Despite skipper Misbah-ul-Haq’s unlucky 99, Pakistan found themselves in a tight spot against West Indies at the end of the second session against West Indies on Day Two. The visitors are crumbling at 329 for 7 as they lost Misbah, Sarfraz Ahmed (9) and Asad Shafiq (15) in quick successions with a lead of just 17 runs. Pakistan started the second session on a positive note scoring runs in a flurry but lost the wicket of Azhar Ali (104) early on. But then Misbah and Shafiq batted brilliantly with the aforementioned being the aggressor to put up 57-run stand to put Pakistan beyond the West Indies total only to see the visitors losing their way in the end. Full Cricket Scorecard, Pakistan vs West Indies, 2nd Test at Barbados
Misbah became the first batsman in history of Test cricket to be dismissed on 99 in successive Tests. He achieved this unlucky feat on his counterpart Jason Holder bowling. But this unlucky figure from Misbah ensured Pakistan going past the West Indies total comfortably only to see wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed (9) follow soon. Pakistan resumed the second session at 226 for 3 with opener Azhar Ali at 93 along with Misbah at 40. But Pakistan started the second session with a different mindset scoring runs in a flurry. They came out with clear intentions of clearing the deficit of 140 runs and lead West Indies by the end of the second session. Both batted sticking to the plan as Azhar got to his 13th Test century and Misbah scoring his second Test fifty of the series.
But Devendra Bishoo got the breakthrough by getting Azhar out against the run of play. But then Shafiq and Misbah scored runs briskly. Pakistan completely shifted the momentum against how they were batting in the past three sessions. Misbah leading the attack danced down the track against everything that was tossed up , reverse swept anything that was pitched full or short scoring runs quickly.
As tea approached, Misbah had reached his 11th Test century – the one that had eluded his last time when he remained unbeaten on 99. Seeing Misbah on 99, Holder got himself into the attack and got rid of Misbah on the second delivery of the over. Holder bowled a short of a good length delivery which sprung after pitching. Misbah got caught in two minds if to leave the ball or not and in that process was late in withdrawing his willow. The ball bounced on him took his glove and went straight to Shai Hope who grabbed the ball easily.
If this wasn’t enough, Sarfraz too gave away his wicket attempting a drive against Shannon Gabriel and edging it to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich. Two quick saw the match come back to balance as only one specialist batsman was at the crease – Shafiq. But Holder caught Shafiq in his pads against a back of a length delivery which angled back in. Shafiq was late in getting his bat down and the ball would have gone to hit the leg stump.
Pakistan have a mere lead of 17 runs but just 3 wickets in hand with debutant Shadab Khan at the crease.
West Indies 312 (Roston Chase 131, Jason Holder 58; Mohammad Abbas 4 for 56, Mohammad Aamer 3 for 65) trail Pakistan for 329 for 7 (Azhar Ali 104, Misbah-ul-Haq 99; Devendra Bishoo 3 for 104, Jason Holder 2 for 23) by 17 runs.