Azhar, As­lam steer Pak­istan to 172-0 against West Indies

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

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.

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