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West Indies claim three late wickets but Pakistan on top in Barbados

Azhar Ali’s unbeaten 81 helped Pakistan to 172-3, giving the tourists the edge at close on day two of the second Test against the West Indies.

Ali and Ahmed Shehzad (70) shared a 155-run opening wicket stand but West Indies hit back with three wickets in the final hour before bad light forced the players off early. Ali resumes on the third morning alongside captain Misbah-ul-Haq (7no)

Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo eventually broke through for the home side by having Shehzad caught at slip before adding the prized scalp of Younis Khan (0) when the veteran pulled a long-hop to Shannon Gabriel at midwicket.

In between those dismissals, Gabriel removed Babar Azam, also without scoring, to a catch off his own bowling.

Pakistan had raced into a commanding position at 106-0 at tea but Shehzad was extremely fortunate after being dropped at mid-on by Vishual Singh at the start of his innings before lunch.

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He then survived an lbw dismissal when on 21, with the original decision overturned after television replays determined Gabriel’s delivery to be a no-ball.

Lightning struck twice for Shehzad after he was stumped off the bowling of Roston Chase on 32, the batsman almost reaching the pavilion when he was summoned by the umpires to return to the crease as replays again showed the bowler to have transgressed the front crease.

West Indies had started the day on 286-6 but their hopes of pushing towards a total close to 400 were dashed as first day-heroes Chase and Jason Holder were both dismissed within the first nine deliveries of the morning.

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Holder was the first to go, his late decision to pull away from a Mohammad Abbas delivery resulting in an inside-edge to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Mohammad Amir then removed Chase, whose 131 was the first Test century by a Barbadian on home soil for 18 years. A thick outside edge from the 25-year-old allowed Khan to snare his third catch of the innings at second slip.

Bishoo added 14 runs to the West Indies total before he was caught by Yasir Shah at mid-on, giving Abbas (4-56) the best figures by a Pakistan fast bowler in Test innings at the venue. Shah then wrapped up the innings when he bowled Alzarri Joseph with his first over of the morning.

Live and exclusive ball-by-ball coverage of the second Test between the West Indies and Pakistan in Barbados continues on Sky Sports 1 on Tuesday from 2.55pm.

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