Basseterre: Pakistan opener Taufeeq Umar was dropped three times before compiling an unbeaten 97 to put his team in the ascendancy at stumps of the second Test against West Indies. Pakistan was 202-3 to build an overall advantage of 251 after having led by 49 after the first innings at Warner Park yesterday.
Taufeeq, dropped on 1, 13 and 94, struck 10 fours off 231 balls in five hours, 25 minutes. He shared an opening stand of 82 with Mohammad Hafeez that set the platform for Pakistan domination and then added a further 76 with Azhar Ali.
Hafeez compiled 32 while Azhar notched 53, his second half-century of the match.
West Indies was ill-disciplined throughout the day and wasted no fewer than eight opportunities to take wickets. Taufeeq is confident his knock could help force a series-levelling victory for Pakistan over the final two days.
"We are in the driving seat right now," he said. "If we score over 300, and with two days left in the match, definitely there are a lot of chances to win this match."
The home team had a bright start to the day as fast bowling tail enders Kemar Roach (29) and Ravi Rampaul (32 not out) stretched their overnight ninth-wicket partnership to 60. They carried the overnight score from 184-8 to 218 before Roach fell to Hafeez`s spinners.
Fellow offspinner Saeed Ajmal quickly added the scalp of last man Devendra Bishoo to a slip catch to finish with 3-56. Hafeez claimed 3-23 and Abdur Rehman grabbed 2-55. Pakistan`s second innings had a frenetic and fortune-filled start as Taufeeq and Hafeez rode their luck.
Hafeez, caught behind off a no-ball from Roach without a run on the board was also dropped by Darren Sammy when 14 off Rampaul.
Taufeeq was dropped twice at slip off Roach, the first a regulation catch to Darren Bravo at first slip and then at second slip low down by captain Darren Sammy. But the pair consolidated Pakistan`s advantage to go to lunch at 55-0.