West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Bridgetown, 5th day May 4, 2017

Gabriel five-for suckerpunches Pakistan


West Indies 312 (Chase 131, Abbas 4-56) and 268 (Hope 90, Yasir 7-94) beat Pakistan 393 (Azhar 105, Misbah 99, Gabriel 4-81) and 81 (Gabriel 5-11) by 106 runs
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Twenty years ago, a West Indies side led by Brian Lara set India 120 for victory at the Kensington Oval. They had never lost a Test in Bridgetown to a subcontinent side, but that record looked in serious threat against the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Mohammad Azharuddin, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. West Indies, however, took just 35.5 overs to skittle India out for 81 to extend a glorious run at their stronghold.

Fast forward to 2017 and a completely different West Indies side, both in personnel and prestige, took on another subcontinent powerhouse, Pakistan, at the same venue. West Indies were dominated for most parts of four days, but Shai Hope's 90 that set a 188-run target helped script a remarkable turnaround.

On the final day, Shannon Gabriel took five wickets in a hostile spell as Pakistan were skittled for 81 again. This Bajan fortress might have creaked, but it did not tumble as the hosts put in an inspired bowling performance to level the series.

Pakistan found their legs turning to jelly in a chase of 188 on a pitch that had shown signs of deterioration very early in the Test. They played for the demons in the pitch, and paid the price. Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shehzad's conservative approach - they scored six in the first six overs - set the tone.

Azhar was the first to fall, attempting to pull a short delivery from Gabriel over midwicket, unwisely trusting the bounce. He mistimed the shot horribly, sending it straight to midwicket. Babar Azam nicked down leg two deliveries later to record his first pair in Tests. That one of Pakistan's brightest prospects was undone by an innocuous delivery could arguably be seen as the decisive wicket.

More misery awaited Pakistan as Younis Khan was dismissed shortly after. Jason Holder banged one in slightly short of a good length, well outside off stump. As Younis shaped up, it darted back in, kept low and made a beeline for his pads. It struck him dead in front of middle.

Shannon Gabriel's hostile spell in the first session set up West Indies' series-leveling win © AFP

Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq both came and went within minutes of each other, their wickets brought about by Gabriel's brilliance. Misbah got a thick inside edge that lobbed to gully, but West Indies may not have had the wicket if they did not review, for the original appeal was for lbw. Two balls later, Shafiq's poke was taken on the third attempt at first slip by Kieran Powell, who had reprieved Ahmed Shehzad earlier.

The procession continued after lunch as Shehzad and debutant Shadab Khan fell within three overs of the resumption. Shehzad was unfortunate, falling to a delivery from Alzarri Joseph that was almost a replica of the ball that accounted for Younis, but Shadab - whose introduction to Test cricket has been less spectacular than his limited-overs debuts - was removed by a delivery that held its off-stump line. Shadab could only nick to the wicketkeeper.

Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Amir counter-attacked to take Pakistan past their lowest Test score of 49, but they were riding their luck. When Amir sliced a drive into the hands of point, it was a wicket that had been coming all along.

There was time for Gabriel to clinch a richly deserved five-wicket haul with the perfect fast bowler's delivery. It pitched on off stump and clipped the top of off, and batsmen better than Yasir Shah would have done well to keep that out. The knockout blow came next over as Sarfraz lofted Holder to wide long-on, with Roston Chase stationed there for precisely that shot.

The man who had got West Indies' fightback started with a first-innings century made no mistake, but Pakistan, dazed and shell-shocked after a remarkable morning's cricket from the hosts, had plenty to rue.

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

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  • alexpugliese89 on May 8, 2017, 7:01 GMT

    Well done to Gabriel, what a performance!! Is it safe to say that Kemar Roach's career is over? At 28 he is still a young man even by fast bowling standards but he seems to have lost it after his injury. If the West Indies can just find one more fast bowler, whether that be the return of Jerome Taylor or someone else, they will suddenly be looking very good in the bowling department. With Shannon Gabriel in form with young Alzarri Joseph coming through and Jason Holder as a bowling all rounder suddenly the future looks bright. Is there anyone promising in the Caribbean who is coming onto the scene? I am still not overly happy with the batting and Darren Bravo needs to be brought back immediately, no excuses from the Cameron . Stealing from the fans for years while inflaming dispute after dispute. I will never forgive him for the 2014 India tour and for sending a sub par team to Australia in 2015. With him there this result will be a flash in the pan.

  • cricfan7966822187 on May 7, 2017, 14:40 GMT

    West indies need fresh faces who anger to represent the carribean people , forget about the board , the under 19 team under hetmeyer show us that, it bring out the commitment in the woman and men senior team last world cup, i always remenber vivian richard word what he said that make him a better cricker under clive lloyd , mr courtney brown should give this team a chance to play the third test together it make no different to bring blackwood, mohammed , nurse because thier contribution met be worse also forget about bravo and move on

  • Metman on May 6, 2017, 23:28 GMT

    @MNGC1 says he doesn't expect the Pakistanis to repeat the errors made in the second test.Says that is ALL he said and meant and that is what I thought you meant too.

  • cricfan7966822187 on May 6, 2017, 22:49 GMT

    I read all the comments , no disrepect to these writers but calling for these players are a big joke , give singh hetmeyer and bishoo a break thier contribution is good , powell out first over like wise in all the innings the open batman going early give young man chance , for singh very good parntership to get west indies way they were guyanese contribution is great with out them west indies cricket is poor, hetmeyer next captain

  • cricfan72132427 on May 6, 2017, 21:20 GMT

    lots of teams these days are producing good young 145 kph bowlers like Mark Wood,Kagiso Rabada,Pat cummins,Umesh,Ferguson,Milne,Starc,Stanlake,Gabriel,Kumara,Shami,Taskin, Boult, Pakistan dosent have a real good fast 145 plus bowler Hassan Ali and wahab can do that job Wahab can do it most times and Hassan Ali has become a 134 kph bowler to 140 on average in a year or so I expect him to be 143-45 kph on average but Wahab should have murtured as a bowler by now but he can bowl 140 kph even on his bad days he can reach 150 kph if he's having a good day he just needs to learn to swing and seam and learn his lengths

  • mngc1 on May 6, 2017, 18:41 GMT

    @metman. I know that you need maths lessons but some English would help as well. If you read and UNDERSTOOD what I wrote, you would have interpreted it as saying to temper the celebrations and not think that we have turned the corner after just 1 match when we still have batting problems (Hope, Dowrich and Brathwaite failed in 3 out of 4 innings so far in the series), keeping problems with Dowrich dropping 3 in the first match and letting 16 byes in the first inning of the 2nd match, also failing to reach 2 additional chances down the leg side in the 2nd inning because of poor leg work. Pakistan shot themselves in the leg by batting at a crawl in their 1st inning not expecting a fight from WI on a bad wicket. So you think that they will do that again? I expect a better wicket and a closer match. That is all I said and meant.

  • Metman on May 6, 2017, 17:47 GMT

    @DESSY ....mngc1 thinks that the WI performance and on extension Gabriels' performance is NOTHING more than a ONE OFF performance as he expects PAKISTAN NOT to repeat the errors made in the second test. Now EVERYBODY can see where his LOYALTY lies as it pains him to say that he don't expect the WEST INDIES to repeat the errors made in the first test.....some rational and competent person I must say wishing the WI well.

  • Rally_Windies on May 6, 2017, 14:39 GMT

    the discussion on this blog shows the main problem with WICB and cricket in the WI..

    Metman, and people like him are in control of WICB , and rational competent people like MNGC1 , can only talk here on blogs, and have no say in WI cricket ...

  • MonkeyFace on May 6, 2017, 13:48 GMT

    Gabriel bowl like a wicked man to win out this test match..I was really surprised.. the guy bowl with fire and speed...it look very scary and remind me of Colin Croft when he bowl out Pak at QP in Trinidad..I dont think any team in the world would have stand a chance here because the bowling was dangerous and wicked. And I think WI will win in Dominica because they have wicked confidence now. For Pakistan, Shezad cannot bat quick bowling..he shouldnt play test..Pak should bring in that boy from Lahore who making big runs..Twahir Habbibullah..this boy could real bat! Him just make a double hundred.

  • HDG1978 on May 6, 2017, 12:04 GMT

    @bigharwolf Gabriel recorded his 2nd Test 5-fer and career best innings bowling performance to better his earlier 5-for(5/96 also against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi).Holder, like Gabriel in Bridgetown too has a match winning 5-for against Pakistan on a placid Sharjah pitch 6 months ago on Day 4(not even 5) that was used by WI as the catalyst to record its 1st away win against Pakistan in 26 years thanks to a Kraigg Brathwaite fifty ushering in a 5 wicket win at a venue,where NZ too ambushed Pakistan in 2014-15 to draw that Test series 1-1.That Pakistan has lost 2 of its last 3 Tests against WI & have lost 7 of its last 8 Tests throws ample light on its standards as a Test team with Pak fans tomtomming their side was worthy of the No.1 ranking after the 2-2 drawn Test series in England in 2016.Gabriel's 5/11 mirrored Taylor's similar haul versus England in Kingston in 2008-09 that decimated the Poms for 47.Pakistan equalling India's 81 also at Bridgetown 20 years ago was another coincidence.

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