BRIDGETOWN: Shannon Gabriel’s five-wicket haul inspired West Indies to a 106 run victory over Pakistan on the final day of the second Test in Bridgetown on Thursday.
Pakistan started the fifth day at the Kensington Oval requiring 188 runs but the visitors were blown away by the Windies’ bowlers who levelled the series at 1-1.
The third and concluding test at Roseau starts on May 10.
Sarfaraz Ahmed top scored for Pakistan with 23 runs. Misbah ul Haq, Babar Azam and Asad Shafiq all got ducks.
Earlier, Yasir Shah claimed the final wicket of the home side’s second innings in the first over of the day to finish with seven for 94 in the innings and nine for 177 in the match. However that proved to be the only high point of the session for the visitors who struggled to cope with a disciplined pace attack on a pitch that occasionally exaggerated the worries of the Pakistani batsmen who now require 153 runs to win.
Gabriel started the rout with the wicket of first innings century-maker Azhar Ali as the opening batsman miscued an attempted pull for Shimron Hetmyer to take a diving catch at midwicket.
Alzarri Joseph, sharing the new ball with Gabriel, struck in the very next over when Babar Azam flicked at a leg-side delivery for wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich to snare the chance and consign Pakistan’s brightest batting talent to the indignity of a ‘pair’.
Joseph should have also accounted for Ahmed Shehzad but the opening batsman, who enjoyed generous slices of luck in scoring 70 in the first innings, was missed at first slip edging an attempted drive. – SAMAA/AGENCIES