Res­o­lute Brath­waite foils Pak­istan in third Test

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SHAR­JAH:

Opener Kraigg Brath­waite needed five runs for a fight­ing hun­dred as he foiled Pak­istan on the sec­ond day of the third and fi­nal Test in Shar­jah yes­ter­day. Brath­waite an­chored the West In­dian in­nings with a 206ball 95 not out af­ter they were strug­gling at 38-3, putting two solid stands of 83 each with Ros­ton Chase (50) for the fifth wicket and with Shane Dowrich (47) for the sixth.

At close skip­per Ja­son Holder was un­beaten on six as West Indies were 244-6, just 37 runs away from Pak­istan’s first in­nings to­tal of 281. This gives West Indies a good po­si­tion for the first time in the series against Pak­istan who are tar­get­ing a 3-0 clean sweep af­ter win­ning the first Test by 56 runs in Dubai and the sec­ond by 133 runs in Abu Dhabi. Brath­waite bat­ted solidly as he ne­go­ti­ated Pak­istan’s spin-cum-pace at­tack with full con­fi­dence, hav­ing so far hit ten bound­aries. “There will be no but­ter­flies,” said the 23-yearold from Bar­ba­dos. “For me help­ing the West Indies to a good lead will be more im­por­tant and I will do my best to achieve that.”

West Indies lost Jer­maine Black­wood for 23 soon af­ter lunch and it looked like they would once again con­cede a lead but Brath­waite held the in­nings well with Chase and Dowrich.

Chase hit leg-spin­ner Yasir Shah for a straight six to bring up his fifty but was caught in the slip off Mo­ham­mad Amir in the next over. His 89-ball stay was spiced with six fours and a six. Dowrich then com­pli­mented Brath­waite as they took West Indies to 234, with Dowrich ben­e­fit­ting from a catch off Wahab Riaz’s no ball on 15 and a let-off by You­nis Khan on 21.

Dowrich was fi­nally bowled by Riaz from an in­side edge. West Indies were strug­gling when they lost the key wicket of Dar­ren Bravo for 11 be­fore lunch. Bravo mis­cued a drive off a flighted ball from spin­ner Zul­fiqar Babar and was smartly snapped up by a div­ing Amir at ex­tra cover, his first catch in 20 Tests.

Amir had no catch in his first 19 Tests-most matches with­out a catch for a player from the start of his ca­reer. West Indies got off to a dis­as­trous start, with opener Leon John­son trapped leg-be­fore by Riaz in the fourth over for just one. Bravo, who made a fight­ing hun­dred in the first Test, was left frus­trated by short-pitched de­liv­er­ies from Riaz and Amir be­fore get­ting out. Mar­lon Sa­muels also did not last long, trapped leg-be­fore by leg-spin­ner Yasir Shah with­out scor­ing to leave West Indies strug­gling on 38-3. Ear­lier, leg-spin­ner Deven­dra Bishoo fin­ished with fig­ures of 4-77 while fast bowlers Shan­non Gabriel took 3-67 and Alzarri Joseph 2-57 to dis­miss Pak­istan for 281. Pak­istan added 26 to their overnight score be­fore los­ing Amir for 20 and Shah for 12, both to Joseph. The pair added 32 for the ninth wicket. — AFP

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