May 21, 2000

Day 4: Test 2: Pakistan v West Indies

Colin E. Croft

Tea Interval:

Pakistan have moved on to 298-5, an overall lead of 153; the not-out batsmen being captain Moin Khan on 02, while injured all rounder, Abdur Razzaq, is 01 not out.

Today, Pakistan continued to 219 before Mohammad Wasim was out LBW to Reon King for a well made 82.

18 year old Inram Nazir, after becoming the third youngest player to make a Test century, behind Mustaq Mohammad and Sachin Tendulkar, was eventually out for 131, made in over 4 hours, and including 20 blistering fours.

Younis Khan, who made 23, is also out.

So far, Reon King has been the best West Indian wicket-taker, with 3-57 from 18 overs, while Courtney Walsh and Nixon Mc Lean have each taken one.

101 runs were scored in the two-hour period between the start and lunch, and at one time, with such accelerated scoring, it looked as if the West Indies would have to face scoring at least 300 to win the game, even before this 4th day was completed.

In the two hours between lunch and tea, though, only 45 runs have been scored as the West Indies try to stifle Pakistan's progress.

Courtney Walsh, with a wonderful spell of controlled fast bowling after lunch; 12-2-18-1; pegged back the Pakistanis as first Inzamam-ul-Haq, for 29 and then 1st innings century maker, Yousuf Youhana, for 19, were "strangled" out as the runs dried up.

It was a good session for the West Indies.

At tea, then, Pakistan are 298-5, a lead of 153, perhaps needing another 100-125 runs to be in a relatively safe position.

Lunch Interval:

Pakistan's 18 year old wonder, Imran Nazir, in only his 2nd Test, batting as beautifully and as aggressively as he had done on the 3rd day, became the third youngest batsman in the world, after compatriot Mustaq Mohammed and Indian Sachin Tendulkar, to score a Test century.

That century duly completed in 194 minutes, facing 143 balls, as Pakistan has now moved on to 253-3, an overall lead of 108, with seven 2nd innings wickets still in hand. Nazir was eventually out, slashing to cover point, for 131, which included 20 blistering fours.

The other opener, Mohammed Wasim, had been just less impressive for his 82, including 8 boundaries, before he was trapped, palpably LBW to a Reon King off-cutter.

Younis Khan, batting with three stitches on his face, complements of being hit by his team-mate Mustaq Ahmed while practicing, made a breezy 23, including five thumping 4's, before he was caught at the wicket slashing to a King delivery.

Reon King has all three wickets to fall; 3-46 so far

Inzamam-ul-Haq, 5 not out, and Yousuf Youhana, on 4, are the not out batsman as Pakistan have added 101 runs in the morning session. If this scoring tempo keeps up, the West Indies could be chasing perhaps 325 to win on the last day.

At lunch, Pakistan are 253-3.