Azhar Ali 100 ensures tough day for Windies
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): ELEAGUERED WEST Indies endured another chastening day here yesterday as opener Azhar Ali stroked his 11th Test hundred to spearhead Pakistan’s domination of the opening day of the historic
BThe visitors were kept in the field all day at the Dubai International Stadium as Pakistan, opting to bat first, finished on 279 for one with Azhar ending unbeaten on a superb 146.
He put on 215 for the first wicket with 20-year-old partner Sami Aslam, who fell for 90, a partnership that was the country’s fourth highest opening stand in Tests.
Asad Shafiq was looking ominous at the close, unbeaten on 33, already having shared a 64-run partnership for the second wicket with Azhar.
Off-spinner Roston Chase, who has sent down 21 overs – the most by any bowler – claimed the only wicket to fall to finish with one for 63.
He accounted for Sami Aslam, bowled off the under edge, halfway through the final session, with the advantage firmly in Pakistan’s favour.
Having lost every game on tour courtesy of humbling 3-0 whitewashes in the preceding Twenty20 and One-Day International series, West Indies would have been hoping for a brighter start but instead found themselves at the mercy of the opening pair of Azhar and Sami Aslam.
The duo hardly put a foot wrong as they comfortably batted through the first two sessions, carrying Pakistan to 81 without loss at lunch and 172 without loss at the second interval.