KINGSTON: Captain Babar Azam and Fawad Alam have been battling to carry Pakistan from a horrible begin at 62 for 3 at lunch on the opening day of the second Take a look at towards the West Indies at Sabina Park on Friday.
Babar, his nation’s premier batsman, was as a result of resume after the interval on 31 alongside left-hander Fawad, whose unbeaten 26 has contributed to a fourth-wicket partnership to date price much-needed 60 runs.
Kemar Roach struck twice and new ball associate Jayden Seales claimed early success as effectively to have the vacationers tottering at two for 3 with simply 4 overs gone after residence captain Kraigg Brathwaite repeated his determination of the primary Take a look at by placing the opposition in on successful the toss.
Pakistan’s hopes for a extra stable begin from their prime order crumbled after simply 4 deliveries when Abid Ali fell to a superb low catch by Jermaine Blackwood at third slip off Roach.
Revelling within the bowler-friendly situations, Roach added to that early success in his subsequent over as new batsman Azhar Ali fell with out scoring, the previous Pakistan captain edging a supply by means of to wicket-keeper Joshua da Silva.
Seales, player-of-the-match within the first Take a look at when he claimed eight wickets together with 5 within the second innings, loved his share of the early spoils. The teenaged pacer drew the opposite opener, Imran Butt, into enjoying at one other full-length supply for da Silva to take his second simple catch in 9 balls.
Babar and Fawad displayed admirable grit and self-discipline in defying West Indies’ all-pace assault.
The elegant Babar countering with a handful of good-looking boundaries whereas Fawad was once more a mannequin of unorthodox defiance given his much-talked about exaggerated square-on batting stance.
After scrambling to an exhilarating one-wicket win the primary Take a look at on the similar venue 5 days earlier, the house facet made one change to that successful line-up.
Quick bowler Alzarri Joseph additional bolstered the tempo assault on the expense of left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican.
Pakistan additionally made only one change as skilled wrist-spinner Yasir Shah, who went wicketless within the first Take a look at, was changed by left-arm orthodox gradual bowler Nauman Ali.
West Indies are in search of a primary Take a look at sequence conquer Pakistan for 21 years.
The guests are hoping to repeat the efforts of the 2005 and 2011 excursions of the Caribbean after they misplaced the primary encounters earlier than rebounding to sq. each two-Take a look at sequence.
PAKISTAN (1st Innings):
Abid Ali c Blackwood b Roach 1
Imran Butt c da Silva b Seales 1
Azhar Ali c da Silva b Roach 0
Babar Azam not out 31
Fawad Alam not out 26
EXTRAS (LB-2, NB-1) 3
TOTAL (for 3 wkts, 25 overs) 62
FALL OF WKTS: 1-2 (Abid), 2-2 (Azhar), 3-2 (Imran).
TO BAT: Mohammad Rizwan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Nauman Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Abbas.
BOWLING (to-date): Roach 7-3-13-2; Seales 4-2-7-1; Joseph 4-0-22-0; Holder 6-2-13-0; Mayers 4-0-5-0 (1nb).
WEST INDIES: Ok.C. Brathwaite, Ok.O.A. Powell, N.E. Bonner, R.L. Chase, J. Blackwood, Ok.R. Mayers, J.O. Holder, J. da Silva, A.S. Joseph, Ok.A.J. Roach, J.N.T. Seales.
UMPIRES: G.O. Brathwaite (West Indies) and J.S. Wilson (West Indies).
TV UMPIRE: N. Duguid (West Indies).
MATCH REFEREE: R.B. Richardson (West Indies).
Revealed in Daybreak, August 21st, 2021