West Indies take charge

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

SHAR­JAH, United Arab Emi­rates, (CMC): RAIGG BRATH­WAITE’S pa­tient un­beaten cen­tury and Ja­son Holder’s three-wicket haul have pushed West Indies ahead of Pak­istan on the third day of their third and fi­nal Test at the Shar­jah Cricket Sta­dium here yes­ter­day.

Opener Brath­waite’s un­de­feated 142 off 318 balls steered West Indies to a first in­nings lead of 56, while Cap­tain Holder un­leashed a hos­tile spell of fast bowl­ing af­ter tea as Pak­istan slumped to 48 for four.

Brath­waite became the fifth West Indies bats­man to carry his bat in a marathon in­nings that laid the foun­da­tion for their first in­nings score of 337 all out.

At stumps, Pak­istan, are 87 for four in their sec­ond in­nings af­ter post­ing a first in­nings to­tal of 281, with West Indies hav­ing placed them­selves in a good po­si­tion to push for their first win in 14 Tests.

Brath­waite, 95 overnight, helped a slightly wide de­liv­ery from Mo­ham­mad Amir to be­tween gully and point to get to 99 af­ter West Indies re­sumed on 244 for six.

The Bar­ba­dian bats­man then worked the fifth ball of Amir’s over to mid wicket for two runs to bring up his fifth Test cen­tury.

His knock, one of pa­tience and com­po­sure, was the bedrock of the Windies in­nings with balls be­ing ma­neu­vered through gaps and sin­gles and twos com­ing from around the ground.


Brath­waite, who picked up 11 bound­aries, mostly from be­hind the wicket, com­piled 29 runs with his cap­tain Ja­son Holder for the sev­enth wicket.

Holder chipped in with 16, which in­cluded two fours, a straight drive off Wa­hab Riaz, and a drive through the ex­tra cover off Amir.

A 60-run part­ner­ship for the eighth wicket be­tween Braith­waite and Deven­dra Bishoo al­lowed West Indies to sur­pass Pak­istan to­tal.

Bishoo, who con­trib­uted 27, played a gutsy in­nings un­til he nicked a ball to Sar­fraz Ahmed from Wa­hab Riaz who re­moved the tailen­ders to fin­ish with five for 88.

An un­bro­ken 39-run stand for the fifth wicket has taken Pak­istan to 87 for four af­ter they lost four sec­ond-in­nings wick­ets be­fore they were able to wipe out the deficit.

In a lively post-tea ses­sion, Holder rocked the Pak­istani top or­der with short de­liv­er­ies that swung the match in the Windies’ favour within about six overs. WEST INDIES 1st in­nings (overnight 244 for six) K Brath­waite not out 142 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 23 R Chase c You­nis Khan b Mo­ham­mad Amir 50 +S Dowrich b Wa­hab Riaz 47 *J Holder b Mo­ham­mad Amir 16 D Bishoo c Sar­fraz Ahmed b Wa­hab Riaz 27 A Joseph c Yasir Shah b Wa­hab Riaz 6 S Gabriel c Sar­fraz Ahmed b Wa­hab Riaz 0 (lb6, nb8) 14

(all out, 115.4 overs) 377 Fall of wick­ets: 1-6, 2-32, 3-38, 4-68, 5-151, 6-234,7-263,8323,9-333,10-337

Mo­hammed Amir 25-5-71-3 (nb5), Wa­hab Riaz 26.4 -1-88-5 (nb3), Yasir Shah 26-2-80-1, Zul­fiqar Babar 21-3-56-1, Mo­hammed Nawaz 11-2-20-0, Azhar Ali 6-0-16-0. PAK­ISTAN 2nd in­nings Sami As­lam c Joseph b Holder Azhar Ali not out Asad Shafiq c Bravo b Holder You­nis Khan c +Dowrich b Holder *Mis­bah-ul-Haq c Bishoo b Chase +Sar­fraz Ahmed not out

(nb 2) 2 (4 wick­ets; 39 overs) 87 To bat Mo­ham­mad Nawaz , Wa­hab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Mo­ham­mad Amir, Zul­fiqar Babar. Fall of wick­ets 1-37, 2-41, 3-41, 4-48 .

Gabriel 8-1-14-0 (nb2), Joseph 6-1-16-0, Holder 9-4-10-3, Brath­waite 1-0-5-0, Chase 13-139-1, Bishoo 2-0-3-0.

West Indies trail by 31 runs. 4 17 5 0 0 4 19

Holder’s bouncer to Sami As­lam was top edged to fine leg; an­other bouncer to Asad Shafiq forced him to fend to Dar­ren Bravo at gully, while You­nis Khan edged to wick­et­keeper Shane Dowrich to give Holder his third wicket.

In all, eleven runs were scored, while four wick­ets were lost af­ter Mis­bah-ul-Haq pulled Ros­ton Chase straight to Bishoo at deep-back­ward square leg.

West Indies trail Pak­istan by 31 runs.

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