ABU DHABI (AFP) – Leg-spinner Yasir Shah took six wickets in Pakistan’s crushing 133-run second Test win over West Indies in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
The wily spinner finished with 6-124 — his second ten-wicket haul in Test cricket — as West Indies were bowled out for 322 before tea on a weary fifth and final day pitch at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
West Indies, set a mammoth 456-run target for an unlikely victory, still fought hard and batted for 108 overs with Shai Hope also scoring a fighting 41.
Hope and Devendra Bishoo fought for 45 runs during their eighth wicket stand before left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar (2-51) had Hope and Bishoo (26) caught to finish the match.
In between Babar’s wickets, Shah had Miguel Cummins bowled for zero to finish the match with figures of 10-210, having taken 4-86 in the first innings.
Pakistan won the first Test by 56 runs in Dubai, leaving the third and last Test in Sharjah starting from Sunday inconsequential.
Blackwood defied Pakistan’s spin-cum-pace attack in the first session by adding 63 for the fifth wicket with Roston Chase (20) and another 57 with Hope for the sixth to counter a weary fifth day pitch.
When it seemed Blackwood would complete his second Test hundred, Shah produced a beautiful delivery which kept straight and hit the batsman’s pad, dislodging the stumps.
Blackwood hit 11 boundaries during his enterprising 127-ball stay.
Shah then trapped Jason Holder leg before for 16 to complete his five-wicket haul, the second in the series.
Resuming at 171-4 West Indian pair Blackwood and Chase batted without any problems for the first nine overs but in the tenth of the day Shah produced a sharp turning ball which took the edge off Chase’s bat to wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed for an easy catch.
Pakistan took the second new ball with the score on 223-5 but Blackwood hit two boundaries in Sohail Khan’s first over.
Shah then took two more wickets to derail West Indies’s fight.