PAKISTAN BUILD LEAD
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 threematch series. Pakistan won the first Test 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 Misbahul-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. The third and final Test will be played in Sharjah from October 30-November 3.