Test batsman claims unwanted record
CRICKET: Pakistan have assumed control in their Test match against the West Indies with captain Misbah-ul-Haq again dominating with the bat before claiming an unwanted record.
Misbah missed a Test century by one run for the second consecutive match as the tourists piled on 393 runs in reply to the West Indies' 312 on the third day of the second Test at Kensington Oval in Barbados.
Deprived of the landmark when stranded on 99 not out in the first innings of the first Test in Jamaica, Misbah appeared destined to accomplish the feat on this occasion, only to be dismissed in a bizarre manner.
Having survived an optimistic appeal for LBW from West Indian counterpart Jason Holder the ball before, Misbah attempted to pull out of the way of the next delivery which lifted sharply and came off the glove for Shai Hope to gleefully hold the catch at second slip.
The dismissal means Misbah stands alone as being the only batsman in 140 years of Test cricket history to have finished an innings on 99 three times.
Misbah's dismissal triggered a mini collapse in which three wickets fell for 13 runs but an impressive 13th Test century from opener Azhar Ali's (105) ensured the tourists are well positioned.
The West Indies will resume on the fourth morning at 1-40, still needing 41 more runs to erase the first innings deficit with opener Kraigg Brathwaite and Shimron Hetmyer at the wicket.