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Late strikes hand Pakistan advantage on day two

Late strikes hand Pakistan advantage on day two
Shannon Gabriel picked a five-wicket haul for West Indies
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Pakistan 452 (Younis 127) v
West Indies 106-4 (Bravo 43)
Second Test, Abu Dhabi, day two

A couple of late strikes helped Pakistan claim the advantage on the second day of the second Test in Abu Dhabi, restricting West Indies to 106 for four in 45 overs after posting a total of 452 runs in the first innings.

Pakistan resumed batting on the overnight score of 304 for four. Yasir Shah (23) began the day with a positive cameo and even successfully overturned an LBW decision.

Four runs short of his century, Misbah-ul-Haq (96) was trapped in front by Shannon Gabriel (5-96) while Shah fell two overs later to Jason Holder (3-47).

Sarfraz Ahmed (56) and Mohammad Nawaz (25) got together to prevent a collapse and took Pakistan safely to lunch at the score of 401 for six.

Soon after Ahmed completed his fifty in the second over of the post-lunch session, he was castled by Gabriel with a pacy yorker, bringing an end to the 70-run stand with Nawaz.

West Indies struck at regular intervals to wrap up the innings but a cameo from Sohail Khan (26), took Pakistan to a total of 452 runs in 119.1 overs.

Despite bowling nine no balls in his spell, Gabriel was the pick of the bowlers with his five-wicket haul.

In reply to Pakistan’s innings, West Indies began safely with Leon Johnson (12) and Darren Bravo (43) taking the team to tea with the score at 27 for naught.

Bravo came to open as Kraigg Brathwaite (21) was off the field in Pakistan’s first innings. Pakistan started the final session well as Rahat Ali (2-31) dismissed Johnson LBW in the 14th over.

Just when Brathwaite and Bravo seemed to have settled into a partnership, Pakistan dismissed the latter by successfully reviewing an LBW decision in the 29th over.

Off the next ball, Shah (1-28) managed to dismiss Marlon Samuels (30) LBW but upon review, an inside edge was spotted and the batsman survived.

With a few minutes left to stumps, Rahat had Samuels caught in the slips, while Brathwaite was run out, leaving West indies at 106 for four at stumps on day two. Samuels was the 50th Test wicket for Rahat.

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