After battling an intense first session against Pakistan bowlers, West Indies finished at 112 for 3 at the end of the first session of Day Four of the second Test at Barbados as Roston Chase (12*) and Shai Hope (25*) ensured going to lunch without losing anymore wicket. West Indies lost the wickets of both their overnight batsmen – Shimron Hetmyer (22) and Kraigg Brathwaite (43) but also managed to score useful 72 runs from the 29 overs taking their side over the Pakistan by 31 runs. For Pakistan, Mohammad Aamer and Yasir Shah took the two wickets on the fourth morning, but could not provide anymore wicket despite the conditions favouring the bowlers. Full Cricket Scorecard, Pakistan vs West Indies, 2nd Test at Barbados
Resuming from the overnight score of 40 for 1, West Indies were hopeful of Brathwaite and Hetmyer providing a solid start. They were trailing by 41 runs but both had played resilient knock in the last session on Day Three to defy Pakistan from gaining any supremacy. But swinging the new ball right away, Aamer cleaned up Hetmyer for 22. Aamer bowled a length delivery from well outside off which nipped back in sharply and clattered on the stumps before Hetmyer could bring his bat down.
West Indies had just added 1 run to their overnight total when they lost Hetmyer. But Brathwaite who had been struggling to lay his bat on the ball started on a very positive note. Despite having lost one partner, he continued playing a stubborn knock not giving Pakistan any chance to dominate the first session. Aamer and Mohammad Abbas swung the either way giving Brathwaite and Hope problems frequently.
But both the batsmen got accustomed to the swinging conditions and looked at ease playing against Aamer and Abbas. Seeing the batsmen in comfort, Misbah-ul-Haq introduced Yasir Shah hoping the spinner would exploit the rough patches. But despite the ball zipping after pitching, there came no success for Pakistan and Brathwaite who was having a tough time in this series looked all poised to get to his fifty.
But Misbah persisted with Yasir who dished a tossed up delivery which Brathwaite had to go for. The ball zipped and bounced at an awkward height taking the shoulder of the bat and flying past the second slip. But Younis Khan standing at first slip dived across to catch a blinder and thus end a 56 runs stand for the 4th wicket.
In came Chase who scored a century (131) in the first innings and had Hope batting well at the other end. These two batsmen had the job of playing out the remaining session without losing wicket.
There came some nervous chances wherein the ball flew across the slips cordon, but nothing came of it. Chase and Hope have scored 15 runs together playing 56 deliveries and they will have to play the maximum they can in the second session extending West Indies’ lead to a respectable total by the end of afternoon session on this penultimate day of the second Test.