Friday 20 May 2011 

West Indies Have Better Of Shortened Opening Day

West Indies Have Better Of Shortened Opening Day
West Indies Have Better Of Shortened Opening Day
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Pakistan 180-6 (Azhar Ali 67) v West Indies
Second Test, Saint Kitts, day one

Pakistan closed a shortened opening day of the second and final Test against the West Indies on 180 for six in Saint Kitts following an intriguing day's action.

Play was ended early due to bad light and the players had also been forced off the field twice due to rain but between the breaks it was the West Indies who were the happier of the two sides.

They broke through to reduce Pakistan to 24 for three before half-centuries from Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal preceded further wickets before stumps.

Ravi Rampaul had Taufeeq Umar caught behind for 11, Mohammad Hafeez caught at slip by Lendl Simmons for eight before Asad Shafiq cut him to Devendra Bishoo at gully without scoring.

Captain Misbah-ul-Haq led the recovery with a patient 25 in 68 balls, putting on 50 for the fourth wicket with Azhar, who was even more circumspect.

Misbah, however, gave his wicket away when he drove Bishoo loosely into the hands of Marlon Samuels at mid on.

Akmal then joined forces with Azhar and although he rarely hinted at great permanency at the crease, his counter-attacking, which included four fours and a big six down the ground off Bishoo, helped Pakistan put on 95 for the fifth wicket.

The West Indies were not done and hit back when Akmal was caught by Rampaul off Darren Sammy for 56 in 88 balls and Azhar was run out following a misunderstanding with Mohammad Salman.

He made 67 in 196 balls, stroking seven fours with the majority of his runs coming through the off side. Salman was unbeaten on eight and Abdur Rehman on one at stumps.

Ravi Rampaul finished the day with impressive figures of three for 40 having led the attack in fine style.

Samuels returns to Test cricket following an injury to Shivnarine Chanderpaul while the West Indies handed a debut to opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite, who replaces Devon Smith.

Pakistan, who trail the series 1-0 having lost the opening match in Guyana by 40 runs, replaced Umar Gul with Tanvir Ahmed.

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