Yasir Shah spun Pakistan back into the second test when he picked up six wickets to leave West Indies reeling on day four, yesterday, at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.
Barbadian Shai Hope came within 10 runs of his maiden test century for West Indies but a late collapse left the match on a knife-edge heading into today’s fifth and final day.
West Indies were 264 for nine wickets in their second innings, an overall lead of 183 runs with tailenders Devendra Bishoo, 16 and Shannon Gabriel, yet to score, resuming this morning.
Hope, whose test average before this match was a miserable 15, finally justified the faith shown in him by the selectors with a polished performance, mixing fine strokeplay with stout defence.
But with a century seemingly within his grasp, he played a loose shot to leg-spinner Yasir and was caught at cover for 90.
Hope’s departure precipitated a collapse, with Guyanese Vishaul Singh falling to the next ball, bowled by paceman Mohammad Abbas for 32.
West Indies captain Jason Holder survived the hat-trick, but was dismissed by Yasir in the next over and Yasir claimed two more scalps as West Indies lost six wickets for 26 runs.
Yasir ended the day with figures of 6 for 90, after last week picking up 6 for 63 to bowl Pakistan to victory in the first test in Jamaica, the 50th played at Sabina Park.
West Indies picked up play yesterday on 40 for one but were soon 41 for two when Hetmeyer was bowled without adding to his overnight 22.
And despite clear attempts at occupying the crease, West Indies lost opener Kraigg Braihwaite for 43, Roston Chase for 23, Shane Dowrich for 2 as Pakistan got reward for their toil.
Under 200 is not a big troubling score for Pakistan to get unless the West Indies pacers Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph, Holder and spinners Bishoo and Chase can conjure up something special for the regional side.