Pakistan in trouble early in second dig


Departing stalwarts Younis Khan and captain Misbah ul Haq failed to make an impact in their farewell worldwide innings but Pakistan were poised to press for a series-clinching victory over the West Indies at stumps on the fourth day at Windsor Park in Dominica on Saturday.

Roston Chase was undefeated on 41 off 94 deliveries after sharing a 55-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Hope. Roston Chase had to reture hurt after being struck on the the elbow. Suddenly the West Indies looked vulnerable again, trailing as they did by 200 runs.

He was unbeaten on eight at lunch from 60 deliveries but upped the tempo as tea approached and reached his landmark by crashing the ineffective Bishoo over mid-off for four, in the penultimate over before tea.

To not mention the quicker bowlers more would be doing them a disservice, even though they had no wickets to show for their exertions.

Debutant seamer Hasan Ali, went wicketless, for now. Legspinner Yasir Shah led with three wickets, all in the morning, while only one wicket fell in each of the middle and tea sessions.

West Indies had started the day in sedate fashion in the face of disciplined bowling from Pakistan, and meandered along at a scoring rate well below two to the over with only one boundary coming in the first 25 overs.

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The Test came to life when Powell chose to take the attack to Yasir.

Kieran Powell was the first to go, teased by Shah into mishitting to Ali and out for 31 off 82 balls. Shimron Hetmyer came out with the same plan of not allowing Yasir to settle. Pakistan may have not had the wicket had Sarfraz not confidently signalled for a review nearly the moment umpire Bruce Oxenford adjudged not out. The home side had to grind all day, barely scoring at more than two runs per over.

Misbah then cleared the ropes with Chase off the first ball of the final over before the break but his ambition got the better of him and he top-edged a reverse sweep off the next ball and was taken by Dowrich.

For a Pakistan team that had been unable to penetrate in the session up till then, it would have seemed like a wicket.

Chase, who gathered a half-century in the Sabina Park first Test and a hundred in the second Test in Barbados, has so far faced 129 deliveries and counted five boundaries. The deadlock of the first hour was well and truly broken by then.

That exposed Pakistan's innings to the new ball at just the wrong time.