Late twin strikes from Shannon Gabriel helped West Indies halt Pakistan at 201 for 4 at stumps on Day Four of the ongoing First Test at Sabina Park, Kingston. Gabriel dismissed the new 10,000-run club entrant Younis Khan (58) and Babar Azam (72) to pull things back for West Indies in the ending stages of the day breaking the 131-run stand between the two for the third wicket. At stumps, Pakistan have their skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq batting on 5 as they are still 85 runs behind the West Indies total of 286 by 85 runs. Apart from Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph and Jason Holder got one wicket each. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 1st Test at Jamaica
Resuming the third and the final session of the Day at the score of 125 for 2, Younis reached his much-awaited milestone in the first over. He swept the ball down to the fine-leg boundary off Devendra Bishoo’s bowling to become the first Pakistan batsman to score 10,000 runs in Test and 13th overall. It was a few moments later that youngster Babar too scored his 4th Test fifty putting Pakistan well in command of this game.
Younis and Babar played patiently scoring a 131-run stand for the third wicket gaining the complete control of the game. Younis had started his innings very slowly taking 19 deliveries to get off the mark whereas Babar was looked confident since start. But once both these batsmen got their eyes on the game, they accelerated the scoring taking advantage of the tiring West Indies players. Seeing no success from the spinners, Jason Holder handed the old ball to his pace leader Gabriel hoping for some magic.
Gabriel justified Holder’s decision instantly dismissing both Younis and Babar in a matter of 7 deliveries. Having got the two wickets of well-set batsmen in the ending stages of the game gave West Indies the much-needed boost.
They tried their best to get one more wicket of either Misbah or Shafiq – the latter one being too awkward playing the short deliveries from Joseph and Holder. But both the batsmen survived well and saw the day end keeping the 6 wickets intact. But given the aspect of this being the last recognised batting pair for Pakistan, West Indies ended their day on a high.
Earlier, the day started quite late due to the wet outfield. West Indies resumed from their overnight score of 278 and managed to score just 8 runs as Mohammad Aamer dismantled the stumps of Gabriel to take his 6th wicket of the game and also registering his best bowling figures – 6 for 44.
Pakistan started well with Azhar Ali (15) and Ahmed Shehzad (31) playing good strokes early on. But Joseph drew the first blood getting Azhar, whose wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich took a fine catch leaping to his right. As soon as Azhar departed, Shehzad took the aggressor’s role playing some attacking shots all around. But his stay did not last long as Holder dismissed him quickly.
Pakistan 201 for 4 (Ahmed Shehzad 31, Babar Azam 72, Younis Khan 58; Shannon Gabriel 2 for 37, Alzarri Joseph 1 for 35, Jason Holder 1 for 40) trail West Indies 286 all out (Roston Chase 63, Shane Dowrich 56, Jason Holder 57*; Mohammad Aamer 6 for 44, Yasir Shah 2 for 91) by 85 runs