Pakistan leads West Indies by 104 runs on day 3

Pakistan strengthened its grip on the second test against West Indies on Sunday, stretching its lead to 104 runs with 10 second-innings wickets in hand at lunch on the third day.

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Published: Sun 22 May 2011, 10:52 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 7:30 AM

West Indies, resuming on 184-8 in reply to the visitors’ first innings of 272, was bowled out for 223 midway through the first session at Warner Park.

Tailenders Kemar Roach (29) and Ravi Rampaul (32 not out) carried their overnight ninth-wicket stand to 60 before the last two wickets fell in quick succession.

Mohammad Hafeez took 3-23 while fellow offspinner Saeed Ajmal claimed 3-56. Left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman took 2-55.

Pakistan openers Taufeeq Umar and Mohammad Hafeez then rode their luck to take their side to 55-0 at the break.

Hafeez was caught behind off a no-ball from Roach without a run on the board, and then dropped on 14 off Rampaul. He was unbeaten on 15 at the break.

Taufeeq was put down twice at slip off Roach, flourishing afterward to reach an unbeaten 37. The left-hander struck eight boundaries off 49 deliveries.

Earlier, West Indies were boosted by the resistance of Roach and Rampaul under sunny skies. The pair continued their sterling stand from the second day to frustrate the Pakistanis.

Hafeez finally made the breakthrough when he trapped Roach lbw on the back foot. Roach faced 103 balls and hit three fours and a six in his career-best score.

Rampaul lashed two sixes in 77 balls.

Ajmal then claimed Devenda Bishoo to a low slip catch from Taufeeq Umar to end the innings.

West Indies should have hit back immediately but Roach overstepped on his fourth delivery and watched in disgust when Hafeez’s edge carried through to wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh.

In Roach’s next over, there was more misfortune for the hosts when Taufeeq’s edge to first slip was grassed by Darren Bravo.

Two more let-offs dampened West Indies’ mood further with captain Darren Sammy letting two low chances at second slip off each batsman slip through.

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