Domination continues at Dubai
Azhar Ali continued his domination of the West Indies bowling scoring his first triple hundred, the fourth highest score in tests by a Pakistani leading his side to a mammoth 579/3 declared.
Continuing from his overnight score of 146 he cruised to his second double smashing two consecutive fours after the tea interval . Together with Asad Shafiq they added 137 before Shafiq was caught and bowled by Devendra Bishoo for 67 including eight fours.
Babar Azam who starred in the ODIs with three centuries in the three matches played then joined the party. They pulverized the bowling for 165, Azam batting selflessly trying to increase the scoring rate as the situation required, mistimed a drive and was caught by Jason Holder at cover for 69, giving Bishoo his second wicket. Skipper Misbah ul Haq partnered Azhar as he reached the coveted milestone after which he declared.
The beautifully compiled unbeaten 302 was decorated with 23 fours and two sixes after facing 469 deliveries.The visitors appeared demoralized the bowling was weak and fielding disorganized,skipper Holder reviewed an appeal that had hit the middle of the bat, after failing to review one that was probably out.
West Indies staged a mild fightback scoring 69 for the loss of Leon Johnson in the 12th over when he tried to sweep a delivery from Yasir Shah that was pitched in line and would have hit the leg stump.Kraig Brathwaite 32 and Darren Bravo are the not out batsmen.