Azhar Ali 302 not out!
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.
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.
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.