SHARJAH, Nov 1: Kraigg Brathwaite became the fifth West Indian batsman to carry his bat with an unbeaten hundred before Jason Holder took 3-10 to leave Pakistan under pressure in the third Test here today.
Kraigg Brathwaite (L) of the West Indies acknowledges the crowd after scoring an unbeaten 142 during day three of the 3rd Test against Pakistan at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, on Tuesday.
Brathwaite held West Indies’s first innings of 337 with a resolute 142 not out before Holder jolted Pakistan with three wickets in 17 balls to give his team a strong position at the end of the third day.
At close Pakistan were struggling at 87-4 with opener Azhar Ali 45 not out and Sarfraz Ahmed 19 not out, leading only by 31 runs with six wickets intact and two days to play.
Pakistan needed a big effort after conceding a 56-run lead but from 37-0 they lost four wickets in the space of 11 runs with Holder firing on all cylinders and their batsmen playing rash shots.
Holder forced Sami Aslam (17) to hook straight into the hands of deep fine-leg, then in his next over had Asad Shafiq caught in slip fending a short ball for nought, his second in the match.
An over later Holder had Younis Khan caught behind for zero and from the other end Misbah-ul-Haq holed out off spinner Roston Chase for four.
Pakistan 1st innings : 281
West Indies 1st innings (overnight 244 for 6): K Brathwaite not out 142, L Johnson lbw b Riaz 1, D Bravo c Amir b Babar 11, M Samuels lbw b Shah 0, J Blackwood c Shafiq b Amir 23, R Chase c Younis b Amir 50, S Dowrich b Riaz 47, J Holder b Amir 16, D Bishoo c Ahmed b Riaz 27, A Joseph c Shah b Riaz 6, S Gabriel c Ahmed b Riaz 0. Extras: (LB-6, NB-8) 14. Total: (all out; 115.4 overs) 337. Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-32, 3-38, 4-68, 5-151, 6-234, 7-263, 8-323, 9-333. Bowling: Amir 25-5-71-3, Riaz 26.4-1-88-5, Shah 26-2-80-1, Babar 21-3-56-1, Nawaz 11-2-20-0, Ali 6-0-16-0.
Pakistan 2nd innings: Sami Aslam c Joseph b Holder 17, Azhar Ali not out 45, Asad Shafiq c Bravo b Holder 0, Younis Khan c Dowrich b Holder 0, Misbah-ul-Haq c Bishoo b Chase 4, Sarfraz Ahmed not out 19. Extras: (NB-2) 2. Total: (for four wkts; 39 overs) 87. Fall of wickets: 1-37, 2-41, 3-41, 4-48. Bowling: Gabriel 8-1-14-0, Joseph 6-1-16-0, Holder 9-4-10-3, Brathwaite 1-0-5-0, Chase 13-1-39-1, Bishoo 2-0-3-0. – AFP