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Brathwaite’s excellent knock enables West Indies gain lead against Pakistan on day-2

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KINGSTON: Skipper Kraigg Brathwaite led from the front and played a fighting knock as West Indies gained a 34 runs lead with two wickets in hand on the second day of the first Test against Pakistan here on Friday.

Brathwaite hammered a solid 97 off 221 balls before being run out as West Indies reached 251-8 at stumps after resuming the innings at 2-2 in response to Pakistan’s first innings total of 217 all out on the day on which rain also delayed the start.

Brathwaite hit 12 fours during his 361 minutes stay at the crease. He added 96 runs for the sixth wicket association with Jason Holder who fell for fine 58, hammering ten glorious fours. Jermaine Blackwood made a 54-ball 22 with four fours and Roston Chase chipped in with 21 which came off 51 balls, featuring three fours.

Joshua Da Silva was batting on 20 which came off 62 balls and with him at the other end was Jomel Warrican on one.

Mohammad Abbas, who had got early two wickets on Thursday, finished the day with 3-42 in 21 overs. Shaheen Afridi (2-59) removed Blackwood and Kyle Mayers off his two successive deliveries. Faheem Ashraf got 1-37 and Hasan Ali claimed 1-54.

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