West Indies toil on first day against Pakistan
Beleaguered West Indies endured another chastening day here yesterday as opener Azhar Ali stroked his 11th Test
hundred to spearhead Pakistan's
domination of the opening day of the historic day/night first Test.
The visitors were kept in the field all day at the Dubai International Stadium as Pakistan, opting to bat first, finished on 279 for one with Azhar ending unbeaten on a superb 146.
He put on 215 for the first wicket with 20-year-old partner Sami Aslam, who fell for 90, a partnership that was the country's fourth-highest opening stand in Tests.
Asad Shafiq was looking ominous at the close, unbeaten on 33, already having shared a 64-run partnership for the second wicket with Azhar.
Off-spinner Roston Chase, who has sent down 21 overs - the most by any bowler - claimed the only wicket to fall to finish with one for 63.
He accounted for Sami Aslam, bowled off the under edge, halfway through the final session with the advantage firmly in Pakistan's favour.
Having lost every game on tour courtesy of humbling 3-0 whitewashes in the preceding Twenty20 and One-Day International series, West Indies would have been hoping for a brighter start but instead found themselves at the mercy of the opening pair of Azhar and Sami Aslam.
Azhar, meanwhile, survived a review for lbw off seamer and captain Jason Holder in the second over after lunch, with television replays showing the delivery missing leg.
However, he soon settled to raise his half-century by punching pacer Miguel Cummins to extra cover for a couple about 45 minutes after the interval.