Pakistan is on strike to stay on the hunt
Pakistan cricket team: Faheem Ashraf kept Pakistan on the hunt for his two wickets in the second half but the West Indies went 114 out of 7 – still needing 54 to chase 168 – to lead 1-0 in the series. Jermaine Blackwood (55) scored 96 runs for the fourth wicket with Roston Chase to ensure the uninitiated returned to normal after Shaheen Afridi left them with 38 injuries at 3 p.m. for lunch.
While Chase adopted a point of view early in the second session, Blackwood kept the runs flowing to ensure Pakistan felt pressure on the chase. After 19 overs, the West Indies were 53 out of three and the two wanted to dominate. Things would have been much different if Pakistan had appealed for a chance to be held behind Blackwood in the 21st over when the batsman included a transfer from Hasan Ali to the keeper. Surprisingly, there was no complaint from the throwers or the stadium staff as Blackwood escaped his mistake.
The opening hour after the break was for Chase and Blackwood as they took the West Indies to 83 out of 3. But the break hampered progress as Chase fell for Faheem in the first over after the drink break. Blackwood, however, continued to punish the throwers and took two borders across the Yasir Shah. Kyle Mayers crossed the line to give Faheem his second wicket but the arrival of Jason Holder eased the pressure on Blackwood.
In the 32nd over, Holder beat Mohammad Abbas by three runs to take the lead over 100. It was Hasan who got the sharpest point when he knocked out Blackwood 55 in the 35th over. Blackwood chased wide and was caught by a second slide on the 57 side.
Earlier in the day, Jayden Seales tied his maiden with five wickets to shoot Pakistan in 203. The visitors started at 160 at 5 but the quick wickets of Faheem and Babar Azam (55) helped the West Indies fight back. Seales had the last three wickets to ensure they did not score too late despite Hasan having 26-ball 28.
Short stats: Pakistan 217 & 203 (Babar Azam 55; Jayden Seales 5-55, Kemar Roach 3-30) lead West Indies 253 & 114/7 (Jermaine Blackwood 55; Shaheen Afridi 3-30) by 54 runs.
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