PAKISTAN FIGHT AFTER KRAIGG’S TON
OPENER Kraigg Brathwaite became the fifth West Indian batsman to carry his bat through an innings which left Pakistan on the back foot in the third and final Test in Sharjah yesterday. At tea Pakistan were 32-0 in their second innings, with openers Azhar Ali (16) and Sami Aslam (15) at the crease, still trailing by 24 runs after West Indies were dismissed for 337. That gave West Indies a lead of 56 runs over Pakistan’s first innings total of 281. For the first time in the series West Indies surged ahead courtesy of a 318-ball stubborn stay of Brathwaite who anchored the innings with 11 boundaries to his name. Brathwaite added an invaluable 60 runs for the eighth wicket with Devendra Bishoo who made a solid 27 to leave Pakistan spin-cum pace attack frustrated. In the end it was left to the lively pace of Wahab Riaz to take the final three wickets for his second five-wicket haul in Tests, finishing with 5-88 in 26.4 overs of hard work. Riaz, whose first five-wicket haul came in his debut Test against England at The Oval in 2010, had Bishoo caught behind before dismissing Alzarri Joseph (six) and Shannon Gabriel (nought) to warp up the innings.