Dominica: A resolute batting effort led by Roston Chase, the allrounder, took the West Indies to 218 for 5 in reply to Pakistan’s 376 in the first innings at stumps on the third day of the final Test at Windsor Park in Dominica on Friday.
Chase, who took four wickets earlier in the game, made 60 before he was forced to retire hurt in the final session. He had been struck on the elbow while attempting a shot off Mohammad Amir.
Yasir Shah, the legspinner, finished the day with three wickets, having sent the West Indies top order packing in the morning session. He took his series tally to 20.
The home side started the day on 14 for no loss. Yasir broke the 43-run opening partnership when Kieran Powell’s miscued heave was caught by Azhar Ali, Pakistan’s first-innings centurion, running in off the boundary.
Shimron Hetmyer’s brisk innings was cut short when Yasir had him caught behind by Sarfraz Ahmed, the wicketkeeper.
Kraigg Brathwaite plodded along, and had reached a painstaking 29 off 123 deliveries through three and a half hours when in the last over before lunch he edged a catch high to the wicketkeeper.
Azhar’s part-time legspin broke a stubborn 55-run fourth-wicket partnership between Chase and Shai Hope that threatened to deny Pakistan a considerable lead. The duo had displayed gritty batting while enjoying some good fortune.
After a disciplined three hours in the middle, Hope mistimed a drive off the last ball of the post-lunch session to be caught for 29.
With Chase retired hurt, Vishaul Singh fell leg before to Mohammad Abbas and at 189 for 5, Pakistan had the upper hand.
Jason Holder, the captain, however, battled through a painful blow on his left shoulder, and held firm with Shane Dowrich. The duo will resume on 11 and 20 respectively on the fourth morning, with Chase too expected to return at the fall of another wicket.
Pakistan - 376 (Azhar 127, Misbah 59, Azam 55, Sarfraz 51, Chase 4-103)
West Indies - 218 for 5 (Chase 60*, Yasir 3-108)
Status - West Indies trail by 158 runs