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    Away records of the top 3 Asian teams,

    Pakistan Won 57 Lost 84
    India Won 42 Lost 106
    Sri Lanka Won 21 Lost 58

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    Really solid start for Pakistan.

    Misbah chose to bat, handing debuts to Babar Azam and left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz. Pakistan are 81-0 at the first interval, with Windies selecting the same side which was named for the washed-out Trinidad Test against India.
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    Eoin Morgan will return to his role as England’s limited-overs captain in India during January, the assistant coach, Paul Farbrace, has confirmed.

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    “He [Morgan] will definitely be captain in India,” said Farbrace, who had earlier in the tour expressed his “massive disappointment” with Morgan and Hales’s decision, echoing the sentiments of others in the England hierarchy. “There can’t be any way around it – he deserves it.”
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Just reading up on the Phil Hughes inquest case, and there seems to be plenty wrong with Australian cricket right now. Some of it is sad, some of it borderline funny.
    Care to expand? I've read brief snippets especially the sledging to Hughes which are sad more than anything else that to suggest a fatal outcome.

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    (Original post by Aky786UK)
    Care to expand? I've read brief snippets especially the sledging to Hughes which are sad more than anything else that to suggest a fatal outcome.

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    Phil Hughes case = sad. Australia's white-ball limitations and complete lack of bowling options beyond Starc/Hazlewood = funny. Should have made that clear. Absolutely NONE of the Hughes case is amusing. It's heart-breaking.

    Apparently Ben Duckett could slot into the middle order for the Test matches against Bangladesh.

    Pakistan just keep on impressing, reaching 272-1, with Azhar and Shafiq building on the initial Azhar/Aslam partnership, which saw the latter reach 90 before being clean-bowled by Chase.

    Shannon Gabriel and Jason Holder have been way too short, Miguel Cummins has been toothless and the bowling/field placings have been pedestrian and lacking threat. Two wicketless sessions for the Windies, and despite them finally making a breakthrough, they are in real trouble here.
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    Azhar Ali! Take a bow! First ever Batsmen to score a Century/Double/Triple in a D/N Test.

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    Unbelievable from Pakistan - or, should I say, Azhar Ali. 302 not out. Take a bow, son.

    Pakistan end on 579-3 declared, thanks to some pretty toothless bowling and absolutely farcical fielding. Azhar was well supported by Shafiq and Azam, you have to say, and Misbah provided an attacking and offensive flourish towards the end as they accelerated towards declaration.

    So many runs have been plundered today. Remember Pakistan resumed this morning on 146, and WI didn't make a breakthrough until Shafiq drilled a return catch to Devendra Bishoo to depart for 67.

    West Indies misused their reviews and routinely shelled catches. They are so, so poor.
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    why doesn't ahmed shahzad open anymore?
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    (Original post by tazza ma razza)
    why doesn't ahmed shahzad open anymore?
    Because the current openers are in better form, he didn't do too well in his last series.

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    Pakistan made to wait for their breakthroughs today, and WI have done very well to put themselves in a decent position to bag a draw from this Test match.

    Of course, things could change and we could see their tail skittled tomorrow, but Samuels and Bravo enjoyed an impressive partnership to keep WI's heads above water.

    Pakistan's bowlers didn't do much wrong, they removed Braithwaite without a run being scored this morning.

    The advantage obviously lies with the hosts, but I didn't expect the Windies to reach 315-6 by the close. Samuels' 76 and Bravo's 87, before both were dismissed by Sohail and Nawaz respectively. The former's rapping of Samuels' pads proved the first wicket for a fast bowler in the match.

    Wahab impressed post-tea, with a particularly aggressive spell which brought about the wickets of Blackwood and Chase for cheap loss.*
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    Pakistan bowl out West Indies and continue their run since 2002 to not enforce the follow on. Heading for a draw this but Amir again, bowled economically yet not as penetrable as he used to be. Maybe still in a settling in period returning to the longer format of the game.

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    (Original post by Aky786UK)
    Pakistan bowl out West Indies and continue their run since 2002 to not enforce the follow on. Heading for a draw this but Amir again, bowled economically yet not as penetrable as he used to be. Maybe still in a settling in period returning to the longer format of the game.

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    It's a good decision, bowlers need a rest and another 150 runs would be ideal.

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    So, as I said, the Windies tail was skittled - largely thanks to Yasir, who became the fastest Test bowler to rack up 100 wickets.

    Yasir - who bagged the opening three wickets - achieved that feat in 17 matches, and completed his five-for by dismissing Dowrich, Holder and Cummings before Nawaz ended Bishoo's brief resistance.

    WI have made early in-roads, though, reducing Pakistan to 30-2 with getting Azhar and Shafiq out early, courtesy of Gabriel and Bishoo respectively.**
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    Boom. India 1-0 up in the ODI series vs NZ, after racking up a six wicket win in Dharamsala.

    I haven't seen the match, unfortunately, but Pandya shone on debut by all accounts, posting impressive figures of 3-31, with Mishra chipping in with three of his own, as NZ were dismissed after Dhoni won the toss for 190.

    Latham carried his bat, achieving a score of 79 not out, but the Pandya/Yadav ran through the top order as the tourists offered little resistance. In truth, achieving a three-figure total was an impressive feat by NZ, who found themselves 65-7 and in real trouble at one stage.

    Yadav removed Williamson and Taylor, after Guptill was removed by Pandya, but Latham became the tenth batsman to carry his bat through an ODI innings, and his performance was helped by a cameo from Tim Southee, who struck a 45-ball 55 at No. 10.

    India sauntered to the total by all accounts, with Rahane and Sharma posting a 50-run first-wicket stand before Kohli hit an unbeaten 85.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    So, as I said, the Windies tail was skittled - largely thanks to Yasir, who became the fastest Test bowler to rack up 100 wickets.

    Yasir - who bagged the opening three wickets - achieved that feat in 17 matches, and completed his five-for by dismissing Dowrich, Holder and Cummings before Nawaz ended Bishoo's brief resistance.

    WI have made early in-roads, though, reducing Pakistan to 30-2 with getting Azhar and Shafiq out early, courtesy of Gabriel and Bishoo respectively.**
    He's not the fastest

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    Mazid makes England toil during their Tour match in Bangladesh, hitting 106 before Ansari chipped in with a four-for.

    Shanto hit 72, too, as the hosts achieved 294 all out before England finished the day on 2-0, with Duckett scoring both runs. Ansari's figures of 4-68 were impressive, and Batty chipped in with two too, suggesting England have plenty of options if they want to deploy three spinners while touring the country.

    Finn said he was happy with his rhythm, which is good to know, but he went wicketless and it was left to Broad (two), Woakes and Moeen to get the remainder of the wickets.

    You'd imagine Batty will be deployed at some stage on the tour. I doubt, as an ageing veteran, he is happy with being the drinks carrier and it makes more sense to deploy him than Ansari, if we're honest. But the youngster's figures were impressive today, but I feel that England's lack of a spin coach while on tour here will mean Batty gets a nod and uses his wily experience to coach his fellow spinners through the game.
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    LOL at Pakistan, they were thinking they were going to whitewash WI, skittled for 123. With 5 sessions to play WI only need 270 odd to win. What an embarrassment for Pak if they lose to a bad WI side... at home.
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    Windies 83-1 in reply to Pakistan, with 346 the target.

    Bishoo's eight-for, and impressive figures of 8-49, skittled Pakistan as they were all out for 123. After reducing them to 30-2, Sami Aslam and Babar Azam put on 57 off 70 after the interval to steady the innings and swiftly build the lead.

    But Bishoo had other ideas, dismissing Azam, Aslam and Misbah in quick succession, before dismissing Nawaz and Wahab to boot.
    Jason Holder then got Yasir caught and bowled off the last ball before dinner to cap off a period of play in which Pakistan lost six wickets for the addition of 44 runs.

    Bishoo wrapped up the innings by getting Sarfraz Ahmed stumped before bowling Mohammad Amir. What a performance from him.
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    (Original post by sachinisgod)
    LOL at Pakistan, they were thinking they were going to whitewash WI, skittled for 123. With 5 sessions to play WI only need 270 odd to win. What an embarrassment for Pak if they lose to a bad WI side... at home.
    Calm down, test ain't over yet.

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    Windies end the day two down in reply, with 95 runs on the board. A mammoth 16 wickets fell today, giving the crowd more than their money's worth.

    But the away side will be disappointed to end with two wickets fallen, needing 251 to win. Their tail is notoriously short, and capable of being skittled, so they will need to be wary tomorrow.

    West Indies have an outside chance of victory, the onus is firmly on Pakistan, who should have enough bowling quality to secure the win to be honest. They removed Kraigg Brathwaite early in their defence, after Bishoo skittled them with his eight-for, but WI were heartened by Leon Johnson and Darren Bravo sharing a 60-run stand, before the former fell to Amir.
 
 
 
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