Windies in good po­si­tion – Holder

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SHAR­JAH, UAE, (CMC):

WEST INDIES cap­tain Ja­son Holder says he be­lieves an im­pres­sive late af­ter­noon ses­sion yes­ter­day against Pak­istan, has put his side in a “good po­si­tion” to press for its first win in 14 Test matches. Four wick­ets fell for eleven runs in a dra­matic post tea ses­sion, as Pak­istan stum­bled to 87 for four in their sec­ond in­nings on the third day of their third and fi­nal Test at the Shar­jah Cricket Sta­dium. West Indies are trail­ing by 31 runs af­ter scor­ing 331 in their first in­nings in re­ply to Pak­istan first in­nings score of 281. “We knew there’s just limited time in the last ses­sion, so we wanted to just give it our all,” Holder told TEN Sports. “For­tu­nately, for me, I was able to get some balls to lift off a good length, which took the edge or the gloves. For­tu­nately, we had some luck in this ses­sion. I think we put our­selves in a good po­si­tion be­cause of this ses­sion.” Three of the four wick­ets to have fallen are as a re­sult of a hos­tile spell of fast bowl­ing from Holder, who has cap­tured three wick­ets for ten runs from nine overs in­clud­ing four maidens. Pak­istan were at one stage reel­ing on 43 for one and the West Indies cap­tain says his three-wicket haul was mo­ti­vated by the pa­tient un­beaten cen­tury from opener Kraigg Brath­waite, who an­chored the Windies first in­nings. Brath­waite ac­cu­mu­lated 142 off 318 balls with eleven bound­aries and car­ried his bat through the in­nings to hand his side a 56-run first in­nings lead.

“He showed great char­ac­ter, great com­po­sure, great faith. It was very in­spi­ra­tional for me and gave me the en­ergy to go and do what we did in the end,” said Holder.

ELU­SIVE WIN

“I have played a lot of cricket with Brath­waite – Un­der-13, 15, 17 and 19, and now se­nior cricket. He has scored a lot of runs in ju­nior cricket.”

West Indies are aim­ing to press their ad­van­tage on the fourth day as they hunt an elu­sive win on a wretched tour in which they have lost all of their matches in back-to back T20, ODI and Test se­ries losses against Pak­istan.

The West Indies skip­per be­lieves leg spin­ner Deven­dra Bishoo will have a ma­jor role to play.

“As the pitch wears out, Bishoo will come into the pic­ture. He has a big job to do for us tomorrow. The plan is to just keep ro­tat­ing bowlers,” said Holder.

“It’s im­por­tant to keep them un­der pres­sure in the first hour. We just have to con­tinue to main­tain the in­ten­sity. We all have to re­ally toil for the wick­ets. We are very happy with the sit­u­a­tion but we need to start well tomorrow.”

Ja­son Holder

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