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LUNCH: Pakistan (217 & 203) vs West Indies (253) & 38-3 – 4th day, 1st Test

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Kingston – West Indies, chasing 168 to win, were 38 for three in their second innings at lunch on the fourth day of the first Test against Pakistan at Sabina Park in Jamaica.

The Windies’ chase got off to a rocky start, after pacer Jayden Seales improved on his first innings career-best and took 5-55 from 15.4 overs and the hosts bowled out the Pakistanis for 203 in their second innings.

All three of the wickets the Caribbean side lost before the interval fell to left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi, whose figures presently read 5-2-17-3.

Kieran Powell was lbw for four in Afridi’s first over, the second of the innings; West Indies captain Brathwaite fell four overs later, when he was caught behind for two in the pacer’s third over; and Nkrumah Bonner was bowled for five off the inside edge in the Afridi’s fourth over.

Earlier, Seales grabbed the last three Pakistan wickets, and the Windies needed an hour and 10 minutes to wrap up the visitors’ batting after they resumed from their overnight of 160 for five.

Pacer Kemar Roach started the demolition of the bottom half of the Pakistani batting, when he got Faheem Ashraf caught behind for 20 after adding eight to his overnight score.

Kyle Mayers replaced him and struck with his second delivery, when he claimed Pakistan captain Babar Azam caught at slip for the top score of 55 on the stroke of the first half-hour.

Seales swiftly brought the innings to a close removing Yasir Shah, Afridi and Hasan Ali in successive overs to become the youngest West Indies bowler to take five wickets in a Test innings at 19 years, 339 days.

The Test is the first of two between the teams in the Jamaica capital and it is being played behind closed doors because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It also marks the start of the new round of the ICC World Test Championship for the teams.

Summarised scores:

Pakistan 217 (Fawad Alam 56, Faheem Ashraf 44, Babar Azam 30, Mohammad Rizwan 23, Azhar Ali 17, Hasan Ali 14, Imran Butt 11; Jason Holder 3-26, Jayden Seales 3-70, Kemar Roach 2-47) and 203 (Babar Azam 55, Abid Ali 34, Mohammad Rizwan 30, Hasan Ali 28, Azhar Ali 23, Faheem Ashraf 20; Jayden Seales 15.4-3-55-5, Kemar Roach 3-30).

West Indies 253 (Kraigg Brathwaite 97, Jason Holder 58, Jermaine Blackwood 22, Roston Chase 21, Joshua da Silva 21, Kemar Roach 13; Shaheen Afridi 4-59, Mohammad Abbas 3-43) and 38 for three (Roston Chase 11 not out, Jermaine Blackwood 10 not out; Shaheen Afridi 3-17).

(AR)

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