Azhar Ali looked in terrific touch on Day 1    AFP
Azhar Ali looked in terrific touch on Day 1 AFP

Azhar Ali s patient innings has put Pakistan in a commanding position on the first day of the third Test against West Indies at Roseau, Dominica. Azhar remained unbeaten on 85 as Pakistan ended the day on 169 for 2. Azhar was well supported by Babar Azam, who was dismissed for 55 by Alzarri Joseph after putting on 120 for the second wicket with Azhar. Azam came on to bat after Shan Masood was dismissed for nine in the first session of the day by Roston Chase. Younis Khan arrived at the crease at No. 4 and was welcomed to the crease with a guard of honour, given to him as a mark of respect by the West Indies players. Younis and skipper Misbah-ul-Haq will retire from international cricket after the conclusion of this match. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 3rd Test at Windsor Park, Roseau, Dominica

West Indies had a chance to get rid of Azam much earlier when he has batting on 28. Azam edged one off Devendra Bishoo, which deflected off the wicketkeeper and the first slip fielder before popping up in the air. But despite Shane Dowrich s best of efforts, he could not get to the ball. However, Azam did not look back after that, as he would go on to get his fourth Test fifty off 109 deliveries. Azhar at the other end reached his half-century a few overs before Azam off 126 balls. Full Updates: Pakistan vs West Indies 3rd Test, Day 1 at Roseau, Dominica

One entire session was washed out and as a result, we were 21 overs less. Play was extended so that at least 69 overs would be completed. There were no interruptions in the first session. Pakistan went into lunch in a good position at 75 for 1. After a long delay, play did begin after lunch, but the rains returned after just a couple of overs and the umpires decided to have an early tea. 48 overs were to be bowled in the final session, but bad light stopped play and only 69 overs could be completed as a result. Play will most definitely begin a bit early on Day Two.

Jason Holder used all his five bowlers including himself efficiently, but they could not produce the desired results. They will hope to comeback stronger on Day Two. Azhar on the other hand looks set to get another big score. He will look to pick up from where he left off when play resumes again. We could however have rain interruptions once again on Day Two.

Earlier, West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl. West Indies go into this match unchanged from the second Test. However, Pakistan have made a couple of changes to their XI. After missing the first two Tests due to injury, Hasan Ali makes his much awaited debut, replacing leg-spinner Shadab Khan. Also, Shan Masood was roped in as Ahmed Shehzad was ill. The three-match series is level at 1-1. Pakistan won the first Test at Jamaica by 7 wickets, but West Indies bounced back strongly to win the second Test by 106 runs. If Pakistan win this match, this will be their first-ever series win in the Caribbean.

Brief Scores:

Pakistan 169 for 2 (Azhar Ali 85*, Babar Azam 55; Alzarri Joseph 1 for 39, Roston Chase 1 for 27) vs West Indies