Dominica: Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq, turning out one final time for Pakistan, failed to make much of an impression, but Pakistan still got into a good position to push for victory over the West Indies at stumps on the fourth day of the third and final Test at Windsor Park on Saturday.
If Pakistan wins this decisive Test, with the series level 1-1, it will be the first series win in the Caribbean for the team in eight attempts.
After only 15 wickets fell on the first three days, 14 went down on the fourth day, ending with the West Indies at seven for one after being set 304 to win.
Mohammad Abbas claimed his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket to trigger a West Indies first-innings collapse to 247 on the fourth morning after it resumed at 218 for 5.
That gave Pakistan a lead of 129, but it crashed to 90 for 7 before Yasir Shah, with a Test-best 38 not out, and Mohammad Amir, with 27, allowed it to declare at 174 for 8 in the evening.
Yasir and Amir put on 61 for the eighth wicket, benefitting from a number of West Indian lapses along the way.
Yasir was caught behind off a no-ball from Devendra Bishoo and two catches went down, and the spirits of the home side wilted. Alzarri Joseph claimed three wickets but West Indies frittered away the advantage.
Yasir then made it worse for the West Indies when he removed Kieran Powell to a catch at silly point with the final ball of the day.
Pakistan - 376 (Azhar 127, Chase 4-103) and 174/8d (Yasir 38*, Joseph 3-53)
West Indies - 247 (Chase 69, Abbas 4-46, Yasir 3-126) and 7 for 1
Status - West Indies require 297 runs to win