Azhar, Babar fifties toil West Indies on rain-marred day 1

Azhar Ali, Test

After being put in to bat by West Indies under gloomy clouds, Pakistan responded in a fashion they are most accustomed to – sluggish, solid, unappealing – finishing on 169 for 2 in 69 overs that were bowled on rain-hit day 1 of the final Test in Dominica.

Azhar Ali (85*) and Babar Azam – who brought up his fourth Test fifty – looked settled for the most part day in conditions where one would have expected them to have a troublesome time, as they slowly and watchfully forged a key 120-run stand. But Babar was finally accounted by Alzarri Joseph late in the day as he flirted with a wide delivery only find an edge that comfortably carried through to slip.

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Earlier, Shan Masood – replacing ill Ahmed Shehzad – failed to make a strong show on his comeback as he fell for just 9 to Roston Chase.

Younis Khan, who is set to hang his boots after this match, walked out to out to a guard-of-honour from West Indies players and stood firm till the play was called off due to insufficient lights.