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Bishoo eight-fer gives West Indies a chance at victory

Devendra Bishoo (left) picked his career best figure of eight-wicket haul
Devendra Bishoo (left) picked his career best figure of eight-wicket haul
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Pakistan 579-3 dec. & 123 (Aslam 44) v
West Indies 357 & 95-2 (Johnson 47)
First Test, Dubai, day four

An incredible eight-wicket haul from Devendra Bishoo dismissed Pakistan for 123 runs in their second innings as West Indies went on to score 95 for two at stumps on day four of the first Test in Dubai, chasing a target of 346 runs.

West Indies resumed their first innings on the overnight score of 315 for six. Three overs into the day, Yasir Shah (5-121) trapped Shane Dowrich (32) LBW and a review did not save the batsman.

West Indies lost their last three wickets in the space of four overs and were bowled out for 357 runs in 123.5 overs.

Shah was the pick of the bowlers with a five-wicket haul and also became the joint-second fastest bowler to take 100 Test scalps.

With a lead of 222 runs, Pakistan stuttered in the second innings, losing Azhar Ali (2) and Asad Shafiq (5) inside the first six overs, ending the first session with a score of 20 for two.

In the second session, Babar Azam (21) joined hands with Sami Aslam (44) to put on a 57-run stand for the third wicket.

Azam was handed a couple of early reprieves but eventually became Bishoo’s (8-49) second victim. A little while later, with some lovely spin bowling,

Bishop struck thrice in quick succession to see the back of Aslam, Misbah-ul-Haq (15) and Mohammad Nawaz (0), completing his five-wicket haul in the process.

Reeling at 112 for six, Pakistan stuttered even further and lost Wahab Riaz (58) and Shah (2) in successive overs, ending the second session with a score of 121 for eight.

Five balls into the post-dinner session, Bishoo had accounted for the scalps of Sarfraz Ahmed (15) and Mohammad Amir (1), registering career best figures and bowling Pakistan out for 123 runs.

Facing a target of 346 runs to win the test, West Indies began steadily but Amir (2-26) castled Kraigg Brathwaite (6) in the ninth over.

Leon Jonson (47) and Darren Bravo (26 not out) patiently stabilised the innings with their 60-run stand for the second wicket. Johnson, who looked well settled was trapped LBW by Amir in the 26th over and he took a review in vain.

Bravo and Marlon Samuels (4 not out) saw out the remaining overs and took West Indies to 95 for two at stumps on day four, still needing 251 runs to win with eight wickets in hand.

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