Lunch Day 2: Pakistan all out for 272

Basseterre, St Kitts, CMC – West Indies were frustrated by Tanvir Ahmed’s maiden Test half-century before finally dismissing Pakistan for 272 on the stroke of lunch on the second day of the second Digicel Test on Saturday.


The hosts got quick wickets in the morning session at Warner Park to reduce the Pakistanis to 194-9 but Tanvir cracked a breezy 57 to dominate a crucial last-wicket partnership of 78 with Saeed Ajmal (23 not out), and add precious runs.


Tanvir faced 96 balls and struck 10 fours, benefitting from loose bowling while Ajmal supported well with one four and a top-edged six to third man in facing 79 balls.


It took a straight delivery from leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo (3-80) to account for Tanvir leg-before on the backfoot. Fast bowler Ravi Rampaul finished with 3-68 while captain Darren Sammy chipped in with 2-70.


Resuming at 180-6, Pakistan added only seven runs before Abdur Rehman flirted outside off-stump with a Sammy delivery and was caught at the wicket.


Mohammed Salman, unbeaten on eight overnight, gathering five more runs before chipping Bishoo to Marlon Samuels at mid-on while Wahab Riaz fell to another catch at the wicket by Carlton Baugh off pacer Kemar Roach without scoring.


At that stage, West Indies would have had hopes of restricting the Pakistanis to under 200 but Tanvir and Ajmal had other ideas.