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2nd Test, Lunch Break: Pakistan need 153 more runs to win

Barbados: (May 4, 2017): The second Test between Pakistan and West Indies have entered in a very interesting phase. Pakistan has lost its 5 precious wickets and gathered merely 35 runs. Sarfarz is playing on 5, while Shahzad has made 14 runs so far. Pakistan still require 153 runs to win the second test against hosts.

With Pakistan’s famously suspect batting order chasing 188 at a ground where many teams have famously fallen short, they looked set to be added to that unwanted list as a hostile Shannon Gabriel left them reeling at 35 for 5.

It took Pakistan just five balls to remove the last wicket; Devendra Bishoo was caught at mid-off as Yasir Shah finished with 7 for 94, the second-best figures for Pakistan against West Indies. But no one who had watched any of this Test so far would have thought the target was a stroll, a view reinforced when Gabriel and Alzarri Joseph bogged down the openers in the first six overs.

Azhar Ali then attempted to pull a short delivery from Gabriel over midwicket, unwisely trusting the bounce. He mistimed the shot horribly, sending it straight down midwicket’s throat. Babar Azam fell off just his second ball for his first pair in Tests, swishing at a ball wide down legside from Joseph, getting a faint tickle on it which carried to the keeper.

More misery was to follow, with the treacherous nature of the pitch consuming Younis Khan. Jason Holder banged one in slightly short of a good length, well outside off stump. As Younis shaped up, it darted back in and kept low to smash into his pad. The hapless Younis could only watch as it struck him dead in front of middle.

Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq both came and went within minutes of each other. Their wickets had less to do more with Gabriel’s brilliance though. He persisted with a probing off stump line, drawing an inside edge that lobbed off the pad to gully. The original appeal for lbw was ruled not out, but overturned, leaving West Indies pleasantly surprised.

Two balls later, Shafiq was squared up by the length as he poked to the Kieran Powell, who put down a sitter to reprieve Shehzad in the first hour, completing a catch off the third attempt. Sarfraz Ahmed found himself hurrying to the middle much earlier expected.

Earlier Yasir Shah did a great job and his heroic perfomance paved the way for Pakistan to win three-match series against West Indies first time in history as Pakistan need 188 to win second Test match at Barbados.

The final day of the match West Indies bundled out at 268 and set 188 runs target for Pakistan.

Yasir Shah played heroic role in restricting West Indies at 268 as he took seven wickets.

Earlier,  Yasir Shah’s magic continuously gripping West Indies batsmen on the fourth day of the second Test at Kensington Oval in Barbados as he grabbed six for 90 to re-open the prospect of a first-ever Test match victory at the venue for Pakistan going into the final day.

However, in early session a patient and disciplined Test best of 90 from Shai Hope and a succession of half-century partnerships has live the hopes of the home side batting their way to safety. But sudden attack by Yasir West Indies slipped from the relative comfort of 235 for four to be 264 for nine at stumps of fourth day.

Experts have the opinion that on a deteriorating pitch, Pakistan’s final target may still be a challenging one as they seek the historic win which would also give them a first-ever Test series triumph in the Caribbean.

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