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Pakistan v West Indies: Azhar Ali hits 302 not out in second day-night Test

Azhar Ali

Azhar Ali’s previous best Test score was 226 against Bangladesh in May 2015

Azhar Ali struck 302 not out – Pakistan’s fourth-highest individual score – as his side took control of the first Test against the West Indies.

Azhar’s 469-ball innings in Dubai lasted 11 hours and included 23 fours and three sixes.

Only Hanif Mohammad (337), Inzamam ul-Haq (329) and Younus Khan (313) have scored more for Pakistan in a Test.

In only the second day-night Test, Pakistan made 579-3 declared, with West Indies 69-1 at the close of day two.

Pakistan are second in the Test rankings, behind India, following a 2-2 draw in the summer series against England.

They have beaten West Indies 3-0 in both the one-day and Twenty20 international series.

Analysis

BBC Sport’s Kalika Mehta in Dubai

Azhar Ali’s almost faultless innings showcased why the 31-year-old is considered one of the leading candidates to take over the Test captaincy when Misbah-ul-Haq departs.

Although the pitch was as flat as they come, Azhar’s concentration and watchfulness was matched by the occasional flurry as he amassed just the fourth triple century by a Pakistan player.

Azhar’s stock has been steadily rising following his 139 against England at Edgbaston and it’s easy to see why.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/37660649