Day 2 of the Pakistan VS West Indies Test Match at Sabina Park, Kingston got washed out after a daylong harsh downpour. The match is stranded at 212/4 after Babbar Azam the Pakistan captain stitched a heroic partnership with veteran Fawad Alam. Both of them got well-fought 70’s after the team was railing at 2/3 after Kemar Roach rocked the opening 3 batsmen. Here’s a recap of the first day: –
Day 1, Session 1: –
The first session out and out belonged to the Windies. Kemar Roach and Jayden Seales turned out to be the antagonists for the Pakistani side. The pacers were constantly hitting the line of outside off stump. The 4th and 5th stump lines bothered the Pakistani openers. The line of uncertainty took the better of them. It was just a matter of time that the openers nicked one through. The fall began with Abid Ali perishing to Kemar Roach. Next up was Imran Butt. He too nicked Jayden Seales through to the keeper. The nightmare of Pakistan was summed up after Azhar Ali similarly fell to Roach. At this time Pakistan was railing at 2-3 when skipper Azam and Alam came to restructure the innings. The first session was then spent rebuilding the innings. In the end, the scorecard read 62-3 after 25 overs.
Day 1, Session 2: –
The second session altogether belonged to the Asians. The two senior batsmen stood ground and made sure that the Windies become wicketless in the second session. Alam, however, was not looking very comfortable as at times was seen limping during the second part of the day. After taking off the shine from the ball in the first session, Pakistani batsmen were free to score. The second session witnessed a few glorious drives from the senior pair. Azam completed his fifty with a glorious back-foot drive. Alam on the other hand too, pulled Joseph to the fence to complete his fifty. The 50s from this duo, helped Pakistan to put on a formidable score.
Day 1, Session 3: –
Session 3 now saw the Caribbean Kings fight back. The heat of Jamaica was taking a strong toll on both the squads. Fawad was really struggling with cramps which were aggravated after Jayden Seales struck him on the foot. Joshua Da Silva too, handed his gloves over to Jahmar Hamilton to escape the heat. The fightback began with the fall of Azam after nicking one to the second slip to Jason Holder. Alam finally succumbed to his cramps and retired hurt. But all-rounder Faheem Ashraf and keeper Mohammad Rizwan ensured that a collapse doesn’t happen. The play was then called off at the 74th overdue to bad light. At the end the scorecard looked like this: –
Brief scores: Pakistan 1st innings 212 for 4 in 74 overs (B Azam 75, F Alam 76 retd hurt; Kemar Roach 3/49).