Wahab Riaz drew first blood in the first session    AFP
Wahab Riaz drew first blood in the first session AFP

Although Pakistan might have lost their grip in batting, their bowlers ended all the disappointment ruling the first session with West Indies heading for Lunch at 38 for 3. Pakistan drew first blood with Wahab Riaz getting his first. Spinners came into picture by the 11th over and that’s when West Indies saw further collapse. Zulfiqar Babar might have got the wicket of Darren Bravo but it was Mohammad Aamer’s athletic catch and his first ever in his career, that was the highlight of this session. Yasir Shah got yet another wicket to his name with Marlon Samuels being sent off the field for a golden duck. Earlier, Alzzari Joseph completed the unfinished task and bundled out West Indies for 281. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies, 2nd Test at Abu Dhabi

Pakistan s Aamer began the attack and was right on target conceding just one run. Riaz came into attack and was given warning by umpire to run into the danger area. However, he had his day made when he became the first bowler to draw first blood in form of Lean Johnson and dismissing him cheaply. But Bravo had other plans and was off the mark right away with a boundary towards deep mid-wicket. It was followed by some more boundaries from Kraigg Brathwaite and Bravo as they held momentum for a while. Yasir was called into attack to bring some variation in the bowling. But he was not the first spinner to get a wicket but Zulfiqar Babar, who got the first. It ultimately turned to be the Aamer show for a while.

Aamer broke the record of first catch in his career, which was yet to be unlocked. Aamer ran backwards, turned and dived full length to get rid of Bravo. West Indies were stuttering with Pakistan bowlers ruling the first session, which virtually belonged to West Indies. Brathwaite had to bring some element to this session and carried with his boundaries. Yasir was back into attack and this time he had to get a wicket. It came at the right time and new batsman Marlon Samuels was gone too soon for a golden duck. Yasir slipped in a straighter one on middle, Samuels went ahead with the bat and pad close. The hit the pad first and the hosts went for huge appeal. Jermaine Blackwood and Brathwaite ended their play at Lunch at 0 and 21 respectively. ALSO READ: Innings Report: West Indies bowl Pakistan out for 281

Pakistan who resumed Day 2 at 255 for 8, were bowled out for 281 with Alzzari Joseph completing the task at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday. Gabriel started off Day 2 with the new ball, he tried bowling round the wicket but was unlucky to get any wicket instantly. Aamer and Yasir got few boundaries early on in the day and was off to perfect start, spoiling the plans of West Indies to bowl them out. After series of boundaries, Alzzari Jospeh gets the first wicket and an inside edge removes off Aamer for 20. Zulfiqar Babar was the 11th man joining along with Yasir in the centre.

With the way Pakistan were moving, a 300-run mark was expected. But not all went well for the Pakistan as Joseph completed the task that Gabriel and Bishoo were struggling initially, grabbing the last wicket of Yasir in similar fashion of Aamer. Pakistan had perfect start to their innings as they were cruising at 230 for 4 on Day 1. West Indies, however, found means to spoil the plans and took quick four wickets to keep the hosts on backfoot. Sami Aslam was at the top with his blistering half-century. Azhar Ali who got a triple century on his first Test failed to provide any impetus and was gone for golden duck.

Asad Shafiq was also gone for duck and was not looking forward to this beginning for his side. Ahmed and Misbah added good steady partnership, when the wickets were tumbling of 80 runs and provided some push for Pakistan. Earlier, Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first. Both the teams made few changes to the side with Aamer and Riaz entering the national side for the final Tests. West Indies included Shane Dowrich replacing Shai Hope and paceman Joseph coming in for Miguel Cummins.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 281 (Sami Aslam 74, Misbah-ul-Haq 53, Sarfraz Ahmed 51; Shannon Gabriel 3 for 67, Devendra Bishoo 4 for 77) trail West Indies 38 for 3 (Kraigg Brathwaite 21*, Jermaine Blackwood 0*; Yasir Shah 1 for 3) by 243 runs