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Pakistan (217) & 56-2 vs West Indies (253) – 3rd day, 1st Test


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Pakistan (217) & 56-2 vs West Indies (253) – 3rd day, 1st Test
Kemar Roach (centre) took two wickets before lunch. - (GP)

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Kingston – Pakistan were 56 for two in their second innings at lunch against West Indies on the third day of the first Test on Saturday at Sabina Park in Jamaica for a lead of 20.

Pacer Kemar Roach struck twice before the interval to peg back the Pakistanis, after they needed only half-hour to bowl out the Windies for 253 and concede a first innings lead of 36.

Roach struck in the third over of the innings, when he trapped Imran Butt lbw for an 11-ball duck, and he bowled Azhar Ali behind his back for 23 on the stroke of the interval to carry in figures of 2-8 from six overs.

Opener Abid Ali was not out 31 at the interval after he put on 55 for the second wicket with Azhar, who Jason Holder dropped on 10 at second slip off Roach.

Earlier, West Indies added only two to their overnight total of 251 for eight before losing their last two wickets – Jomel Warrican for one and Joshua da Silva for 21 – to left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi in only 16 deliveries.

Afridi was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers with 4-59 from 21.4 overs and fellow pacer Mohammad Abbas ended with 3-43 from 22 overs.

The Test is the first of two between the teams in the Jamaica capital and it is being played behind closed doors because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It also marks the start of the new round of the ICC World Test Championship for the teams.

Summarised scores:

Pakistan 217 (Fawad Alam 56, Faheem Ashraf 44, Babar Azam 30, Mohammad Rizwan 23, Azhar Ali 17, Hasan Ali 14, Imran Butt 11; Jason Holder 3-26, Jayden Seales 3-70, Kemar Roach 2-47) and 56 for two (Abid Ali 31, Azhar Ali 23; Kemar Roach 2-8).

West Indies 253 (Kraigg Brathwaite 97, Jason Holder 58, Jermaine Blackwood 22, Roston Chase 21, Joshua da Silva 21, Kemar Roach 13; Shaheen Afridi 4-59, Mohammad Abbas 3-43).

(AR)