So near, but still so far. Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq has had to stop remaining unbeaten for 99 runs in the first innings of the first Test against West Indies at Sabina Park, Kingston. He is the sixth batsman to remain unbeaten on 99 runs.
The Pakistani skipper came into the crease on day three when Younis Khan, who reached 10000 Test runs got dismissed. After surviving the final session of day three, he pounced over the Caribbean fast bowlers on the next day.
Misbah scored his 37th half-century in 140 balls. The lower-order showed some assistance to him which helped him go nearer to a ton. But on the fourth ball of the 139th over, Roston Chase trapped debutant Mohammad Abbas for 1. Abbas went for the review, but that didn’t work and so Pakistan were bowled out for 407 runs in the first innings with a 121-run lead.
Misbah was unbeaten at the other end with 99 runs off 223 balls including 5 fours and 3 sixes. Before the over when Abbas was dismissed, Misbah ran twice on the last ball to give him strike for the next over.
Geoffrey Boycott of England, Steve Waugh of Australia, England’s Alex Tudor, ans South Africa’s Shaun Pollock and Andrew Hall were the previous five batsmen to remain unbeaten on 99 runs in Test cricket.
Pakistan wrapped up four wickets for 93 runs in 28 overs against West Indies to keep the hopes of win alive.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com