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Babar hits half-century as Pakistan lead beyond 120

Right-hander remained unbeaten on 54

SAMAA | - Posted: Aug 14, 2021 | Last Updated: 5 months ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Aug 14, 2021 | Last Updated: 5 months ago

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Skipper Babar Azam scored a gutsy half-century as Pakistan extend its second-innings lead to 124 at stumps on day three.

In replay to West Indies’ 36-run first-innings lead, the visitors went off to a disastrous start as opener Imran Butt walked back to the pavilion with just one run on the scoreboard.

Azhar Ali and Abid Ali stable the proceedings for the Green Caps as they took lead without losing any wicket. At the score of 56, just at the stork of lunch, Kemar Roach disturbed Azhar’s woodwork to reduce Pakistan to 56-2. The 36-year-old scored 23.

Abadi looked good for his 34 but was sent back to the dressing room by Jayden Seales. First innings top scorer for Pakistan, Fawad Alam (0) was the next victim of the pacer.

Babar and Mohammad Rizwan made the vital 56-run stand for the fifth wicket. Rizwan departed after scoring 30.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan captain went on to complete his half-century with Faheem Ashraf securing other end. The duo remained unbeaten at stumps, having scored 54 and 12 respectively.

Earlier, the home side only managed to add two runs in the morning session extending their lead to 36 runs. Shaheen Shah Afridi claimed the remaining two wickets to finish with the figures of four for 59.

Kraigg Brathwaite, with 97 was the hero of day two for the Windies. He was unlucky as he fell three runs short from his ton courtesy of a brilliant fielding effort from Hasan Ali.

With support from former skipper Jason Holder (58) in a pivotal sixth-wicket partnership of 96, the home side rallied from the discomfort of 100 for five to 251 for eight at stumps, a lead of 34 runs with two wickets in hand going into the third day.

Teams

West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Kieran Powell, Nkrumah Bonner, Kyle Mayers, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Joshua Da Silva (wicketkeeper), Jason Holder, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales and Jomel Warrican.

Pakistan: Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (captain), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas and Shaheen Shah Afridi.

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