Lunch Day 3: Pakistan in front

Basseterre, St Kitts, CMC – West Indies fielded poorly allowing openers Taufeeq Umar and Mohammad Hafeez off the hook to give Pakistan a strong start to their second innings before lunch in the second Digicel Test on Sunday.

 

At the interval, Pakistan reached 55 without loss in their second innings – an overall lead of 104 – with Taufeeq not out on 39 and Hafeez not out on 15.

 

West Indies had been dismissed for 223 about 1 ¼ hours before lunch on the third day at Warner Park, conceding a first innings lead of 49.

The home team however, did their chances no favours, when they also coughed-up four chances to the two Pakistani openers, with Kemar Roach suffering the most.

 

He had himself to blame, when Hafeez, on nought, was caught behind off a no-ball in the first over of the innings, before Darren Bravo dropped a straightforward chance from Taufeeq, on one, in the third over of the innings.

 

Before leaving the field with a hip complaint following his third over, West Indies captain Darren Sammy was also guilty of two dropped catches. He put down Taufeeq, on 13, off Roach at second slip, where he also spilled a low, difficult chance from Hafeez, on 14, off Rampaul.

 

Earlier, West Indies, starting the day on 184 for eight, stretched their innings thanks to Rampaul with 32 not out and Roach with a career-best 29. They added 60 for the ninth wicket before Hafeez made the breakthrough, trapping Roach lbw playing back and across, and Saeed Ajmal brought the innings to a close, when Devendra Bishoo was caught at slip for one.

 

Hafeez finished with a career-best 3-23 runs from eight overs, fellow off-spinner Ajmal ended with 3-56 off 28.5 overs, and left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman captured 2-55 from 29 overs.

 

West Indies, eyeing a Test series victory, lead the two-Test rubber 1-0, following a 40-run visitors inside four days in the first Test, which ended last Sunday at the Guyana National Stadium.