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Pakistan are at the score of 95 for the loss of two wickets at the end of the first session on Day One of the second Test between Pakistan and West Indies. Winning the toss, Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq opted to bat first as the wicket looked very favourable to batting. Pakistan came in this Test with three changes as they brought in Younus Khan who was out from the first Test due to flue instead of Babar Azam. Pakistan also went with the bold decision of resting the pace due of Mohammad Aamer and Wahab Riaz and got Rahat Ali, Zulfiqar Babar. But it was Asad Shafiq‘s unbeaten knock of 52 that helped Pakistan put up 95 at the end of the first session. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies, 2nd Test at Abu Dhabi

On the other side, West Indies went in with the last minute change of getting in Shai Hope instead of wicket-keeper Shane Dowrich. It was very obvious that Pakistan team had become stronger on paper after the inclusion of Younus in the squad and also it was expected that Pakistan would again get off to a good start just like they did in the first Test. Openers Azhar Ali had Sami Aslam had the job of playing the same type of cricket they did in the first Test wherein Azhar got to his maiden triple century. West Indies began with pace from both ends as Shannon Gabriel and Miguel Cummins started off the proceedings for the visitors. They straightaway started receiving pace and bounce from the wicket and also some pace which was the good signs based on the type of bowling attack they had. Both the openers looked very watchful initially as they were letting the good balls go in the keeper Hopes’ gloves without involving any risks of poking their bat. This did happen for some overs and it was expected to continue the same way.

The visitors were looking tight enough as they had hardly given any loose delivery which would let the Pakistani openers free their arms. Sami Aslam looked little positive than his partner as he tried to be little optimistic and go for scoring runs. Azhar Ali who had looked impeccable in his unbeaten knock of 302 in the first Test seemed to have lost his touch. He had some awkward moments and didn’t look at all comfortable. It was one delivery from Gabriel which was almost at 145 KMPH which Azhar failed to judge the length off and tried an unnecessary drive. The ball was nowhere to be driven but Azhar had already committed to the shot and as a result of it, he dragged the ball onto the stumps.

The bowler should be appreciated for making the batsman keep guessing as he had done that all over. Azhar Ali who had scored his maiden triple hundred, could not even open his account in the second match and was just dismissed for a duck. Asad Shafique walked in at No. 3, something which wasn’t expected from Pakistan as they has an outstanding veteran batsman like Younus Khan sitting in the dugout. But Shafique looked optimistic from the word GO! He looked in fine touch and was middling the ball very well. It seemed like the fall of Azhar Ali so early in the game didn’t move his determination to score runs as he was looking to attack the West Indies fast bowling unit.

Seeing that the Pakistani batters were far more comfortable playing against the pace attack, West Indian skipper Jason Holder got in Devendra Bishoo from the ninth over of the match. Having already spun his way through the Pakistan batting in the second session of the first Test, it was very obvious that Bishoo would be the first change that Holder would go for. Bishoo was treated with a four off midwicket from Shafiq which displayed how at ease he was while batting. Bishoo did concede 7 runs in his first over but came back strong as he disturbed the timbers of opener Sami Aslam who looked unsettled. Aslam tried to play against the spin as the ball had enough flight on it. It spun hard and went into the stumps through the big gap between bat a pad.

Pakistan were reduced to 42 for the loss of both the openers. It was Younus Khan who walked at No. 4, batted brilliantly as he had put all his batting experience in this innings. His team needed him openers were back in the dressing room and they needed someone who could absorb the pressure. So it seemed very apt to have Younus in the middle. Shafiq who was playing good innings contain used as the second wicket too didn’t move him.

Both these batsmen played beautifully as they took the game away from West Indies who were actually looking dominating after the loss of two wickets. But this two have played responsible cricket so far and have taken their team to a respectable position at the end of the first session. Shafiq also completed his fifty off just 68 deliveries and is just 4 runs short of completing 3000 Test runs and looks all set to get to this milestone after the lunch break.

West Indies will have to come up with something new in the second session as all their tactics looked quite bland after some time. They have got the two important wickets and should look for getting more wickets as soon as the second session starts to maintain their domination in the match.

Brief Score:

Pakistan 95 for 2 (Asad Shafiq 52*, Younus Khan 29*; Shannon Gabriel 1 for 19) vs West Indies