Windies blow Pakistan away to level series

Shannon Gabriel - cropped
Shannon Gabriel celebrates a wicket

Shannon Gabriel played a starring role as West Indies' seam attack dramatically skittled Pakistan for 81 to claim a series-levelling victory in the second Test in Barbados.

Pakistan appeared likely to open up an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series when they limited the Windies to 268 all out to leave a fourth-innings target of 188.

However, the hosts' pacemen sensationally exploited a pitch offering variation in bounce, initially reducing Pakistan to 36-7 and sealing victory by 106 runs after a brief fightback from Sarfraz Ahmed (23) and 3(20).

The pacy Gabriel finished with stunning figures of 5-11 from 11 overs, while fellow quicks Jason Holder and Alzarri Joseph also impressed en route to 3-23 and 2-42 respectively.

Next week's final Test in Dominica will now decide the outcome of the series.

The hosts began the day on 264-9 and added just four to that total before Yasir Shah had Devendra Bishoo (20) caught at mid-off to finish with 7-94.

Pakistan made it through the first six overs of their chase without undue alarm, but things soon unravelled in spectacular fashion.

Wickets in successive overs started the collapse, Azhar Ali pulling Gabriel to midwicket before Joseph had Babar Azam caught down the leg side for a two-ball duck.

Ahmed Shehzad was reprieved on six when Kieran Powell spilled a simple chance at second slip off Joseph, yet the wickets kept on coming, Holder pinning Younis Khan lbw with one that jagged back alarmingly.

Misbah-ul-Haq - so often the man for a crisis - soon followed without scoring. The Windies thought they had Pakistan's captain lbw, but a review revealed an inside edge and Misbah was instead given out caught at gully after the ball looped off his pad into the hands of Shai Hope.

That was Gabriel's second wicket and he claimed a third in the morning session when Asad Shafiq edged a wonderful delivery behind to register the third duck of the innings.

Shehzad then fell lbw to a Joseph ball that kept low in the second over after lunch and Shadab Khan was caught behind off Holder as Pakistan's woes continued.

Their record-low total in Tests of 49 all out appeared in danger before Sarfraz and Amir counter-attacked effectively in a stand of 42, albeit while enjoying a fair share of fortune.

It was Gabriel who ended the resistance, ousting Amir and Yasir in quick succession to complete his five-for before Sarfraz holed out off Holder to spark jubilant home celebrations.

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Edited by Staff Editor
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