West Indies vs Pakistan, 2nd Test Day 3: Rain and bad light mars Pakistan’s progress
West Indies ended the third day’s play on 38-3, in reply to Pakistan’s 302-9 declared. Bad light in Kingston, perhaps saving the home side from a further collapse. With only two days left, it has to imagine a result being achieved by any side.
West Indies *39/3 (18 ov)
Pakistan 302/9d (110 ov)
Day Break : Day 3 West Indies trail by 263 runs.
The complete loss of play on the second day has added to the woes of the Pakistan team that will find it hard to get a result in four days, in order to level the two-Test series. With the outfield and bowler’s run up still not dry enough, there were only 1.2 over bowled in the opening session on the third day. In the post-lunch session, thankfully there were no delays. West Indies bowlers dismissed the overnight pair of Mohammad Rizwan and Faheem Ashraf, within few overs.
Fawad Alam who had retired hurt on the first day due to cramps, walked in at the fall of the fifth wicket. He brought up his 5th Test hundred off 186 balls and has been his usual pugnacious self and without his contribution, Pakistan innings could have fallen apart. At tea Fawad was unbeaten on 111 (17 fours) and the team total had reached 273-8. He had two useful stands: 36 for the 8th wicket with Hasan Ali and 35 runs for the 9th with Shaheen Afridi, whose boundary took Pakistan to 300, before he was out to a Test best 19.
By declaring the innings at 302-9, with Fawad unbeaten on 124, Babar Azam left the West Indies to bat for a minimum of 27 overs. It proved a smart move when Shaheen dismissed both openers – Kieran Powell and Kraigg Brathwaite – with only 9 runs on the board.
Fall of wickets:
Pakistan 1-2 (Abid Ali - 0.3 ov), 2-2 (Azhar Ali - 2.3 ov), 3-2 (Imran Butt - 3.5 ov), 4-168 (Babar Azam - 60.4 ov), 5-218 (Faheem Ashraf - 83.6 ov), 6-231 (Mohammad Rizwan - 91.1 ov), 7-231 (Nauman Ali - 91.2 ov), 8-267 (Hasan Ali - 100.4 ov), 9-302 (Shaheen Afridi - 109.2 ov)
West Indies - Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Kieran Powell, Nkrumah Bonner, Kyle Mayers, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Jason Holder, Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Jayden Seales
Pakistan - Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (c), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Naseem Shah, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi
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