Pak­istan build com­mand­ing lead over West Windies

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ABU DHABI: Open­ers Azhar Ali and Sami As­lam hit half-cen­turies to help Pak­istan strengthen their grip on the third day of the sec­ond Test against West Indies in Abu Dhabi yes­ter­day. Ali was un­beaten on 52 and Asad Shafiq five not out as Pak­istan reached 114-1 at stumps, in­creas­ing their lead to 342 after dis­miss­ing West Indies for 224 in their first in­nings.

That had given Pak­istan a first in­nings lead of 228 and left them firmly in con­trol as they look to claim an unas­sail­able 2-0 lead in the three-match se­ries.

Pak­istan won the first Test-a day-night af­fair played with a pink ball — by 56 runs to take a 1-0 ad­van­tage.

But de­spite the West Indies fall­ing 29 runs short of avoid­ing the fol­low-on, Pak­istan skip­per Mis­bah-ul-Haq de­cided not to en­force it and bat­ted again.

Both Ali and As­lam sur­vived leg-be­fore de­ci­sions through re­fer­rals after on-field um­pire Michael Gough had raised his fin­ger on both oc­ca­sions. Gough has now seen four of his de­ci­sions over­turned in the match with fel­low English um­pire Richard Illing­worth forced to change his ini­tial ver­dict three times.

As­lam was fi­nally dis­missed when he was caught be­hind off pace­man Shan­non Gabriel for 50, although only after West In­dian cap­tain Ja­son Holder called for a re­view.

Pak­istan will look to stretch their lead even fur­ther to leave the West Indies up against it on a wear­ing fourth and fifth day pitch at Sheikd Zayed Sta­dium.

Ear­lier, West Indies added just 118 to their overnight score be­fore they were bowled out at tea with Pak­istani leg-spin­ner Yasir Shah tak­ing 4-86. Holder (31) and Gabriel (13) frus­trated Pak­istan with a 27run last wicket stand be­fore Shah took the fi­nal wicket of Gabriel, caught at mid-on to end the in­nings.

“We are in a com­mand­ing po­si­tion,” said Shah. “We know the pitch will help spin­ners from to­mor­row on­wards so if we get a lead of 500 then we can press for a win.

“It was good to get four wick­ets but I was fac­ing a bit of difficulty after bowl­ing with the pink ball in the first Test and then switch­ing to red here.” Shah also dis­missed Ros­ton Chase (22) and Shai Hope (11) after lunch while fast bowler So­hail Khan bowled Miguel Cum­mins (three) to fin­ish with 2-35. Re­sum­ing at 106-4, West Indies lost overnight bats­man Jer­maine Black­wood in the sev­enth over of the day when he edged Ra­hat Ali to wicket-keeper Sar­fraz Ahmed after scor­ing just eight.

Chase and night­watch­man Deven­dra Bishoo both sur­vived lbw ap­peals but So­hail had the last laugh as he clean bowled Bishoo for 20, leav­ing West Indies strug­gling at 144-6. The third and fi­nal Test will be played in Shar­jah from Oc­to­ber 30Novem­ber 3.

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