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Wobbly Windies start after Fawad’s undefeated 124 boosts Pakistan


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Wobbly Windies start after Fawad’s undefeated 124 boosts Pakistan
Jason Holder offers Fawad Alam commendation after play - (CWI Media)

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Kingston – West Indies stumbled to 39 for three, after Fawad Alam gathered an undefeated 124 – his fifth Test hundred – to enable Pakistan to declare on 302 for nine in their first innings in the second Test in Jamaica.

The Windies lost left-handed opener Kieran Powell and their captain Kraigg Brathwaite cheaply to left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Roston Chase was then bowled by Faheem Ashraf for 10 in a little over an hour’s batting before bad light offered them a reprieve with nine overs left on the third day of the rain-marred match at Sabina Park.

Nkrumah Bonner, not out on 18, and nightwatchman Alzarri Joseph, not out on nought, will resume on Monday with the Pakistanis needing to make more inroads into the Caribbean side’s batting in a battle against time to square the two-Test series.

The hosts lead the two-Test series 1-0 after a one-wicket victory inside four days in the first Test, which was also played behind closed doors at the same venue.

Earlier, play started an hour-and-a-half later than scheduled due to a wet outfield caused by a deluge of rain over the previous 24 hours with Pakistan resuming on 212 for four.

But only eight deliveries were possible before play was suspended because the West Indies felt a damp patch behind the bowling crease at the Michael Holding End of the ground was dangerous.

Pacer Jason Holder complained to umpires Joel Wilson and Gregory Brathwaite that he was unable to comfortably complete his delivery stride.

There was a protracted on-field discussion that eventually involved match referee Sir Richie Richardson, the two captains and the two head coaches before play was suspended and lunch was taken early.

After lunch, the Windies claimed four wickets, two to Holder, before tea, but Fawad overshadowed their success when he pulled a short, rising delivery from Kyle Mayers through mid-wicket for two to reach his hundred from 186 balls.

The Pakistan left-hander had retired hurt on the opening day on 76, suffering with heat exhaustion, and had to endure a long wait to return to the crease after rain ruled out play on Saturday and anchored his side past 300 before the strategically declared.

Jayden Seales took 3-31 from 15 overs and Kemar Roach ended with 3-68 from 27 overs to share the bowling honours for the home team.

Summarised scores:

Pakistan 302 for nine (Fawad Alam 124 not out, Babar Azam 75, Mohammad Rizwan 31, Faheem Ashraf 26, Shaheen Shah Afridi 19; Jayden Seales 3-31, Kemar Roach 3-68, Jason Holder 2-46).

West Indies 39 for three (Nkrumah Bonner 18 not out, Roston Chase 10; Shaheen Shah Afridi 2-13).

(AR)