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On the verge of defeat

PAKISTAN SUCCUMBS TO FEEBLE WEST INDIES BOWLING 

NC Sports Desk

SHARJAH: West Indian skipper Jason Holder took a maiden five-wicket haul and opener Kraigg Brathwaite stood firm in a tense chase to bring West Indies in sight of a consolation win in the third and final test against Pakistan in Sharjah yesterday. Holder set his team without a win in their last 13 Tests on the right path with a career-best 5-30 to dismantle Pakistan for 208, which gave the West Indies a target of 153 in 135 overs spread over four sessions. When bad light forced closure nine overs early on the fourth and penultimate day, Brathwaite was unbeaten on 44 to anchor West Indies to 114-5, still needed 39 runs with five wickets intact. Brathwaite, who carried his bat in the first innings with 142, has so far added 47 runs for the sixth wicket with Shane Dowrich (36 not out) to lift West Indies from a struggling 67-5. Brathwaite, who survived a bat-pad catch review on 43, has hit four boundaries in another resolute 88-ball knock, frustrating Pakistan’s bowling for a second time in the match. Dowrich has hit a six and three boundaries for the West Indies. From 23 without loss, West Indies slumped to 67-5 with legspinner Yasir Shah (3-30) dismissing Leon Johnson leg-before for 12, Darren Bravo caught behind for three and Marlon Samuels caught in the deep for 10 in the space of 13 balls. Paceman Wahab Riaz then had Jermaine Blackwood bowled for four with a sharp incoming delivery and Roston Chase caught flicking by a jumping Mohammad Nawaz for two to bring Pakistan back in the game. Earlier, Pakistan’s chances of building a good lead ended when they slumped from 159-5 at lunch to lose their last five wickets for just 49 runs. Opener Azhar Ali fell nine short of his 12th century when he edged Bishoo in the slip after initially deciding to sweep the ball but later changing his mind. He batted for 234 balls and hit six fours and a six, adding an invaluable 86 for the fifth wicket with Sarfraz Ahmed, who made 42. Nawaz helped Ali add another 41 for the sixth wicket but fell to Bishoo, who finished with 18 wickets in the series the most by a West Indian against Pakistan in a three-match series. Holder then removed the tail, with wickets of Riaz (one) and Yasir Shah (nought) to improve on his previous best of 3-15 against England at Barbados in May last year. Pakistan lead the three-match series 2-0 after winning the first test in Dubai by 56 runs and second by 133 runs in Abu Dhabi.

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