Azhar Ali 302 not out!

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logged vic­to­ries mid­week and will be on the hunt for a win to so­lid­ify the claim of best in the zone.

Green Is­land High and Cedric Ti­tus High, on the other hand, are seek­ing their first points, af­ter los­ing 1-2 and 0-3 to Peters­field and Corn­wall Col­lege, re­spec­tively.

ZONE FOUR

Else­where, over in Zone Four, is an­other high-qual­ity matchup, as Claren­don Col­lege look to put the brakes on Spald­ing. Both are on three points af­ter open­ing sec­ond round wins, while La­covia High and Manch­ester High seek to bounce back from losses when they take on each other.

Things are in­ter­est­ingly poised in Zone 7, as all four teams are on a sin­gle point, but with ev­ery­thing on the line there should be sig­nif­i­cant change by the time the day is out. There, Glen­muir High meet Vere Tech­ni­cal, while Bog Walk High will tackle Seaforth High.

In Zone 8, Lit­tle Lon­don High will seek to con­tinue to sur­prise when they play Paul Bogle High. The ‘Lon­don­ders’ were im­pres­sive in a 3-2 vic­tory over Gar­vey Maceo High on Thurs­day.

The other game in the zone pits Kemps Hill High, 1-0 losers to Paul Bogle mid­week, against the hurt­ing Gar­vey Maceo.

The other two big five teams are also in ac­tion. Dinthill Tech­ni­cal will play away to Steer Town High while Rusea’s High host St James High. Peter-Lee Vas­sell of Corn­wall Col­lege (right) is tack­led by Cedric Ti­tus’ Chadrick Maxwell in their ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup sec­ond-round opener at Jar­rett Park. Vas­sell net­ted a dou­ble in the 3-0 vic­tory for Corn­wall Col­lege in his first match of the sea­son for the former cup win­ners. Opener Azhar Ali ... 302 not out.

WI chas­ing mam­moth Pak­istan first in­nings

DUBAI, United Arab Emi­rates (AP):

OPEN­ING BATS­MAN Azhar Ali razed the West Indies bowl­ing with a triple cen­tury in Pak­istan’s mam­moth first in­nings score of 579 for three de­clared on the sec­ond day of the day-night Test yes­ter­day.

Azhar reached 302 off 469 balls af­ter din­ner with his 23rd bound­ary when cap­tain Mis­bahul-Haq de­clared and ended a be­low-par 11-hour ef­fort by the West Indies in the field.

Leg-spin­ner Yasir Shah re­moved Leon John­son in his sec­ond over as West Indies went to stumps at 69-1 and still trail Pak­istan by 510 runs.

Azhar ad­mirably ad­justed to the pink ball – used in a Test match for only the sec­ond time – and fal­tered once when he was dropped on 190 late in the first ses­sion.

Re­sum­ing at overnight 279-1, Azhar swelled Pak­istan to­tal by fea­tur­ing in two cen­tury stands with debu­tant Babar Azam (69) and Asad Shafiq (67).

Leg-spin­ner Deven­dra Bishoo (2-125) dis­missed both Azam and Shafiq, but was also guilty of bowl­ing too many short de­liv­er­ies on a flat wicket.

Cap­tain Ja­son Holder missed an op­por­tu­nity in the very first over of the day when he didn’t go for a leg be­fore wicket re­fer­ral against Shafiq, as re­plays showed Shan­non Gabriel’s in­swinger would have hit the top of mid­dle stump.

SHARP CATCH

Shafiq went on to con­trib­ute 137 runs with Azhar for the sec­ond wicket, un­til Bishoo held on to a sharp catch off his own bowl­ing to dis­miss Shafiq.

Azam car­ried his bril­liant run of form from the pre­ced­ing one­day series in which he scored three suc­ces­sive cen­turies against the West Indies and was un­ruf­fled by ei­ther the seam­ers or spin­ners.

Azhar raised his dou­ble cen­tury with suc­ces­sive bound­aries off Gabriel in the first over af­ter tea and then cel­e­brated the feat in his 50th Test with nine pres­sups be­fore bow­ing down and kiss­ing the turf.

To­gether with Azhar, Azam con­trib­uted a fur­ther 165 runs with an im­pres­sive run rate of 4.8 against a ragged West Indies bowl­ing be­fore Azam was caught in the cov­ers.

But Azhar con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate the West Indies bowl­ing and showed bril­liant fit­ness with his run­ning be­tween the wick­ets in sap­ping hu­mid con­di­tions.

Mis­bah (29 not out) then showed the in­tent of dec­la­ra­tion with a quick­fire half cen­tu­ry­s­tand be­fore Azhar car­ressed the part-time spin­ner Black­wood through the off side for a bound­ary and be­came only the fourth Pak­istani bats­man to score a triple cen­tury in Test matches.

Late Hanif Mo­ham­mad, cur­rent chief se­lec­tor In­za­mam-ulHaq and You­nis Khan are the other Pak­ista­nis who have scored triple cen­turies in Test matches. (overnight 279 for one) Sami As­lam b Chase 90 Azhar Ali not out 302 Asad Shafiq c & b Bishoo 67 Babar Azam c Holder b Bishoo 69 *Mis­bah-ul-Haq not out 19

(b1, lb9, w1, nb11) 22 (3 wkts decl., 155.3 overs) 579

+Sar­fraz Ahmed, Mo­ham­mad Nawaz, Wa­hab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Mo­ham­mad Amir, So­hail Khan.

1-215 (Sami As­lam), 2352 (Asad Shafiq), 3-517 (Babar Azam)

Gabriel 22-3-99-0 (nb10), Cum­mins 25-2-99-0 (w1), Holder 25-4-730, Brath­waite 14-2-56-0, Bishoo 35-4-1252, Chase 33-2-109-1, Black­wood 1.3-0-8-0.

K. Brath­waite not out 32 L. John­son lbw b Yasir Shah 15 D. Bravo not out 14 (b8) 8 (1 wkt, 22 overs) 69 M Sa­muels, J Black­wood, R Chase, +S Dowrich, *J Holder, D Bishoo, M Cum­mins, S Gabriel. 1-42 (John­son). Mo­hammed Amir 5-0-13-0, So­hail Khan 4-0-14-0, Yasir Shah 7-3-131, Wa­hab Riaz 4-0-17-0, Mo­hammed Nawaz 2-1-4-0. West Indies trail by 510 runs with nine first in­nings wick­ets in­tact. Pak­istan. R Illing­worth, P Reif­fel; M Gough.

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