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Wickets tumble as Pakistan declare on healthy lead

Bowlers were on top on the fourth day of the third Test between West Indies and Pakistan, with 14 wickets falling in Dominica.

News 14 May 2017, 03:41 IST
Pakistan's Younis Khan

Mohammad Abbas claimed a maiden five-for in his debut Test series as West Indies were skittled out cheaply before the hosts saw Pakistan's tail wag to set up a commanding declaration.

The Windies resumed on 218-5 – 158 runs behind – on day four in Dominica, but offered scant resistance to Pakistan's relentless attack, with Abbas posting figures of 5-46 in the third and final Test.

His superb spell, which saw Devendra Bishoo, Alzarri Joseph and Shannon Gabriel sent packing without scoring a run, ensured the Windies added just 29 runs their overnight score to slump to 247 all out.

Pakistan's innings featured the final Test outings at the crease for Younis Khan (35) and Misbah-ul-Haq (2), who were given standing ovations as they departed.

But they too struggled to score on a day when the bowlers were on top, with only a lower-order revival setting up a declaration on a 304-run lead.

The Windies then made it to 7-1 at the close, needing another 297 runs for victory.

Even the return of Roston Chase, forced off injured on Friday after being struck on the hand by a Mohammad Amir short ball, failed to spark West Indies into action.

Chase resumed his innings on 60, adding just nine runs before Abbas bamboozled him with a yorker, the ball cannoning off his pads and onto his off stump.

The tone was set with the early dismissal of Shane Dowrich (20), leaving Jason Holder (30) as the last man standing at the end of an innings that simply collapsed.

Pakistan initially struggled to press home their advantage, first-innings centurion Azhar Ali out for three after slashing a short and wide one into the hands of substitute fielder Jermaine Blackwood.

Babar Azam departed without scoring to leave the tourists on 8-2, but Younis helped to steady the ship, although Shan Masood (21) did not stick around with him for long.

Departing heroes Younis and Misbah received emotional goodbyes from a receptive crowd, with both falling before tea.

That left it to the remaining few batsmen to take Pakistan's lead over 300, with Amir (27) and Yasir Shah (38 not out) making particularly valuable contributions.

The Windies' attempts to chip away at the victory target saw Kieran Powell claimed by Yasir for four, bringing an end to a day in which 14 wickets fell.

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