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Pakistan close day with solid reply to West Indies

EZRA STUART, [email protected]

Pakistan close day with solid reply to West Indies

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BRIDGETOWN – Pakistan, replying to the West Indies’ first innings total of 312, were 172 for three off 69 overs at the close of play on the second day of the second cricket Test in the Brighto Paints Q Mobile Cup series at Kensington Oval here Monday.

The not out batsmen are opener Azhar Ali, on 81 and captain Misbah-ul-Haq, on seven. Ali, who has so far batted for 307 minutes, faced 193 balls and hit seven fours.  

The Pakistani batsmen dismissed were opener Ahmed Shehzad for 70 and Babar Azam and Younis Khan for “ducks”.

Shehzad, who shared an opening stand of 155 runs in 245 minutes with Ali, was caught at slip by Shai Hope off leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo. He hit eight fours off 191 balls.

Bishoo also removed Younis when he pulled a short ball and was caught at short mid-wicket to end the day with two wickets for 53 runs in 21 overs.

Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, who bowled with little luck throughout the day, was finally rewarded when Azam got a leading edge as he shaped to play through the leg side and gave the bowler a return catch.

Earlier, both Roston Chase (131) and captain Jason Holder (58) were dismissed without adding to their overnight scores as the West Indies lost their last four wickets for 26 runs, resuming from 286 for six overnight.

Fast bowler Mohammad Abbas was Pakistan’s most successful bowler with four for 56 while Mohammad Amir ended with three for 65 and leg-spinner Yasir Shah, two for 83. (EZS)

Summarised scores:

West Indies 286 for 6 (Roston Chase 131 not out, Jason Holder 58 not out, Kieran Powell 38, Shane Dowrich 29, Devendra Bishoo 14; Mohammad Abbas 4-56, Mohammad Amir 3-65, Yasir Shah 2-83). Pakistan 172-3. (Azhar Ali 54, Ahmed Shehzad 70).