West Indies vs Pakistan 2nd Test Day 2: Azhar’s 81* makes it Pakistan’s day

Azhar struck seven boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 81

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Azhar Ali scored an unbeaten 81 as Pakistan found themselves in full control against the West Indies on the second day of the second Test in Barbados.

Starting off the day on 286/6, the West Indies lost captain Jason Holder and Roston Chase without adding any runs to their overnight score.

Holder fell for 58 off 128 balls, which included eight boundaries, while Chase made 131 off 210 deliveries, which included 17 boundaries.

Devendra Bishoo managed to score 14 runs before being dismissed by Mohammad Abbas.

The West Indies were ultimately bowled out for 312 when Alzarri Joseph was cleaned up by Yasir Shah for eight runs.

Abbas was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Mohammad Amir snapped up three, Yasir took two and debutant Shadab Khan chipped in with one.

Trailing by 312 runs, Pakistan made a fabulous start to their innings as Azhar and Ahmed Shehzad amassed a 155-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries.

With Pakistan cruising, the West Indies were in dire need of a wicket, and it was Bishoo who provided it as he removed Shehzad for 70, which came off 191 balls and included eight boundaries.

During his innings, Shehzad was given three lives as he was dropped on three, lbw off a no-ball on 21 and stumped off another no-ball on 32.

Shehzad scored his fourth Test fifty

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Shannon Gabriel sent Babar Azam packing the very next over, while Bishoo proceeded to get rid of Younis Khan for a duck.

Having lost three wickets for six runs, Pakistan ensured they reached stumps without any more issues as Azhar and captain Misbah-ul-Haq put together an unbeaten 11-run partnership.

Azhar finished on 81 off 193 balls, which included seven boundaries, while Misbah remained undefeated on seven off 28 deliveries, which included one boundary.

Bishoo was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Gabriel claimed one.

Pakistan ended day two on 172/3 and will continue batting on Tuesday at 10:00 local time or 14:00 GMT.

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