Fawad Alam century offers Pakistan hope to level West Indies series

By Sports Desk August 22, 2021

Fawad Alam dragged Pakistan past 300 with his fifth Test century before their bowlers made early inroads against West Indies on the third day of the Second Test in Kingston.

After another delay Pakistan resumed at 212-4 after the entire second day was lost due to rain and a sodden outfield and despite losing early wickets managed to get through to 302-9 declared as Fawad returned after retiring on the first day with cramps.

Shaheen Shah Afridi dismissed both openers inside the opening six overs before poor light ended the day with West Indies 39-3.

Faheem Ashraf fell for 26 with only six runs added to the overnight score, with Mohammed Rizman trapped lbw by Jason Holder shortly after for 31.

Pakistan, who had been 2-3 on the first day, slipped to 231-7 when Holder had Nauman Ali caught behind for a golden duck but Fawad played a key role.

The 35-year-old left-handed batsman reached triple figures shortly after the first drinks break and finished up unbeaten on 124* from 213 balls, with 17 boundaries, batting across more than six hours.

"It was challenging. The conditions weren't easy on day one, the heat, it was humid and hot," Fawad said. "We were 2-3 so we needed to come back, had to build partnerships. That's what me and Babar [Azam] did on the first day.

"I am very happy right now. Whenever you score a century for your country, you feel proud and that's exactly what I'm feeling right now."

The new ball did the damage again as West Indies took to the crease, with Shaheen having Kieran Powell out lbw for 5 and captain Kraigg Brathwaite bowled for 4.

Roston Chase was dismissed by Faheem for 10 late in the day, with Nkrumah Bonner (18*) and nightwatchman Alzarri Joseph (0*) the unbeaten batsmen at stumps on a day owned by Fawad.

Pakistan, who lost the first Test of the two-game series, lead by 263 runs with two days remaining.

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