Slow Bowlers Continue To Hold Sway In Guyana

Slow Bowlers Continue To Hold Sway In Guyana
Slow Bowlers Continue To Hold Sway In Guyana
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West Indies 226 (Saeed Ajmal 5-63) & 34-2 v
Pakistan 160 (Bishoo 4-68)
First Test, Providence, day two

13 wickets fell on the second day of the opening Test between the West Indies and Pakistan in Providence, Guyana as batsmen continued to struggle.

Late-order resistance helped the West Indies add useful runs and push their first-innings score up to 226 before they were bowled out but they hit back to dismiss Pakistan for just 160 in reply.

However, the home side then closed on 34 for two when bad light ended play a little earlier than scheduled with the match nevertheless looking unlikely to last the full five days.

West Indies' hero was debutant leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, who captured figures of four for 68, three of his victims trapped in front  and Umar Akmal (33) caught by Carlton Baugh as he skied a short ball.

There were just two half-century partnerships in the Pakistan innings - between opener Taufeeq Umar (19) and Azhar Ali (34) as they rebuilt following the early loss of Mohammad Hafeez for four and then Akmal and Abdur Rehman, who was unbeaten on 40.

Ravi Rampaul bowled superbly to take three for 27, Darren Sammy was economical and earned reward with two for 16 with Kemar Roach taking one for 40, ending the innings by having Wahab Riaz caught behind.

Pakistan collapsed from 57 for one to 80 for six and never recovered, some excellent work in the field resulting in some injudicious strokeplay and a clatter of wickets.

Pakistan then called upon Hafeez with the ball and he delivered with the wicket of Devon Smith, trapped in front as the opener's nightmare of facing the off-spinner continued and he left having made just one run.

The tourists were celebrating again when Darren Bravo was trapped leg before by Ajmal for eight and it was left to Lendl Simmons, unbeaten on 15 and Roach, as nightwatchman, on three, to take the home side to stumps.

Roach had begun the day at the crease and was the last man to fall in the West Indies' first innings as he added crucial runs with Bishoo, who was left unbeaten on 15 when Roach prodded Ajmal to Ali at short leg having made 24; Ajmal picking up his second five-wicket haul in Tests.

Simmons had made 49 to comfortably top score on the opening day of slow-moving, attritional yet intriguing cricket in which spinners took eight of the nine wickets to fall.

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