Skipper Babar Azam rescues Pakistan

Skipper Babar Azam stepped up to the fore as Pakistan enjoyed a mixed Day 3 against West Indies in the First Test played at Sabina Park Kingston. After the bowlers restricted West Indies’ lead to 36, the visitors got off to the worst possible start, losing four wickets for just 65 runs.

Azam partnered with Mohammed Rizwan to steady the innings but the latter perished leaving his skipper in the company of Faheem Ashraf. Pakistan now lead by 124 runs and Babar Azam will be hoping to take his team’s lead to above 200 runs. As for the bowlers, pacemen Kemar Roach and Jayden Searles shared two wickets each, while Jason Holder clinched the crucial wicket of Mohammed Rizwan.

Earlier the West Indies resuming their first innings were all out for 253 runs with paceman Shaheen Afridi capturing four wickets for 59 runs ably supported by fellow paceman Mohamed Abbas who captured 3 wickets for 43 runs.

Chief scores

Pakistan first innings 217 and 160 for 5 wickets at close Babar. Azam 54n.o,Azhar Ali 34,M.Rizwan 30, Kemar.Roach 2/16, Jayden. Seales 2/50

West Indies first innings 253 Kraig. Braithwaite 97,Jason.Holder 58,Shaneen. Afridi 4/59Mohamed. Abbas 3/43

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