May 26, 2000

Test 3: Day 2: Pakistan v West Indies: Antigua

Colin E. Croft


The West Indies are in a relatively comfortable position, closing the 2nd day on 214-3, only 55 runs behind the Pakistani 1st innings total, and with seven 1st innings wickets still in hand.

Captain Jimmy Adams is 60 not out, his 12th half century in 44 Tests, made in about three and a half hours of batting, while Shivnarine Chanderpaul has batted for nearly four hours for his 64 not out. This is Chanderpaul's 19th half century in 42 Test appearances.

The pair came together with the West Indies in some bother at 84-3 after Sherwin Campbell, for 31, Adrian Griffith, for 22 and Wavell Hinds, for 26, had been dismissed.

Adams, and Chanderpaul, cautious at first before blossoming out, have so far added 130 for the 4th wicket, a very dour partnership which produced only 09 boundaries in 280 minutes together. It is, however, the highest partnership for the West Indies for any wicket in a game featuring these two teams at the Antigua Recreation Ground.

Most of the bowling has been carried by leg-spinner Mustaq Ahmed and off-spinner Saqlain Mustaq and even with the 2nd new ball taken, Pakistan have not had any more success. Only Mustaq Ahmed, with 2-68, has any wickets.

The West Indies will be looking for a lead on the 3rd day. They resume on 214-3.

Tea Interval:

The West Indies, through their most senior batsmen, captain Jimmy Adams and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, are fighting hard as Pakistan, through their spinners, leg-spinner Mustaq Ahmed and off-spinner Saqlain Mustaq, try to break through fully.

At tea, the West Indies, after dismissing Pakistan early today for 269, are 122-3. Adams is 14 not out, while Chanderpaul is 24 not out; the session between lunch and tea yielding 62 runs from 30 overs and two wickets, in two hours of wonderful sunshine.

At one stage Pakistan had taken the upper hand in the afternoon session, with the West Indies struggling a bit at 93-3.

Sherwin Campbell was out before lunch, caught at mid-wicket by Yousuf Youhana from a Mustaq Ahmed long-hop for 31, including six 4's; 40-1.

After lunch, Adrian Griffith played around a Mustaq Ahmed googly, only to have his leg stump disturbed, out bowled for 22; 73-2.

Wavell Hinds then ran himself out as he underrated bowler Mustaq Ahmed's quickness; Hinds, beaten by the bowler's return to wicket-keeper Moin Khan; run out for 26. It was then 84-3.

Leg spinner Mustaq Ahmed has confused all of the batsmen so far, and has 2-45 from 19 troubling overs and numerous appeals for near misses.

This could be a tough afternoon for the West Indies. At tea, they are 122-3.

Lunch Interval:

The West Indies made a brisk start to their 1st innings. At lunch, they are 60-1, with Wavell Hinds, who made his maiden Test century in Barbados, on 14 not out, while opener Adrian Griffith, who was dropped by wicket-keeper Moin Khan from Waqar Younis's bowling when on 01, is on 16 not out.

The West Indian batsman out is Sherwin Campbell, who hit an enterprising 31, including six 4's, before he swiped at a long hop from Mustaq Ahmed, only to be caught at mid-wicket by Yousuf Youhana.

Earlier, the West Indies made very short work of the two remaining Pakistani batsmen as they added only two runs this morning.

Waqar Younis was the 1st to go, for 04, nicely caught by Ramnaresh Sarwan at backward square leg while trying to hook Courtney Walsh.

Soon afterwards, Walsh induced Mustaq Ahmed to edge to wicket-keeper Ridley Jacobs; out for no score; Pakistan all out for 269.

Yousuf Youhana was left not out on 103, his 2nd consecutive century.

Courtney Walsh was again the best West Indian bowler, finishing with 5-83, the 19th time that he had taken five wickets in Test cricket and the 100th time that he had done the feat in 1st class cricket. Walsh now has 448 Test wickets overall. So after a good start, the West Indies are 60-1 at lunch.