Babar, Fawad rescue Pakistan after Roach show

Match is being played at Sabina Park
Aug 20, 2021
Photo: ICC
Photo: ICC
Photo: ICC
Photo: ICC

Babar Azam and Fawad Alam hit half-centuries as Pakistan managed to post 212 on the scoreboard on day-one of the second Test.

Kemar Roach struck twice and new ball partner Jayden Seales claimed early success as well to have the tourists tottering at two for three with just four overs gone after home captain Kraigg Brathwaite repeated his decision of the first Test by putting the opposition in on winning the toss.

However, Babar Azam and Fawad Alam managed to post over 150-run stand for the fourth wicket to get the team back in the game.

Revelling in the bowler-friendly conditions, Roach added to that early success in his next over as new batsman Azhar Ali fell without scoring, the former captain edging a delivery through to wicketkeeper Joshua da Silva.

Seales, man of the match in the first Test when he claimed eight wickets including five in the second innings, enjoyed his share of the early spoils.

He drew the other opener, Imran Butt, into playing at another full-length delivery for da Silva to take his second straightforward catch in nine balls.

Babar Azam and Fawad Alam displayed admirable grit and discipline in defying West Indies' all-pace attack.

However, after reaching 75, Pakistan captain walked back to the pavilion thanks to pacer Roach, who claimed his third wicket of the innings.

Meanwhile, Fawad Alam walked back to the dugout after having cramps. He was batting on 76.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan (22) and Faheem Ashraf (23) remained unbeaten at stumps.

After scrambling to a thrilling one-wicket win the first Test at the same venue five days earlier, the home side made one change to that winning line-up.

Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph further bolstered the pace attack at the expense of left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican.

Pakistan also made just one change as experienced wrist-spinner Yasir Shah, who went wicketless in the first Test, was replaced by left-arm orthodox slow bowler Nauman Ali.

West Indies are seeking a first Test series triumph over Pakistan for 21 years. The visitors are hoping to repeat the efforts of the 2005 and 2011 tours of the Caribbean when they lost the first encounters before rebounding to square both two-Test series


West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Kieran Powell, Nkrumah Bonner, Kyle Mayers, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Joshua Da Silva (wicketkeeper), Jason Holder, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales and Alzarri Joseph.

Pakistan: Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (captain), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Nauman Ali, Mohammad Abbas and Shaheen Shah Afridi.


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