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Yasir six-for puts Pakistan in command against West Indies


BRIDGETOWN, MAY 04, (DNA) – Yasir Shah s stranglehold of the West Indies continued on the fourth day of the second Test at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Wednesday as the leg-spinner snared six for 90 to re-open the prospect of a first-ever Test match victory at the venue for Pakistan going into the final day.

Despite a patient, disciplined Test best of 90 from Shai Hope and a succession of half-century partnerships that raised expectations of the home side batting their way to safety, West Indies slipped from the relative comfort of 235 for four to be 264 for nine at stumps.

They go into the final day on Thursday ahead by 183 runs with the last pair at the crease.

On a deteriorating pitch, Pakistan s final target may still be a challenging one as they seek the historic win which would also give them a first-ever Test series triumph in the Caribbean.

“Man of the Match” in the seven-wicket win the first Test in Jamaica, Shah was again the key performer when it mattered most for Pakistan.

Hope appeared to have blunted the threat successfully through more than five hours of watchful batsmanship. However within sight of a maiden Test hundred, he drove Shah to cover where Azhar Ali held the catch that triggered the late slide.

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