Shafiq And Misbah Lead Pakistan Recovery

Shafiq And Misbah Lead Pakistan Recovery
Shafiq And Misbah Lead Pakistan Recovery
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West Indies 226 & 152 (Saeed Ajmal 6-42) v
Pakistan 160 & 80-3 (Asad Shafiq 40no)
First Test, Providence, day three

The fourth day of the first Test between the West Indies and Pakistan in Providence, Guyana, is likely to be one not to be missed after day three saw Pakistan close on 80 for three in pursuit of 219 to win.

The West Indies progressed from their overnight score of 34 for two to be dismissed for 152 in their second innings as batsmen continued to struggle.

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal returned six for 42, tormenting the home side as he added to his five-wicket haul from the first innings. He struck early to remove nightwatchman Kemar Roach for three before Lendl Simmons (21) was caught by Azhar Ali off Wahab Riaz.

That brought Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul together but Sarwan went soon after when he was caught by Asad Shafiq off Ajmal for 11.

Brendan Nash was run out for three and when Ajmal and left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman combined to remove Carlton Baugh (7), Darren Sammy (9) and Ravi Rampaul (2), the West Indies were at 104 for nine - just 170 ahead.

Chanderpaul then dug in to make an unbeaten 36 in 127 deliveries and he found an ally in Devendra Bishoo, who in his first Test, scored a vital 24 in 67 balls; the pair adding 48 runs and ensuring Pakistan's target is a stiff one.

The West Indies took the confidence from the last-wicket stand into their bowling effort and with 14 balls had reduced Pakistan to two for three.

Rampaul removed Taufeeq Umar and Ali without scoring and Kemar Roach trapped Mohammad Hafeez for two to heighten the possibility of a finish to the match in three days.

However, Shafiq and Misbah-ul-Haq then joined forces to steer Pakistan to stumps with no further loss of wickets. There were further alarms, however, none more so than when Shafiq left a delivery from Sammy but was relieved when after the ball hit the stumps, the bails remained in their grooves.

He went on to play some fine strokes to finish the day not out on 40 in 102 balls while Misbah will resume on 34 from 101 deliveries, both men stroking five fours.

The West Indies won the toss and batted first, being dismissed for 226 as Saeed Ajmal took five wickets, hitting back strongly to dismiss Pakistan for 160 in reply with Bishoo taking four wickets on debut.

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