Mis­bah misses cen­tury again

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BAR­BA­DOS: Pak­istan cap­tain Mis­bah-ul-Haq was dis­missed for 99, a week after he was left stranded on the same score, as his side took an 81-run first in­nings lead dur­ing the sec­ond Test against West Indies in Bar­ba­dos on Tues­day.

Mis­bah had the du­bi­ous hon­our of be­com­ing the first player from his coun­try to fin­ish on 99 not out dur­ing their first in­nings of last week’s sev­en­wicket first Test vic­tory in Ja­maica.

Seek­ing his 11th Test cen­tury on Tues­day, the 42-year-old failed to con­trol a ris­ing de­liv­ery from West Indies cap­tain Jason Holder with the ball hit­ting his glove and pop­ping up for an easy catch at sec­ond slip.

De­spite the per­sonal dis­ap­point­ment, his team ended day three in a strong po­si­tion after opener Azhar Ali scored his 13th Test cen­tury.

West Indies had to en­dure a ner­vous 14 overs in their sec­ond in­nings be­fore stumps and were 40 for one at Kens­ing­ton Oval in Bridgetown, still 41 runs be­hind Pak­istan’s 393.

Kraigg Brath­waite was on eight with Shim­ron Het­myer on 22 at the close. Opener Kieran Pow­ell had been caught be­hind by a div­ing Sar­fraz Ahmed for six off Mo­ham­mad Ab­bas to give the vis­i­tors the start they wanted.

The home team had done well to re­strict Pak­istan to un­der 400, with pace­men Shan­non Gabriel (4-81) and Holder (3-42) the best of the bowlers.

How­ever, it was leg-spin­ner Deven­dra Bishoo who dis­missed Azhar, caught be­hind for 105 after a 278-ball stay at the crease.

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