Yasir Shah nicks four wickets Toppling West Indies Openers

 . Last updated on April 25, 2017, 2:14 PM
Yasir Shah nicks four wickets Toppling West Indies Openers
Kraigg Braithwaite losses his stumps in West Indies second inning.
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The unbeaten 99 from Misbah-ul-Haq put Pakistan on a dominant position by the end their first inning. Further, Yasir Shah toppled West Indies second inning knocking four wickets a piece. West indies could only take 93 runs in the stretch. The score of 99 from Misbah came up as another rare occasion for Pakistan, the player being the first to stop on the score. On the fifth day, the bowlers would have to ensure they have an easy target. In fact, half the work is already done as West Indies lost its top brass. Per Sarfraz Ahmed, the wicketkeeper, it would be safe for Pakistan only if they have less than 100 runs to win. Pakistan knows it fairly well that a fourth inning chase is difficult.

Kraigg Brathwaite was contained with a leg spin from Yasir. After the wicket, Wahab Riaz bowled to increase the pressure with a tight economy. On the next stretch from Yasir, he was beaten by debutant Hetmyer for a six. It was the cool prowess of the bowler that allowed him to compose the next delivery. It was another leg spin that put away Hetmyer off the crease. The next batsman was Shia Hope, who fell for a quicker delivery from the bowler. Before 25 overs, West Indies lost 3 wickets. Throughout the inning so far, opener Kieran Powell kept up the strike. The batsman scored 49 until Yasir attacked again after two overs. Powell edge his delivery to the first slip.

The first inning of Pakistan, 407, was adequate to build up a prospect for the team. Sarfraz Ahmed and Misbah were crucial to haul the score. Ahmed scored a half century, which added a good substance to the tally. The last wicket partnership between Misbah and Abbas that brought 34 runs was the finishing boost into the score. It was the poor fielding of West Indies players that brought up the opportunities for Pakistan to score challenging runs. By the days end West Indies was at 93.


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