Pakistan continued from where they left off on day 1 of the first Test against the West Indies in Dubai and never let go. Azhar Ali continued his superb nick when facing the pink ball and raced off to an unbeaten 302 that helped Pakistan pile up 579 at the cost of three wickets before declaring.
In response, West Indies lost Leon Johnson in the final session of the day before Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo brought curtains without much of an issue.
When play commences on day 3, West Indies would be 69/1 and behind by 510 runs.
And that is the end of the play on day 2 of this first Test in Dubai. West Indies would be content with their batting so far. 69/1 as bails and wickets are removed. But the day, without a shadow of a doubt, belonged to Pakistan and more specifically to Azhar Ali. Missed what he achieved? We have you covered
So we’re down to the last over of the day and it is Yasir Shah to bowl it. The first ball is overpitched and it Kraigg Brathwaite just pushes it straight down for a boundary. Bit of the wrist coming into play too and it races to the boundary
West Indies are 61/1 after 19 overs and Yasir Shah has the ball. Three overs remaining in the day. Wicket now would be vital for Pakistan and a big blow for the visitors
Kraigg Brathwaite with a late cut to Mohammad Nawaz for a boundary and that brings up the 50 for West Indies
GONE! Yasir Shah, bowling around the wicket, with a huge appeal for LBW on Leon Johnson and the umpire raises his finger. But the bastman immediately goes for a review. And its a difficult one. Quite a large stride forward and it doesn’t look convincing enough to be given out. Slight sound also. Tried to sweep it but didn’t get the full middle of the bat as intended. On further look, it was pitching in line and going on to hit the leg stump. And that’s given. West Indies lose their first wicket. 42/1
Alright then! West Indies are in the middle to hope for a strong (or at least respectable) reply. Kraigg Brathwaite is joined by Leon Johnson to open the innings and Mohammad Amir has the ball. No Azhar Ali to field – given some much needed rest.
FOUR! Azhar Ali brings up his 300 with a glorious drive that goes screaming to the boundary for a four. First pink ball Test in the sub-continent and Azhar Ali has marked it with a triple hundred! Kisses the turf and that’s declaration too from Pakistan. He remains unbeaten on 302 and Pakistan declare on 579/3
Azhar Ali is two runs away from the 300 run milestone. He’s already become the fourth highest scorer for Pakistan in Test cricket. Ahead of him: Younis Khan (313), Inzamam-ul-Haq (329) and Hanif Mohammad (337)
Azhar Ali is a mountain of milestones tonight. He’s just reached 4000 Test runs. The 10th Pakistan player to do so
And Pakistan come back out to bat. No stopping yet. Look’s like Azhar Ali’s 300 might be the target for the home side before considering declaration. As things stand, Pakistan begin from 530/3
And that’s Supper! Pakistan are 530/3 with Azhar Ali raising his bat and soaking in all the adulation. He is unbeaten on 272 and is joined by skipper Misbah on 10. Once again, West Indies picked up a wicket in the session but Pakistan have been the dominant force.
GONE! Babar Azam departs for 69. He won’t get a century on debut and that also breaks his run of tons against the West Indies. Devendra Bishoo once again with the wicket. He tosses it up outside off and the shot is straight to the fielder at cover. Jason Holder holds on with ease. Skipper Misbah up next
500! Pakistan bring up their 500 run mark in the 141st over with a Babar Azam single. Going strong in their 400th Test
Azhar Ali brings up his 250! Jason Holder sends it short on the off side and Ali controls the pull shot to send it on the leg side. The fielder dives and gets the ball and looks to throw it to his teammate but the tag-team effort gets embarrassing with the ball tipped away to the boundary. Umpires have a little chat and this is given as six runs for overthrows. The players ran two and the ball rolls to the fence. Six for Azhar
Babar Azam tucks it on to the leg side for an easy single and brings up his fifty on Test debut. This has been a breeze through for him
Pakistan are continuing their dominance and West Indies are fighting a tough fight. Babar Azam approaching the 50 mark on his Test debut
Shannon Gabriel’s front foot is WAYYYY over the line – just like yesterday – and it is bizarrely not spotted by the umpire. If the umpire did see that, it would have been his 10th no ball of the inning!
200! Azhar Ali becomes the first player to score a double century in day-night Test cricket. He gets to the landmark in style and celebrates in style! A salute, press-ups and a sajdah to mark the occasion. The milestone comes with a well guided boundary
And we’re back after the tea break. So after 112 runs in the first session, Pakistan will resume at 391/2. Azhar Ali has looked in a good nick so far and taken the tempo up a notch. Babar Azam has looked fluent from the word go.
TEA! At Tea, Pakistan are 391/2 with Babar Azam on 23 and Azhar Ali on 194. Another session belonging to Pakistan and West Indies should be happy with the wicket taken. But they would also rue the chances gone begging or near chances that didn’t materialise. Overall, Pakistan are going about this with ease and it hasn’t changed since the first ball on Thursday.
DROPPED! Azhar Ali is dropped at 190. Not sure what he was trying to do but he tried to play it down to third man while there was a first slip in place. However, he breathes a sigh of relief as Blackwood lets go of the chance. Wasn’t travelling and a fairly good height but it has been squandered.
Babar Azam has come into this as if he’s just picking up from the last ODI. So sure of himself be it a full delivery or a short one. First, on a fuller delivery, to place it inside out for a four. Two balls later, on a shorter one to go on the backfoot and punch it for a square cut
New batsman in is the in-form Babar Azam. Making his Test debut, he’s coming into the longest format of the game having scored three straight hundred in the ODIs. Won’t be a surprise if he adds one in the Test too.
GONE! Asad Shafiq comes down the track to attack Devendra Bishoo’s well-flighted delivery but in his attempt at thumping it straight down, he gets the bottom end of the ball and sends the ball straight to the bowler. He’s disgusted with his choice of shot – as he should be – but West Indies have their first of the day. And he departs for 67. Pakistan are 352/2
FOUR AND SIX! Slightly pitched up by Roston Chase on two straight balls. Near replicas in terms of line and length. First one goes on the bounce for a four and then a six for good measure. Azhar Ali looked so much at ease with those shots.
Pakistan have added 51 runs from their overnight score of 279/1 and have done so with little fuss. Shafiq and Azhar have had no problems figuring this pink ball and to be fair, West Indies don’t seem to be threatening that much. Pakistan are 330/1
Milestones piling up for Pakistan batsman in Dubai. First Azhar Ali brings up his 150 and then Asad Shafiq gets to his 50. Pakistan, meanwhile, are moving along strongly to 311/1 on Day 2
Day 2 of the first Test between Pakistan and West Indies starts with the former in the driver’s seat at 279-1. Azhar Ali starts unbeaten at 146 alongwith Asad Shafiq who is at 33. The first over of the day is bowled by Shannon Gabriel. The over was an eventfull one with Shafiq snatching the first boundary of the day off the third ball. The fifth ball led to an appeal that led to an appeal for lbw but the umpire remained unfazed. Replays show that the batsman may have been lucky as hawk-eye showed that the ball was hitting the leg stump. At the end of the first over of the day and the 90th over of the innings, Pakistan are at 283-1.