West Indies vs Pakistan 1st Test Day 2: Brathwaite stands tall against Pakistan
The pendulum shifted from one camp to the other on the second day of the Test match at Kingston, with West Indies having taken a lead of 34 runs with two wickets still intact. Skipper Kraigg Brathwaite playing an old-fashioned dogged innings to gain his side an advantage against Pakistan, when stumps were drawn due to bad light, with seven overs still to be bowled.
West Indies *251/8 (87 ov)
Pakistan 217/10 (70.3 ov)
Resuming at overnight score of 2-2, West Indies reached 81-3 at lunch. It was a satisfactory session for the home side for each run had to be earned against a disciplined Pakistan pace bowling, with swing on offer. Brathwaite held one end and his 3rd wicket stand was exactly 50 when Roston Chase was caught at the wicket for 21. In the post lunch session, he saw Jermaine Blackwood (22) and Kyle Mayers (0) sent back to the pavilion on successive balls off Shaheen Afridi to leave West Indies at 100-5. New man Jason Holder was rooted to the crease for an hour or so before he struck three fours of Yasir Shah.
Brathwaite’s fifty came off 139 balls and he had a leading role to play for his side to build a competitive first innings total. Tea was taken with score having progressed to 148-5, with Holder dominating the sixth wicket stand with an unbeaten 30 to his name. At the break, West Indies were trailing by 69 runs and both batsmen had adopted risk-free approach and were looking solid. Their hard graft paid dividend when run-making became easier, at the start of the third session. In one ten over phase, the pair scored 50 runs as West Indies upped the tempo.
Former captain Holder, one of the best all-rounders in red-ball cricket, in his 50th Test match, played a crucial innings whilst taking 95 balls for his fifty. He reached the landmark with his ninth hit to the fence and the partnership with Brathwaite growing. After some attention from physio, Holder was up for more action but Faheem Ashraf dismissed him for a well-played 58 in a 96-run stand.
West Indies were ahead of Pakistan’s first innings total of 217 in the 76th over and soon their dressing room was hit with the news of their skipper Brathwaite, run out coming back for the second run for 97, three short of what would have been his 10th Test hundred. It was a sad end, to a knock for which he had faced 221 balls and hit 12 fours. An error in judgement might prove costly to West Indies, who thus far had negated the threat of leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who has been wicket-less in his 13 overs and conceded 45 runs.
Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Imran Butt - 6.4 ov), 2-21 (Abid Ali - 7.6 ov), 3-68 (Azhar Ali - 31.2 ov), 4-68 (Babar Azam - 32.1 ov), 5-101 (Mohammad Rizwan - 41.4 ov), 6-186 (Faheem Ashraf - 62.1 ov), 7-190 (Yasir Shah - 64.3 ov), 8-217 (Hasan Ali - 69.6 ov), 9-217 (Fawad Alam - 70.2 ov), 10-217 (Mohammad Abbas - 70.3 ov)
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Kieran Powell - 2.2 ov), 2-1 (Nkrumah Bonner - 2.3 ov), 3-51 (Roston Chase - 20.4 ov), 4-100 (Jermaine Blackwood - 37.1 ov), 5-100 (Kyle Mayers - 37.2 ov), 6-196 (Jason Holder - 68.5 ov), 7-221 (Kraigg Brathwaite - 77.1 ov), 8-249 (Kemar Roach - 86.2 ov)
Pakistan - Imran Butt, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (c), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Yasir Shah/Nauman Ali, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi
West Indies - Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Nkrumah Bonner, Shai Hope, Kyle Mayers, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Jason Holder, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Alzarri Joseph
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