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Ali nearing ton on rain affected day

 
Pakistani opener Azhar Ali continued his good form on the current Caribbean tour with an unbeaten 85 on the rain affected opening day at Windsor Park in Dominica.
 
Ali’s effort enabled Pakistan to finish the first day of the third and final Brighto Cup Test against the West Indies on 169/2. Ali who scored 105 in the second Test at Kensington Oval in Barbados was the mainstay of the Pakistani effort, as he batted with calm assurance. After the early loss of opener Shan Masood for nine, with the score at 19, Pakistan got a 120-run second wicket partnership between Ali and Babar Azam. The two pulled Pakistan to 70/1 at lunch after they were asked to first strike. Most of the middle session was washed out but an extended final session allowed for a total of 69 overs to be played during the day.
 
Azam was dismissed by pacer Alzari Joseph just before the close to bring West Indies back into the contest. He faced 124 balls and struck three fours to claw Pakistan back after they lost Masood with the score at 19.
 
When stumps were drawn, Ali had already faced 219 balls, striking seven fours and two sixes.


SCOREBOARD
 
WI vs Pakistan
Pakistan 1st inns
 
A Ali    not out    85
S Masood     c Holder b Chase   9
B Azam        c Powell b Joseph  55
Y Khan         not out           10
Extras     1b, 4lb, 2w, 3nb   10
Total for 2 wkts         169
Fall of wkts: 19, 139.
Bowling: S Gabriel 19-6-32-0, A Joseph 14-4-39-1, R Chase 10-3-27-1, J Holder 14-4-30-0, D Bishoo 12-0-36-0.

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