Published On: Mon, Oct 17th, 2016

Updates: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st Test, Day 5

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West Indies 279/9 in Overs 105 | Target 346 | Batting: Jason Holder 29, Shannon Gabriel 0:

Pakistan need one wicket, while West Indies 67 runs to win the first day-night Test.

Yasir Shah to Miguel Cummins, OUT, Pakistan are one away now. Miguel Cummins Run Out!! Miguel Cummins run out (Misbah)

Mohammad Nawaz to Devendra Bishoo, OUT, Lbw!! Is that it? Pakistan will surely feel they have got firm control now.

Yasir Shah to Darren Bravo, OUT, Caught&Bowled!! This is the moment. The one moment of magic which could very well seal the game for Pakistan. Yasir Shah, the man who has been under the microscope all day, pulls it off under immense pressure

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Amir to Darren Bravo, FOUR, arrests his leaping sprint for a fleeting moment, holds himself back and pumps his fist in the air. How’s that for a celebration? Darren Michael Bravo celebrates a well-deserved hundred. Full delivery served up wide outside off, swung away a fraction, Bravo throws his hands on the drive.

West Indies batsman Darren Bravo (front) raises his bat and helmet as he celebrates after scoring century (100 runs) as team captain Jason Holder looks on on the final day of the first day-night Test between Pakistan and the West Indies at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the Gulf Emirate on October 17, 2016. -AFP

Riaz to Dowrich, OUT, bowled!! Two wickets in three balls, wow Pakistan, wow Wahab Riaz! Look at those celebrations, the crowd (although a few) are going bonkers.

Pakistani bowler Wahab Riaz (3-R) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of West Indies batsman Roston Chase on the third day of first day-night Test between Pakistan and the West Indies at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the Gulf Emirate on October 15, 2016. -AFP

Yasir Shah to Roston Chase, OUT, Bowled!! That’s poor cricket from Chase. Got too carried away after the success of the previous stroke, tries it again, misses and the leg-stump is knocked over. Emotions just pouring out of Yasir as he pumps the air and then is held in an embrace by Sarfraz. Oodles of relief in the Pakistani celebrations. Didn’t they need that

West Indies batsman Roston Chase (L) is bowled out by Pakistani spinner Yasir Shah (unseen) as wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed looks on during the final day of the first day-night Test between Pakistan and the West Indies at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the Gulf Emirate on October 17, 2016. -AFP

Yasir Shah to Darren Bravo, 1 run, whipped in the air .. but it’s safely down the ground. Chase ducks at the non-striker’s end to evade and then it rolls down to long-on. Fifty for Bravo

West Indies batsman Darren Bravo raises his bat after scoring 50 runs on the final day of the first day-night Test between Pakistan and the West Indies at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the Gulf Emirate on October 17, 2016. -AFP

Mohammad Nawaz to Blackwood, OUT, Lbw!! Pakistan have gone up for a review: Looks close, Blackwood is the man in question. He is given NOT OUT on-field. It’s a fair delivery, the ball strikes Blackwood on the flap of the front pad after he missed the flick. Misbah had a long chat with his bowler before he decided to challenge umpire Paul Reiffel’s call…and guess what! Reiffel has to overturn his verdict.

Pakistani spinner Mohammad Nawaz (L) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of West Indies batsman Jermaine Blackwood on the final day of the first day-night Test between Pakistan and the West Indies at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the Gulf Emirate on October 17, 2016. -AFP

Mohammad Aamer has once again struck early on in the innings and got the better of Marlon Samuels on the very first delivery of the day. He edged one into the hands of Sarfraz Ahmed behind the stumps as West Indies are now in troubled waters.

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West Indies leg-spinner Devendar Bishoo took a career best 8-49 and his Pakistani rival Yasir Shah completed 100 wickets on Sunday as the first Test was poised for an exciting finish in Dubai.

Bishoo’s stunning performance limited Pakistan to a paltry 123 in their second innings before West Indies — set a daunting 346 to win the day-night Test — finished the fourth day on 95-2.

West Indies will need another 251 runs for an improbable win while Pakistan’s hopes rest on Shah to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Earlier it was Pakistani leg-spinner Shah who became the second joint-fastest bowler to take 100 wickets in Test cricket during his 5-121 which bundled West Indies out for 357 in their first innings.

Pakistan, who scored 579-3 declared in their first innings, did not enforce the follow-on despite West Indies coming up 23 runs short of their target of 380.

West Indies, who hold the record for the highest run-chase in all Test cricket with their 418-7 against Australia at Antigua in 2003, kept Shah at bay with Leon Johnson (47) and Darren Bravo (26 not out) adding 60 for the second wicket.

West Indies lost opener Kraigg Brathwaite for six when he was bowled by fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who also dismissed Johnson leg-before.

Marlon Samuels was the other not out batsman on four on a day when wickets fell like nine pins.

Bishoo said he was delighted at his feat.

“I tried my plan and it worked,” said Bishoo, who also finished with 10-158 — his first ten wicket haul in his 19th Test.

“I am delighted to get 8-49 which is a great feeling and I don’t have words to describe it — (I’m) more happy for our position because we think we have a very good chance of winning.”

– Middle order collapse –
It was a remarkable turnaround on the Dubai stadium pitch as 16 wickets fell on day four alone, after just nine fell on the first three combined.

With the rough marks on the pitch helping spinners, Bishoo triggered a middle-order collapse after Pakistan had lost opener Azhar Ali (two) and Asad Shafiq (five) just before tea.

Bishoo, who had trapped Shafiq leg-before, then came into his own, dismissing Babar Azam (21), Sami Aslam (44), Misbah-ul-Haq (15), Mohammad Nawaz (nought) and Wahab Riaz (five) in the space of 40 balls for 21 runs.

He then needed five balls after tea to remove Sarfraz Ahmed, stumped for 15, and bowled Amir for one to record the fifth best bowling figures in an innings for West Indies in Test cricket.

Bishoo’s previous best bowling was 6-80 against Australia at Dominica last year.

Ali, who scored a career best 302 in the first innings, was lucky to avoid a caught behind decision off Gabriel but was trapped leg-before the very next ball.

The day also belonged to Shah who wrapped up the West Indies innings in quick time and also reached a milestone.

England’s right-arm medium-pacer George Lohmann reached 100 Test wickets in just 16 Test matches in 1896, which still is a world record in Test cricket’s 140-year history.

Australia’s Charlie Turner and Clarrie Grimmett, and England’s Sydney Barnes each got to the milestone in their 17th Test.

Shah, who made his debut at the same venue in October 2014, bettered off-spinner Saeed Ajmal who held the Pakistani record of fastest to 100 Tests wickets in 19 matches.

West Indies’ overnight batsmen Shane Dorwich (32) and Jason Holder (20) both fell to Shah while Bishoo (17) fell to Nawaz as West Indies failed to delay the inevitable.

Nawaz finished with 2-30 on his debut and Riaz took 2-65.

The remaining two Tests will be played in Abu Dhabi (October 21-25) and Sharjah (October 30-November 3).

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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