by LIAM RICHNER
Pakistan v West Indies, 3rd Test Day One
Pakistan were denied the chance to stamp their authority on day one of the third and final test match against West Indies in Sharjah.
Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo and fast bowler Shannon Gabriel shared seven wickets between them as the hosts closed on 255-8.
Misbah-ul-Haq started his record 49th Test as Pakistan captain — bettering Imran Khan’s feat of 48 Tests as captain, and after winning the toss, put his side in to bat first.
They were cruising along nicely at 230-4, thanks to some solid batting displays by Sami Aslam (72), Misbah (53), Younis Khan (51) and Sarfraz Ahmed (51).
All four reached half centuries with Aslam top scoring with 72. The 20-year old hit seven fours and a six in his 172-ball knock.
Misbah was lucky to survive for as long as he did however, as a close LBW decision. Umpire Paul Rieffel declared the incident not out, only for TV replays to show a possible edge off the bat.
Despite the strong start, Pakistan lost four late wickets, scoring just 18 runs in that time, with Bishoo registering figures of 4-74 and Gabriel 3-58.
The late flurry of wickets might have damaged the host’s chances of whitewashing West Indies 3-0 after winning the first Test by 56 runs in Dubai and the second by 133 runs in Abu Dhabi.