Azhar, Aslam steer Pakistan to 172-0 against West Indies
Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam provided Pakistan a solid start of 1720 against the West Indies yesterday in the second day-night test match in history. Both Pakistan openers grew in confidence throughout the first two sessions after captain Misbah-ul-Haq marked Pakistan’s 400th test by winning the toss and opting to bat on a very flat wicket. Azhar was batting on 89 and Aslam was not out on 75. Both batsmen hit eight boundaries each against inexperienced West Indies bowlers, who couldn’t extract any assistance off the wicket with the pink ball. The West Indies also wasted both of their television referrals — first against Azhar before he had completed his half century and then against Aslam when the left-hander was on 69. Pakistan awarded test debuts to Babar Azam, who hit three successive centuries in Pakistan’s 3-0 victory against the West Indies in one-day series, and left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz.