Pakistan beat Windies by 133 runs, clinch series

first_imgABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AFP) — Leg-spinner Yasir Shah took six second-innings wickets in Pakistan’s crushing 133-run second Test win over West Indies in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday as they took an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.The wily spinner finished with 6-124 to secure his second ten-wicket haul in Test cricket after claiming four wickets in the first innings as West Indies were bowled out for 322 before tea on a weary fifth and final day pitch at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.Shah had deprived West Indian batsman Jermaine Blackwood his second Test hundred when he bowled him for 95 in the pre-lunch session.West Indies, set a mammoth 456-run target for an unlikely victory, still fought hard and batted for 108 overs with Shai Hope also scoring a fighting 41.Hope and Devendra Bishoo fought for 45 runs during their eighth-wicket stand before left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar (2-51) had Hope and Bishoo (26) caught to finish the match.In between Babar’s wickets, Shah had Miguel Cummins bowled for nought to finish the match with figures of 10-210, having taken 4-86 in the first innings.Pakistan won the first Test by 56 runs in Dubai, leaving the third and final Test in Sharjah starting from Sunday inconsequential.Captain Misbah-ul-Haq showed delight at the series win.“It’s a good win and I am very happy,” said Misbah, who equalled Imran Khan’s record of most matches as Pakistan captain with 48. But this is Misbah’s 23rd victory while Imran had only 14.“The pitch was not helping the spinners so it was tough to get West Indies out even on a fifth day pitch but we have match-winners like Shah who bowled very well.”Meanwhile, West Indian captain Jason Holder was pleased with his team’s fight despite the defeat.“We’ve showed signs of improvement,” said Holder who has now lost eight of his 11 Tests as captain.“Unfortunately we weren’t able to start the game the way we like. They scored too many runs on the first day, we didn’t bat well in the first innings. Pleased with the guys like Blackwood, the way they showed application.”Blackwood defied Pakistan’s spin-cum-pace attack in the first session by adding 63 for the fifth wicket with Roston Chase (20) and another 57 with Hope for the sixth to counter the weary pitch.When it seemed Blackwood would complete his second Test hundred, Shah produced a beautiful delivery which kept straight and hit the batsman’s pad, dislodging the stumps.Blackwood hit 11 boundaries during his enterprising 127-ball stay.Shah then trapped Jason Holder leg before for 16 to complete his five-wicket haul, the second in the series.Resuming at 171-4 West Indian pair Blackwood and Chase batted without any problems for the first nine overs, but in the tenth of the day Shah produced a sharp turning ball which took the edge off Chase’s bat to wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed for an easy catch.Pakistan took the second new ball with the score on 223-5 but Blackwood hit two boundaries in Sohail Khan’s first over.Shah then took two more wickets to derail West Indies’ fight.PAKISTAN BEAT..PAKISTAN 1st innings 452 (Y. Khan 127, Misbah-ul-Haq 96, A. Shafiq 68, S. Ahmed 56; S. Gabriel 5-96)West Indies 1st innings 224 (Y. Shah 4-86)Pakistan 2nd innings 227 for 2 decl (A. Ali 79, A. Shafiq 58no, S. Aslam 50)West Indies 2nd innings (Overnight: 171-4; Target: 456 runs)K. Brathwaite lbw b Nawaz 67L. Johnson b Shah 9Da. Bravo c Nawaz b R. Ali 13M. Samuels c&b Shah 23J. Blackwood b Shah 95R. Chase c S. Ahmed b Shah 20S. Hope c Y. Khan b Babar 41J. Holder lbw b Shah 16D. Bishoo c Misbah-ul-Haq b Babar 26M. Cummins b Shah 0S. Gabriel not out 7Extras (b-4 lb-1) 5Total (all out, 108 overs) 322Fall of wickets: 1-28 L. Johnson,2-63 Da. Bravo,3-112 M. Samuels,4-124 K. Brathwaite,5-187 R. Chase,6-244 J. Blackwood,7-266 J. Holder,8-311 S. Hope,9-312 M. Cummins,10-322 D. BishooBowling: So. Khan 14 – 3 – 44 – 0,R. Ali 23 – 2 – 69 – 1,Y. Shah 39 – 5 – 124 – 6, Z. Babar 22 – 5 – 51 – 2,M. Nawaz 10 – 0 – 29 – 1.last_img read more

Listowel Harvest Festival continues

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