Pakistan maintain control

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Pakistan retained their dominance in the second, and final, Test here yesterday in spite of a spirited West Indian resurgence on the second day.

Their first-day 344 for 3, studded with six sixes and 41 fours against hapless opponents who missed six chances, had the look of an eventual 600.

Instead, they lost their last seven wickets for 128 to be all out for 472. If considerably less than their aim at the start of the day, the score requires the West Indies to make 273 to avoid the follow-on and Pakistan strengthened their hand by taking four West Indian wickets for 164 runs by the close. West Indian hopes rest with their captain, Carl Hooper, who is unbeaten on 40.

The West Indies owed their revival to the control exerted by their three fast bowlers, Merv Dillon, Pedro Collins and Cameron Cuffy, and the spin of Dinanath Ramnarine.

Cuffy took three of the last four wickets on his 32nd birthday for his best Test figures of 4 for 82 from 29 overs. Ramnarine took 3 for 137. Dillon got the early wicket, bowling Yousuf Youhana. Younis Khan went on to 153, his highest Test score, before he miscued a hook to mid-on leaving Cuffy and Ramnarine to wrap up the tail.

Pakistan's Shoaib Akhtar then bowled Chris Gayle before Saqlain Mushtaq bowled Wavell Hinds round his legs. Shahid Afridi then skidded a googly through Daren Ganga and Danesh Kaneria got a lucky decision against Shivnarine Chanderpaul for a silly-point catch.

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