By Sean Devers
Pakistan Captain Misbah Ul Haq led from the front with a solid unbeaten 101 as the visitors declared at 330-7 just before the close of the opening day of their two-day match against Guyana at Bourda yesterday.
Mohammed Hafeez (52) and Azhar Ali (57) added 92 for the first wicket after Pakistan elected to bat first on a flat Bourda track in overcast condition after the game began 30 minutes late due to a short shower
Pacer Umar Gul smashed three fours and two sixes in an explosive undefeated 40 from just 35 balls and shared an unfinished 86-run stand with the 36-year-old Ul Haq.
West Indies under-19 leg spinner Amir Khan took 3-88 in his second senior match for the Guyanese who were 25 without loss from 5.3 overs when bad light stopped play.
Former West Indies under-19 left-hander Trevon Griffith has already struck four delightful boundaries in his unbeaten 20 while Shemroy Barrington (5*), who played a few impetuous shots just before the close, is the other not out batsman.
Hafeez, the Man-of-the-series in the ODI matches, continued his fine form and by lunch he and Ali had seen Pakistan, preparing for the first Test against the West Indies at the Providence Stadium from Thursday, to 86-0.
Guyana, watched by a good size and vocal crowd, struck early in the second session when Hafeez, who hit eight fours, was taken low down at point by Barrington as West Indies under-19 pacer Ronsford Beaton made the break through at 92-1.
Ali, whose innings was decorated with nine fours, was caught and bowled by Khan at 136-2 while Asad Shafiq (21) was bowled by West Indies youth pacer Keon Joseph without addition to the score as the three Guyanese teenagers brought their team back into the game.
Umar Akmal (26) was leg before to off-spinner Zaheer Mohamed at 195-4 and Hammad Azam (5) was removed by Khan 20 runs later. By Tea Pakistan, who have never won a Test series in the West Indies, were 220-5.
Khan continued his good work when he got rid of Mohammed Salman (12) and bowled Abdur Rehman (2) as Pakistan slipped to 244-7.
The level-headed Ul Haq raced from 68 to 84 with a four and two sixes off consecutives deliveries from Mohamed before slog-sweeping Khan into the GFC ground in the next over. He reached his century from 132 balls, 184 minutes with seven fours and four sixes.
Gul, who was rested for the ODI series, joined in the big-hitting by clobbering Beaton over mid-off for four and pulling him off the front foot, over mid-wicket for six off successive balls before the declaration was made.
Action on the second day is scheduled to commence at 10:00hrs and Shiv Chanderpaul will be hoping for a meaningful knock today as he prepares for Thursday’s Test match.
Pakistan first innings
M. Hafeez c Barrington b Beaton 52
A. Ali c&b Khan 57
A. Shafiq b Joseph 21
M. Ul-Haq not out 101
U. Akmal lbw Mohammed 26
H. Azam c Barrington b Mohammed 05
M. Salman lbw Khan 12
A. Rehman b Khan 02
U. Gul not out 40
Extras (b8, lb2, 2nb, w1) 13
Total (for 7 wickets declared off 75 overs) 330
Fall of wicket: 1-92, 2-136, 3-136, 4-205, 5-215, 6-242, 7-244
Bowling: Beaton 10-1-62-1 (1w), Joseph 10-2-44-1 (1nb),
Mohammed 16-2-64-2, Fudadin 10-1-39-0 (1nb),
Khan 26-2-88-3, Deonarine 3-0-16-0
Guyana first innings
T. Griffith not out 20
S. Barrington not out 05
Total without loss off 5.3 overs25
Bowling: Gul 3-1-4-0, Riaz 2.3-0-21-0
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