Azhar, Misbah fashion vital 81-run lead on day 3

Azhar Ali

A sluggish but effective 105 from Azhar Ali and captain Misbah-ul-Haq’s fighting 99 ensured Pakistan fashion a key 81-run lead over West Indies on day 3 of the second Test at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown. The visitors posted 393 in response to West Indies 312, taking a crucial first innings’ lead in the game where batting is expected to get a lot harder in the second half of the game.

Shannon Gabriel was the pick of the bowlers for West Indies, as he returned figures of 4-81. Devendra Bishoo and Jason Holder picked up 3 wickets each.

The visitors had already wiped out nearly half of their first innings deficit at the cost of Kieran Powell’s wicket, who was accounted by Mohammad Abbas for 8.

West Indies closed the day on 40-1, requiring another 41 runs to surpass Pakistan’s first innings total.

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Day 2 Summary:

West Indies 312 and 40 for 1 (Hetmyer 22*, Abbas 1-14) trail Pakistan 393 (Azhar 105, Misbah 99, Gabriel 4-81, Holder 3-42, Bishoo 3-16) by 41 runs