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Pak vs WI 3rd Test: Brathwaite steers close to century as WI steer close to lead on Day 2

Pakistan vs West Indies, 3rd Test, Sharjah, Stumps Day 2
West Indies 244/6 (78.0 ov) trail Pakistan 281 by 37 runs with 4 wickets remaining in the 1st innings

There’s no stopping the umpires when they come calling. The officials thought that the light had deteriorated enough for the two sets of players to walk off, after what was a day that was all about a brilliant fightback by visitors West Indies. It was a hard-fought day for the Caribbean men, primarily due to Kraigg Brathwaite. Pakistan are just marginally ahead, and the day wasn’t without its fair share of drama and entertainment.

For Pakistan, Mohammad Amir getting his head into the record books was arguably the biggest positive. It isnt that frequent that a staggering bit of physicality gains you a record you would rather manage without. In any case, it was precisely that destiny that came upon Mohammad Amir when he pulled off a stellar ab effort push to dispose of Darren Bravo in the Sharjah Test.

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Yasir Shah and Mohammad Amir did well to add a valuable 26 to Pakistan’s overnight total. The West Indies could not get off to the most ideal of starts. Wahab Riaz trapped Johnson lbw in just the 4th over to leave the visitors in need of a desperate 2nd-wicket stand. Bravo and Samuels showed some resistance, but the home team had enough spin firepower in its arsenal to unsettle the fromet who departed after hitting 2 fours. Samuels followed Bravo in no time, and a few overs following that, the touring team had lost Blackwood.

At that moment in the game, it must have been easy to predict the out come. Though, Chase and Brathwaite held on for an 83-run 5th-wicket stand to bring the Indies back in the hunt. Chase departed after completing his half century which had featured 6 fours and a huge six.

Dowrich then replicated what Chase did alongside Brathwaite, playing an almost identical knock, before Wahab Riaz spoiled his party 3 runs short of his half century. West Indies head into Day 3 with Brathwaite 5 adrift of his 5th Test century and skipper Jason Holder taking guard at the non-striker’s end.

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