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  • 12:35 AM IST

    Live: WI 315/6 in Overs 109- | Trail by 264 | Batting: Shane Dowrich 27, Jason Holder 10: That’s it for the day, the umpires have called it a day as West Indies were 315 for the loss o six wickets at stumps on Day 3. Pakistan bowlers were struggling but Wahab Riaz produced a terrific spell to turn he game and scalped couple of wickets. West Indies need 64 runs to avoid the follow on after which they will try to get close to Pakistan’s total. Dowrich and Holder will resume batting on Day 4 as the game is now in Pakistan’s favour.

  • 12:24 AM IST

    Live: WI 308/6 in Overs 107 | Trail by 271 | Batting: Shane Dowrich 27, Jason Holder 3: Mohammad Nawaz finally scalps his maiden Test wicket as he gt the prized one of Darren Bravo. Azhar Ali grabbed a fantastic catch at short leg as Bravo edged to a delivery which had some extra bounce in it. West Indies are now in deep trouble as their key player is dismissed and the tail is open. Jason Holder can bat while Dowrich is doing a good job at the other end. West Indies should try not to lose another wicket till stumps.

    OUT! Darren Bravo c Azhar Ali b Nawaz Mohammad 87(258)

  • 12:00 AM IST

    Live: WI 297/5 in Overs 102 | Trail by 282 | Batting: Darren Bravo 85, Shane Dowrich 21: West Indies are 282 runs behind at the moment and their primary target is to get those 82 runs and avoid the follow on. Bravo looks good at the moment but the ball is turning and the next few overs will certainly be taxing.

  • 11:39 PM IST

    Live: WI 271/5 in Overs 95 | Trail by 350 | Batting: Darren Bravo 79, Shane Dowrich 1: West Indies are in deep trouble after losing couple of quick wickets and lost the momentum. Bravo is standing at the other end like a rock and living up to the expectations. Wahab Riaz got the better of Blackwood as he was caught behind. Moments later, he also scalped the wicket of Chase with a beauty. Pakistan are back on track and are now eyeing to wrap things up at the earliest.
    OUT! Jermaine Blackwood c Sarfraz Ahmed b Wahab Riaz 37(74)

    OUT! Roston Chase c Babar Azam b Wahab Riaz 6(7)

  • 10:59 PM IST

    Live: WI 252/3 in Overs 89 | Trail by 350 | Batting: Darren Bravo 70, Jermaine Blackwood 36: West Indies are battling it out in the centre ad Bravo and Jermaine Blackwood in command. They are playing well and Pakistani bowlers are not able to break this partnership. Another edge fell short as the pitch is not providing enough assistance. With a lot of overs to be played, West Indies need to carry in this manner and score runs. Their primary aim will be to avoid the follow-on and then get closer to Pakistan’s total.

  • 10:25 PM IST

    Live: WI 229/3 in Overs 82 | Trail by 350 | Batting: Darren Bravo 64, Jermaine Blackwood 20: Yasir Shah is trying his best but West Indies batsmen looked determined and not providing any room for error. Bravo has played a solid innings and gave himself a lot of time to get in. He has done well and complimenting Blackwood too. The latter has also stood his ground and both should look to remain unbeaten till stumps. It’s unlikley that the game will conclude a result if West Indies keep batting in this manner.

  • 9:28 PM IST

    Live: WI 204/3 in Overs 76 | Trail by 375 | Batting: Darren Bravo 55, Jermaine Blackwood 8: Yasir Shah bowling a tight line and not leaking runs at the moment. Bravo gets to his fifty and what a knock he has played. Pakistan will be hoping to get quick wickets and wrap things up at the earliest. West Indies on the other hand will be eyeing to avoid the follow-on primarily.

  • 8:59 PM IST

    Live: WI 190/3 in Overs 70 | Trail by 389 | Batting: Darren Bravo 46, Jermaine Blackwood 4: After a long battle, Marlon Samuels falls for 76 as Sohail Khan caught him leg before with a peech of a delivery. The decision looked dead right as Samuels decides not to review it and walks off the field. West Indies are in a delicate position at the moment and need a partnership. Jermaine Blackwood has walked out to bat and need to get runs on the board.

    OUT! Marlon Samuels lbw Sohail Khan 76
  • 8:36 PM IST

    Live: WI 174/2 in Overs 65 | Trail by 418 | Batting: Darren Bravo 42, Marlon Samuels 72: Samuels has shifted gears and smashing the bowlers for boundaries. The ball has started turning more than the usual and Samuels also gets a thick edge while flashing hard to Yasir. An extra slip has been installed for Yasir and rightly so. Bravo inching towards his fifty while Samuels is milking out runs from the flat UAE surface.

  • 8:18 PM IST

    Live: WI 161/2 in Overs 61 | Trail by 418 | Batting: Darren Bravo 37, Marlon Samuels 64: A run out chance was offered by Darren Bravo but the fielder failed to hit the stumps. Samuels taking on the Pakistani bowlers and punishing the loose deliveries. He smashed two consecutive boundaries to Nawaz for which he made good use of his feet ion getting to the pitch of the ball. Bravo has been silent so far but one can expect him to shift gears at any juncture and he is well capable to do so.

  • 7:57 PM IST

    Live: WI 150/2 in Overs 56 | Trail by 429 | Batting: Darren Bravo 34, Marlon Samuels 56: A lot of action has been witnessed within the first few overs of the second session. Mohammad Nawaz has been warned officially for running on the pitch after which Azhar Ali didn’t manage to cup a catch of Marlon Samuels off his own bowling. Samuels shimmied down the track and smashed it straight at him, Azhar didn’t anticipate it well and ended up injuring himself. He is off the field and seeking some medical attention, hopefully, everything is fine and there is no serious injury. West Indies continue their resistance.

  • 7:03 PM IST

    Live: WI 138/2 in Overs 52 | Trail by 441 | Batting: Darren Bravo 30, Marlon Samuels 50:

    The first session of Day 3 comes to an end and West Indies have done a commendable job in losing just a solitary wicket in the whole session. Pakistan bowlers are still looking for a way to break this partnership. Azhar Ali has been brought into the attack as he has had a wonderful day with the bat.
  • 6:53 PM IST

    Live: WI 138/2 in Overs 49 | Trail by 441 | Batting: Darren Bravo 30, Marlon Samuels 50: Mohammad Nawaz and Mohammad Amir are back into the attack as Pakistan’s struggle to get a wicket continues. The partnership between Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo has accounted for 69 runs together. The session belongs to West Indies as they have just lost a solitary wicket. Samuels brings up his fifty and it has been a wonderful outing by the veteran.

  • 6:32 PM IST

    Live: WI 128/2 in Overs 44 | Trail by 451 | Batting: Darren Bravo 30, Marlon Samuels 40: Pakistan need a move on, as both the batsmen have got their eyes in. Samuels is playing well and trying to weather the storm along with Darren Bravo. It has been a fantastic battle so far with Samuels being the centre of attraction of it. He has taken on Sohail Khan and smashed few boundaries in the same over. He is closely inching towards his half-century and a much needed one.

  • 6:09 PM IST

    Live: WI 111/2 in Overs 38 | Trail by 468 | Batting: Darren Bravo 27, Marlon Samuels 26: Marlon Samuels taking the attack back to the opposition as he smashed couple of boundaries to Yasir Shah. It’s a good tactic as he is not letting the bowler settle and playing his shot. This is what experience does, Samuels battling it out beautifully and this strategy will certainly not let Yasir settle. West Indies have the depth in their batting and can save the game if now win. Bravo is also looking good at the other end and has played well so far.

  • 5:45 PM IST

    Live: WI 98/2 in Overs 33 | Trail by 481 | Batting: Darren Bravo 27, Marlon Samuels 14: Pakistani fielders are not backing their bowlers as they have already missed couple of chances. Bravo played a cut to Yasir but the ball got a leading edge and traveled towards the slips, but the fielder was unable to get a hand on it. Batting looks difficult as the surface is now assisting the spinners. Wahab Riaz is bowling from the other end with good pace. Pakistan are looking for wickets and the field is also set attacking.

  • 5:26 PM IST

    Live: WI 85/2 in Overs 28 | Trail by 494 | Batting: Darren Bravo 14, Marlon Samuels 5: Kraigg Brathwaite falls to Yasir Shah as the latter shattered his stumps. Brathwaite showed good resistance but floundered after a good start. This is a good start for Pakistan as the pressure is now on West Indies. Yasir is getting the ball to turn, which will be a challenge to the West Indies batsmen. Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo are out in the middle and this partnership will hold the key for West Indies.

    OUT! Kraigg Brathwaite b Yasir Shah 32(77)

02Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates post of the third day’s play in the opening Test between Pakistan and West Indies. The first-ever day-night Test for these two teams that have extremely rich cricketing history, is however, being held at a venue away from their homes. Pakistan and West Indies are involved in action at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai, where the Asian team has been hosting their home matches since a very long time. Irrespective of the fact that Pakistan are playing away from home, there is no difference in their performances, as they have continued to dominate the West Indies team. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st Test at Dubai

It is the first-ever Test being played with the pink cricket ball for both Pakistan and West Indies, but their batsmen, by the look of it, have only made merry. Pakistan’s right-handed batting mainstay Azhar Ali has become the fourth batsman from his country to smash a triple century, which is also the first by any with the match being played with the pink cricket ball. Azhar’s innings of 302 not out has fired Pakistan to a massive first-innings total of 579 for 3 declared, and by the time play ended on the second day, they remained in firm control.

At stumps on the second day, West Indies had replied firmly by reaching 69 for 1, as they trail by a mammoth margin of 510 runs in the first innings. The pitch has remained true to the batsmen so far in this game, which means, that the Pakistani bowlers will have their task cut out for them. The only wicket which West Indies lost was of Leon Johnson, who was dismissed leg-before by Pakistani spinner Yasir Shah.

Kraigg Brathwaite, who showed immense application and promise in the four-Test series against India in the Caribbean sometime ago, has batted so far in the same passion. Brathwaite has faced 71 balls and struck 4 boundaries to score 32. But all eyes will be on the left-handed Darren Bravo, who has been on and off as far as run-making is concerned. An extremely talented batsman, Bravo has not been consistent to West Indies’ liking, but this flat deck at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium will help him get an elusive big innings.

Talking about Pakistan’s first innings, it was Azhar all the way as the right-hander created history. Azhar faced as many as 469 balls to score 302 not out, and as soon as he crossed the triple-century mark the hosts declared their innings. Azhar clobbered as many as 23 boundaries and 2 sixes in his innings. However, he was not the only performer in the Pakistani innings as opener Sami Aslam missed out by 10 runs to score a century, being dismissed for  90 runs. Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam were both dismissed by the leg-spinner from the West Indies, Devendra Bishoo. While Shafiq scored 67 off 118 balls with 8 boundaries, Azam continued to make merry against West Indies, smashing 69 off 105 balls with the help of 5 boundaries.

The live cricket scores and ball-by-ball commentary of the Pakistan versus West Indies first Test, Day Three can be followed on this website. Pakistan will aim to take a few early wickets on Day Three in order to rattle the Caribbean side, and set themselves for a victory by a huge margin.

LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD & BALL-BY-BALL COMMENTARY: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st Test at Dubai