Thursday, 22 April 2021

Pakistan seize advantage in Barbados

azharAzhar Ali (right) of Pakistan cricket hits a boundary during Day 2 of the 2nd Test match against West Indies cricket team at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados

BARBADOS: West Indies cricket team took three quick wickets after tea to leave the second test evenly balanced as Pakistan cricket team stumbled from 155 without loss to 172-3 at stumps on the second day, still 140 runs behind on Monday.Opener Azhar Ali was undefeated on 81 and captain Misbah-ul-Haq 7 not out with Pakistan scoring slowly all day, including 66 runs off 30 overs in the final session at Kensington Oval. Get cricket score of West Indies (WI) vs (Pak) Pakistan second Test, Day 2 here.

Monday started promisingly for Pakistan, who lead the three-match series 1-0, as they made swift work of wrapping up West Indies’ first innings. Roston Chase (131) and Jason Holder (58) had shared 132 for the seventh wicket the previous day to lead their side to 286-6, but neither man could add to their score on the second morning. Holder was caught behind off Mohammad Abbas from the third ball of the day and Chase edged Mohammad Amir to Younis at second slip in the next over. Another burst of two wickets in as many overs brought an end to the innings, Abbas having Bishoo held at mid-on to finish with 4-56 before Yasir Shah bowled Alzarri Joseph. Shehzad’s first let-off came when he had just three runs to his name as Vishaul Singh failed to take a chance off Shannon Gabriel, diving forward after coming in from mid-on. Gabriel then had Shehzad trapped in front for 21, but the opener called for a review that showed the paceman had over-stepped. After the patient Azhar had brought up his 50 with a swept four off Bishoo, there was yet another stroke of luck for Shehzad, who was stumped down the leg side off Chase only for another no-ball to be called. West Indies’ frustration increased when a review against Shehzad proved misguided, a delivery from Chase projected to drift past leg. However, a wicket finally arrived when Bishoo got a delivery to turn sharply and find Shehzad’s edge. Gabriel then had Azam caught and bowled and Younis pulled a Bishoo long hop straight to midwicket, before Misbah-ul-Haq dug in alongside Azhar in the overs that remained.

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