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Second Test: Younis, Misbah assert Pakistan dominance with 304-4 after day one

Pakistan, who won the toss and decided to bat first, ended the opening day of the second Test against the West Indies on 304-4 in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

Younis Khan scored his 33rd Test century before being dismissed for 127 while Captain Misbah-ul-Haq was not out at 90 on a batting-friendly pitch at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Pakistan’s top order failed to make a consistent stand on the first day of the second Test against West Indies.

Asad Shafiq led Pakistan’s recovery after the early departure of the openers on the opening day of the second Test against West Indies. He made 68 while Sami Aslam was dismissed for six and Azhar Ali without scoring.

Azhar Ali, who scored a career best 302 not out in Dubai, played on to Gabriel in the fifth over and was bowled without scoring.

Sami Aslam also did not last long as he missed an ambitious drive off leg-spinner Devendar Bishoo and was bowled for six.

Shafiq was at his best from the start, playing with confidence as he has so far hit six boundaries in his 90-ball stay.

He drove paceman Shannon Gabriel to cover boundary for his sixth boundary to complete his 16th half-century to lift Pakistan.

The normal red ball and daylight cricket returned in Abu Dhabi after the first Test was a day-night affair with the pink ball in Dubai, as Pakistan were off to an unimpressive start.

West Indian pacer Shannon Gabriel was the pick of bowlers as he took two wickets for 43 runs.

Younis, who missed the first Test due to recovery from dengue fever, was made part of squad for second test.

“I am very happy the way Pakistan won the Test, the way Azhar scored a triple hundred and joined that elite group. I was watching the match and was very excited when on the last day there were ups and downs. The way West Indies fought and Darren Bravo scored that fighting hundred,” Younis Khan said.

West Indies were forced to leave out unfit wicket-keeper batsman Shane Dowrich, bringing in Shai Hope. Younis replaced Babar Azam, whereas Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz were replaced by Rahat Ali and Zulfiqar Babar.

The lineup for both teams is as follows:

Pakistan: Azhar Ali, S Aslam, Younis Khan, A Shafiq, Misbah-ul-Haq (Captain), S Ahmed (Wicket keeper), M Nawaz, Y Shah, S Khan, Z Babar, Rahat Ali.

West Indies: K Brathwaite, L Johnson, DM Bravo, M Samuels, J Blackwood, R Chase, S Hope (Wicket keeper), J Holder (Captain), D Bishoo, M Cummins, S Gabriel.

Pakistan lead the three-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Dubai by 56 run.The third and final Test starts in Sharjah from October 30.

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