Younis passes 10,000 test runs as Pakistan builds innings

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) " Pakistan trailed the West Indies by 85 runs at close of play on day 3 of the first test on Sunday, with veteran batsman Younis Khan becoming the first Pakistani player to reach 10,000 test runs before falling late in the day.

Khan hit 58 and Babar Azam 72 to put Pakistan in a strong position in reply to West Indies' first innings total of 286 before both batsmen fell to pace bowler Shannon Gabriel in the final session. At the close Pakistan was 201-4.

The 39-year-old Younis, playing his 116th test match, hit five fours and a six and looked set for a big score before falling to Gabriel. He kissed the Pakistani badge on his helmet when he hit a four to reach the 10,000-run mark, waving his bat to the Pakistan changing room.

Resuming on 278-9 after a rain-shortened second day, West Indies only added eight more runs before the innings was wrapped up, with Jason Holder scoring a stubborn, unbeaten half century.

Mohammad Amir returned career-best figures of 6-44 after a wet outfield delayed the start of third day's play by an hour at Sabina Park.

Amir's previous best figures of 6-84 in a test innings came against England at Lord's in 2010.

It was the same test match during which Amir was found guilty of bowling deliberate no-balls and was banned for five years for spot-fixing.

The Pakistan openers struggled against the West Indies seam attack and Azhar Ali was first to go, caught behind Shane Dowrich for 15. Ahmed Shehzad managed 31 before he was trapped lbw by Holder.

Babar Azam survived two chances but settled in for a 132-run partnership with Younis. On 2, Holder chose not to review an lbw decision that should have been given out.

Younis took a long time to get off the mark but was comfortable on 58 when he drove at a wide Gabriel delivery and was caught at cover.

Azam hit eight fours and a six as the West Indies put in a disciplined bowling performance. Younis was dismissed with the score on 185 and Azam fell quickly after, playing on to a Gabriel delivery.

Misbah-Ul-Haq (5) and Asad Shafiq (5) endured an uncomfortable hour of accurate seam bowling before stumps, but survived to take the score past 200 and maintain the tourists' hopes of a solid first-innings lead.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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