Yasir Shah announced his comeback after a brief period against West Indies getting 4 for 33 in the second innings. The ace-Pakistan spinner dismantled the West Indies top-order putting his team on the doorsteps of the victory in the first Test at Sabina Park. West Indies have lost their 4 wickets and are still trailing Pakistan by 28 runs glaring at a defeat. Misbah-ul-Haq initially drove Pakistan in the 400-run corridor but was himself on a bit unlucky side as he was left stranded on 99*. So let’s have in detailed look at some of the highlights of Day four of this riveting encounter which has been dominated by the visitors so far: FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 1st Test at Jamaica
The Tuk-Tuk knock: Misbah had looked very uncomfortable at stumps on Day Three. But that was not the case when he came out to bat on Day Four. He took his own sweet time defending deliveries. Misbah looked very calm despite the West Indies pacers asking question on regular basis. He would take a single or would play the entire over defending. Initially in the first session, he let Sarfraz take control of the game. Misbah was happy playing the second fiddle to him. He then lost Sarfraz after they both took Pakistan to a respectable position. With Sarfraz he made 88 runs together off which he had just 32 runs. Till the last wicket where he along with Abbas scored 34, Misbah was always the second fiddle. He ensured of tiring the West Indies bowlers. He has that power to hit big sixes, but he didn’t utilise it until the very last moment.
It was while playing the second fiddle to his partners he scored 99* – the highest in the Pakistan innings.
Sarfraz Ahmed quick fifty: Pakistan had lost Asad Shafiq (22) against the run of play and Pakistan were exactly 50 runs behind the West Indies total. But Sarfraz played some excellent shots right from the word go. Pakistan were in a precarious situation as one wicket in that period and they would have been in danger. But going by his style he played attacking cricket and quickly got to his fifty and also surpassing 2,000 Test runs. It was his knock that provided Pakistan the base of foundation for the firm lead.
Misbah-ul-Haq – 99*: Every time Abbas defended the ball – there was a loud cheer from Pakistan supporters and their dressing room for they knew what useful contribution he was doing to his retiring captain. Holder had deployed spinners from both ends – Bishoo and Roston Chase hoping to get the final wicket. But given the balls Abbas had faced, he looked ready to defend every delivery that came his way. On the last ball of 137th over, Misbah pulled cut a short delivery from Bishoo to the off side. The ball went till the boundary rope but the fielder was quick to throw the ball back to Bishoo. The result of it – Misbah had to come back from running his third run.
Chase came to ball against Abbas on strike and three men around him. The pressure was immense on the debutant and it was visible. Yet he defended the first three deliveries quite well. But the third one spun well and Abbas could not lay his bat on it. West Indies players appealed and umpire straight away raised his finger.
Misbah went for the review but the rest is history!
Yasir Shah’s web: Yasir is a second innings monster. He has time in and time out turned the game in Pakistan’s favour in the second innings with his wily spin. In the last session, not getting any wickets from his pacers, Misbah handed the ball to Yasir. There were rough patches and cracks in and around the batting crease. Misbah wanted Yasir to use that area and get some success.
Success came instantly as Kraigg Brathwaite was cleaned bowled by Yasir on his very first delivery. Then came a bit of a gap that saw Powell and Shimron Hetmyer plunder runs. But Yasir did not stop there as he got the wicket of Hetmyer. That wicket showed the luck riding on the cunning spinner. Next was Shai Hope who too perished against the leg-break quite immediately. Powell was showing great technique against Yasir going for big shots dancing down the track. For his wicket, Yasir brought his variation bowling a googly which did the work.
Out if thin air, Yasir has brought the game in Pakistan’s grasp.