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Misbah: We had no answers against West Indies

18 Mai 2017

West Indies took just 31.5 overs to dismiss Pakistan in their second innings of the Dubai Test previous year, though they ended up losing the match.

Shannon Gabriel claimed five wickets as West Indies dismissed Pakistan for 81 in their second innings to record a 106-run victory in the second Test at the Kensington Oval and level the series at 1-1.

The third and final Test starts on May 10. Pakistan are seeking their first test-series win in the Caribbean.

The last wicket to fall was that of Sarfraz Ahmed who remained top-scorer with 23 to his name.

Left merely to survive, Sarfraz and Mohammad Amir (20) offered the only serious resistance, sharing 42 for the eighth wicket. Apart from showing faith in the West Indies bowlers, Hope said extending their lead would be the first aim on the fifth morning. Young pacer Mohammad Abbas took two vital wickets of Kieran Powell and Vishaul Singh.

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Earlier, Pakistan bundled out West Indies on 268, courtesy to Yasir Shah's 7-far.

Gabriel, who took 5-11 in the second innings, rightly earned the Man of the Match award with overall figures of nine for 92, the third-best by a West Indian against Pakistan.

Pakistan's score of 81 is also their 10th-lowest total in Test cricket. Belying a mediocre record in eight previous matches, Hope battled with admirable patience, discipline and skill for nearly four hours in negotiating the threat of the tourists' bowlers, especially leg-spinner Yasir Shah exploiting the variable bounce and sharp turn of a deteriorating pitch. Legspinner Yasir Shah troubled their middle and lower order to end the day with 6 for 90.

The series, tied at 1-1, moves to Dominica for the deciding Test. Younis Khan made history by becoming the first Pakistani batsman to score 10000 test runs. Gabriel finished with 5 for 11.

"The first priority is to get a lead, put some runs on the board for Pakistan to chase", he noted. I think because of the height - all the bowlers are tall - it was a tailor-made pitch for them to keep hitting the deck hard and make the ball jump around.

Misbah: We had no answers against West Indies