Gabriel backs Windies to get out of trouble

Gabriel backs Windies to get out of trouble
Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel produced a couple of sharp spells to test the Pakistani batsmen.

By Ashwani Kumar

Published: Sat 22 Oct 2016, 10:37 PM

Last updated: Sun 23 Oct 2016, 12:40 AM

West Indies are in a hole against Pakistan but star of the day Shannon Gabriel said there is enough ammunition left to fight the battle at the Shaikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.
West Indies were in the game but for late collapse that saw two wickets in three balls hand the momentum to Pakistan after the second day of the second Test against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
"Unfortunately we lost a couple of wickets but we have guys who are capable of batting out there. Some of them have already scored a Test hundred. So, we just have to believe and try and put a good score," Gabriel said.
Gabriel grabbed five wickets for 96, his first maiden five-for in Tests. He hopes this is start of good things for him. "I think it was a good performance. It was something I was waiting for. Unfortunately it took 20 Test matches to come but I will take that and hope it is a sign of good things to come," the Trinidad and Tobago pacer said.
On bowling on the Abu Dhabi wicket, he said: "It is a bit hard and takes a lot of effort out of you. However, you have to believe in yourself and believe in your ability and keep bowling in the right areas. At the end of the day you have to put effort in every ball you bowl to pick up wickets."
Meanwhile, Pakistan batsman Asad Shafiq said his team are in a strong position to dictate terms in the Test.
"This is how the wicket behaves in Abu Dhabi. In the first two days, it's good for batting but thereafter on the third and fourth day it will assist spinners," Shafiq said.
Spinners Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar have threatened on the day and will be hard to read on Day Three and Four.
On the late West Indies wickets that fell in the day, especially the freak run out, he said: "We were lucky to get two wickets at the end of the day. We will benefit from this on Sunday. We still have to bowl well to get them out." - ashwani@khaleejtimes.com
 




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