West Indies v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Roseau, 4th day May 13, 2017

Brilliant Yasir leads Pakistan towards history


West Indies 7 for 1 (Brathwaite 3*, Powell 4, Yasir 1-2) and 249 (Chase 69, Abbas 5-46) need another 297 runs to beat Pakistan 376 and 174 for 8 dec (Yasir 38, Joseph 3-53)
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On the first three days in Roseau, a total of 15 wickets fell. On the fourth, fourteen batsmen succumbed as the deciding Test between West Indies and Pakistan burst into life. With the hosts needing 304 to win, all three results are just about possible, in the game, and by extension, the series.

The start of the evening saw West Indies strike the perfect notes, Alzarri Joseph getting rid of the last two recognised batsmen, Sarfraz Ahmed and Asad Shafiq. With Pakistan 90 for 7, the lead just over 200 but well below what would make Misbah-ul-Haq feel comfortable, Jason Holder's men might have sniffed the possibility of a sensational win.

But that was before Mohammad Amir and Yasir Shah put together a gutsy 61-run stand that steered Pakistan out of troubled waters and could well have batted West Indies out of the contest. Yasir continued haunting his opposition as he picked up a wicket off what became the last ball of the day.

Misbah and Younis Khan would be quietly confident that they can retire from Test cricket with the honour spearheading Pakistan to their first series win in the Caribbean. Finishing their careers with scores of 2 and 35 respectively in exchange for that seems like a pretty good trade off. Both men were welcomed back to the pavilion one last time by a set of grateful team-mates lined up in a guard of honour.

All that emotion had to be kept aside, however, during the last hour and a half of play. Pakistan did so and as a result enjoyed complete domination. Yasir, who was caught off a no-ball, and Amir, who was drawn into a few verbal arguments, swung merrily during the final five overs of the innings to ransack 47 runs. Then came the declaration.

The West Indies openers were left with the unenviable task of batting out the day's last 25 minutes against the new ball. They hung in bravely right till the final over, but Yasir had one final blow to land and Shan Masood helped out by staying low at silly point and diving to his right to pull off a remarkable catch to dismiss Kieron Powell.

Younis Khan signs off in style © AFP

The day began with Pakistan skittling West Indies' last five wickets out within the first hour. Mohammad Abbas was chiefly responsible for the damage, taking his first five-wicket haul to give Pakistan a seemingly impregnable lead of 129. There was still time for Pakistan to bat seven overs before lunch would be taken but they were rather tentative during that period, scoring just eight runs, while losing two wickets.

Azhar Ali slashed a short, wide delivery to point and Babar Azam followed him off the last ball of the session, edging to short leg. The third umpire was called in to check if the ball had carried to the close-in fielder and though there were visuals that seemed to indicate the ball had kissed the ground before going into Shimron Hetmyer's hands, Richard Kettleborough went with the on-field official's soft signal of out.

The second session brought Misbah and Younis - the most prolific batting partnership in Pakistan's Test history - together at the crease for one final time. It wasn't the fairytale ending - 8 runs off 28 balls - and the team was back in trouble again but nothing could divert attention away from Misbah as he walked off the field one last time with bat in hand.

Younis appeared in good form, moving his feet adeptly, rotating the strike without any trouble even on a slow pitch. Aside from that, he ushered his protégé Shan Masood through some tough times early in the innings but after struggling to cope with his weakness outside the off stump, Masood was trapped lbw by Shannon Gabriel for 21 off 68 balls.

That brought Misbah to the crease and there was hope that the pair could combine for one last hurrah, a flourish to remember them by, one for the road, whatever you wished to call it. However, while imaginations took off, the run-rate did not.

Misbah probably felt it too, and tried to rectify it the way he knew best. Devendra Bishoo flighted one up to him, and he couldn't resist one final slog sweep over long-on. It was poorly miscued, flying straight up in the air, and Shane Dowrich took a comfortable catch. Pakistan's longest-serving captain's innings was played. Younis fell off the last ball before tea, top-edging a full toss to Kieron Powell at short fine leg, who ran to his left and secured a tumbling, one-handed catch. And so ended a grand era.

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

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  • cricfan91165442 on May 16, 2017, 7:22 GMT

    We will miss Mis & You. As a lover of cricketer i respect them.

  • Metman on May 14, 2017, 16:52 GMT

    @MNGC1.....and even a BIGGER surprise if RAMDIN is picked too.

  • vnrlifestyle on May 14, 2017, 15:31 GMT

    @DMQI I fully agree with your suggestion that an International / first class score of 99, 199, 299, 499 etc should be 'retrospectively recognised' as honorary century by adding 1 run for the statistics as a special credit point without affecting the match result. They deserve it! Thus (today's celebrity retiree) Y Khan and India's M Azharuddin would reach 200; the late M Crowe would finally reach 300 and the late great 'little master' of yesteryear Hanif M would (retrospectively) score the first 500 in FC cricket!

  • vnrlifestyle on May 14, 2017, 15:16 GMT

    42/3 now, and WI might well feel the absence of a gritty fighter like the great S.Chanderpaul who could have fought out a draw, and a great batsman like Brian Lara who alone could have won such a match from such a position -- I was privileged to see Live (on tv) his all time great innings of 153* to win the Bridgetown Test of 1999 for WI vs Aus, successfully chasing 311 -- it is a fact that a very rare batsman can do that, even in world cricket, and not even India in recent times actually won their many Test wins with a great 4th innings chase -- on the evidence so far, WI has no such batsman at present, but Chase, Dowrich and Holder did bat out a last day draw at Jamaica v India last year... so there is still (Shai) Hope for the West Indies!

  • dmqi on May 14, 2017, 15:00 GMT

    OK, two wickets in 1st hour. My prediction ( at3;50 GMT) is coming true. I said if WI loses 2 wkts in first hour on day 5, Pak will win. So, Pak fans can start celebrating the win and Misbah and Younus can have big smiles now to their retirements. Two very successful Pak cricketers of all time. I wish Misbah had two 100's instead of two 99's. those one run in each innings will make a huge difference in his statistics. There should be a way to converts 99 to 100 by umpires for batsmen over 40 years of age. EXTRA CREDIT marks. I am a teacher of 35 years, have given many extra credit points to good work. In our time, in high school graduation, 599 would be converted to 600 to give a First division result, on that point I give Misbah 2 centuries in this series.

  • PatrickM on May 14, 2017, 14:32 GMT

    Well could today be the day that Hetmyer, Hope and Singh prove themselves, and give the selectors right? Starting new era for WI cricket? We will see in about 4 hours time.

  • mngc1 on May 14, 2017, 14:31 GMT

    It would be a huge surprise if Dowrich is picked as keeper for England series. The look on Holder's face when he doubled over after a simple drop said it all. Dujon said words to the effect <Why would Dowrich move to his left (RH batsman) when the ball is outside off and the only edge that he could see was the outside edge? He should have focused on the outside edge and if he had done that the catch would have been straight to him without the need to move sideways>. If Dowrich is picked as keeper it would shed a bad light on both Adams and Law. We already know about Browne.

  • cricfan02291228 on May 14, 2017, 13:41 GMT

    I would think that four results are possible (draw, tie, either side winning). It is strange that Pakistan haven't won a test series in the Caribbean. I guess they haven't played many tests there in the last 10 years.

  • BigGeorgeMehemood on May 14, 2017, 13:40 GMT

    ..if WI never lose more than 2 wicket before lunch they win..Yasir will get beat up today!!

  • adreanal on May 14, 2017, 13:38 GMT

    I agree with CRICMAN007. When one of WI batsman lose his wicket, I see some of management team laughing. It's not a joke when your team is under pressure and cannot cope! It's a reflection on poor management and selectors. That's why you are there to support and mold these youngsters into good players; otherwise go find another job. Teams fail from top down, not bottom up....

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