Sunday, 15 August 2021

WI vs PAK: Babar Azam's unbeaten half-century, Pakistan took a 124-run lead over the West Indies

Credited by NEWS18

Kingston (Jamaica) With the help of captain Babar Azam's unbeaten half-century, Pakistan took a 124-run lead of 160 for five over rain-hit West Indies on the third day of the first Test. Pakistan was trailing by 36 runs in the first innings. At the end of the day's play, he took a 124-run lead with five wickets in hand.

Babar (54) and Fahim Ashraf (12) were on the crease. Azam was batting at 28 when it started raining after which two hours of play was lost and he was batting till the last session. He was heading for a long fifth-wicket partnership with Mohammad Rizwan, but Jason Holder ended the 56-run partnership with a superb league cutter.

By that time, Pakistan had taken an 85-run lead. But Babar and Fahim batted well with patience and added 39 runs for the fifth wicket till the stumps. Babar completed his half-century off 117 balls and Faheem has faced 79 off 12 balls so far. West Indies missed a chance to get Fahim out for four when Jermaine Blackwood dropped a catch to Kyle Meyers.

Sabina Park's pitch is still helping the fast bowlers and it will be difficult to chase a 200-run lead. In the morning, West Indies could add only two runs in the first innings which started at 251 for eight. Shaheen Afridi took both the wickets.

Pakistan lost 217 in the first innings and lost opener Imran Butt in the third over of the second innings when there was only one run on the board. But Azhar Ali (23) along with Abid Ali (34) led the team with a 55-run stand for the second wicket. Pakistan lost both the wickets of Abid and Fawad Alam in the 26th over. Juden Cell took both the wickets.

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