Pakistan end day 2 on a high with two quick wickets
ABU DHABI: Pakistan had a perfect end to Day 2 as they got two quick wickets just before the close of play. West Indies are 106/4 with two new batsmen at crease Jermaine Blackwood and Devendra Bishoo, both are yet to get off the mark. West Indies are trailing by 346 runs.
Pakistan started off the day with a score of 304/4 with Misbah Ul Haq and Yasir Shah at the crease. Pakistan’s skipper commenced the day from 90 runs, but, he could only contribute 6 more runs and got out on 96, missing his another ton by 4 runs. He was trapped in front of the stumps by Shannon Gabriel.
Yasir Shah did well as he scored 23 runs before becoming a victim of Jason Holder. Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Nawaz looked to take Pakistan to a strong position. Sarfraz Ahmed played a quick inning of 56 runs off 59 deliveries before he was beaten by extra pace of Gabriel.
Mohammad Nawaz looked good for his 25 runs, before becoming a prey of Holder’s beautiful yorker. Sohail Khan was the only tailender that put some fight and scored 26 runs at run-a-ball rate. After his dismissal, Pakistan could not contribute any run. Pakistan put 452 runs on the board. Younis Khan remained the highest scorer for Pakistan with 127 runs.
Shannon Gabriel registered his career best figures of 5 for 96 in 23.1 overs. Holder got three wickets, while Bishoo and Brathwaite got one wicket each.
Darren Bravo and Leon Johnson opened the inning for West Indies. Their opening stand lasted for 27 runs, before Rahat Ali provided Pakistan the breakthrough. He scored 12 runs.
Kraigg Brathwaite joined Bravo at the crease and they put 38 runs together. They were looking dangerous, but, the leggie, Yasir Shah got the big wicket of Darren Bravo. He played a fine inning of 43 runs.
Samuels along with Brathwaite stabilized the ship of West Indies and it looked like the day will belong to the visitors. However, they lost two quick wickets at the end of the day that changed the complexion of the game. Samuels was removed by Rahat Ali and then Brathwaite was run out by Misbah Ul Haq.