PAK vs WI, 2nd Test, Day 4 – West Indies 171/4 as Pakistan seek 6 more wickets for series triumph
Pakistan will need 6 more wickets on Day 5 to wrap up the series with a game to spare.
Abu Dhabi:Score and updates from Day 4 of the second Test match between Pakistan and West Indies. Openers Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam hit half-centuries to help Pakistan strengthen their grip on the third day of the second Test against West Indies in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Pakistan 452 & 227/2d || West Indies 224 & 171/4 (Overs 62)
West Indies require 285 runs to win this Test match and equalize the series 1-1, Pakistan need only 6 wickets to go 2-0 up. Tomorrow is the last day of this Test and clearly hosts have the upper hand.
Over 62 | Score 171/4 | (Blackwood 41*, Chase 17*)
Some fightback for the Windies, as Blackwood and Chase are looking solid in their stand of 47 runs for the 5th wicket. Still a long way to go for them in this Test match.
Over 50 | Score 139/4 | (Blackwood 24*, Chase 3*)
Another wicket gone, this time it's the batsman who was scoring runs for visitors. Brathwaite dismissed after Misbah opted for DRS. First wicket of the match for Nawaz.
WICKET: KC Brathwaite lbw b Mohammad Nawaz 67 (133b)
West Indies require 317 runs to win this Test match and Pakistan need 6 wickets to wrap up the game.
Over 42 | Score 113/3 | (Brathwaite 67*, Blackwood 1*)
Wicket number two for Yasir Shah, Samuels caught and bowled for 23 runs. Pakistan are chipping away with wickets at regular interval.
— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) October 24, 2016
Windies trail by 340 runs with 7 wickets in hand and remember it is only Day 4 of the Test match.
WICKET: MN Samuels c & b Yasir Shah 23 (61b)
Over 31 | Score 86/2 | (Brathwaite 55*, Samuels 9*)
This afternoon session of 31 overs yielded 86 runs for Windies for the loss of 2 wickets. Pakistan declared for 227 runs just after Lunch to set the target of 456 for visitors.
Over 20 | Score 64/2 | (Brathwaite 42*, Samuels 0*)
2nd wicket down for Windies. Rahat Ali gets his 4th wicket of the match, as Bravo chased a wide one and a simple catch at backward point for Nawaz. On the other hand, Brathwaite is playing some positive cricket.
WICKET: DM Bravo c Mohammad Nawaz b Rahat Ali 13 (34b)
Over 10 | Score 31/1 | (Brathwaite 20*, Bravo 2*)
Not a very good start from the visitors point of view, as they lost their first wicket in the form of Johnson, who was dismissed by Yasir Shah on 9. This is a huge total that West Indies are chasing, they need some solid partnerships not to win this Test but to save it.
WICKET: LR Johnson b Yasir Shah 9 (26b)
Pakistan 227/2 dec (2nd Innings)
Hosts have declared on 227 runs for 2 wickets just after LUNCH, setting West Indies a target of 456.
Over 67 | Score 227/2 | (Shafiq 58*, Younis 29*)
Shafiq and Younis continue the good work for Pakistan. While Shafiq reached another Test fifty, Younis is also looking all set for another big knock. Pakistan now lead by 455 runs with eight wickets remaining.
Over 60 | Score 199/2 | (Shafiq 44*, Younis 15*)
Cummins got the much-needed breakthrough for West Indies when he dismissed Azhar Ali in the 51st over of the innings. Azhar, who was playing brilliantly, chased down on a wide ball and nicked it to Holder at slips. Younis Khan was the next man in and after hitting a century in the first innings, he is on his way of stitching another decent partnership with Shafiq.
Azhar Ali c Holder b Cummins 79 (137b
Over 50 | Score 157/1 | (Ali 73*, Shafiq 25*)
Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq continue to add more valuable runs for the second-wicket partnership. Windies are still searching for the second wicket as Pakistan are on their way of reaching a formidable total.
Ali was unbeaten on 52 and Asad Shafiq five not out as Pakistan reached 114-1 at stumps, increasing their lead to 342 after dismissing West Indies for 224 in their first innings.
That had given Pakistan a first innings lead of 228 and left them firmly in control as they look to claim an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Pakistan won the first Test -- a day-night affair played with a pink ball -- by 56 runs to take a 1-0 advantage.
But despite the West Indies falling 29 runs short of avoiding the follow-on, Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq decided not to enforce it and batted again.
Both Ali and Aslam survived leg-before decisions through referrals after on-field umpire Michael Gough had raised his finger on both occasions.
Gough has now seen four of his decisions overturned in the match with fellow English umpire Richard Illingworth forced to change his initial verdict three times.