Bishoo, Gabriel restricts Pakistan to 255-8

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) " Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo and fast bowler Shannon Gabriel shared seven wickets and restricted Pakistan to 255-8 on the first day of the third and final test on Sunday.

Gabriel (3-58) provided West Indies with a dream start with two wickets off the first four deliveries of the match and Bishoo (4-74) grabbed four in the last session before the day's play was called off seven overs early because of bad light.

Left-handed opener Sami Aslam batted for two sessions to top score with 74 before he fell to Bishoo in the first over after tea.

Captain Misbah-ul-Haq (53), who won his third successive toss and opted to bat, Younis Khan (51) and Sarfraz Ahmed (51) also scored half centuries but couldn't convert their solid starts into big scores as Pakistan lost its last four wickets for 18 runs.

Earlier, Gabriel jolted Pakistan top order when he had Azhar Ali caught in the second slip and then successfully went for an lbw television referral against Asad Shafiq in a dramatic four balls of the first over to reduce Pakistan to 1-2.

Younis and Aslam then revived Pakistan with a 106-run stand in over 2-1/2 hours but not before West Indies missed out on the opportunities to separate the pair before lunch.

Off-spinner Roston Chase twice came close to dismissing Younis on 30 in the space of three balls but first Leon Johnson dropped him at mid-wicket and then wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich missed a leg side stumping.

Despite the two lapses before lunch West Indies conceded only 67 runs in the second session and got the big wicket of Younis when he top edged a slog sweep off Chase.

West Indies came close to dislodging Misbah on 6 in the second session but survived a contentious West Indies lbw television referral off Gabriel's sharp incoming delivery.

Bishoo, who didn't bowl much in the first two sessions, provided West Indies' immediate breakthrough in the last session when Aslam tried an extravagant reverse sweep and the ball ballooned to captain Jason Holder in the slip off his gloves.

Aslam batted resolutely throughout his 172-ball knock, hitting seven fours and a six before falling to a needless shot.

Ahmed and Misbah then upped the scoring rate by putting on 80 runs at more than 4.5 runs an over before Bishoo struck quick blows by taking the wickets of Misbah, Mohammad Nawaz and Wahab Riaz.

Amid the flurry of wickets, Ahmed chased a wide delivery of Gabriel and dragged the ball back onto his stumps soon after completing his half century as West Indies came back hard in the last session.

Pakistan has already clinched the series with victories at Dubai and Abu Dhabi and brought back Riaz and Mohammad Amir in place of Rahat Ali and Sohail Khan.

Dowrich returned for West Indies after missing the second test due to injury and replaced Shai Hope while 19-year-old fast bowler Alzarri Joseph got his first test on tour in place of Miguel Cummins.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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