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Azhar Ali, Sami Islam frustrate West Indies on batting day

Sami Aslam (left) and Azhar Ali (right) added 215 runs for the first wicket.
Sami Aslam (left) and Azhar Ali (right) added 215 runs for the first wicket.
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Pakistan 279-1 (Ali 146no) v West Indies
First Test, Dubai, day one

Opening batsmen Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam shared a mammoth 215-run stand as Pakistan reached 279 for one at stumps on day one of the first Test against West Indies in Dubai.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first on their 400th Test which was also the first day-night fixture for both the teams. Babar Azam and Mohammad Nawaz were handed debut by Pakistan.

After surviving the initial burst from the West Indies opening bowlers, Ali (146 not out) scored the first boundary of the innings in the seventh over.

Runs were coming at a decent rate for Pakistan and with back-to-back boundaries in the 13th over, they ended the first hour with 39 for naught.

Aslam's (90) first boundary came after he faced 64 deliveries but it also brought the 50-run opening stand with Ali. Pakistan went into tea at 81 for two.

Aslam was the first to reach his fifty with a boundary in the 34th over which also took the century partnership between these two players while Ali followed suit reaching his own half-century in 39 overs.

After bringing the highest opening stand for any team in Dubai (155 runs), Aslam survived a DRS review from West Indies for caught behind. Pakistan west into dinner break at 172 for one.

Post dinner session, Ali went on to complete his century but the 215-run opening stand ended when Aslam was castled by Roston Chase (1-63).

At stumps on day one, Pakistan managed to reach 279 for one with Ali and Asad Shafiq (33 not out) sharing an unbeaten 64-run stand.

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