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Windies against the ropes as Pakistan chase history on final day

Sunday, May 14, 2017

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ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — Fourteen wickets tumbled as a contest which ambled lazily for the first three days suddenly sprung to life on the fourth, leaving West Indies with the ominous task of surviving Sunday's final day to deny Pakistan a historic series win in the Caribbean.On a topsy-turvy day at Windsor Park, West Indies were bowled out in their first innings for 247, as the outstanding rookie seamer Mohammad Abbas claimed his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests with five for 46.

Armed with a lead of 129, Pakistan slumped to 90 for seven in their second innings as West Indies wrested control before the visitors rebounded to declare on 174 for eight.

Set an improbable 304 to win on a turning pitch, West Indies ended on seven for one, still requiring a further 297 runs of their target.

The casualty was left-hander Kieran Powell (4) who pushed forward uncertainly to the third-to-last ball of the day from leg-spinner Yasir Shah, for Shan Masood at silly point to come up with a brilliant, low, one-handed catch.

Earlier, West Indies' hope of getting close to Pakistan's first-innings total of 376 was dashed as Abbas ran through the lower order to pick up four of the five wickets to fall, for the addition of just 29 runs.

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah failed to add to his tally, finishing with three for 126.

Roston Chase, who retired hurt on 60 last evening, returned to top score with 69 while Captain Jason Holder finished unbeaten on 30.

The hosts were stunned in the first over of the morning when wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich lazily wafted at a wide ball and played on to seamer Mohammad Amir off the fourth delivery ,without adding to his overnight 20.

However, Chase and Holder held up Pakistan briefly in a small 21-run, seventh-wicket stand, offering West Indies precious hope.

But Chase, sent to the hospital on Friday after taking a blow to the hand from Amir, failed to regain his touch and was bowled off his pads by Abbas three-quarters of an hour into the day's play, after facing 155 deliveries and striking five fours.

Off the very next delivery, Devendra Bishoo edged a wide ball low to Younis Khan at second slip, and on the stroke of the hour, Abbas struck again by bowling Alzarri Joseph, also without scoring.

Last man Shannon Gabriel also failed to score, well taken at short leg by Babr Azam off Abbas 45 minutes before lunch, leaving Holder stranded in an innings which lasted 87 deliveries and included three fours and a six.

The veteran pair of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, in their final inning before retirement, then signed off their illustrious careers with little fanfare as Pakistan stumbled and stuttered in their second turn at the crease.

Misbah made just two and Younis 35, before being given a heartfelt send off as the Pakistani players formed a guard of honour to herald their exits.

The visitors slumped to eight for two at lunch and 72 for five at tea, but Yasir Shah with an unbeaten 38 and Mohammed Amir, 27, added valuable runs in the final session to frustrate West Indies.




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