Azhar Ali 100 en­sures tough day for Windies

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

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.


Afy Fletcher

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