Windies in front as Bishoo leaves Pakistan in a spin

Georgetown, Guyana – Exciting leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo starred with the ball in his first bowl in Test cricket when he claimed four wickets to help West Indies skittle Pakistan for 160 on the second day of the first Digicel Test match.


On an eventful Friday 13th, 13 wickets fell at the Guyana National Stadium as the West Indies ended the day with an overall lead of 100 with three days left in the contest. West Indies started the day 209-9 and were bowled out for 226.


They then bowled out the Pakistanis for 160, with the impressive Bishoo taking 4-68 with his accurate leg-break, venomous googly and well-disguised flipper. In the second innings West Indies reach 34-2, with Devon Smith falling to off-spinner Mohammed Hafeez and Darren Bravo, also LBW to off-spinner Saeed Ajmal.


Earlier in the day, the Guyanese fans cheered loudly as they celebrated the exploits of the local spinner on debut. Bishoo picked up his first Test wicket when he trapped Misbah-ul-Haq lbw for two with a flipper, which the batsman did not pick. It was the perfect start and Bishoo went on to dominated in his 25 overs from the Pavilion End.


Asad Shafiq also went leg before to Bishoo for two, after West Indies skipper Darren Sammy called for a review under the Decision Review System, and Mohammed Salman was dismissed for four in similar fashion following a straight ball from the spinner.


Sammy used the reviews wisely and also bowled well to end with 2-16 from 12 accurate overs. Pacer Ravi Rampaul bowled with pace and aggression to get career-best 3-27 from 17 overs on his return to the Test match stage.


The 25-year-old Bishoo, composed, confident and showing no sign of nerves, struck again when he had Umar Akmal caught behind for 33 – caught by keep Carlton Baugh as he skied an attempted pull. Pakistan’s total would have been even worse but for an unbeaten 40 by left-hander Abdur Rehman.


When play resumes on Saturday the West Indies will be looking for a big knock from opener Lendl Simmons, who is on 18 not out. He made 49 in the first innings, which remains the highest score so far.