ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Bowling coach Roddy Estwick expects a positive approach to pay dividends for West Indies, as they enter today’s final day of the second Test chasing a world record 456 to level the three-Test series.West Indies finished the penultimate day at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on 171 for four, still requiring a further 285 runs to overhaul their massive target and grab their first win of what has been a tough tour.”A lot will depend on the first hour or the first session and how Roston Chase and (Jermaine) Blackwood approach it,” Estwick said following the day’s play.”I thought today (yesterday) we played reasonably well. We probably lost two wickets too many, but at least I like how we were positive. I found in the first innings, we got stuck and we were unable to rotate the strike, and we weren’t able to turn it over.”Today, we looked a lot better. Kraigg played wonderfully well. I thought he was a bit unlucky with his decision, but I thought they came out and showed positive intent and that kind of spread through the team.”Resuming yesterday on 114 for one, Pakistan declared their second innings on 227 for two at lunch, to put themselves in pole position to take victory.TOP SCOREOpener Leon Johnson then fell cheaply for nine and Darren Bravo for 13 as West Indies slipped to 60 for two, before Brathwaite stroked a top score of 67 and Blackwood, an unbeaten 41, to keep their side alive.Estwick said the final day would be a challenging one and it was important that West Indies remained focussed throughout and not let their guard down.”(They have to) keep playing the same way, keep being positive. If you’re positive, you get those close fielders from around the bat and then you have a better chance of survival so I would say keep playing the same way, assess the situation, make sure you don’t relax too much because this is Test cricket,” the former Barbados seamer stressed.”You’ve got to be patient. This is Test cricket. It is very, very hard and you can see that the conditions here are very, very tough. They’re unforgiving, and you’ve got to keep working. You can’t afford to relax.”Estwick said one of the big lessons West Indies would take away from the ongoing tour was the value of discipline and focus.”When you’re bowling you’ve got to be patient. You have to learn to bowl one side of the wicket,” he pointed out.”One of the differences between the two teams is when their batters got in, they got big hundreds and I hope that our players would learn from that and move their averages from the mid-30s to the 40s and 45 and the only way you can do that is by churning out big scores.”SCOREBOARDPAKISTAN 1st innings 452WEST INDIES 1st innings 224PAKISTAN 2nd innings(overnight 114 for one)Sami Aslam c wkp Hope b Gabriel 50Azhar Ali c Holder b Cummins 79Asad Shafiq not out 58Younis Khan not out 29Extras (b4, lb3, w1, nb3) 11TOTAL (2 wkts decl., 67 overs) 227Fall of wicket: 1-93, 2-164.Bowling: Gabriel 12-2-36-1 (nb2), Cummins 7-0-26-1 (w1, nb1), Brathwaite 15-2-33-0, Bishoo 20-0-77-0, Holder 7-0-22-0, Chase 6-0-26-0.WEST INDIES 2nd innings (target: 456 runs)K Brathwaite lbw b Mohammad Nawaz 67L Johnson b Yasir Shah 9D Bravo c Mohammad Nawaz b Rahat Ali 13M Samuels c & b Yasir Shah 23J Blackwood not out 41R Chase not out 17Extras (lb1) 1TOTAL (4 wkts, 62 overs) 171Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-63, 3-112, 4-124.Bowling: Sohail Khan 10-2-24-0, Rahat Ali 14-1-40-1, Yasir Shah 18-2-60-2, Zulfiqar Babar 15-5-32-0, Mohammad Nawaz 5-0-14-1.Position: West Indies require a further 285 runs for victory with six wickets standing.Toss: Pakistan.Umpires: M Gough, R Illingworth; TV – P Reiffel.
U.S. stocks surge in best rally since March 2009 The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped more than 1,050 points for its biggest-ever point gain and the Nasdaq 100 rallied 6 per cent Facebook Bloomberg News Comment Share this storyU.S. stocks surge in best rally since March 2009 Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn ← Previous Next → December 26, 20186:14 PM EST Filed under News More Reddit Twitter Jeremy Herron and Vildana Hajric Email Featured Stories Join the conversation → Traders exchange high fives before the closing bell on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Dec. 26, 2018.Richard Drew/AP What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Sponsored By: advertisement 0 Comments Recommended For YouICE Futures Canada quotes and cash pricesWall Street rises as Fed’s Williams bolsters rate-cut hopesMexican Energy Minister says planned Dos Bocas refinery project is irreversibleNew York awards offshore wind contracts as governor signs climate billCotton falls on poor export sales, strong crop expectations U.S. stocks staged one of the biggest rallies of the 9 1/2 year bull market after coming within points of seeing it end, with major indexes surging at least 4.9 per cent. Crude jumped almost 10 per cent. Canadian markets were closed Wednesday, Boxing Day.All but one member of the S&P 500 finished in the green, the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped more than 1,050 points for its biggest-ever point gain and the Nasdaq 100 rallied 6 per cent in a surge last seen in March 2009. Small caps joined the rally with a 5 percent advance.Consumer shares paced the rally, with Amazon jumping 9.5 per cent after reporting record holiday sales. Each member of the FAANG cohort rallied at least 6.4 per cent, while energy producers surged as crude powered past US$46 a barrel. All 30 Dow members gained, with Nike and Apple rising more than 7 percent. Newmont Mining was the only S&P 500 member to fall.“It was probably a pretty good retail-oriented holiday and that probably has a lot to do with what’s happening today,” said Kim Forrest, a senior portfolio manager at Fort Pitt Capital Group.President Donald Trump said a day earlier that the rout that took stocks down 19.8 per cent from a record provided a “tremendous opportunity to buy.” Investors also welcomed assurances by Kevin Hassett, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, that Jerome Powell’s job is “100 per cent” safe. Oil’s best rally since 2016 added to the equity surge. Stocks are looking to stop one of the most miserable Decembers on record, as a host of headwinds combined to drag down America’s benchmark index.A reminder that consumers — a key part of the American economy — remain on solid footing helped soothe anxiety created by fears of a global slowdown and personnel churn in the U.S. administration. A late report that a U.S. government delegation will travel to Beijing in two weeks to hold trade talks gave stocks a final push higher.“The thing that the Fed chairman won’t be axed, that has a lot to do with everyone being happy Powell gets to keep his job and that the turmoil about this has abated for today,” Forrest said. “You have the market leaning one way or the other, and it can often do what it’s doing today, which is go higher. On Monday the market leaned lower. It’s an outsize move.”Hassett was the latest government official to try to calm the markets after Bloomberg’s report Friday that President Donald Trump asked about firing Powell. Steven Mnuchin was criticized for saying he called bank chiefs to gauge liquidity. Trump expressed confidence in Mnuchin on Tuesday.Crude surged, the greenback was stronger versus its major peers and Treasuries fell. Exchanges throughout Europe remained closed for the holiday.Elsewhere on Wednesday, Japanese equities closed higher on a wave of late buying after fluctuating throughout the day. Korean shares tumbled after a holiday, and Shanghai stocks fell for a second day. Markets in Australia and Hong Kong were closed.West Texas Intermediate crude rebounded to trade above US$44 a barrel. The offshore yuan was little changed after China released new rules promising to treat all companies equally, the latest positive step on the trade and investment front since further U.S. and Chinese tariff hikes were paused.“There’s a lot of uncertainty in the short-term and that makes sense,” Gershon Distenfeld, AllianceBernstein co-head of fixed income, said on Bloomberg TV. “We’re going to have a lot of volatility. But this base case of ‘the world is coming to an end’ just given the fundamental data out there doesn’t make any sense.”