Brathwaite misses century as WI edge ahead of Pak

    West Indies player Kraigg Brathwaite shoots. Photo: AFP



    West Indies player Kraigg Brathwaite shoots. Photo: AFP

    Craig Brightwhite was out for 97, but the West Indies captain’s typical declining numbers put his team in a potentially useful first-place lead against Pakistan on the second day of the first test at Sabina Park on Friday.

    With the support of former captain Jason Holder, 58, in a key collaboration for the 96’s sixth wicket, the home side amassed the discomfort of 100 for five to 251 for eight on logs, a 34-point lead with two wings in hand. the third day.

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    Starting the morning with his team already at a difficult time two by two, answering the total of 217 of the first day of tourists, Brathwaite played his favorite role-anchor to perfection.

    The phlegmatic opening put 50 with overnight partner Roston Chase (21) for the third wicket, followed immediately by 49 with Jermaine Blackwood.

    However, Blackwood’s death in Sahin Shah Afridi followed the next round with the ouster of Kyle Myers, upsetting the balance of Pakistan’s struggle.

    That balance could have been decisive for them just two balls later, when Shaheen rendered a verdict against Holder before scoring, only to overturn the decision after the televised review.

    It turned out to be a critical repetition as Holder’s discounts, initially vigilant against faster bowlers, blossomed with the introduction of the rarely used Yasir Shah thread.

    However, it was Fahim Ashraf’s deceptive rhythm that interrupted the collaboration after the tea, at a time when Babar Azam’s men seemed to have run out of ideas.

    Holder made a delivery to wicketkeeper Mohamed Rizvan to leave all his attention on Bratwight as he crawls into his 11th century trial.

    All this hard work was undone by his own mistake in the crisis.

    As he turned tradition over from Yasir to a short slender leg, he decided to return for a second run only for Hasan Ali’s direct hit to find him far from his own ground.

    Brathwaite’s earnings, following a series of low scores in the midst of his team’s two-match series against South Africa in St. Lucia two months earlier, lasted six hours during which he had 221 births and scored 12 quadruplets.

    “I would love to be there at the end and find three figures, but it was my fault and I have to take responsibility for that,” he said, reflecting on his efforts.

    “I would like to show the same fight we did today and when we start bowling again, we have to be disciplined and that has to be the key.”

    Pakistan’s hopes for a quick end to West Indies revenue were dashed by Joshua da Silva.

    He assured that the threat of the second new ball did not completely exceed the queue and allowed the hosts to continue on the third morning, hoping to extend what could already be an inconvenient deficit for their opponents.

    Finishing the first day with two bats in two balls, Mohammad Abbas completed the second day with the kite of Kemar Roots leading the bowling effort for Pakistan with numbers three for 42.

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