Openers put Pakistan in dominating position

Pakistani batsmen Sami Aslam (R) and Azhar Ali run between the wicket during the first Test a day-night match on the first day between Pakistan and West Indies at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the Gulf Emirate on October 13, 2016. Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Hq won the toss and opted to bat in the first Test -- a day-night affair with a pink ball -- against the West Indies in Dubai. / AFP / AAMIR QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)
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DUBAI: Pakistani batsmen dominated West Indian bowling attack on the first day of their first day/night test match. At the end of day 1, Pakistan were 279/1 with Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq at the crease at a score of 146 and 33 respectively. The duo had a 64-run partnership till the end of the day.

Misbah Ul Haq won the toss and elected to bat first in Pakistan’s 400th test match. Sami Aslam and Azhar Ali looked in good shape since the word ‘go’ and tested the opposition’s bowling attack to the core on a slow wicket of an empty Dubai Sports City.

After almost a year, Pakistani openers contributed more than 100 runs together. Azhar Ali went on to score his maiden test century as an opener and also achieved the feat of becoming the first batsman to score a ton in a day/night test.

The two openers looked invincible till their 215 run partnership. Sami Aslam missed his maiden century yet as he got out after scoring 90 runs off 212 balls. He was looking to sweep Roston Chase, but, missed it and was bowled. Chase was one of the better bowlers for West Indies on the day.

Asad Shafiq joined Azhar Ali in the middle and that too started making the most of the solid partnership that openers had.

It did not look like batsmen felt any difficulty in spotting the pink ball. There were very few play and miss and the fielding standard was also high that confirmed that the pink ball with the black seam was visible.

Pakistan’s emerging batting star, Babar Azam and the inspiring allrounder, Mohammad Nawaz are making their debut in the game.