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Pakistan build commanding lead over West Indies

ABU DHABI: Pakistan were in the driving seat after day three of the second Test, and with the Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch giving signs of wear and tear they are in a commanding position to not only win this match but also the series. Pakistan were 114-1 at close with Azhar Ali (52), Sami Aslam out for 50 and Asad Shafiq on five and with a lead of 342 and two days to play it leaves the West Indies with an uphill task to save this match. Both Azhar and Sami survived leg-before decisions with part-timer Kraig Brahwaite off…

Pakistan feast on flat pitch and pink ball

As expected Pakistan flourished on a flat pitch off the pink ball in the day-night Test in Dubai. The first day of their 400th Test brought as much joy for Misbah-ul-Haq's men as did the occasion, with Azhar Ali becoming the first batsman to score a hundred off the pink ball in a day-night Test. His 146 not out took Pakistan to a dominating 279-1 at close on day one and set the tone for the rest of the match and three-match series. Asad Shafiq was 33 not out. Australian wicket-keeper batsman Peter Nevill topscored with 66…

Azhar Ali lights up Pakistan’s day-night Test

DUBAI: Opener Azhar Ali became the first batsman to record a century in a day-night Test off a pink ball as he helped Pakistan dominate West Indies in Dubai on Thursday. Ali's unbeaten 146 guided Pakistan to 279-1 at close on the opening day of the first Test -- just the second day-night match in Test cricket's 140-year-old history -- after Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and opted to bat on a flat Dubai stadium pitch. Asad Shafiq was the other not out batsman with 33. Cricket saw the innovation of day-night Tests with a pink…