Pakistan vs West Indies 3rd Test Day 1: Bishoo, Gabriel give West Indies the edge

Bishoo finished with figures of 4-74 off 19 overs on the first day

Bishoo finished with figures of 4-74 off 19 overs on the first day

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Devendra Bishoo and Shannon Gabriel took seven wickets between them as the West Indies gained the upper hand over Pakistan on the first day of the third Test in Sharjah.

Opting to bat first, Pakistan got off to a dismal start as opening batsman Azhar Ali was dismissed by Gabriel off the second ball of the match for a golden duck.

Two balls later, Gabriel struck again as he trapped Asad Shafiq lbw for a duck as Pakistan lost two wickets in the first over of a Test match for the first time since India’s Irfan Pathan took a hat-trick in January 2006.

Despite their abysmal start, Pakistan recovered as Sami Aslam and Younis Khan amassed a 106-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Younis was removed by Roston Chase for 51 off 100 balls, which included four boundaries and a six.

Aslam went on to score 74 off 172 deliveries, which included seven boundaries and a six, before he was sent packing by Bishoo.

Aslam was Pakistan's top-scorer on the first day

Aslam was Pakistan’s top-scorer on the first day

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Having lost Younis and Aslam, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed stabilised the innings with an 80-run stand, during which Misbah registered his fifty, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Bishoo for 53, which came off 123 balls and included three boundaries and a six.

Following Misbah’s dismissal, Pakistan lost three wickets in quick succession, including that of Sarfraz, who made 51 off 60 deliveries, during which he hit five boundaries.

Having endured a collapse right towards the end of the day, Mohammad Amir and Yasir Shah managed to accumulate an unbeaten seven-run partnership before stumps was called.

Amir finished on six off 10 balls, which included one boundary, while Yasir remained undefeated on one.

Bishoo was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Gabriel snapped up three and Chase claimed one.

Pakistan ended day one on 255/8 and will continue batting on Monday at 10:00 local time or 06:00 GMT.

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