Live-Blog-Pak-WI(1)Good Morning! Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day Four of the 2nd of the three-Test series between Pakistan and West Indies, at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. I Rohan Sawant from CricketCountry will bring all the live updates of this cracker of a contest. Pakistan are in complete control of the match here on Day Four courtesy of Yasir Shah first who got his 4-for which helped the hosts to bundle up West Indies at 224.Later it was their openers Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam who went on to put an opening stand of 93 runs before the aforementioned was dismissed just after his half-century. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies, 2nd Test at Abu Dhabi

West Indies have lacked the necessary attacking intent that was required from them. They have leaked runs, failed to get wickets at the crucial moments of the game. West Indies have failed to capitalise on the chances they have received wherein they missed out on catches. The Day three had completely Pakistan written over it. Since the word go, the bowling unit of the hosts was bang. They did take some time to remove them all but they made sure that they didn’t leak runs as the visitors could only manage to score just 118 runs in almost two sessions of the third day. Yasir Shah remained the pick of the bowler for Pakistan as he got is 4-for and finished with the figures of 28.4-6 -86-4. Rahat Ali was the second best bowler for Pakistan as he finished with 3 for 45.

Pakistan came in to bat in the last session with the duo of Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam who had failed to impress in the first innings. But these two batted responsibly as they already had the lead of 228 runs. They were being watchful of every ball and were letting good balls go into the keeper’s gloves without poking their bat at it. This two went on to put a 93 runs stand for the first wicket before Shannon Gabriel got rid of Sami Aslam who had just got to his half-century 2 balls ago. The ball swung from off to leg and settled into keeper Hopes’ gloves. Umpire Illingworth turned down the strong appeal from the bowler and the keeper who went in loud as they knew about the edge. Holder immediately went for the referral and the on-field decision was turned down as the reply showed that he had edged the ball. Sami’s departure meant Asad Shafiq’s entry who had scored 68 in the first innings.

Rahat immediately started getting the ball to reverse-swing and that started imposing problems on Johnson and Bravo, but Johnson in particular and soon the reverse swing from Rahat was rewarded as he trapped Leon Johnson for a simple leg-before.  Samuels walked in and he along with Brathwaite put up a partnership of 41 runs. But the two quick wickets of Samuels and Brathwaite in the last stage of the game saw Pakistan coming out of the field as the dominant team.

Day Two started with Pakistan at the score of 304 for 4 with Misbah unbeaten on 90. Shannon Gabriel trapped Misbah in front of a full-length delivery which would have gone to hit the leg stump if not Misbah’s pads. It looked like West Indies would capitalise as they the hosts had two new batsmen i.e wicket keeper Sarfraz and all-rounder Nawaz at the crease.

Both went on to put a partnership of 70 runs from 103 balls for the 7th wicket which just took the game away from the visitors. Gabriel grabbed the wickets of opener Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Misbah, Sarfraz and Zulfiqar Babar to get to his maiden 5 wicket haul. Gabriel previously had the figures of 3 wickets for just 10 runs against Zimbabwe.

Live Updates

  • 6:54 PM IST

    Live: WI 171/4 in 62 Overs | Batting: Jermaine Blackwood 41 (63), Roston Chase 17 (55): West Indies have managed to survive till the end of day’s play. Pakistan need 6 more wickets on Day 5 and West Indies need to score 285 runs to win the match and level the series at 1-1. Will Pakistan win the match match and final day and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series? Join us tomorrow for the final day’s play

  • 6:04 PM IST

    Live: WI 149/4 in 53 Overs | Batting: Jermaine Blackwood 31 (38), Roston Chase 6 (26): Chase and Blackwood are not taking any risks at the moment. With under 10 overs to go in the day, Pakistan will be looking to notch up a wicket or two to and go into the fifth day totally in command. West Indies on the other hand are just looking to survive at the moment.

  • 5:45 PM IST

    Live: WI 137/4 in 48 Overs | Batting: Jermaine Blackwood 23 (24), Roston Chase 2 (10): After playing so well, Brathwaite has to walk back to the pavilion. A huge appeal for LBW was initially turned down, but the decision had to be overturned after the ball was clearly hitting the wickets. A big blow for the West Indies this. OUT! Kraigg Brathwaite LBW b Nawaz 67 (133)

  • 5:19 PM IST

    Live: PAK 112/3 in 42 Overs | Batting: Kraigg Brathwaite 67, Jermaine Blackwood 1 –Yasir Shah has done it yet once again. Tossed up flighted delivery from Yasir to Marlon, he dances down the pitch but checks his shot at the last moment but too late as the ball goes back to Yasir more of like a dolly. The bowler and everyone else knows he is out but the batsman and the umpire aren’t. So they take a review and the first video is sufficient to term Samuels out.

  • 5:03 PM IST

    Live: PAK 102/2 in 38 Overs | Batting: Kraigg Brathwaite 60, Marlon Samuels 20 – 100 up for West Indies and the good thing is that they have just lost 2 wickets and to be frank both batsmen got out because of their own mistake. Brathwaite and Samuels need to continue the same way they have batted for the past 1 hour or so. Samuels has counter-attacked once in a while whenever he has been feed with bad deliveries. Few edges here and there but nothing has come out of it for Pakistan. They have now made 40 runs stand for the 3rd wicket and they are still trailing by 344 runs with 8 wickets in hand!

  • 4:16 PM IST

    This will be Tea on day four. West Indies are 86 for the loss of 2 wickets with Kraig Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels at the crease

  • 4:03 PM IST

  • 3:30 PM IST

    Live: WI 63/2 in 18 Overs | Batting: Kraigg Brathwaite 41, Marlon Samuels 0 – Bravo and Brathwaite are on their way to resurrect their innings after they lost Johnson early in the second innings. The target in front of them is a mammoth one and the visitors will have to display absolute determination in order to win or at least draw this contest. So far so good for the visitors. And out of nowhere, Bravo is gone. Rahat Alio bowls in a wide anf short delivery. Bravo goes after it and tries hitting over the fielder who is within the 30 yards circle. But the timing is not good and he gives an easy catch to Mohammad Nawaz at backward point.

  • 2:51 PM IST

    Live: PAK 31/1 in 10 Overs | Batting: Kraigg Brathwaite 20, Darren Bravo 2 – Leon Johnson has gone back to the dressing room. It was a much fuller and fast delivery from Yasir. Johnson goes through with the shot. The ball brushes the flap of the front pad and disturbs the stumps. Yasir strikes in his second over with the new ball

  • 2:25 PM IST

    Live: WI 7/0 in 3 Overs | Batting: Kraigg Brathwaite 6, Leon Johnson 1- The end of the first session saw the West Indian openers walking to the pitch with the bat in their hands which gave the official confirmation of Pakistan’s declaration. So WI have a target of 456 to get and they do that considerable amount of time to get there, but the question is will they at all?? Also, they have gone with their regular opening pair of Brathwaite and Johnson who had come at No. 3 in the first innings.

  • 1:29 PM IST

    Live: PAK 227/2 in 67 Overs | Batting Asad Shafiq 58, Younis Khan 29: Fifty for Asad Shafiq. This is his second fifty of the match. Younis on the other end is looking far more comfortable as he is batting on 28 and Pakistan are cruising for the 500 + lead for sure. As off now they have a lead of 455 runs at the end of first session!

  • 1:26 PM IST

  • 12:49 PM IST

    Live: PAK 184/2 in 55 overs | Batting Asad Shafiq 37, Younis Khan 7: Younis Khan is at the crease now and yet again he is looking flawless. He is strong in his defend and too good to watch when he is attacking. Asad Shafiq will he happy to have Younis at the other end because he has started to look free in his strides. Pakistan are now leading by 412 runs

  • 12:32 PM IST

    Live: PAK 170/2 in 52 overs | Batting Asad Shafiq 29, Younis Khan 2: Back of a length and kicks up wide outside off from Cummins’. Azhar chases it with a cut but can’t get on top of it and ends up slashing an outside edge, which flies to Jason Holder at wide slip. Finally, something for West Indies to be happy about but Azhar won’t be happy with as he goes back for 79.

  • 12:08 PM IST

    Live: PAK 146/1 | Batting Azhar Ali 69, Asad Shafiq 18: 50 runs stand between Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq. Both batsmen have taken off from the point where they had paused yesterday. West Indies bowling has too, begun from where they left yesterday i.e no attacking intent or no variations; just bland bowling. Pakistan are currently leading by 374 runs

  • 11:41 AM IST

    Live: PAK 117/1 | Batting Azhar Ali 53, Asad Shafiq 7 : And we are live again. Pakistan in a bid to increase their lead as much as they can and West Indies, on the other hand, hoping to pull off some magic and get quick wickets to stop Pakistan from posting a big target for them. West Indies will have to bang in hard if they want to stand any chance to avoid defeat which is looking very likely based on the way the series has fared out so far