Pakistan vs West Indies: Pakistan in firm control of 2nd Test, lead by 342 runs

Pakistan take massive lead of 342 runs against West Indies on Day 3 with openers Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam scoring half-centuries each.

By: AP | Abu Dhabi | Updated: October 23, 2016 7:59 pm
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Pakistan took firm control of the second Test against a deflated West Indies on Sunday with a massive 342-run lead despite captain Misbah-ul-Haq not enforcing the follow-on.

West Indies was bowled out for 224 and Pakistan, which then held a 228-run first innings lead, finished the third day at 114-1.

Both openers Azhar Ali (52 not out) and Sami Aslam (50) scored half centuries after successfully going for television referrals against lbw decisions early in their innings off Kraigg Brathwaite’s offspin.

Earlier, Pakistan seamers and spinner Yasir Shah made batsmen sweat for runs as West Indies could add only 118 to its overnight total of 106-4 in two sessions before being bowled out at tea.

Shah grabbed three wickets with the second new ball after lunch to finish with 4-86 while Rahat Ali (3-45) and Sohail Khan (2-35) effectively used the reverse swing to trouble the West Indies.

Nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo hung in for 1.5 hours after Rahat had Jermaine Blackwood caught behind inside the first hour, but West Indies always lagged behind to get the scoreboard ticking against Pakistan tidy bowling.

Roston Chase (22) also played stubborn knock as Shah constantly challenged batsmen with his teasing line and length.

Chase toiled hard for two hours and faced 80 deliveries before Shah struck with his first delivery with the second new ball when Asad Shafiq plucked a reflex catch at short gully.

Chase injured his foot when he was struck hard on the toe by Sohail Khan’s yorker and the offspinner didn’t take the field in Pakistan’s second innings.

Shah then clean bowled Shai Hope in his next over and could have also got Holder out for 7 but Mohammad Nawaz missed a catch at wide mid off.

Holder added 27 runs for the 10th wicket before Shah wrapped up the innings by having Shannon Garbriel caught in the deep just before tea.

Sohail also probed West Indies with some good reverse swing and uprooted the off stumps of Bishoo and Miguel Cummins.

Azhar and Aslam nearly played out the entire last session to ensure Pakistan didn’t meet the similar hiccup when it was bundled out for just 123 in the first Test.

Misbah didn’t force the follow-on at Dubai despite a 222-run lead and West Indies went down fighting by 56 runs when Darren Bravo hit a resilient century.

Azhar, who scored a triple century in the first innings of Dubai Test, escaped a chance on 17 when Blackwood was wrongfooted off a thick edge in the slip before reaching his half century with a square drive.

Gabriel provided the lone wicket by having successfully going for a caught behind TV referral against Aslam but not before the left-hander had provided 93-run opening stand.