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Abu Dhabi test: Pakistan stretch lead to 342 runs against West Indies

ABU DHABI: Pakistan stretched its first inning 228-run lead to 342 at the stump of third day of second test against West Indies at Sheikh Zaid Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

At the end of day three, Pakistan were at 114-1 as Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali not-out at the crease.

Earlier, leg spinner Yasir Shah’s four wickets led Pakistan to gain a 228 runs lead in the first inning.

Aslam departed for 50 late in the day, when third umpire Paul Reiffel made the dubious decision to overturn a not-out decision on a caught-behind appeal. Shannon Gabriel had angled the ball into Aslam’s pads and West Indies believed he got a faint edge as it went down leg to the wicketkeeper. DRS provided only slow-motion replays and the evidence to overturn looked scant, but it was enough to convince Reiffel. That ended a 93-run opening partnership that had steadily taken the match further and further from West Indies’ reach.

Asad Shafiq joined Azhar to take Pakistan to 114 for 1 by the close, a position that looked nigh on impregnable with two days left in the match.

Earlier, Yasir Shah took four wickets to help dismiss West Indies for 224 in their first innings on the third day of the second Test in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

Shah finished with 4-86 and left-arm paceman Rahat Ali took 3-45 as West Indies conceded a lead of 228 over Pakistan’s first innings total of 452. But despite falling 29 runs short of avoiding the follow-on, Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq did not enforce.

West Indies added just 118 in the near two-hour session of batting on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch. Jason Holder (31) and Shannon Gabriel (13) frustrated Pakistan with a 27-run last wicket stand before Shah took the final wicket of Gabriel, caught at mid-on to end the innings.

Shah also had Roston Chase (22) and Shai Hope (11) after lunch while fast bowler Sohail Khan had Miguel Cummins (three) to finish with 2-35.

Resuming at 106-4, West Indies lost overnight batsman Jermaine Blackwood in the seventh over of the day when he edged Rahat to wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed after scoring just eight. Chase and nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo both escaped lbw calls but Sohail had the last laugh as he clean bowled Bishoo for 20, leaving West Indies struggling at 144-6.

Pakistan lead the three-match series 1-0 on account of their 56-run win in the first Test — a day-night affair.