West Indies v Pakistan Tests - Men's
Aggressive Pakistan set up tense finish to second Test
Pakistan race along at better than six runs an over in their second innings as they look to square their series against the Windies
24 August 2021, 08:30 AM AEST
Shaheen Shah Afridi grabbed career best figures as Pakistan dominated with bat and ball on the fourth day of the second and final Test against West Indies at Sabina Park.
Left-arm quick Shaheen took 6-51 as the visitors bowled West Indies out for 150 shortly after lunch to ensure a 152-run first innings lead.
Pakistan then sped to 6-176 before declaring their second innings to set the hosts a target of 329 to win the Test.
West Indies were 1-49 at the close in a Test that has already lost a full day to bad weather yet still looks likely to produce a result.
Pakistan still need nine wickets while the West Indies require 280 runs in what would be a record-breaking run chase at the venue.
Pakistan, beaten by one wicket in the first Test, applied an aggressive approach throughout the day as West Indies resumed on their overnight score of 3-39, with Shaheen ably supported by Mohammad Abbas, who took 3-44.
Nkrumah Bonner, who was 18 not out overnight, top scored with 37.
Pakistan then wasted no time looking to set their hosts an imposing target.
Abid Ali came out swinging and helped the tourists race to 1-70 in the 10th over before he was caught in the gully off Alzarri Joseph for 29.
Fellow opener Imran Butt scored 37 off 44 balls and captain Babar Azam chimed in with a rapid 33, declaring when he holed out to long-on.
Pakistan's 176 second innings runs came off only 27.2 overs at a run rate of 6.43, the fastest in their Test history for an innings of 25 overs or more.
With a further 138 overs left in the Test, they have given themselves ample time to bowl out the Windies and square the series.
Shaheen continued his heroics near the end of the day's play with a direct hit that ran out Kieran Powell for 23 as the visitors lost the first wicket of their second innings.
Captain Kraigg Brathwaite (17 not out) and nightwatchman Alzarri Joseph, fulfilling the role for a second successive day, will resume on Tuesday.