Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Yasir Shah spins Pakistan to victory over Windies in 1st Test

YASIR SHAH

KINGSTON: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq hit successive sixes off Devendra Bishoo to give Pakistan victory by seven wickets in the first Test against West Indies in Jamaica on Tuesday. The tourists had bowled West Indies out for 152 in the second innings leaving them a target of 32 to win on the final day, which was reached in less than 11 overs. Earlier, Yasir Shah completed a six-wicket haul to spearhead a second innings rout of the West Indies. Trailing on the first innings by 121 runs and resuming at the overnight position of 93 for four, the home side were dismissed for 152 after less than two hours’ play at Sabina Park in Jamaica. Needing just 32 runs for a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series, the tourists lost both openers and will resume after lunch at 13 for two with Babar Azam and Younis Khan at the crease.

Having taken the first four wickets late on the fourth evening, leg-spinner Shah was kept waiting CRIC PAK TEST1for more success at the start of play on the fifth day as the visitors’ faster bowlers continued the demolition job by taking the next four wickets. However, Shah, who bowled unchanged from one end throughout the morning’s play, was not to be denied another five-wicket innings haul. He wrapped up the innings with the wickets of tailenders Alzarri Joseph and Shannon Gabriel in the space of four deliveries in his 22nd over, finishing with the excellent innings figures of six for 63 and a match haul of eight for 154. Shah was expected to pose an immediate threat at the start of Tuesday’s play but it was Mohammad Amir who initiated the final tumble of wickets, inducing an error of judgement from Vishaul Singh, who was bowled offering no shot to the left-arm fast bowler.

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