ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):West Indies defied opener Azhar Ali’s 14th Test century and Pakistan’s attritional batting with sheer perseverance, to leave the decisive third Test at Windsor Park well poised on yesterday’s second day.The Caribbean side were forced to toil on a lifeless pitch but did so manfully to dismiss Pakistan in their first innings for 376, an hour before the close.Azhar, starting the day unbeaten on 85, carved out 127 – his second successive hundred following his 105 in the first innings of the Barbados Test last week.Captain Misbah-ul-Haq struck 59 playing in his final Test while wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed produced a breezy 51 down the order.Part-time off-spinner Roston Chase was the best bowler with four for 103 while captain and seamer Jason Holder claimed three for 71 and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, two for 61.Left to navigate eleven tricky overs at the end, West Indies openers Kieran Powell (9 not out) and Kraigg Brathwaite (5 not out) endured little horrors to reach the close unscathed on 14 without loss.The Caribbean side trail Pakistan by 362 runs heading into the pivotal day three of the match.INCHED WAY THROUGHResuming the day on 169 for two, the visitors inched their way painfully through an extended opening session, adding a mere 58 runs from 30 overs sent down.The lone casualty of the morning was veteran outstanding right-hander Younis Khan, like Misbah in his final Test of a glittering career, fell leg before wicket to Holder 45 minutes into the day after adding just eight to his overnight 10.Azhar, however, reached his century an hour before lunch when he turned Holder to fine leg for a couple of and was unbeaten on 122 at the interval with Pakistan crawling to 227 for three.
In what has now become a staple during the holiday season, the Enmore Association of New York (EANY) has once again feted over 700 persons at its annual Christmas luncheon in Enmore, East Coast Demerara.A section of the gathering at the senior citizens’ partyThe group, comprising members based mainly in New York and complemented by a local chapter, has been hosting the party for the past 18 years at Ayube Mohamed’s (Wise Man’s) residence yearly, where senior citizens and children of the village are invited to partake in the festivities.This year’s event was once again organised to bring cheer to citizens of the community-while the older folks were given a hamper, a monetary donation and a meal; the smaller ones were presented a gift from Santa Claus and treated to a sumptuous meal.The event was made possible through the kind donations, both financial and otherwise, of members of EANY and well-wishers.EANY member Seurattan Prashad told the senior citizens that they deserved to be recognised and celebrated as they are the ones who have helped to shape the community over several decades.“You guys have set the tone and shaped the culture of this community, knowingly or unknowingly, by following the unwritten rules of society, abiding by them and disseminating them. What are those unwritten rules? Things like caring for each other, helping each other, respecting each other— that is what had built this society so strong. You guys have done a tremendous job in making this community a better place and that is why we’re here today to recognise your contribution,” Prashad noted.Manzoor Rahaman, another member of the EANY, echoed similar sentiments, noting that the Association is pleased to be of service to members of the community.