Pak­istan hold edge in sec­ond Test against Windies

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BARBADOS: Pak­istan’s open­ing bats­man Azhar Ali com­piled an un­beaten 81 as they marginally gained the up­per hand against West Indies on 172 for three in their first in­nings on the sec­ond day of the sec­ond Test in Barbados on Mon­day.

Azhar’s ob­du­rate 193-ball stay at the crease helped his side plod slowly to­wards the hosts’ firstin­nings to­tal of 312 at Kens­ing­ton Oval in Bridgetown to stand 140 runs be­hind with seven wick­ets in hand at the close.

Cap­tain Mis­bah-ul-Haq, on 7, was also un­beaten at stumps on a pitch al­ready start­ing to pro­duce some un­even bounce.

Pak­istan looked set to take a stran­gle­hold on the match when open­ers Azhar and Ahmed She­hzad, helped by some sloppy field­ing, put on a first-in­nings stand of 155, be­fore three quick wick­ets brought the home team right back into the con­test.

She­hzad was the first to go, for 70. Af­ter be­ing dropped three times, he edged leg-spin­ner Deven­dra Bishoo to slip, where Shai Hope grasped a sharp chance, the bats­man fi­nally run­ning out of luck. She­hzad was quickly fol­lowed back to the pavil­ion by Babar Azam and You­nis Khan, both for ducks.

Ear­lier, West Indies lost their fi­nal four wick­ets for 26 runs in the morn­ing ses­sion as pace­men Mo­ham­mad Ab­bas and Mo­ham­mad Amir made good use of the sec­ond new ball.

Ja­son Holder and Ros­ton Chase were sent pack­ing with­out adding to their overnight scores, Holder for 58 when he got an in­side edge to the keeper off a peach of a de­liv­ery from Ab­bas, be­fore Chase was caught at sec­ond slip off Amir for 131.

Ab­bas fin­ished with fine fig­ures of 4-56, while Amir claimed 3-65. Reuters

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Pak­istan’s Azhar Ali in ac­tion against West Indies in Barbados on Mon­day.

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