Pakistan Hit Back To Take 88-Run Lead

Pakistan Hit Back To Take 88-Run Lead
Pakistan Hit Back To Take 88-Run Lead
©REUTERS/Anthony Phelps (NEW ZEALAND - Tags: SPORT CRICKET) Picture Supplied by Action Images

Pakistan 272 (Azhar Ali 67, Tanvir Ahmed 57) v
West Indies 184-8 (Samuels 57)
Second Test, Saint Kitts, day two

Pakistan produced an impressive rally to lead the West Indies by 88 runs at stumps on day two of the second and final Test in Saint Kitts.

Pakistan resumed play on 180 for six but their lower order, led by a half-century from Tanvir Ahmed, hauled them up to 272 all out. The West Indies then struggled with the bat and closed on 184 for eight in reply.

First to depart this morning was Wahab Riaz, who was caught by Carlton Baugh off Kemar Roach for nought to reduce pakistan to 194 for nine.

Then followed a 78-run partnership for the tenth wicket between Ahmed and Saeed Ajmal which frustrated the home side. Ahmed made 57 in 96 balls, hitting ten fours while Ajmal made 23 not out in 79 deliveries which included a four and a six.

The partnership was finally ended when leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo had Ahmed trapped in front as both he and Ravi Rampaul ended with thre wickets apiece.

The West Indies then found batting less easy, Lendl Simmons falling for a two-ball duck when he edged Ahmed to Taufeeq Umar.

Debutant Kraigg Brathwaite scored 15 before offering Taufeeq a second catch and early fluency from Ramnaresh Sarwan gave way when he was stumped for 20 off the bowling of Ajmal.

Darren Bravo (24) was then caught by Asad Shafiq as the introduction of Mohammad Hafeez grabbed a wicket just prior to tea.

Holding the innings together was Marlon Samuels, who made a solid 57 in 124 balls on his return to Test cricket but he received little support as Brendan Nash (6), Baugh (6) and Sammy (16) all fell cheaply as Pakistan bowled themselves into a strong position.

Samuels became Ajmal's second wicket when he was caught by Taufeeq and by the end of the day, the West Indies were relying on Roach (10 not out) and Rampaul (15 not out) to do something similar to Ahmed and Akmal earlier in the day to get on terms.

The West Indies lead the series 1-0 following a 40-run win in Guyana. Pakistan won the toss on the opening day, with Azhar Ali top scoring with 57.

© Cricket World 2011