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01-Nov-2016 15:00:00 GMT
Pakistan v West Indies, 3rd Test, Sharjah, day 3

Brathwaite, Holder put West Indies in charge

Sharjah: Pakistan were 87-4 in their second innings at close on the third day of the third and final Test against West Indies in Sharjah on Tuesday.

Opener Azhar Ali was 45 not out and Safraz Ahmed on 19 with Pakistan leading by 31 runs with six wickets in hand to avoid a defeat.

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.

West Indian opener Kraigg Brathwaite carried his bat through the innings with an unbeaten 142 as West Indies, bowled out for 337, took a 56-run lead over Pakistan's first innings total of 281.

The highlight of the morning session was Brathwaite's knock. He held the innings with 11 boundaries and for the first time in the series lifted West Indies into a rare lead.

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.

Pakistan lead the three-match series 2-0 after winning the first Test in Dubai by 56 runs and the second in Abu Dhabi by 133.

Brief scores
Pakistan -
281 (Aslam 74, Misbah 53, Bishoo 4-77, Gabriel 3-67) and 87 for 4 (Holder 3-10)
West Indies - 337 (Brathwaite 142*, Chase 50, Riaz 5-88, Amir 3-71)
Status - Pakistan lead by 31-run

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