Pakistan v West Indies, 2nd Test Day 3 - 5 Talking Points

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Day three of the Pakistan v West Indies Test at Abu Dhabi only went on to solidify the Pakistani charge in the match as they quickly bowled out the West Indies resistance with little or no problems. However, in spite of this, Misbah-ul-Haq decided against enforcing the follow-on for the Windies as the hosts piled on the runs in the first innings.

1. Pakistan rips through Windies resistance

Having lost four wickets on the previous day, the Pakistanis went ahead and claimed the rest of the wickets early on the second day’s play. There was surprisingly little or no resistance as the West Indies batting unit crumbled like a pack of dominos as the hosts ensured that they had more than a 200-run advantage.

2. Yasir Shah plays the role of wrecker-in-chief

Yasir Shah is highly rated by Shane Warne for a reason and that reason being the fact that he turns the ball a country mile without much problems. Even though there was very little turn on offer, Yasir impressed with his ability to vary his speeds at will. Needless to say, he concluded with figures of 4/86.

3. Misbah decides against the follow-on

For the second time this series, Misbah-ul-Haq decided against making the West Indies follow-on as This would mark the second time in a row that the 42-year old has decided against making the opposition follow-on. However, whether Devendra Bishoo makes his divine intervention remains to be seen.

4. Sami Aslam and Azhar Ali get Pakistan going once again

Sami Aslam and Azhar Ali made a magnificent start to the innings as this marked one of the first few times that Azhar Ali went past the single digit mark in the second innings in Test matches. The duo, however, was denied a 100-run partnership as Sami Aslam’s defences were breached by the impressive Shannon Gabriel at the end of the day’s play.

5. Shannon Gabriel resumes chin music 

Shannon Gabriel was one of the shining lights for the West Indies in the first innings of the Test match as he impressed with some fast and nasty bowling. However, in spite of the fact that Gabriel was not able to do much in the second innings courtesy of the brilliance of Aslam and Azhar, he provided the visitors with the important breakthrough of Sami Aslam towards the end of the day’s play,

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