WI tails up
SHARJAH – West Indies were on the verge of their first Test win in 19 months and the first on foreign soil in four years but a nervous final day lay ahead of the unpredictable Caribbean side in their quest to capture the third and final Test against Pakistan.
Set a modest 153 for victory on the penultimate day of the contest at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium yesterday, West Indies produced one of their now familiar implosions to slump to 67 for five on the stroke of the first hour after tea, before recovering to reach 114 for five at the close.
Once again, vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite was at the heart of the West Indies’ enterprise, carving out an unbeaten 44 in an unbroken 47-run sixth wicket stand with wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich who was not out on 36.
Brathwaite, who carried his bat in the first innings for 142, has so far faced 88 deliveries and counted four fours while Dowrich has consumed 61 balls and struck three fours and a six. (CMC)
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