Pak vs WI 1st Test: Azhar’s historic triple century puts Pakistan in cruise control on Day 2

Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st Test, Stumps Day 2
Pakistan 579/3 decl. (Azhar 302*, Sami Aslam 90; Devendra Bishoo 2-125) lead West Indies 69/1 (Kraigg Brathwaite 32*; Yasir Shah 1-13) by 510 runs

Friday, 14 October 2016, will go down as another historic day in Pakistan’s illustrious cricket history. It was the day when Azhar Ali jotted his name down in the history books by becoming only the fourth Pakistani batsman to ever notch up a triple century in the longest version of the game. His innings has been mightily pivotal behind Pakistan’s sheer dominance over the West Indies throughout the course of the first two days and the veteran batsman understandably soaked up the rousing applause from his team-mates at Stumps on Day 2.

Azhar Ali’s unbeaten 302 steered Pakistan to a monstrous total of 579 for three declared as they ended Day 2 of the historic Day-Night Test in Dubai in cruise control over the Caribbean. The West Indies survived several anxious moments in the little time they were given to bat in the closing stages, before Leon Johnson was bagged leg before by none other than Yasir Shah. At stumps Day 2, the visitors trailed Pakistan by a whopping 510 runs.

For West Indies, the session ended up being a berating experience. Holder even took an edgy review for leg-before against Azhar, yet obviously the 31-year-old had got bat on it. Gabriel, the lead of the pace attack, knocked down some pins upwards of 11 no-balls and the spinners were for the most part incapable.

After the break, once Azhar netted in his lady triple-century, Pakistan pronounced their innings. For some time, Johnson and Kraigg Brathwaite (32 not out) withstood some testing spells from Pakistan bowlers. In any case, Yasir struck approximately 30 minutes before stumps by expelling Johnson leg-some time recently. The left-gave batsman requested the survey, however the HawkEye demonstrated that the ball would take out the leg-stump and the first choice sat tight.

West Indies require an extraordinary batting push to escape with a draw, while Pakistan will hope to run riot against the visitors’ middle-order on Day 3. Pakistan’s think-tank would be bouyed by the way that Yasir was extricating apparent turn amid his brief rocking the bowling alley stretch.

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