Pakistan in control after late wicket flurry


Day two of the second Test between Pakistan and the West Indies in Abu Dhabi saw the visitors reach 106 for four at stumps, still trailing Pakistan by 346 runs.

Pakistan had lost six wickets on the day but still managed to score 452 runs thanks to a brisk half ton from Sarfraz Ahmed, leaving the Windies with it all to do.

The hosts started the day on 304 for four, with skipper Misbah-ul-Haq on 90, but he was unable to convert it into triple figures and was out for 96 to Shannon Gabriel.

Sarfraz blasted a quick 56 off 59 balls, while Mohammad Nawaz and Sohail Khan added tail order cameos in the 20s, to push the score past 400.

Gabriel and Jason Holder did well to wrap things up relatively quickly though, taking five and three wickets respectively.

The Windies went in to bat 11 overs before tea, and put on 27 for the first wicket. Johnson Charles was out just after the tea break though, LBW to Rahat Ali.

This left Darren Bravo to again carry the knock, and he was excellent for much of the session as he scored the bulk of the runs.

But he could not see out the day, also out LBW but to Yasir Shah for 43. he was furious as he walked off, as the umpire’s not out decision had been overturned with DRS.

With five overs till stumps, Kraigg Brathwaite had reached 21, (scoring his first boundary after batting for 40 overs) while Marlon Samuels had advanced to 30 off 61 balls.

But both were out just before the close, Samuels caught in the slips off Rahat and Brathwaite run out three balls later.