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Azhar Ali slams triple century as Pakistan extend dominance on day two

Azhar Ali slams triple century as Pakistan extend dominance on day two
Azhar Ali remained unbeaten on 302.
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Pakistan 579-3 dec (Ali 302no) v
West Indies 69-1 (Brathwaite 32no)
First Test, Dubai, day two

Azhar Ali became the fourth Pakistan batsman to score a triple century as the home team declared their first innings at 579 for one following which West Indies reached 69 for one at stumps on day two of the first Test in Dubai.

Pakistan resumed their innings at 279 for one. In the eighth over of the day, Ali (302 not out) brought his 150 and in the next over with back-to-back fifties, Asad Shafiq (67) completed his half-century.

The pair soon brought the 100-run stand. Ali went severe on Roston Chase (1-109) in the 108th over smashing him for a six and a four but in the next over, Shafiq chipped a return catch back to Devendra Bishoo (2-125).

Babar Azam (69) announced his arrival with a couple of boundaries in the 111th over while Ali had a reprieve when Jermaine Blackwood (0-8) dropped him few overs later. Pakistan went into tea at 391 for two after adding 112 runs in the session.

In the very first over of the second session, Ali brought his double century - the first to do so in a day and night Test with back to back boundaries.

Azam continued to play his shots and brought his fifty off 87 deliveries following which Ali reached his 250. After bringing the 500-run mark, Azam holed out to cover off Bishoo. Pakistan went into dinner break at 530 for three.

In the final session, Ali brought his 4000th Test run and soon after he reached the 300-run mark, Pakistan declared their innings at 579 for three with Misbah-ul-Haq (29 not out) remaining unbeaten at the other end.

Kraig Brathwaite (32 not out) and Leon Johnson (15) provided West Indies a solid start of 42 runs.

Yasir Shah (1-13) provided Pakistan with the breakthrough trapping Johnson LBW. Even though, the West Indies opener went for a review, it could not save him.

Darren Bravo (14 not out) and Brathwaite ensured West Indies did not lose any more wicket and took them to 69 for one, still trailing Pakistan by 510 runs.

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