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Misbah left on 99 not out, but Pakistan dominant

WI v Pak, 1st Test, Day 4 Report

Yasir Shah takes four wickets as West Indies ends fourth day on 93 for 4, still behind by 28 runs

Yasir Shah ripped through the top order in West Indies’ second innings in the final session of the fourth day, to give Pakistan the upper hand and give the team a shot at victory at Sabina Park in Jamaica.

After Misbah ul Haq, the Pakistan captain, became just the sixth batsman in Test history to be left stranded on 99 not out as Pakistan was bowled out for 407 in its first innings, the home team, trailing by 121 runs, was reduced to 93 for 4 at stumps with Yasir taking all four wickets on Monday (April 24).

Holding fort for West Indies were Devendra Bishoo, the nightwatchman, and Vishaul Singh, the debutant. Both of them will have a challenging task at hand when they resume, especially from Yasir’s leg-spin on a fifth-day track.

The legspinner struck with his very first delivery, bowling Kraigg Brathwaite with one that skidded through on the opener. He then got Shimron Hetmayer, the second debutant for West Indies in this Test, Shai Hope and Kieron Powell in quick succession as West Indies went from 72 for 1 to 89 for 4.

Powell, who made a composed 49, was caught by Younis Khan in the slips, to give Pakistan an important wicket just before the close of play.

Earlier, Misbah industriously built Pakistan’s lead, though he was eventually left one short of an 11th Test century. Misbah was at the other end on 99 not out when Mohammad Abbas, the debutant who was batting at No.11, was trapped in front by Roston Chase at the stroke of tea.

Before that though, Misbah had calmly shepherded Pakistan to a position of strength on the back of several crucial partnerships after the visiting side resumed at 201 for 4, with the new ball due in less than two overs.

Bishoo eventually broke an 88-run stand for the sixth wicket between Misbah and Sarfraz Ahmed, the wicketkeeper-batsman having made a brisk 54 before he was bowled around his legs attempting a sweep shot just after lunch.

"I just wanted to upset the fast bowlers' line by doing a few unorthodox things because they were bowling very well," said Sarfraz at the end of the day. "It's all part of my game to be positive and today it came off."

During the course of his innings, Sarfraz also went past 2,000 runs in his Test career. Misbah too had earlier notched a milestone of his own, going past 5,000 Test runs before reaching his half-century.

After toiling through the morning, the West Indies bowlers finally got among the wickets in the afternoon session. Joseph removed Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz in quick succession to finish with three wickets in the innings, the same as fellow opening bowler Gabriel.

When Jermaine Blackwood, the substitute fielder, ran out Yasir, Misbah was on 68 with the score at 373 for 9. However, Abbas displayed determination and discipline in surviving with his captain for 45 minutes while Misbah controlled most of the strike and edged towards the coveted century.

Just one run away, though, he was denied when Chase trapped the newcomer in front.

Misbah's innings spanned nine minutes short of six hours, during which he faced 223 deliveries, striking three sixes and five fours.

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