Pakistan on top in second West Indies Test
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Pakistan threw down the gauntlet to the West Indies on the penultimate day of their two-match Test series on Monday, setting the hosts 329 to win as the visitors chase a series-levelling victory at Sabina Park.
A fourth day's play almost completely dominated by the visitors saw Shaheen Shah Afridi claim Test-best innings figures of six for 51 as the West Indies were routed for 150 in the first innings just after the lunch interval.
Building on a healthy advantage of 152, the Pakistanis threw caution to the wind in racing to 176 for six at better than a run-a-ball through the afternoon, declaring for the second time in the match when captain Babar Azam was dismissed to give their bowlers more than 90 minutes to attack the home side's top order.
However, the West Indies opening pair of skipper Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell were negotiating that potentially tricky period comfortably until Powell was a run-out victim of his own carelessness in completing the third run.
It left Brathwaite and Alzarri Joseph, nightwatchman for the second day in a row, to reach the close.
Resuming at the overnight position of 39 for three in reply to the tourists' first innings effort of 302 for nine declared, the home side lost their last six wickets for 45 runs to be dismissed shortly after lunch as 21-year-old Shaheen reinforced his domination of the Caribbean batsmen to take his wicket tally in the series to 14.
"For me it was about keeping a good line throughout because with the support of the other bowlers we always felt we had a chance," said Shaheen.
As impressively as Shaheen bowled, it was Mohammad Abbas who triggered the pivotal collapse with a three-wicket burst in the last half-hour of the morning session as the West Indies crashed from 105 for four to 116 for eight.
Abbas, who had gone wicketless before that spell, made amends with the wickets of topscorer Nkrumah Bonner (37) and Kyle Mayers off successive balls before adding Joshua da Silva in the penultimate over before lunch.
Shaheen, who disposed of nightwatchman Joseph swiftly at the start of the day, joined in the midday clatter of wickets by having Jermaine Blackwood taken for 33 by a diving Fawad Alam at gully.
Bonner and Blackwood put on 60 for the fifth wicket in the only period of play when the Pakistan bowlers appeared to be growing in frustration.
Their effort could not be sustained though, and having taken the first two wickets of the innings late on the third day, Shaheen terminated the bold hitting of Jason Holder and had Kemar Roach taken at mid-on to complete an effective mopping up job in the early afternoon.
Emboldened by their dominant position in starting the second innings with a lead of 152 runs, Abid Ali and Imran Butt cut loose to put on 70 by just the 10th over of the second innings.
Both fell before tea but Pakistan continued to press the accelerator, even promoting Hasan Ali to provide some hefty blows although their efforts were frustrated by negative West Indies tactics which earned Brathwaite a sharp lecture from umpire Joel Wilson.
Pakistan 1st Innings – 302-9 declared
West Indies 1st Innings (overnight 39-3):
K. Brathwaite b Shaheen Shah Afridi 4
K. Powell lbw Shaheen Shah Afridi 5
N. Bonner c wkpr Mohammad Rizwan b Mohammad Abbas 37
R. Chase b Faheem Ashraf 10
A. Joseph c Babar Azam b Shaheen Shah Afridi 4
J. Blackwood c Fawad Alam b Shaheen Shah Afridi 33
K. Mayers c wkpr Mohammad Rizwan b Mohammad Abbas 0
J. Holder c wkpr Mohammad Rizwan b Shaheen Shah Afridi 26
J. da Silva lbw Mohammad Abbas 6
K. Roach c Babar Azam b Shaheen Shah Afridi 8
J. Seales not out 0
Extras (lb-10, nb-6, w-1) 17
Total (51.3 overs, all out) 150
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Powell), 2-9 (Brathwaite), 3-34 (Chase), 4-45 (Joseph), 5-105 (Bonner), 6-105 (Mayers), 7-109 (Blackwood), 8-116 (da Silva), 9-143 (Holder), 10-150 (Roach)
Bowling: Mohammad Abbas 18-6-44-3, Shaheen Shah Afridi 17.3-7-51-6 (1nb, 1w), Hasan Ali 8-1-30-0 (3nb), Faheem Ashraf 7-4-14-1 (1nb), Nauman Ali 1-0-1-0 (1nb)
Pakistan 2nd Innings
Imran Butt c Bonner b Mayers 37
Abid Ali c sub (Hope) b Joseph 29
Azhar Ali c Blackwood b Brathwaite 22
Babar Azam c Bonner b Joseph 33
Hasan Ali c wkpr da Silva b Holder 17
Faheem Ashraf lbw Holder 9
Mohammad Rizwan not out 10
Extras (b-5, lb-6, nb-1, w-7) 19
Total (27.2 overs, 6 wkts declared) 176
Fall of wickets: 1-70 (Abid Ali), 2-90 (Imran Butt), 3-107 (Azhar Ali), 4-145 (Hasan Ali), 5-160 (Faheem Ashraf), 6-176 (Babar Azam)
Did not bat: Fawad Alam, Nauman Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Abbas
Bowling: K. Roach 3-1-11-0 (1nb), J. Seales 3-0-32-0 (1w), J. Holder 6-0-27-2 (1w), A. Joseph 4.2-0-24-2, K. Mayers 7-0-43-1 (2w), K. Brathwaite 4-0-28-1 (3w)
West Indies 2nd Innings (target 329)
K. Brathwaite not out 17
K. Powell run out 23
A. Joseph not out 8
Extras (lb-1) 1
Total (19 overs, 1 wkt) 49
Fall of wickets: 1-34 (Powell)
To bat: N. Bonner, R. Chase, K. Mayers, J. Blackwood, J. Holder, J. da Silva, K. Roach, J. Seales
Bowling: Mohammad Abbas 5-1-18-0, Shaheen Shah Afridi 5-3-5-0, Hasan Ali 5-2-20-0, Faheem Ashraf 4-3-5-0
Toss: West Indies
Umpires: Gregory Brathwaite (BAR), Joel Wilson (TRI)
Match Referee: Richie Richardson