Yasir Shah struck gold for Pakistan towards the end of day’s play on Day Four, to halt West Indies at 264 for 9. West Indies despite this have a healthy lead of 183 runs but thanks to a stubborn knock from Shai Hope (90) and his partnership with Vishaul Singh (32) off 80 runs which put the hosts in a pole position on Day Four initially. There were some exceptional performances from both sides that kept everyone on toes throughout the day. So let’s have a look at some of the highlights that grabbed the attention: Full Cricket Scorecard, Pakistan vs West Indies, 2nd Test at Barbados
Younis Khan and the art of catching: Younis Khan Took 2 breathtaking catches on Day Four, first to dismiss opener Kraigg Brathwaite and then the West Indies skipper Jason Holder.
Kraigg Brathwaite c Younis Khan b Yasir Shah 43 (111)
Yasir changed the angle coming around the wicket against Brathwaite. He pitched it well outside leg and which spun across the right-hander Brathwaite. The rough patches helped the ball bounce as the batsman looked to defend but he got squared up and failed to keep the ball down getting the shoulder of the bat and flying towards slip cordon. But Younis moved to his right at full stretch and took a superb one handed catch.
Jason Holder c Younis Khan b Yasir Shah 1(5)
Yasir bowled a wrong ‘un to Holder pitching it well outside off. But Holder tries to trudge it through cover but gets a thick outside edge. The edge causes wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed’s gloves but Younis flies to his left and gobbles down a beauty.
Shai Hope’s stubborn knock: West Indies needed a good partnership. They needed someone who could present a dead bat against Yasir and Shadab’s guile. They lost overnight batting pair of Shimron Hetmyer and Kraigg Brathwaite in the first session. But then came Hope and he batted excellently against a probing Pakistan attack. Be it Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Abbas, Yasir or Shadab. He only had one answer to all of them – dead bat. Hope batted with precision and patience. Yasir opted bowling from around the wicket as Misbah-ul-Haq deployed a short forward leg, and two slips – the second being too wide. But using his height, Hope went down to the pitch of the ball nullifying the spin and the bounce. He even went backfoot many times trudging the ball down the leg side taking singles and extending West Indies’ lead.
Once he got going, there were free-flowing drives, calculated late-cuts and apt use of feet against the guile of Yasir and Shadab.
The West Indies downfall: At one point, West Indies were at a comfortable position of 235 for 4 – courtesy of Hope and Vishaul Singh’s solid partnership of 80 runs. But then came Yasir to dismantle the West Indies domination. Utilising the Day Four wicket to its full extent he got rid of Hope who was the lynchpin for West Indies on the last ball off his over.
Next overs first ball and Mohammad Abbas cleaned up Singh who was looked very confident out in the middle. There were some hopes relying on Holder as he had batted brilliantly in the first innings. But a wrong ‘un undid him. Shane Dowrich tried his best to see off the day with Devendra Bishoo, but he too god undone by a tossed up quicker delivery – making him Yasir’s fifth wicket of the innings.
Alzarri Joseph’s gave away his wicket in the easiest of manners by miscuing a full-toss to Aamer at short midwicket.
Yasir Shah and the 6: Let’s take a glance at the 6 wickets that Yasir took on Day Four.
1. Kraigg Brathwaite c Younis Khan b Yasir Shah 43 (111) – Mentioned above
2. Roston Chase c and b Yasir Shah 23 (83)
Yasir pitched it around full and middle and the ball slowed down after pitching and Chase got tricked into it chipping the ball back to Yasir who collects it easily.
3. Shai Hope c Azhar Ali b Yasir Shah 90 (209)
Yasir tossed it up outside off which slowed down after pitching and Hope failed to meet get to the pitch of the ball driving it straight to Azhar Ali at extra cover.
4. Jason Holder c Younis Khan b Yasir Shah 1 (5) – Mentioned above
5. Dowrich c Shafiq b Yasir Shah 2 (10)
Yasir tossed it up on off stump which spins away enough to kiss the glove of Dowrich who tried defending. The ball flies towards the cordon where Younis and Asad Shafiq almost collided, but in the end Shafiq took it comfortably.
6. Alzarri Joseph c Amir b Yasir Shah 7(11)
Alzarri Joseph miscues as his wrists turn while in the shot against a full toss from Yasir straight to Aamer at mid-wicket.
West Indies 312 and 264 for 9 (Kraigg Brathwaite 43, Shai Hope 90, Vishaul Singh 32; Yasir Shah 6 for 90, Mohammad Abbas 2 for 57) lead Pakistan 393 (Azhar Ali 104, Misbah-ul-Haq 99; Devendra Bishoo 3 for 104, Jason Holder 2 for 23) by 183 runs.