Kraigg Brath­waite puts Windies in sight of lead

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

SHAR­JAH, United Arab Emi­rates (CMC): PHLEG­MATIC OPENER Kraigg Brath­waite marched to within touch­ing dis­tance of his fifth Test hun­dred as he spear­headed a West Indies fight-back against Pak­istan on the se­cond day of the fi­nal Test here yes­ter­day.

Re­ply­ing to Pak­istan’s first in­nings of 281 all out, the Caribbean side reached the close at the Shar­jah Cricket Sta­dium on 244 for six, only 37 runs adrift of tak­ing first in­nings lead for the first time in the lop­sided three-Test se­ries.

Brath­waite was un­beaten on 95 in a knock that has been the bedrock of the West Indies in­nings, which flirted with cri­sis at 68 for four about half-hour af­ter lunch.

The right-han­der faced 206 de­liv­er­ies and counted ten fours, and an­chored two key part­ner­ships which pulled his side around and left the game evenly poised head­ing into the piv­otal third day.

First, he put on 83 for the fifth wicket with Ros­ton Chase, who pro­duced his first sig­nif­i­cant score of the se­ries with an even 50, be­fore adding a fur­ther 83 with fit-again wick­et­keeper Shane Dowrich, who made a stylish, if chancy, 47.


Seam­ers Mo­ham­mad Amir (2-44) and Wa­hab Riaz (2-65) did the dam­age for Pak­istan, claim­ing two wick­ets apiece.

Ear­lier, teenaged seamer Alzarri Joseph picked up the last two wick­ets to fall as the hosts added 26 runs to their overnight 255 for eight, be­fore they were dis­missed about 35 min­utes into the morn­ing.

In the eighth over of the day, Joseph had Mo­ham­mad Amir drag­ging on for 20 and four balls later, knocked over Yasir Shah in sim­i­lar fash­ion for 12.

Faced with a tricky pe­riod be­fore lunch, West Indies found them­selves quickly in tur­moil when they lost opener Leon John­son (1), Dar­ren Bravo (13) and Mar­lon Sa­muels without scor­ing, to slide to 38 for three at the in­ter­val.

The left-handed John­son per­ished in the fourth over with six runs on the board, lbw to one from left-armer Wa­hab which came back to beat an un­cer­tain de­fen­sive push.

Bravo then spent 29 de­liv­er­ies at the crease and counted two fours be­fore at­tempt­ing to hit left-arm spin­ner Zulfiqar Babar over the top and slic­ing a catch to cover where Amir took a div­ing catch at 32 for two.

And in the penul­ti­mate over be­fore lunch, Sa­muels pushed for­ward to leg spin­ner Yasir Shah to the 10th de­liv­ery he faced and was ad­judged lbw.

Jer­maine Black­wood, not yet off the mark at the in­ter­val, pro­duced a typ­i­cal cameo af­ter­wards with a run-a-ball 23, which in­cluded four bound­aries as he helped add 30 for the fourth wicket with Brath­waite.

But the right-han­der’s am­bi­tion cost him in the sev­enth over af­ter lunch when he drove at one from Amir not quite there for the drive, and edged to Asad Shafiq at gully.

The fightback be­gan as Brath­waite and Chase com­bined to frus­trate Pak­istan for the re­main­der of the ses­sion and steer West Indies safely to tea without fur­ther loss, at 141 for four.

Brath­waite, on 21 at lunch, inched to his half-cen­tury 25 Sami As­lam c Holder b Bishoo 74 Azhar Ali c Brath­waite b Gabriel 0 Asad Shafiq lbw b Gabriel 0 You­nis Khan c John­son b Chase 51 *Mis­bah-ul-Haq c wkp Dowrich b Bishoo 53 +Sar­fraz Ahmed b Gabriel 51 Mo­ham­mad Nawaz st wkp Dowrich b Bishoo 6 Wa­hab Riaz lbw b Bishoo 4 Yasir Shah b Joseph 12 Mo­ham­mad Amir b Joseph 20 Zulfiqar Babar not out 1 (lb4, w1, nb4) 9 (all out, 90.5 overs) 281

1-1, 2-1, 3-107, 4-150, 5-230, 6-242, 7-248, 8-248, 9-280, 10-281.

Gabriel 21-1-67-3 (nb2), Joseph 16.5-5-57-2 (w1, nb2), Holder 12-4-29-0, Chase 20-5-47-1, Bishoo 21-3-77-4.

K Brath­waite not out 95 L John­son lbw b Wa­hab Riaz 1 D Bravo c Mo­ham­mad Amir b Zulfiqar Babar 11 M Sa­muels lbw b Yasir Shah 0 J Black­wood c Asad Shafiq b Mo­ham­mad Amir R Chase c You­nis Khan b Mo­ham­mad Amir 50 +S Dowrich b Wa­hab Riaz 47 *J Holder not out 6 (lb6, nb5) 11 (6 wkts, 78 overs) 244 D Bishoo, S Gabriel, A Joseph.

1-6, 2-32, 3-38, 4-68, 23 5-151, 6-234.

Mo­hammed Amir 17-4-44-2 (nb2), Wa­hab Riaz 16-0-65-2 (nb3), Yasir Shah 18-2-56-1, Zulfiqar Babar 17-345-1, Mo­hammed Nawaz 4-0-12-0, Azhar Ali 6-0-16-0.

min­utes be­fore tea off 109 balls with six fours and was 55 not out at the break, while Chase played pos­i­tively to be un­beaten on 43.

Chase notched his maiden Test half-cen­tury in the se­cond over fol­low­ing the re­sump­tion when he cleared the ropes at long on with Yasir but in the next over, he sliced a drive to You­nis Khan in the cor­don to give Amir his se­cond wicket.

Chase struck six fours and a six off 89 balls.

Pak­istan’s hopes of trig­ger­ing a col­lapse were dashed as Brath­waite and Dowrich of­fered re­sis­tance, help­ing West Indies to bat­tle their way into a strong po­si­tion.

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