Pak­istan re­main in con­trol

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Dar­ren Bravo (87), Mar­lon Sa­muels (76) lead West Indies re­sis­tance

DUBAI, United Arab Emi­rates (AP): AKISTAN SNARED three wick­ets with the sec­ond new pink ball in the day-night match as West Indies reached 315 for six at stumps yes­ter­day on the third day of the first Test.

Dar­ren Bravo led a staunch re­sis­tance for West Indies with a de­fi­ant 87 off 258 balls and Mar­lon Sa­muels made 76. But Wa­hab Riaz got two wick­ets in quick suc­ces­sion and Bravo was caught at short leg to give Pak­istan con­trol of the first Test.

Shane Dowrich was un­beaten on 27 and cap­tain Ja­son Holder not out on 10 at stumps.

West Indies still trail by 264 runs in their first in­nings af­ter Pak­istan had posted a mas­sive 579-3 de­clared on the back of Azhar Ali’s triple cen­tury.

PEARLY BREAK­THROUGH

Leg-spin­ner Yasir Shah pro­vided an early break­through be­fore West Indies had added to their overnight 69-1 when he clean-bowled Kraigg Brath­waite (32) in his first over.

Sa­muels, whose sec­ond half­cen­tury in the last 17 Test in­nings had 13 bound­aries, de­fied Pak­istan in a 113-run third-wicket stand with Bravo.

Sa­muels sur­vived a tough Mar­lon Sa­muels ... 76.

chance soon af­ter com­plet­ing his fifty when Azhar in­jured his right hand while go­ing for a catch off his own bowl­ing and needed treat­ment off the field.

Seamer So­hail Khan fi­nally got the break­through when he had Sa­muels on the back foot and trapped him leg be­fore wicket in Pak­istan’s only suc­cess dur­ing the sec­ond ses­sion.

Pak­istan’s seam­ers changed their tac­tics with the sec­ond pink ball in the last ses­sion af­ter lit­tle suc­cess with swing on a flat wicket up to din­ner.

Jer­maine Black­wood (37) and Bravo looked to re­build the in­nings with a 77-run stand for the fourth wicket as Riaz chal­lenged Black­wood with short­pitched de­liv­er­ies be­fore the right-han­der fi­nally gloved one be­hind.

Ros­ton Chase (6), who had scored a cen­tury against In­dia in the last Test se­ries back home, also couldn’t get out of Riaz’s lifter – of­fer­ing a sim­ple catch at leg slip.

Bravo looked firm in his in­nings of more than six hours un­til Azhar re­turned from treat­ment and scooped a bril­liant re­flex catch in front of his face to give debu­tant left-arm spin­ner Mo­ham­mad Nawaz his maiden Test wicket.

Bravo hit nine fours and a six in his pa­tient knock, but his late dis­missal has ex­posed the West Indies tail. Pak­istan 1st In­nings 579-3 decl. West Indies 1st In­nings (overnight 69 for one) K. Brath­waite b Yasir Shah L. John­son lbw b Yasir Shah D. Bravo c Azhar Ali b Mo­hamma Nawaz M. Sa­muels lbw b So­hail Khan J. Black­wood c wkp Sar­fraz Ahmed b Wa­hab Riaz 37 R. Chase c Babar Azam b Wa­hab Riaz 6 +S. Dowrich not out 27 *J. Holder not out 10 Ex­tras (b9, lb8, w1, nb7) 25 To­tal (6 wkts, 109 overs) 315 32 15

87 76

D. Bishoo, M. Cum­mins, S. Gabriel. 1-42, 2-69, 3-182, 4-259, 5266, 6-300. Mo­ham­mad Amir 19-4-48-0 (nb1), So­hail Khan 16-2-56-1, Yasir Shah 36-14-97-2, Wa­hab Riaz 19.3-3-53-2 (w1, nb5), Mo­ham­mad Nawaz 16-5-38-1 (nb1), Azhar Ali 2.3-1-6-0. West Indies trail by 264 runs with four wick­ets in­tact. Pak­istan R. Illing­worth, P. Reif­fel M. Gough. Dar­ren Bravo .... made a solid 87.

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