Four-star Ajmal brings Pakistan back into contention
GETOWN (AFP) - Saeed Ajmal continued to torment the West Indies as he bowled Pakistan back into the opening Test on Saturday when the hosts were reduced to 96 for seven in their second innings for an overall lead of 162.
The off-spinner has collected four for 23 from 14 overs for match figures of nine for 92 to leave the West Indies tottering at the interval on the third day at the Guyana National Stadium, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul not out on 12 and Darren Sammy not out on seven.
Ajmal struck with the fifth ball of the day, after West Indies continued from their overnight total of 34 for two. He removed night-watchman Kemar Roach lbw for three, following the West Indies fast bowler's unsuccessful review of New Zealand umpire Tony Hill's decision.
It was the 13th lbw decision awarded in the match. Ajmal continued to mesmerise the West Indies batsmen, many of whom have failed to pick his doosra, removing Ramnaresh Sarwan for 11 and Carlton Baugh for seven.
Ajmal was unfortunate that he did not count Lendl Simmons among his scalps, when the West Indies opener, on 20, charged down the pitch, and slogged at a flighted delivery.
The ball ricocheted from the batsman's front pad, eluded wicketkeeper Mohammad Salman, and raced to the third man boundary for four leg byes. Next over, Wahab Riaz made sure the lost chance was not too costly for Pakistan when Simmons fended a short delivery and was caught at silly mid-off for 21, leaving West Indies 47 for four. With Ajmal tying the batsmen down, and Wahab and Umar Gul bowling steadily from the other end, there were few scoring opportunities for West Indies, but Sarwan eased the tension with a typically smooth cover drive off Wahab for his first boundary.
Ajmal, however, remained a constant threat and this brought Sarwan's downfall, caught at forward short leg fending an awkwardly bouncing delivery. Pakistan were gifted another wicket when Brendan Nash was run out for three, looking for a second run, and being sent back by Chanderpaul.
Ajmal then struck in the last 15 minutes before the interval when Baugh was caught at mid-wicket, swinging a shortish delivery low to the fielder. Pakistan are seeking their maiden Test series victory in the Caribbean.
West Indies 1st Innings 226
Pakistan 1st Innings 160
West Indies 2nd Innings (O/N34 for two)
D. Smith lbw b Hafeez 1
L. Simmons c Azhar b Wahab 21
D Bravo lbw b Saeed Ajmal 8
K Roach lbw b Saeed Ajmal 3
R Sarwan c Asad b Wahab 11
S Chanderpaul not out 12
B Nash run out 3
C Baugh c Umar b Saeed 7
D Sammy not out 7
Extras: (b4, lb16, w2, nb1) 23
Total: (for 7 wkts) 96
FOW: 1-3, 2-23, 3-35, 4-47, 5-59, 6-74, 7-86
Bowling: Umar Gul 8-2-21-0 (w2); Mohammad Hafeez 3-1-5-1; Abdur Rehman 5-0-15-0; Saeed Ajmal 14-5-23-4; Wahab Riaz 5-1-12-1 (nb1)
Position: West Indies lead by 162 runs with three second innings wickets standing