Shai Hope scored his maiden Test fifty to lead the West Indies fightback in the second session of Day Four. Hope remaining unbeaten on 68 took the Caribbean side to 197 for 4 at the end of the second session taking the West Indies lead 116. Hope taking the charge played a solid innings and scored a vital58-run stand with Roston Chase (23) for the fourth wicket followed by an unbeaten stand of 42 with Vishaul Singh (18) for the fifth. West Indies just lost the one wicket of Chase off Yasir’s bowling, but managed to score 85 runs in the 27 overs bowled in this afternoon session. Full Cricket Scorecard, Pakistan vs West Indies, 2nd Test at Barbados
Mohammad Abbas began the second session seaming the ball in to the right handed Hope. There were signals of something about to happen. But Hope and Chase defied Pakistan in every possible way. There were in swingers, out swingers, length deliveries and every possible variation that Abbas and Mohammad Aamer had under their sleeves. But none of this deterred the West Indies duo to throw away their wicket.
Misbah-ul-Haq had to throw the ball to Yasir Shah – the second innings giant. For Yasir who opted to bowl from around the wicket, Misbah kept a short forward leg, and two slips – the second being wide enough. But using their height, both the batsmen went down to the pitch of the ball nullifying the spin and the bounce. They even went backfoot trudging the ball down the leg side taking singles and extending their lead.
Shadab Khan in the other hand, whenever bowled gave away runs helping the West Indies cause. He tried bowling full pitching well outside off hoping the rough patches to do the rest. But again, Hope and Chase played him with comfort.
None of his bowlers looked like getting wicket but still Misbah persisted with Yasir who kept bowling from around the wicket getting edges often. But amidst all this, Hope and Chase continued being defensive and scoring runs easing into the game as the overs passed by.
As runs started coming in easy, the batting duo shifted their gears dealing in boundaries and taking their team to a strong position. There came sweeps, some fluent drives from the batsmen against the spinners.
Just when it looked like this batting pair was now all set in the game, Chase threw away his wicket against Yasir. Trying to drive through the on-side, Chase gave Yasir a simple catch off his own bowling.
Singh who was having a forgetful series got off to a decent start. With West Indies in lead and with a partner as solid as Hope at the other end, Singh batted brilliantly against the Pakistan spin bowling. It was about time for Misbah to make changes in his bowlers as Shadab and Yasir became too easy for the batsmen and hence he brought in part time spinner Azhar Ali with hopes of getting at least one wicket. However, no luck came for Team Misbah as West Indies went on scoring runs briskly and both batsman growing in confidence.
West Indies 312 and 197 for 4 (Shai Hope 68*, Roston Chase 23, Vishaul Singh 18*; Yasir Shah 2 for 69, Mohammad Aamer 1 for 34) lead Pakistan 393 (Azhar Ali 104, Misbah-ul-Haq 99; Devendra Bishoo 3 for 104, Jason Holder 2 for 23) by 116 runs.