Fawad Alam’s fifth Test century and Shaheen Shah Afridi’s new ball potential pushed Pakistan to the top on the third day of the rain-affected second Test against the West Indies at Sabina Park on Sunday.
Fawad’s unbeaten 124 made 302 for nine in his first innings while Shaheen quickly removed both openers and Faheem Ashraf added another wicket to take the home side to 39 for three. Piled up
Leading by one wicket at a thrilling end in the first Test at the same ground a week ago, Pakistan’s attempt to win the series has been frustrated by rain and inadequate coverage of the game square.
The whole day of the second day was lost in the rain and a sudden outfield, while the game did not start properly until the afternoon of the third day because there was a wet area at the southern end of the pitch, according to the bowlers’ run-up. Concern for the West Indies
After another 90-minute delay, early attempts to play in the morning resulted in only eight balls being bowled in response to Jason Holder’s complaints, with the help of fellow bowlers and skipper Craig Braithwaite. Consider before suspending the game
When the game finally started in the heat of the afternoon, Pakistan, which resumed from four positions at 212 overnight, was relying entirely on Fawad to take him to 300 runs.
Two wickets on Jaden Sales’ two and Holder’s two balls controlled the tourists.
However, Fawad, who resumed his innings at 76 after retiring from heat exhaustion and severe pain on the first day, will not be denied a fourth Test century in 12 innings.
It was an innings that reinforced the value of his return to the international scene after being sidelined for 11 years after his debut in the Senior Pakistan Colors in 2009.
‘Inspired by Dad’
After Fahim returned to the crease after the wicket fell, and then saw Mohammad Rizwan and Noman Ali leave quickly, the 35-year-old left-hander kept his focus and pulled one with two runs from Kyle Myers. Arrived at the lovely place together.
Despite the disappointment in Hassan Ali’s contribution to the run-out, his unbeaten 124, which lasted six hours in which he faced 213 balls and hit 17 fours, was a brilliant effort.
At the end of the day, Fawad, considering his and the team’s efforts, said, “It was very difficult there and what Babar (Azam) and I did on the first day was very important.”
You are always proud when you make a century for your country so I am very happy right now. My father has always been my inspiration. He told me to keep trying and my time would come and now his time has come and I am trying to make the most of it.
Kemar Roach and Sales led the West Indies bowling with three wickets apiece.
Shaheen then took full advantage of the opportunity with a new ball by removing Karen Powell and Brathwaite in consecutive overs.
When Fahim bowled Ruston Chase, he brought in night watchman Alzari Joseph, who, along with Nakarma Bonner, led the West Indies fight to the fourth day.
The West Indies took the lead in the series after winning the first Test by one wicket at the same venue a week ago.