WI close in on rare win
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.
3 10 4 2 36 3 114 West Indies require a further 39 runs for victory with five wickets intact.