Pakistan have taken control of the third and final Test Match which is being played on a lifeless Karachi wicket. The homeside has batted with better application in its second innings to get to a healthy lead of 174 runs with still eight second innings standing. Opener Mohammad Hafeez with a patient 57 has been instrumental in Pakistan overcoming any inroads. The ball has hardly bounced on this wicket and has been coming off very slowly whether it is an old ball or a brand new cherry!
West Indies were bowled out for 260 early on which meant that they could add up just 69 runs in today’s play. They had started at 191 for 6 with Ganga batting with Denesh Ramdin. Ganga was dismissed very early in the morning session after he could add up just four runs to his overnight score of 77. He was caught behind after he had followed an outswinger from Razzaq. In the end, Denesh Ramdin just managed to reduce the first innings deficit by 44 runs. His partnership for the last wicket with Corey Collymore was a valuable 44-run one too! Denesh Ramdin in the process scored his 4th Test fifty and was last man to get out, run out for exactly 50. Umar Gul ended up with 4 for 79 in 24 overs. Pakistan took 23.2 overs to take the four West Indian wickets today.
In their second innings, Pakistan got a good solid start from Imran Farhat and Mohammad Hafeez. Their partnership was broken in the 23rd over by with Farhat edging Daren Powell to the keeper. Birthday boy Younis Khan batted well along with Mohammad Hafeez to stretch the second innings lead. Younis was the only other wicket that the tourists could get before bad light intervened to end the proceedings with just over 75 overs bowled. Younis was leg before the wicket after playing across a quicker one from Chris Gayle off the backfoot. He had to work hard for his 38 which took him 99 balls. Hafeez’s 57 had come in 135 balls and he has Mohammad Yousuf as the other not out batsman. For West Indies, Corey Collymore was incredible with his 7 overs going for just 5 runs along with five maidens!