West Indies vs Pakistan 1st Test, Day 3: West Indies has the upper hand
Pakistan closed the third day on 160-5 in their second innings, with a lead of 124 and still not out of woods. West Indies need to remove Babar Azam, who with an unbeaten 54 to his name holds the key to the tourists’ progress in the Test match at Kingston.
West Indies 253/10 (89.4 ov)
Pakistan 217/10 (70.3 ov) & *160/5 (70 ov)
Day Break : Day 3 Pakistan lead by 124 runs.
Shaheen Shah by picking up two wickets in no time made sure West Indies first innings lead over Pakistan was restricted to 36 runs. Good start for the tourists on their 74th Independence Day. The tall paceman finished with figures of 4-59 and his fellow new ball bowler, Mohammad Abbas had 3-43 to his credit.
Pakistan’s top order is not in good shape and these issues have been highlighted in overseas conditions, in their failure in Australia, England and New Zealand. The same story continues in West Indies. Imran Butt was dismissed for a duck in the third over and after a 51-run stand for the second wicket, in which the arrears was cleared, three wickets fell for just 11 runs. West Indies pace attack pushed their opponents on the back foot by sending back Abid Ali (34), Azhar Ali (23) and Fawad Alam, without scoring. It was a rare failure for the last named.
At 65-4, with their lead now only 31, Pakistan were in deep trouble and facing a very tricky afternoon. Skipper Babar Azam and his deputy Mohammad Rizwan performed the rescue act with a fighting stand that took the score to 117-4 when rain arrived. This was certainly a respite for Pakistan and the weather break, ate up a couple of hours. Immediately after resumption of play, under floodlights, Rizwan (30) was caught at the wicket and his side was only 85 runs ahead.
All eyes were now on Babar and how well he plays with the lower order. His was certainly a watchful innings as he brought up his fifty off 117 balls with 7 fours. On the other end, the free-flowing left-handed Faheem Ashraf defended resolutely whilst keeping company with the skipper. Having faced 79 balls for his unbeaten 12, he would know Pakistan needs to have at least 250 in the bank to have a chance to beat West Indies.
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), 9-252 (Jomel Warrican - 87.6 ov), 10-253 (Joshua Da Silva - 89.4 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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