WI close in on rare win

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

SHAR­JAH, UAE (CMC): WEST INDIES were on the verge of their first Test win in 19 months and the first on for­eign soil in four years, but a ner­vous fi­nal day lay ahead of the un­pre­dictable Caribbean side in their quest to cap­ture the third and fi­nal Test against Pak­istan.

Set a mod­est 153 for vic­tory on the penul­ti­mate day of the con­test at the Shar­jah Cricket Sta­dium here yes­ter­day, the Windies pro­duced one of their now fa­mil­iar im­plo­sions to slump to 67 for five on the stroke of the first hour af­ter tea, be­fore re­cov­er­ing to reach 114 for five at the close.

Once again, vice-cap­tain Kraigg Brath­waite was at the heart of the West Indies’ en­ter­prise, stroking an un­beaten 44 in an un­bro­ken 47-run, sixth wicket stand with wick­et­keeper/bats­man Shane Dowrich, who was not out on 36.

Brath­waite, who car­ried his bat in the first in­nings for 142, has so far faced 88 de­liv­er­ies and counted four fours, while Dowrich has con­sumed 61 balls and struck three fours and a six.

To­gether, the Bar­ba­dian duo propped up the in­nings, which looked like it was

(tar­get: 153 runs) 281 337

(overnight 87 for four) Sami As­lam c Joseph b Holder 17 Azhar Ali c Bravo b Bishoo 91 Asad Shafiq c Bravo b Holder 0 You­nis Khan c wkp Dowrich b Holder 0 *Mis­bah-ul-Haq c Bishoo b Chase 4 +Sar­fraz Ahmed c Bravo b Bishoo 42 Mo­ham­mad Nawaz c John­son b Bishoo 19 Mo­ham­mad Amir run out 8 Wahab Riaz c John­son b Holder 1 Yasir Shah lbw b Holder 0 Zul­fiqar Babar not out 15 (b2, lb1, w6, nb2) 11 (all out, 81.3 overs) 208

1-37, 2-41, 3-41, 4-48, 5-134, 6-175, 7-189, 8-192, 9193, 10-208.

Gabriel 15-1-36-0 (w1, nb2), Joseph 14-3-41-0 (w1), Holder 17.3-5-30-5, Brath­waite 1-0-5-0, Chase 15-1-47-1, Bishoo 19-2-46-3. K Brath­waite not out L John­son lbw b Yasir Shah D Bravo c wkp Sar­fraz Ahmed b Yasir Shah M Sa­muels c Zul­fiqar Babar b Yasir Shah J Black­wood b Wahab Riaz R Chase c Mo­ham­mad Nawaz b Wahab Riaz +S Dowrich not out (lb2, nb1) (5 wkts, 36 overs)

1-29, 2-35, 3-57, 4-63, 5-67. Mo­ham­mad Amir 8-0-29-0 (nb1), Wahab Riaz 8-0-30-2, Yasir Shah 13-4-30-3, Zul­fiqar Babar 3-1-3-0, Mo­hammed Nawaz 4-020-0.

44 12

3 10 4 2 36 3 114 West Indies re­quire a fur­ther 39 runs for vic­tory with five wick­ets in­tact.

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