from Yasir, and even as the light eroded, Younis Khan was never going to drop that.

There was still enough time for West Indies' last recognised batsman - Shane Dowrich - to edge one that ballooned up for an easy catch to second slip. Yasir dismissed Alzarri Joseph soon after to take his innings tally to six, and West Indies' hard work crumbled.

They had begun the final session with the resoluteness that characterised their batting all day. The runs, which had begun to flow a little too freely, dried up after tea as Misbah operated spin from both ends, waiting for the new ball. The likelihood of a wicket seemed to recede with both Vishaul and Hope looking increasingly comfortable, and West Indies began to take hold of the game. Shadab came closest to a breakthrough with an lbw shout against Vishaul that Pakistan decided to review, only to be thwarted by the on-field umpire's call. As a result, the breakthrough Yasir provided through Hope's moment of ill-judgment will seem even more fateful, coming as it did at a time when the hosts were looking to bat Pakistan out of the game.

Momentum in the first session had fluctuated, a half-century partnership between Kraigg Brathwaite and Hope steering West Indies into the lead. West Indies got off to a terrible start, having added only one run to their overnight score when Shimron Hetmyer, who had looked convincing on the third evening, was dismissed by Mohammad Amir. The manner of the wicket was identical to his dismissal in Jamaica, the ball seaming back in sharply to crash into the stumps.

Hope and Brathwaite batted more positively after coming together, but just as it looked like West Indies might creep into the ascendancy once more, Brathwaite was undone by a combination of vicious spin from Yasir and staggering reflexes from Younis. Yasir pitched one well outside leg stump from around the wicket, which spun sharply across and clipped the shoulder of his bat. Younis dived to his right with agility and reflexes that belied his age, holding on to a splendid one-handed catch that could end up being as crucial as any runs he scores this game.

The afternoon session was a cagey affair as Yasir resumed the session by bowling around the wicket again to exploit the rough, while Roston Chase and Hope kept him at bay. Mohammad Abbas and Mohammad Amir kept chipping away laboriously from the other end, as Misbah appeared reluctant to trust a misfiring Shadab with runs at a premium. But it was Yasir's persistence from around the wicket that finally paid off for Pakistan when he drew Chase into driving him on the up. Chase hadn't been able to get to the pitch of the ball, and the drive came straight back to Yasir for an easy catch, giving Pakistan a breakthrough they needed badly.

Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000

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  • mrblkl3870733 on May 4, 2017, 17:57 GMT

    wow gabriel 5 wickets its time for metman to shut up rally windies

  • kaamAd0086832 on May 4, 2017, 16:58 GMT

    The amount of joy on Pakistan defeat by some irrelevant fans today (i-e other than WI and Pak) shows how much yeast was caused in 1st test when Pakistan won

  • kaamAd0086832 on May 4, 2017, 16:52 GMT

    @ TIGERPRK Afghanistan only plays T20 and is ranked above your loved team. You will soon find out your true position in CT

  • srinath on May 4, 2017, 16:26 GMT

    @MOHAMMAD ZAMIN Dude I think you forgot the fact that yasir shah bowled only one over in the first test against newzeland and was dropped for the next match ​against newzealand when Pak toured newzealand a year back. Great.. lol

  • Reza on May 4, 2017, 16:22 GMT

    Have to argue that this is a prime example of Pakistan attempting to meander to victory. Next year a change of captaincy and approach. Things will definitely improve with an aggressive mindset. Azhar attempted to be positive against the new ball however no support from the other end. Nobody batting outside the crease and too many batsmen thinking batting on this wicket is impossible. Whatever the series result and retirements its time to wake up and wind the clock to 2017 cricket.

  • tigerproteik on May 4, 2017, 16:16 GMT

    @CRICFAN61646232....your PCB is so afraid of BD and they have fear that after another white wash from BD and your z grade team will out of the WC...and another whitewash in test format is on the card...last time tamim and imrul break world record of best opening partnership..

  • Mahmudul on May 4, 2017, 16:13 GMT

    Pakistan should play school cricket in Srilanka first then come to International cricket.

  • Dave on May 4, 2017, 16:04 GMT

    I think Younis has never been a player in the winning cause and always succumbed to pressure situation. Both Younis and Asad should be replaced with youngsters. A batsman who can control his nerves are a players of bigger match situation.

  •   Toufiq on May 4, 2017, 16:02 GMT

    Pakistan is not one of the best teams any more.

  • kaamAd0086832 on May 4, 2017, 16:01 GMT

    @ ABDUL ALIM even Zim has beaten Pakistan but the No 1 team i-e BD has never ever won a test against Pakistan

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