MATCH REPORT: Fawad century puts Pakistan ahead after Day 3
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Day 3 of 2nd Test match
Venue: Sabina Park, Jamaica
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Fawad Alam defied West Indies bowlers to record his fifth Test hundred before left-arm seamer Shaheen Shah Afridi snatched a brace of wickets to rock their top order, on the third day of the second match at Sabina Park. Following the abandonment of Saturday’s second day due to rain, Pakistan converted their overnight 212-4 into 302-9, before declaring 35 minutes after tea on Sunday.
The left-handed Fawad struck an unbeaten 124, resuming his innings on 76 after retiring from heat exhaustion, 20 minutes after tea on Friday’s opening day. Mohammad Rizwan made 31 and Faheem Ashraf got 26 as Pakistan lost five wickets for 90 runs, with fast bowlers Jayden Seales (3-31) and Kemar Roach (3-68) finishing with three scalps apiece, and Jason Holder supporting with 2-46.
Faced with 27 overs at the back end of the final session, West Indies closed at 39-3 for at the close – 263 runs adrift in the first innings with two days left in the match. Nkrumah Bonner was unbeaten on 18 at the close with nightwatchman Alzarri Joseph surviving 16 balls without scoring. Afridi once again proved a challenge for the batsmen. He removed opener Kieran Powell and skipper Kraigg Brathwaite in successive overs with only nine runs on the board, before seamer Faheem Ashraf accounted for Roston Chase’s wicket.
“I think it’s a new ball wicket. If you can get past the new ball with little damage, it’s a very good track to bat on,” Holder said after the day’s play.
“Fawad obviously showed us how to apply ourselves. He was very, very patient. In these kinds of situations trying to see off a day becomes quite tricky for batters, and the new ball will definitely count in these kinds of conditions. I expect tomorrow when the sun comes out and everything is pretty much even, the pitch should level off and settle down.”