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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.

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