Bishoo spins Windies back into contest
The best ever return by a visiting player in a Test match in Asia saw Devendra Bishoo give the West Indies every chance of getting back into the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai.
Bishoo spun his way to figures of 8 for 49 as Pakistan crumbled to 123 all out leaving the West Indies chasing a target of 346 for victory.
The West Indies resumed day four on 315/6 but could only add 42 runs to their overnight score on a day that would see wickets tumble after three days during which only 9 wickets fell.
Pakistan’s Yasir Shah became the second fastest player to reach 100 Test wickets as he completed yet another five-for finishing with figures of 5 for 121.
Bishoo enjoyed a dream day and got his first wicket courtesy of a DRS review the umpire suspected some glove was involved as Ashad Shafiq (5) went down for a sweep but the batsmen missed the ball altogether and was plumb and had to go.
Babar Azam (21) premeditated a flick to the leg side and could only chop Bishoo onto his pads and into the stumps as the spinner began to work through the order.
Bishoo began extracting turn from the pitch almost at will as he removed Sami Aslam (44) and tore into the Pakistan middle order.
The hosts would collapse from 93 for 3 to 123 all out with Bishoo tormenting Pakistan with his turn and variations.
The West Indies were left a tricky final session to negotiate with a win not out of the realms of possibility but safety still being a major concern.
What the men from the Caribbean wouldn’t have wanted to see was Kraigg Brathwaite throwing a loose drive at a Mohammad Amir delivery that took and inside edge onto the stumps to send the opener packing.
That brought together Leon Johnson and Darren Bravo and the pair put on 60 before the former became the sixteenth player to lose his wicket on an action packed fourth day in Dubai.
Marlon Samuels joined Bravo at the wicket with the West Indies needing to see out the day with as many wickets in hand as possible to set up a final day face off.
Samuels and Bravo would survive until the close leaving the West Indies needing 251 runs to win on the final day while Pakistan need 8 wickets to take the first Test.
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