You­nis hits 127 to put Pak­istan in charge

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT -

ABU DHABI, UAE (CMC): WEST INDIES showed early prom­ise but buck­led un­der the weight of the ir­re­press­ible You­nis Khan’s 33rd Test hun­dred and a cou­ple of dropped chances as Pak­istan gained an early foothold in the sec­ond Test here yes­ter­day.

Opt­ing to bat first on a flat track on the open­ing day of the con­test at the Sheikh Zayed Sta­dium, the hosts were com­fort­ably placed on 304 for four when bad light ended play with six overs re­main­ing.

You­nis, who missed last week’s his­toric day/night open­ing Test in Dubai as he re­cov­ered from a bout of dengue, stroked a high-class 127, while cap­tain Mis­bah-ul-Haq closed on an un­beaten 90.

Asad Shafiq, who also got a half-cen­tury in the open­ing Test, chimed in with a valu­able 68 to help pull Pak­istan around af­ter they lost their open­ers cheaply.

Fast bowler Shan­non Gabriel was im­pres­sive de­spite strug­gling with a no-ball prob­lem, lead­ing the Windies at­tack with two for 43 from his 14 overs sent down in short spells through­out the day.

The right-armer struck as early as the fifth over of the morn­ing when he had first Test triple cen­tury-maker Azhar Ali

bowled off the in­side edge with­out scor­ing, with only six runs on the board.

Shafiq ar­rived to add 36 for the sec­ond wicket with Sami As­lam be­fore the left-han­der per­ished on the stroke of the first hour, bowled for six be­tween bat and pad, miss­ing a drive at leg-spin­ner Deven­dra

Bishoo.

There­after, how­ever, West Indies were forced to toil for suc­cess as the 38-year-old You­nis spear­headed two part­ner­ships to limit West Indies to just two more wickets for the re­main­der of the day.

He and Shafiq posted 87 for the third wicket to see Pak­istan safely to the lunch in­ter­val be­fore he added a fur­ther 175 for the fourth wicket with the un­ruf­fled Mis­bah, which en­sured the hosts won the last two ses­sions.

Gabriel ... two for 43.

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