Azhar helps fire Pak­istan into a strong po­si­tion

New Straits Times - - Sport -

DOMINICA: Pak­istan opener Azhar Ali made his sec­ond cen­tury of the se­ries as they bat­ted into a strong po­si­tion on the sec­ond day of the third Test against West Indies in Dominica on Thurs­day.

Azhar la­bo­ri­ously ground out a pa­tient 127 in a marathon stay at the crease be­fore Pak­istan were fi­nally bowled out for 376 in their first in­nings at Wind­sor Park in Roseau.

West Indies were 14 for no wicket at stumps in re­ply af­ter Kraigg Brath­waite and Kieran Pow­ell ne­go­ti­ated 11 overs in the de­cid­ing Test of the se­ries, which is tied at 1-1.

Azhar’s knock was hardly a high­light reel. He faced 334 balls, hit­ting two sixes and eight fours be­fore be­ing bowled by off-spin­ner Ros­ton Chase.

Three other Pak­istani bats­men chipped in with half cen­turies in­clud­ing cap­tain Mis­bahul-Haq, who in his fi­nal Test made 59 be­fore try­ing to re­verse sweep Chase and only suc­ceed­ing in get­ting a top edge as he fell to wick­et­keeper Shane Dowrich.

Num­ber four You­nis Khan, also in his fi­nal Test, con­tin­ued a dis­ap­point­ing se­ries when he went lbw for 18 to pace bowler Ja­son Holder. You­nis asked for a video re­view, which reaf­firmed the um­pire’s de­ci­sion.

Bat­ting all-rounder Chase led West Indies’ at­tack with 4-103, while cap­tain Holder picked up 371 af­ter col­lect­ing two scalps with con­sec­u­tive de­liv­er­ies dur­ing a fine late spell. Leg-spin­ner Deven­dra Bishoo also chimed in with 2-61.

Pak­istan scored at a rate of barely 2.5 an over and, while they made a more than re­spectable to­tal it was hardly a great ad­ver­tise­ment for the five-day for­mat. Reuters

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Azhar Ali was in great form hit­ting two sixes and eight fours against the West Indies in Roseau, Dominica on Thurs­day.

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