West Indies vs Pakistan 1st Test: Brathwaite falls short of ton but WI in front

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West
Indies
had
bowled
out
their
opponents
for
217
on
the
opening
day
of
the
two-match
series,
only
to
then
slip
to
2-2
late
in
Thursday’s
proceedings
when
Mohammad
Abbas
struck
twice.

It
seemed
they
could
struggle
to
get
even
close
to
parity
when
they
slipped
to
100-5
during
day
two,
but
Brathwaite
stood
firm
to
make
sure
his
side
claimed
a
first-innings
lead.

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The
opening
batsman
hit
12
fours
as
he
patiently
worked
his
way
to
97
but,
with
a
hundred
in
sight,
was
caught
short
by
Hasan
Ali’s
direct
hit
from
fine
leg
to
depart.

Jason
Holder
contributed
58
as
he
added
96
for
the
sixth
wicket
with
the
man
who
replaced
him
as
skipper,
the
former’s
fluent
108-ball
knock
including
10
boundaries.

Abbas
dismissed
Kemar
Roach
lbw
in
the
closing
overs,
giving
him
figures
of
3-42
in
the
match,
while
Shaheen
Shah
Afridi
ended
with
2-59.

However,
Joshua
Da
Silva
was
unbeaten
on
20
alongside
Jomel
Warrican,
who
will
resume
on
one
not
out,
as
West
Indies
closed
at
251-8,
already
holding
what
could
be
a
crucial
34-run
advantage
in
a
potentially
low-scoring
contest.


Coming
up
short

Brathwaite
appeared
to
be
working
his
way
towards
a
10th
Test
century
and
a
second
of
the
calendar
year,
having
made
126
against
Sri
Lanka
back
in
March.
While
unable
to
make
it
to
the
milestone
in
the
end,
his
defiant
innings
made
sure
West
Indies
hold
the
upper
hand
at
Sabina
Park.


Afridi
strikes
twice
but
hosts
recover

Pakistan
will
feel
they
let
West
Indies
off
the
hook,
particularly
after
Afridi
dismissed
Jermaine
Blackwood

whose
ambitious
attempt
to
hit
over
the
top
on
22
only
found
Abbas
at
mid-on

and
Kyle
Mayers
with
successive
deliveries
in
the
second
session.
They
will
hope
to
wrap
up
the
tail
quickly
on
day
three.

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