Lunch Day 4: Pakistan lead by 369

Basseterre, St Kitts, CMC – Opener Taufeeq Umar stroked his fifth Test century and his first in nearly eight years as Pakistan consolidated their hold on the second Test against West Indies on Monday.

 

The left-hander hit 135 to equal his highest Test score, an innings that steered Pakistan to 320-4 at lunch on the fourth day, a lead of 369 runs. Captain Misbah-ul-Haq was closing in on his third century at this level, reaching the interval unbeaten on 85.

 

He shared a fourth wicket stand of 129 with Taufeeq, a partnership that deflated West Indies and was ended via the run out route, 13 minutes before lunch.

 

Resuming the day at Warner Park unbeaten on 97, Taufeeq needed another 18 balls to reach three figures, the landmark coming when he tucked pacer Ravi Rampaul in front of square for a single.

 

He and Misbah then continued to batter the hosts, who went on the defensive and allowed runs to flow freely.

Taufeeq hit 13 fours and faced 314 balls while Misbah, unbeaten on 13 at the start, and has so far cracked nine fours and two sixes off 122 balls.

 

Taufeeq eventually fell when he made a lethargic attempt to reach his ground in taking a quick single, and was run out by captain Darren Sammy’s direct hit. 

 

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