Pakistan vs West Indies: Faheem, Shaheen strikes early to keep up hope of victory alive
Pakistan will enter the fourth day of the second Test against West Indies with high hopes, as the national team put the hosts on the edge after outstanding bowling by Faheem Ashraf and Shaheen Shah Afridi on Sunday.
Fawad Alam brought up yet another century with 124 unbeaten. This helped Pakistan rise up to a total of 302 for the loss of nine wickets. The skipper decided to declare the innings after that.
During bowling, Shaheen and Faheem showed outstanding performance after Shaheen strike down both the openers of the hosts. Faheem added another wicket to limit the hosts to 39 for the loss of three wickets. at the end of the day.
After the loss by just one wicket in the first Test on the same ground, the rain flushed day 2 of the second Test, which could prove difficult for Pakistan to level the series.
Day three also saw some difficulties as the effects of the rain were still pertaining. The pitch from the bowler’s end was still damp, which was concerning for the hosts as they bowled.
The play only lasted eight deliveries before the complaints of Jason Holder, who was supported by fellow bowlers and skipper Ktaigg Brathwaite. The innings was then delayed by 90 minutes.
After the match was resumed, Pakistan continued from 212 for the loss of four wickets. the national team was completely dependent on Fawad Alam to take the score to the 300 mark.
Fawad resumed his innings after he got retired hurt at 76. He scored his fourth test century in 12 innings helping the team to keep the hopes up.
This innings showed his value of returning to the game after being ignored for 11 years. He debuted in senior Pakistan colors in 2009.
Fawad shines on the crease
After returning to the crease after the fall of Faheem’s wicket, and then seeing Muhammad Rizwan and Nauman Ali’s quick dismissals, the veteran player stayed focused and scored the century after two successful, pulls off Kyle Mayers.
He scored 124 unbeaten, which comprised six hours and 213 balls faced and stroke 17 fours.
“It was very challenging out there and what Babar (Azam) and I did on the first day was very important,” said Fawad at the end of the day in reflecting on his and the team’s effort.
“You always feel proud when you score a century for your country so I am very happy right now. My dad has always been my motivation. He told me to keep on trying and my time will come and now it has and I am trying to make the most of it.”
Kemar Roach and Jayden Seales shined on the bowling side with three wickets each.
Shaheen Shah Afridi, after obtaining a new ball, dismissed both openers Kieran Powell and Brathwaite in consecutive overs.
After the dismissal of Roston Chase by Faheem, Alzarri Joseph stood alongside Nkrumah Bonner to manage to take West Indies into the fourth day with the loss of three wickets.
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