GUIDED once again by the impeccable judgement and application of Desmond Haynes, the West Indies reached a solid position of 351 for 4 on the opening day of the second Test here yesterday.
Sent in by the Pakistan captain, Wasim Akram, following accepted procedure on what is usually the Caribbean's most encouraging pitch for fast bowling, the West Indies made the most of two ghastly errors by the wicketkeeper, Moin Khan, in the day's fourth over to pulverise opponents who wilted on a warm, sunny day and in conditions that were far less helpful than they could have imagined.
Haynes, at 37 and in his 109th Test, the West Indies' oldest and most experienced batsman, followed his unbeaten 143 in the first Test with an equally impressive performance. He fashioned his 18th Test century, scoring 125, before becoming Aamir Nazir's first Test victim.
Things might have been different for Pakistan but for Moin's successive misses within a couple of deliveries in Waqar Younis's second over which allowed Phil Simmons to escape at six and eight. Both were straightforward, two-handed offerings, the first to his left, the second to his right.
Simmons, uncompromisingly aggressive, made him pay in full. He so dominated an opening partnership of 122 at a run a minute that when Moin finally caught his gloved pull off Ata- ur-Rehman he had made 87 from 91 deliveries with 14 fours while Haynes had managed 23. Haynes and Richie Richardson added a further 78, before Waqar, otherwise disappointing, claimed Richardson with an lbw verdict in the last over before tea.
The volley of strokes continued into the final session as Brian Lara joined Haynes in another even-time partnership of 103. Haynes arrived at his fourth Test century on his home ground with the rarity of two sixes off successive balls, off Asif Mujtaba, to the acclaim of a crowd of 15,000.
He lost Lara, chasing a wide one from Ata-ur-Rehman after making 51 and, clearly tiring, could not last out the day as Aamir, picked for this tour without a single first-class match behind him, claimed deserving reward for spirited bowling when he might well have been completely overwhelmed.
(First day: Pakistan won toss)
WEST INDIES - First Innings
D L Haynes b Aamir. . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
P V Simmons c Moin b Ata-ur-Rehman. . . . . .87
* R B Richardson lbw b Waqar. . . . . . . . .31
B C Lara c Moin b Rehman. . . . . . . . . . .51
K L T Arthurton not out. . . . . . . . . . . 19
C L Hooper not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Extras (w2 b1 lb1 nb23). . . . . . . . . . . 27
Total (for 4). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .351
To bat: J R Murray, I R Bishop, C E L Ambrose, C A Walsh, W K M Benjamin.
Bowling (to date): Wasim 20-0-73-0; Waqar 18-2-88-1; Aamir 18-0-74-1; Ata-ur-Rehman 18-1-84-2; Mujtaba 3-0-30-0.
PAKISTAN: Aamir Sohail, Ramiz Raja, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Javed Miandad, Basit Ali, Asif Mujtaba, * Wasim Akram, Moin Khan, Waqar Younis, Ata-ur-Rehman, Aamir Nazir.
Umpires: H D Bird and L H Barker.Reuse content