Pakistan declare at 579-3 after Azhar hits triple ton
DUBAI: Pakistan declared their first innings at a mammoth total of 579 runs for the loss of only three wickets after opener Azhar Ali completed his triple hundred during the final session on second day of the first day/night Test here at the Dubai International Cricket stadium on Friday.
Azhar Ali became the fourth Pakistani batsman to score a triple century in Test cricket. Earlier Hanif Mohammad (337), Inzamam-ul-Haq (329) and Younis Khan (313) had performed this feat.
The 31-year-old right-hander remained not out on 302 in his marathon innings which lasted for 658 minutes.
He dominated the bowling, hitting 23 boundaries and two sixes during his 469-ball innings.
Azhar was involved in three consecutive century partnerships – 215 with Sami Aslam (90), 137 with Asad Shafiq (67) and 165 with Test debutant Babar Azam (69).
The vice-captain also added 62 runs for the unbeaten fourth wicket stand with his captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who was 29 not out when the innings was declared.
For West Indies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo finished with 125.
This is only the second ever day-night match in Test cricket´s 140-year-old history after Australia and New Zealand featured in the first in Adelaide last year.
This three-match series will continue in Abu Dhabi (October 21-25) and Sharjah (October 30-November 3).