Yasir on song again as Pakistan turns the screw

Yasir Shah took four wickets to precipitate West Indies' capitulation once again before Pakistan increased its lead to 342 at stumps on Day Three of the second Test in Abu Dhabi.


Yasir Shah took the wickets of Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Shai Hope and Shannon Gabriel.

Yasir Shah tormented West Indies once again before Pakistan increased its lead to 342 at stumps on day three of the second Test in Abu Dhabi.

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Leg-spinner Yasir took seven wickets as Pakistan won the opening Test of the three-match series and claimed figures of 4 for 86 on Sunday, with the tourist bowled out for 224 in reply to 452 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

West Indies produced a magnificent fightback to make a game of it by bowling Pakistan out for only 123 in the second innings in Dubai, but there was to be no repeat on an attritional day here.

Pakistan strengthened its grip on a one-sided contest, with Sami Aslam making 50 and the in-form Azhar Ali 52 not out as it closed on 114 for 1 to leave West Indies looking almost certain to slump to a series defeat.


Two late wickets had reduced West Indies to 106 for 4 at the end of Day Two and it was soon five down after Jermaine Blackwood (8) edged Rahat Ali (3 for 45) behind with a loose stroke. Nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo (20) struggled to contend with the swing generated by seamer Rahat, but dug in under pressure.

The spinner's defiant knock came to end when Sohail Khan (2 for 35) uprooted his off stump and Yasir struck straight away with the second new ball to see the back of Roston Chase, who had added a spirited 22 from 80 balls.

West Indies was 197 for 9 with Shai Hope (11) and Miguel Cummins (3) falling cheaply, with captain Jason Holder fortunate to be put down by Mohammad Nawaz at long-off on seven when he attempted to launch Yasir over the top.

Holder (31 not out) and Shannon Gabriel (13) delivered a few lusty blows in a stand of 27 for the last wicket, but Yasir finished off the innings when the latter was caught by Sohail at mid-on.

No respite

Misbah-ul-Haq again opted against enforcing the follow-on and his openers set about turning the screw, with West Indies left frustrated when Azhar successfully reviewed after being given out leg before off Kraigg Brathwaite on 10. Azhar had a stroke of luck soon after when he cut Brathwaite and the ball struck the thigh of Blackwood, who would have needed incredible reactions to take the catch.

It was a day to forget for Brathwaite, who was also given an lbw decision by umpire Michael Gough when Aslam was struck on the pad, but again the decision was overturned, due to an inside edge.

The openers took Pakistan's lead past 300 before Holder had Aslam caught behind following a review just after he brought up his fourth Test half-century, but Azhar also reached his 50 before stumps with a classy square cut after he was joined in the middle by Asad Shafiq (5 not out) late in the day.

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