Windies need seven wickets for victory
Georgetown, Guyana – West Indies bowlers have put them in with a great chance of winning the first Digicel Test match against Pakistan at the Guyana National Stadium on Saturday.
Fast bowler Ravi Rampaul grabbed two wickets in his first over of the Pakistan second innings and new ball partner Kemar Roach took another as Pakistan were rocked to two runs for three wickets as they went in search of a victory target of 219.
The visitors recovered to reach 80-3 at the close on a remarkable third day leaving them 139 runs short of victory and the Windies looking for seven wickets when the match resumes on Sunday, the fourth day.
Early in the day, off-spinner Saeed Ajmal again dominated, taking career-best 6-42, making it 11-111 in the match, as West Indies were bowled out for 152 in their second innings.
That total would have been even worse had it not been for a brilliant last wicket partnership between last man Devendra Bishoo on his Test match debut, and veteran left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul in his 130th Test.
The pair added 48 for the final wicket – the best stand in the West Indies innings with last man Bishoo making resolute 24 from 67 balls in an hour and a half at the crease. Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 36 off 127 balls as he tried his utmost to hold the innings together. He did not hit a boundary.
The partnership gave the home fans some thing to cheer about and after the tea break there was more merriment in the stands.
Rampaul, operating from the Pavilion End, gave West Indies the perfect start when he trapped Taufeeq Umar lbw without him scoring and then two balls later removed Azhar Ali, caught behind by keeper Carlton Baugh for a “duck”.
Pakistan were reeling at three down for just two runs after Roach picked up the prize wicket of Mohammad Hafeez, lbw after a review with a ball that cut back sharply.
There was no more success for the home side after that as Asad Shafiq (40 not out) and Misbah-ul-Haq (34 not out) held the innings together. Shafiq had a life when Darren Bravo floored a regulation chance in the slips off Rampaul. The batsman was also had another huge slice of luck when an inswinger from Darren Sammy clipped the outside of the of stump but the bails were not dislodged.
With the pitch playing some tricks the West Indies will be looking to snatch some early wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test rubber.