Fawad Alam and Mohd. Abbas produced exceptional performances on the first day of the Kingston Test to help Pakistan make a comeback after the green shirts while batting first had lost five wickets for 101 runs at one point.
Fawad Alam and Mohd. Abbas Shine On The First Day
Fawad Alam produced a fighting 56 run knock to ensure that Pakistan were able to register a somewhat respectable total of 217 runs on a difficult wicket while Mohd. Abbas bowled brilliantly and picked up two wickets to reduce the West Indies for a meager total of 2-2 before bad light stopped play.
Should Pakistan Continue With Azhar Ali?
Azhar Ali could only score 17 of 79 balls and hence, the senior most batsman in the side failed yet again. Azhar’s lack of runs during the last few Tests and his poor strike-rate perhaps indicates that his time is up and that Pakistan needs to replace him with someone who is able to contribute better and like modern greats of the game. Nevertheless, Azhar’s stay in the playing eleven is also a proof that Pakistan doesn’t have enough batting talent across formats and so, the management has to persist with veterans regardless of their performance.
A Make Or Break Day
If weather doesn’t play spoil sport again, second day of the Test should pretty much determine the course for the remaining three days of the game. Pakistan then would want some more early wickets to ensure a lead of sorts while the West Indies would need partnerships on a wicket i.e. expected to provide assistance to bowlers.