Providence, Guyana, May 14: Fortunes swung intensely on Day 3 of the first Test between hosts West Indies and the touring Pakistan side. The former resumed their innings on 34/2 only to be skittled out for 152 in 61.5 overs, with the lead at 218.
Then Pakistan got a taste of their own medicine when the Windies had them on the mat at 2/3 in the 2nd over of the game's last innings. But Asad Shafiq and Misbah ul Haq put the house in order to take their side to 80/3 in 36 overs, just 139 runs short of victory.
Picking up their second innings on 34/2 in 10.5 overs, the Windies suffered an early set back on the morning of Day 3 of the first Test against the touring Pakistan side when the wily Saeed Ajmal trapped nightwatchman Kemar Roach in front for 3.
A decision review proved futile for Roach's cause as the batsman was on his way with the score reading a precarious 36/3 in 11.5 overs. But the Windies suffered an even bigger blow when just two overs later, Wahab Riaz had the in-form Lendl Simmons caught at short leg for 21 off 29 balls, as the hosts slipped to 47/4 in 14.2 overs.
Then Shivnarine Chanderpaul joined Ramnaresh Sarwan at the crease as the two proceeded to take their side past 50 when the latter batsman immediately struck a four to celebrate. But he could do little else as just five runs later, he gloved a sharp turner from Saeed Ajmal straight into the hands of square leg.
Sarwan was out for 11 off 37 balls and the Windies were a dismal 59/5 in 21.2 overs. The new man in the middle, Brendon Nash, tried to build a stand with Chanderpaul, but was run out for 3 with as the hosts slumped to 74/6 in 26.1 overs.
More disaster was imminent, but in the 30th over, Asad Shafiq spilled a catch from Carlton Baugh at short leg off Ajmal. However, the bowler got his man two overs later when Baugh tried to slog him on the leg side, only going as far as Umar Akmal at midwicket.
Baugh was on his way for 7 and the Windies were a dismal 86/7 in 31.3 overs. Then captain Darren Sammy struck a four off Ajmal to settle in and by the end of the 35th over, along with Chanderpaul, had taken the hosts into lunch at 96/7, with the lead at 162.
Soon after the break, Abdur Rehman trapped Darren Sammy in front for 9 of 18 balls as the Windies slid further into trouble at 99/8 in 37 overs. And just three overs later, Saeed Ajmal picked up his fifth wicket when he had Ravi Rampaul pouched at short leg. Another West Indian had bit the dust as the score now read 104/9.
Then last man Devendra Bishoo and Chanderpaul were able to achieve what the other batsmen in their side had struggled to - put on a decent partnership. The two took the score to over 150 before Saeed Ajmal picked up the wicket of Bishoo for 24 off 67 balls as the Windies folded for 152 in 61.5 overs, with the lead at 218.
As Pakistan began their final chase, Windies' fast man Rampaul almost immediately set the cat amongst the pigeons when in the second over, he trapped Taufeeq Umar in front for a duck and sent back Azhar Ali for the same score by getting him caught behind.
Then in the very next over, Kemar Roach got Mohammad Hafeez out lbw as well, this time for 2 and Pakistan were reeling at 2/3 in 2.2 overs. The score would have been 6/4 in the following over if Darren Bravo had not put down a simple catch from Asad Shafiq at slip, off Rampaul's bowling.
But the batsman survived and together with Misbah-ul-Haq weathered the storm. In the 22nd over, Asad Shafiq smacked Bishoo for two consecutive fours to bring up Pakistan's 50 after which the batting duo pressed on confidently.
In the 32nd over, Sammy had a bit of bad luck when he got the ball to clip Shafiq's off-stump only to see that the bail hadn't been dislodged! Misbah and Shafiq went on to end the day at 80/3 in 36 overs, 139 runs shy of victory.