Brathwaite and Holder give Windies momentum
Inspired by Kraigg Brathwaite’s fifth Test century the West Indies put up a rejuvenated show on the third day of the final Test against Pakistan and which ended with the visitors holding the momentum, for perhaps the first time in the series.
Earlier in the day, West Indies lost their captain Jason Holder early as he failed to add much to his overnight score of 6. But, a 60run eighth-wicket partnership between Brathwaite and Devendra Bishoo saw them edge ahead of Pakistan at the Sharjah Stadium and end with a 56-run lead. Brathwaite, who became the fifth West Indian and only the second in the last 20 years to carry his bat in a Test innings, held things together with an unbeaten 142 off 318 balls. The Windies carried their momentum through with the ball and Holder’s short ball tactics after tea caught Pakistan unawares and had them 48-4 inside 22 overs of their second innings where they lost four wickets in the space of eight overs for just 11 runs.
Azhar Ali and Sarfraz Ahmed then consolidated for Pakistan with an unbeaten 39-run fifth wicket stand to take them to 87-4 before the sun decided to set in a hurry forcing play to end nine minutes ahead of schedule.
5 Kraigg Brathwaite became the fifth West Indies batsman to carry his bat in Tests