Yasir becomes joint second fastest to 100 wickets
Dubai—Yasir Shah’s three wickets – which brought him a five-wicket haul and his 100th Test scalp – helped Pakistan secure a 222-run first-innings lead, before Devendra Bishoo hit back with a career-best 8 for 49. After a second session in which six wickets fell, Pakistan all out to 123 after dinner on day four, extending their lead to 345.
Having declined to impose the follow-on, Pakistan chased quick runs and lost two early wickets before tea. Sami Aslam and Babar Azam put on 57 off 70 after the interval to settle the innings and swiftly build the lead. But a flurry of wickets followed as Bishoo benefitted from some loose shots, some ambitious shots and some good, spinning deliveries to take five wickets in the second session. Jason Holder then got Yasir caught and bowled off the last ball before tea. That was the 12th wicket of the day, after just nine had fallen in the first three days.
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah became the second joint-fastest bowler to take 100 wickets in all Test cricket before West Indies hit back with two early blows in the first day-night match in Dubai on Sunday.
The 30-year-old dismissed West Indian tail-ender Miguel Cummins to complete 100 wickets in his 17th Test match — the fastest Pakistani to the milestone — on the fourth day of the second-ever day-night Test.
Shah’s 5-121 helped Pakistan dismiss West Indies for 357 after they resumed the day on 315-6, losing four of the three wickets to Shah’s guile on Dubai stadium pitch which was taking good turn.
Pakistan, who scored 579-3 declared in their first innings, did not enforce the follow-on despite taking a 222-run lead and 23 more of the follow-on target of 380.
At tea Pakistan had lost two quick wickets and were 20-2 with Sami Aslam batting on 12 after Asad Shafiq was trapped leg-before by spinner Devendra Bishoo for five.
That leaves Pakistan with an overall lead of 242 with eight wickets intact and five sessions to take a lead in this three-match series. It was a double blow for Pakistan after opener Azhar Ali was dismissed leg-before by paceman Shannon Gabriel for two.
Ali, who scored a career best 302 in first innings, was lucky to avoid a caught behind decision off Gabriel but was trapped leg-before the very next ball. But the day belonged to Shah who wrapped up the West Indies innings in quick time and also reached a milestone. England’s right-arm medium-pacer George Lohmann reached 100 Test wickets in just 16 Test matches in 1896 which still is a world record in Test cricket’s 140-year-old history.—AFP