Tea day 3: Pakistan need 216 to win after Windies fightback

Georgetown, Guyana, CMC – West Indies set Pakistan 219 to win the first Digicel Test match after they were bowled out for 152 on the stroke of tea on the third day on Saturday.

 

The hosts seemed set for a worse total when they collapsed to 104-9 after lunch but a superb rearguard action by veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul and debutant Devendra Bishoo saw the lead go past 200.


Chanderpaul, in his 130th Test was in typically gritty fashion and hit an unbeaten 36 from 127 balls. He found an ally in the courageous Bishoo, who hit 24 in just his second Test match. The pair added a precious 48 for the last wicket.

 

The stand gave West Indies a glimmer of hope on a National Stadium wicket where batsmen have found the going difficult. Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal finished with 6-42 to claim match figures of 11-111, following an impressive first innings performance.

 

Resuming after lunch at 96-7, West Indies lost captain Darren Sammy in the second over of the session, lbw to left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman for nine.

 

Ravi Rampaul lasted just 14 balls before popping a catch to Azhar Ali at short leg, to give Ajmal his tenth wicket of the game. With a lead of just 170 at this stage, West Indies fought back through Chanderpaul and Bishoo to frustrate Pakistan’s attack.

 

Earlier, West Indies lost five wickets for 62 runs in the morning session after they resumed the day on 34-2.

 

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