Though they had given Pakistan a considerable scare in the first Test at Dubai, West Indies arrived at Sharjah mindful of the fact that all eight matches on their tour (also involving T20Is and ODIs) until then had ended in defeats. Misbah-ul-Haq’s team had taken an unassailable 2-0 lead following a convincing performance in the previous Test at Abu Dhabi and won yet another toss which only added to the Caribbean outfit’s worries.
However, Jason Holder’s side produced a remarkable performance against an opposition who were at home when playing on those slow and low pitches in UAE. By responding to obduracy with unyielding persistence, West Indies notched up a famous 5-wicket victory to salvage something memorable from their trip while Pakistan had to remain content with a 2-1 series triumph.
Here are five of the most interesting talking points from the gripping encounter.
#5 Bishoo turns it West Indies’ way
Pakistani batsmen have a well-documented history of struggling against leg-spinners. Having picked up a ten-wicket haul in the opening Test at Dubai, Devendra Bishoo was eager to test their mettle further. Despite a couple of early wickets, the West Indies bowlers were not able to grab the initiative and needed their leg-spinner to bring them back into the match.
Bishoo rose to the occasion by prising out a cluster of key wickets to derail Pakistan’s progress. After luring Sami Aslam and Misbah into ill-fated reverse sweeps, the wrist-spinner prevented any punitive action from the lower order.