West Indies struggle as they chase 456 runs for victory

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DBU DHABI: Pakistan seem to be in complete control of the second test match as they are just six wickets away from sealing the series by 2-0. West Indies ended the fourth day of the test at a score of 171/4 with Roston Chase and Jermaine Blacwood at the crease at scores of 17 and 41 respectively.

Pakistan started off the day from 114/1 and declared the inning on227/2 after lunch on Day 4. Pakistan have set a firm target of 456 runs. Sami Aslam, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq scored half-centuries in the game.

Aslam was the first man to get out, who lost his wicket on the third day after making 50 runs. Whereas, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq contributed 93 runs together. Azhar scored 79, while Asad Shafiq remained not out on 58. Younis Khan scored unbeaten 29. Shannon Gabriel and Miguel Cummins took one wicket each.

Leon Johnson and Kraigg Brathwaite opened the inning for visitors, however, they could not challenge Pakistani bowling attack much. The opening stand proved to be a brief one as Yasir Shah removed Johnson on 28 runs, he scored just 9 runs.

The West Indian star from the previous test, Darren Bravo joined Brathwaite. The stylish left-handed batsman became a victim of Rahat Ali after scoring 13 runs. He had a 45-run partnership with Brathwaite.

Marlon Samuels and the opener of West Indies had a testing 49-run partnership and it seemed like Samuels will make Pakistan’s victory tough. But, Samuels was caught and bowled by Yasir at a score of 23 runs. Soon after his dismissal, Brathwaite followed his partner after making 67 runs. West Indies were 124/4.

Blackwood and Chase are keeping Pakistani bowlers at bay. Blackwood has played a courageous inning so far and Roston Chase once again proving to be a hurdle in Pakistan’s way of victory. He has played 55 deliveries for his 17 runs, whereas, Blackwood is playing quicker, he is nearing his half-century and has faced just 63 balls.

Yasir Shah has picked two wickets so far, whereas, Rahat Ali and Mohammad Nawaz have struck once.

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