A gutsy knock from Babar Azam helped Pakistan to build a 124-run lead over West Indies on the third day of the first Test at Sabina Park on Saturday. The visitors were 160 for 5 in their second innings at stumps on a lengthy rain-interrupted day.
Babar (54 not out) added a threatening fifth-wicket partnership of 56 runs with Mohammad Rizwan, who was caught behind for 30 on Jason Holder’s superb leg-cutter in the 46th over.
Pakistan had a lead of only 85 runs at that point, and the Windies held the upper hand. But Babar and Faheem Ashraf (12 not out) batted well for the remaining day, adding a patient 39-run partnership in gloomy conditions with the lights on and spinners bowling from both ends.
“On a pitch that is pretty tough I think we are are in good stead in the game, five wickets from bowling them out,” said West Indies pacer Kemar Roach, who finished the day with 2/15 in his 15 overs.
Brief scores: Pakistan 217 & 160/5 (Babar Azam 54*, Abid Ali 34; Kemar Roach 2-15, Jayden Seales 2-50) lead West Indies 253 (Kraigg Brathwaite 97, Jason Holder 58; Shaheen Afridi 4-59) by 124 runs.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— Ayesha (@Aish_aa_) August 14, 2021
Ian Bishop on Babar Azam "That's the highest class of Babar Azam , The only thing you see better is his his cover driver" pic.twitter.com/XMDKb9dpef
— Mazhar🇵🇰 (@Malikg091) August 15, 2021
Big opportunity for Babar Azam to produce his first player-of-the-match effort in Tests. Pakistan effectively 47-4 and looking put a decent target for West Indies. #WIvPak
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) August 14, 2021
Babar Azam leading from the front with the bat, conceding a lead of 36 then Pakistan was 65 for 4 in the second innings and Babar batting on unbeaten 54 runs from 139 balls including 7 fours helped to get a lead of 124 runs with 5 wickets in hand. #WIvPAK pic.twitter.com/0UH8rpIrSA
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) August 15, 2021
— Mian Omer🇵🇰 (@Iam_Mian) August 14, 2021
17th Test fifty , 54th international fifty – A classic innings from BABAR AZAM 🙌❤️
Much needed Fifty ❤️ pic.twitter.com/LaYjbZ9jT7
— Asad Abdullah – (@asad_qureshi258) August 15, 2021
Babar Azam has'nt scored much this year in Test, poor by his standard so far and some people here are acting as if he can't bat in Test cricket, go and check his record from 2018 – 2020, its matter of time before he will hit peak and will dominate in Test too
— Mani (@TweetsMani14) August 14, 2021
— Surinder (@navsurani) August 14, 2021
Ian Bishop "This man [Babar Azam] is world class on your screen right now, in case you just came out from a foreign planet and dropped onto earth and you didn't know anything about him" ✅👌
#WIvPAK #Cricket #BabarAzam pic.twitter.com/hVEeZiFINX
— Misha Fatima (@Babar_thechamp) August 14, 2021
— Muhammad Wajahat (@SC_Mwajahat901) August 14, 2021
" This Man [Babar Azam] On Your Screen Right Now Is A World Class BaTsman, In Case You JusT Came OuT From A Foreign PlaneT And Dropped OnTo EarTh And You Didn't Know Anything AbouT Him "
– Ian Bishop 🎙️ pic.twitter.com/zzRzBmA7Si
— M S C 🇵🇸 (@_friendlycheema) August 14, 2021
Pakistan effectively 124/5 at the end of Day 3 with Babar Azam batting strong at 54*.
The play will resume at 7:30 PM PKT to cover for the lost overs today. Hopefully, Babar and Faheem would add another 100 runs to this total to have something to defend.#WIvPAK
— Israr Ahmed Hashmi (@IamIsrarHashmi) August 14, 2021
— Ahmed.. 🇵🇰🇵🇸 (@nwgenerationX) August 14, 2021