Azhar Ali 302 not out! – WI chasing mammoth Pakistan first innings

first_img SHARP CATCH DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP): Opening batsman Azhar Ali razed the West Indies bowling with a triple century in Pakistan’s mammoth first innings score of 579 for three declared on the second day of the day-night Test yesterday. Azhar reached 302 off 469 balls after dinner with his 23rd boundary when captain Misbah-ul-Haq declared and ended a below-par 11-hour effort by the West Indies in the field. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah removed Leon Johnson in his second over as West Indies went to stumps at 69-1 and still trail Pakistan by 510 runs. Azhar admirably adjusted to the pink ball – used in a Test match for only the second time – and faltered once when he was dropped on 190 late in the first session. Resuming at overnight 279-1, Azhar swelled Pakistan total by featuring in two century stands with debutant Babar Azam (69) and Asad Shafiq (67). Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (2-125) dismissed both Azam and Shafiq, but was also guilty of bowling too many short deliveries on a flat wicket. Captain Jason Holder missed an opportunity in the very first over of the day when he didn’t go for a leg before wicket referral against Shafiq, as replays showed Shannon Gabriel’s inswinger would have hit the top of middle stump. Shafiq went on to contribute 137 runs with Azhar for the second wicket, until Bishoo held on to a sharp catch off his own bowling to dismiss Shafiq. Azam carried his brilliant run of form from the preceding one-day series in which he scored three successive centuries against the West Indies and was unruffled by either the seamers or spinners. Azhar raised his double century with successive boundaries off Gabriel in the first over after tea and then celebrated the feat in his 50th Test with nine press-ups before bowing down and kissing the turf. Together with Azhar, Azam contributed a further 165 runs with an impressive run rate of 4.8 against a ragged West Indies bowling before Azam was caught in the covers. But Azhar continued to dominate the West Indies bowling and showed brilliant fitness with his running between the wickets in sapping humid conditions. Misbah (29 not out) then showed the intent of declaration with a quickfire half century-stand before Azhar carressed the part-time spinner Blackwood through the off side for a boundary and became only the fourth Pakistani batsman to score a triple century in Test matches. Late Hanif Mohammad, current chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and Younis Khan are the other Pakistanis who have scored triple centuries in Test matches. SCOREBOARD PAKISTAN 1st Innings (overnight 279 for one) Sami Aslam b Chase 90 Azhar Ali not out 302 Asad Shafiq c & b Bishoo 67 Babar Azam c Holder b Bishoo 69 *Misbah-ul-Haq not out 19 Extras (b1, lb9, w1, nb11) 22 Total (3 wkts decl., 155.3 overs) 579 Did not bat: +Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Amir, Sohail Khan. Fall of wickets: 1-215 (Sami Aslam), 2-352 (Asad Shafiq), 3-517 (Babar Azam) Bowling: Gabriel 22-3-99-0 (nb10), Cummins 25-2-99-0 (w1), Holder 25-4-73-0, Brathwaite 14-2-56-0, Bishoo 35-4-125-2, Chase 33-2-109-1, Blackwood 1.3-0-8-0. WEST INDIES 1st Innings K. Brathwaite not out 32 L. Johnson lbw b Yasir Shah 15 D. Bravo not out 14 Extras (b8) 8 Total (1 wkt, 22 overs) 69 To bat: M Samuels, J Blackwood, R Chase, +S Dowrich, *J Holder, D Bishoo, M Cummins, S Gabriel. Fall of wickets: 1-42 (Johnson). Bowling: Mohammed Amir 5-0-13-0, Sohail Khan 4-0-14-0, Yasir Shah 7-3-13-1, Wahab Riaz 4-0-17-0, Mohammed Nawaz 2-1-4-0. Position: West Indies trail by 510 runs with nine first innings wickets intact. Toss: Pakistan. Umpires: R Illingworth, P Reiffel; TV: M Gough.last_img read more

Tottenham and Man United target puts future talks on hold until after World Cup

first_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Sidibe established himself as one of Europe’s finest full-backs in 2016/17 But now it has emerged that the 25-year-old will not be making any decisions until France’s involvement in the World Cup is over.That will come as good news to both United and Spurs, who have been heavily linked with the left-back. RANKED LATEST The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star three-way race 2 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Tottenham and Manchester United target Djibril Sidibe has put his future on ice until after the World Cup.It has been reported that the Monaco full-back is on the verge of agreeing a move to Atletico Madrid. Latest transfer news Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Sidibe is currently part of the France squad at the World Cup Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? moving on Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets LIVING THE DREAM TOP WORK REVEALED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Both clubs are expected to strengthen their defensive units while the window is open and signing full-backs is high on their agendas.The Premier League pair have both tracked the former Lille man and are said to have been impressed with his displays for Monaco since his arrival there in 2016. targets 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Local paper Nice-Matin has revealed that Atletico are currently leading the race for the £30m-rated star but with no decision yet made, there is still time for United or Spurs to strike.last_img read more