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The right-handed Azhar, play­ing in his 50th Test, has faced 268 balls in six hours at the crease and counted 14 fours, while the left-handed Sami As­lam struck nine fours in an in­nings span­ning 212 balls and just over 43/4 hours.

Nei­ther bats­man suf­fered much alarm dur­ing the first ses­sion as the West Indies bowlers failed to pro­duce any­thing threat­en­ing with the pink ball in only the se­cond ever day/night Test.

In fact, their best chance of Sami As­lam b Chase 90 Azhar Ali not out 146 Asad Shafiq not out 33 Ex­tras (b1, lb2, w1, nb6) 10 To­tal (1 wkt, 90 overs) 279

Babar Azam, *Mis­bah-ul-Haq, +Sar­fraz Ahmed, Mo­ham­mad Nawaz, Wa­hab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Mo­ham­mad Amir, So­hail Khan. 1-215 (Sami As­lam).

the ses­sion came when Azhar slashed pacer Miguel Cum­mins in the air through gully, where

Gabriel 14-2-55-0 (nb6), Cum­mins 16-2-62-0 (w1), Holder 15-4-30-0, Brath­waite 8-2-21-0, Bishoo 16-3-45-0, Chase 21-2-63-1. WEST INDIES - Ja­son Holder (cap­tain), Kraigg Brath­waite, Leon John­son, Dar­ren Bravo, Mar­lon Sa­muels, Jer­maine Black­wood, Ros­ton Chase, Shane Dowrich, Deven­dra Bishoo, Miguel Cum­mins, Shan­non Gabriel. Toss: Pak­istan.

R Illing­worth, P Reif­fel; TV - I Gould. Play starts at 6:30 a.m. (Ja time) each day.

Leon John­son was late in re­spond­ing, as the ball raced to the bound­ary.

Sami As­lam, opt­ing for the sheet-an­chor role, reg­is­tered his first bound­ary after 64 de­liv­er­ies when he came down to part-time off-spin­ner Kraigg Brath­waite and struck him to the wide mid-on bound­ary.

He fol­lowed up with another straight hit for four off the very next de­liv­ery.

At the break, he was un­beaten on 36, with Azhar on 39, and it was the ju­nior part­ner who pushed on after the break to reach his half-cen­tury first with a cut to the point bound­ary off Chase, half-hour after the re­sump­tion.

Azhar, mean­while, sur­vived a re­view for leg be­fore wicket off seamer and cap­tain Ja­son Holder in the se­cond over after lunch, with tele­vi­sion re­plays show­ing the de­liv­ery miss­ing leg.

How­ever, he soon set­tled to raise his half-cen­tury by punch­ing pacer Miguel Cum­mins to ex­tra cover for a cou­ple about 45 min­utes after the in­ter­val.


Opener Azhar Ali ... fin­ished the day un­beaten on 146.

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