May 27, 2000

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


Close of Play:

1st innings centurion Yousuf Youhana, on 41 not out, stands between the West Indies running through Pakistan's late order batsmen and maybe Pakistan getting to 250. Saqlain Mustaq is 02 not out. Recovering from a worrying 3-2, Pakistan are 157-5. In effect, they are 153 runs on.

Yousuf and Saqlain came together after captain Moin Khan, who made 10, was easily caught by Wavell Hinds at square leg, from the face of the bat, from Reon King's bowling. It was then 150-5.

Earlier, Imran Nazir who has had a miserable game in Antigua, was caught at gully, by Ramnaresh Sarwan, from Courtney Walsh's bowling, for no-score;Pakistan 0-1. That was Walsh's 449th Test wicket.

Younis Khan, who has had a wretched tour overall, was also soon out, for 02, LBW to Curtly Ambrose while attempting a pull; Pakistan 3-2.

Mohammad Wasim was bowled by Reon King for 21, just before tea, Pakistan then 49-3.

Inzamam-ul-Haq, with his 2nd half century of the game; he made 68, including ten 4's, was then given out caught behind, very controversially, from Franklyn Rose's bowling. It was then 129-4. Inzamam and Yousuf had put on 80 crucial runs for the 4th wicket.

On an unrelated matter, the West Indies Cricket Board seems to be at some odds with its selectors, as the WICB has negated a request from the selectors for a 17th player; probably a specialist wicket-keeper; to be added to the 16 man-squad already selected to tour the United Kingdom. That squad leaves Barbados on Tuesday next, May 30, for a three-an-a half-month tour of the UK with only one specialist wicket-keeper, Ridley Jacobs, included. He could have a long hard tour.

With more pressing business at hand, like trying to win this 3rd Test match, the West Indies team will be looking for further breakthroughs early on the 4th day. At the close of Day 3, with Yousuf Youhana on 41 not out, Saqlain Mustaq on 02 not out; Pakistan are 157-5, a lead of 153.

Tea Interval:

After a very disappointing morning in which they led by just 04 runs on 1st innings, the West Indies have struck back somewhat. Pakistan, in their 2nd innings, are wobbling at 49-3 at tea, an overall lead of 45.

Already out are Imran Nazir, who was well caught by Ramnaresh Sarwan at gully from a short Courtney Walsh delivery; Imran Nazir made no-score; 0-1. That was Test wicket No. 449 for Courtney Walsh.

Then Younis Khan misjudged the length of a Curtly Ambrose delivery, being hit plumb in front of the stumps while attempting a pull; out LBW for 02; 3-2.

On the stroke of tea, opener Mohammad Wasim, in very good form recently, was bowled for 21 as he left a Reon King off-cutter alone, only to see the ball dislodge the off bail.

Inzamam-ul-Haq, perhaps Pakistan's best batsman, again with much responsibility on his broad shoulders, is 26 not out.

Earlier, Pakistan had dismissed the West Indies just after lunch, with fast bowling all-rounder Wasim Akram, fittingly, getting the final wicket and his sixth in the innings; Reon King caught and bowled for 03 while trying to hook.

West Indies were all out for 273, rather disappointing after starting the day on a healthy 214-3. Only Jimmy Adams, with 60, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, with a patient 89, including nine 4's and one six, played Wasim with any authority. The pair put on 134 for the 4th wicket, a record for the West Indies for any wicket in games featuring these two teams at the Antigua Recreation Ground.

Wasim finished with the tremendous figures, richly deserved, of 6-61 from 26.2 overs of sustained pace and lateral movement; a man absolutely possessed. It was the 23rd time in his illustrious career that he has taken five wickets in an innings. He now has 393 Test wickets.

Having been led by 04 runs, Pakistan will have to try to consolidate. They are 49-3 at tea, an overall lead of 45.

LUNCH INTERVAL: Day 3: Test 3: Pakistan v West Indies: Antigua

Pakistan, and especially Wasim Akram, have had a wonderful morning. Starting the morning at 214-3, the West Indies, at lunch, have been undermined by Wasim. They are 272-9, just ahead of Pakistan's 1st innings of 269.

Only 58 runs have been scored by the West Indies in the 23 overs bowled in the two-hour period today, while losing six wickets.

Pakistan struck in the 5th over this morning when Waqar Younis, working up good pace, trapped Jimmy Adams LBW for his overnight score, 60; 218-4; a very important break-through for Pakistan.

Adams and Shivnarine Chanderpaul had put on 134 very important runs for the 4th wicket, a West Indian record for any wicket in a game featuring these two teams at the Antigua Recreation Ground.

After a short but uncomfortable stay at the crease, Ramnarace Sarwan was then adjudged LBW to Wasim Akram for 10; 235-5

Ridley Jacobs barely came to the crease before he was too was gone, also out LBW to a Wasim yorker; for no score; 243-6.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul had played very cautiously for over five and a half hours, hitting only nine 4's and one six, moving from his overnight 68 to 89, before he was completely beaten and bowled, off stump, by a Wasim special; 254-7.

Curtly Ambrose was soon gone too, for no score, caught at cover point by Yousuf Youhana from Wasim's bowling; 258-8.

Franklyn Rose then tried to hit himself out of trouble, eventually hooking at Wasim, only to be caught at fine-leg for 15; 269-9.

Wasim Akram has bowled brilliantly, with tremendous pace, today, and has figures of 11-4-18-5 today, and 25-8-58-5 overall. The morning session has been all Wasim's, a wonderful display from a player who is determined to show that nothing untoward is on his mind.

Courtney Walsh is 01 not out, while Reon King is 03 not out. With the pitch still playing well and promising many runs, the West Indies have slowly given away their overnight advantages, thanks to Wasim Akram. At lunch, the West Indies have moved to 272-9, a small 1st innings lead of 03.