Pakistan six wickets from victory in second Test

ABU DHABI: West Indies lost four wickets in response to the 456-run target set by Pakistan as they ended the fourth day of the second Test in Abu Dhabi at 171-4.

Jermaine Blackwood (41) and Chase (17) were on the crease at stumps. Kraigg Brathwaite earlier scored 67 before falling lbw to Nawaz.

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah bowled out opener Johnson for 9 and caught and bowled Samuels for 23. Pacer Rahat Ali had Bravo caught for 13.

Pakistan had declared their innings at 227-2, obtaining a lead of 455. Asad Shafiq and Younis Khan remained not out at 58 and 29, respectively.

Openers Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam hit half-centuries to help Pakistan strengthen their grip on the match. Azhar fell on 79.

Pakistan won the first Test — a day-night affair played with a pink ball — by 56 runs to take a 1-0 advantage.

“We are in a commanding position,” said Shah after the first innings. “We know the pitch will help spinners from tomorrow onwards so if we get a lead of 500 then we can press for a win.

“It was good to get four wickets but I was facing a bit of difficulty after bowling with the pink ball in the first Test and then switching to red here.”

Shah also dismissed Roston Chase (22) and Shai Hope (11) in the first innings while fast bowler Sohail Khan bowled Miguel Cummins (three) to finish with 2-35.

The third and final Test will be played in Sharjah from October 30-November 3.

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