Holder, Gabriel lift West Indies

Holder, Gabriel lift West Indies

Misbah-ul-Haq’s gritty innings of 99 propelled Pakistan into the lead as the visitors ended the second session of the third Test against West Indies in Barbados at 329 for 7, in front by 17 runs.
Misbah bristled with intent as he lofted Roston Chase for a six in the 99th over. Azhar Ali (105), his partner at the other end, then compiled his 13th Test century with a cut shot off Devendra Bishoo.

At the start of the day, the resolute duo of Azhar and Misbah just blocked, blocked and blocked some more to stonewall the young West Indies’ pace attack. The prosaic methods of Azhar and Misbah spoke volumes of the duo’s patience and discipline.

It was only in the 90th over of the innings when Misbah decided to take a few risks as he cracked the square cut off Gabriel. Misbah decided to chance his arm once again as he checked in another cut stroke off Gabriel to collect his second boundary in three overs.

Holder and Gabriel have given West Indies renewed hope of making a comeback into the match. The hosts will look to restrict Pakistan’s lead by wrapping up the innings as quickly as possible.

West Indies 312 (Roston Chase 131, Jason Holder 58; Mohammad Abbas 4-56, Mohammad Amir 3-65) trail Pakistan 329/7 (Azhar Ali 105, Misbah-ul-Haq 99; Devendra Bishoo 3-103) by 17 runs.

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