Brath­waite and Holder give Windies mo­men­tum

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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

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