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Sammy leads Windies to win over Pak

Published: Monday, May 16, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
 
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Sammy leads Windies to win over Pak

Georgetown (Guyana), May 15: Pakistan's bid for victory over the West Indies in the first Test were all but dashed when they were reduced to 153-6 in their second innings, eventually being bowed out for 178 runs and thus losing the match by 40 runs (scorecard).

West Indies skipper Darren Sammy captured two wickets in three balls before lunch on the fourth day with Umar Akmal, on 39, and Abdur Rehman, with five, the not out batsmen at the interval after Pakistan had resumed from their overnight total of 80 for three.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq scored a resolute 52 to keep his side''s victory bid on track, after losing overnight partner Asad Shafiq, bowled by Ravi Rampaul for 42 in the third over of the day.

Misbah and Shafiq added a valuable 81 for the fourth wicket to revive Pakistan after a top-order batting collapse late yesterday had left them on two for three.

Umar Akmal joined Misbah and they made steady progress, adding 52 for fifth wicket.

Misbah reached his 50 from 141 balls when he tucked a delivery from leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo into mid-wicket for a single, and continued to plod away before Sammy increased West Indies hopes of a first Test victory in two years.

The Pakistan captain, playing forward, was trapped lbw playing down the wrong line to a delivery moving back, a decision from New Zealand umpire Billy Bowden he challenged unsuccessfully.

Two balls later, Mohammad Salman too was trapped lbw for a second-ball duck playing down the wrong line to another delivery from Sammy moving back. Sammy wasted little time from then on to polish off the latter and the tail with heavy contribution from Ravi Rampaul.

His dismissal established a new record for the most lbw decisions ever in a Test, surpassing the previous mark of 17 between the two sides 18 years ago at Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad.

Rampaul has been West Indies' most successful bowler with 4 wickets for 48 runs from 17 overs, and Sammy has taken 5/29 from 17 overs.

Pakistan are seeking their maiden Test series victory in the Caribbean.

PTI

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