pak vs wi

Hello, and Welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the first day’s play of the third Test between Pakistan and West Indies at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Pakistan have already won the series by winning the first two and are eyeing for whitewash by winning the third one as well. West Indies has so far not won a single game on this tour, be it Twenty20 Internationals or One-Day Internationals. Pakistan’s side are in control of the match, while West Indies are yet to find the perfect combination for their team. The Caribbean side will surely look to end the series on a positive note, either by drawing the third Test or win it. On paper, Pakistan are surely much better side but West Indies showed some glimpse of improvement in both the previous Tests. Shannon Gabriel scalped five-wickets in the second Tests and Jermaine Blackwood played an impressive knock of 95 runs in the final innings of second Test. Full cricket Scorecard: Pakistan vs West Indies 3rd Test at Sharjah

Pakistan are determined to complete an historic 9-0 rout of the West Indies when the two teams meet in the third and final Test in Sharjah from Sunday. Having blanked their opponents 3-0 in both the Twenty20 and one-day internationals, Pakistan also claimed the first two Tests — by 56 runs in the day-nighter in Dubai and by 133 runs in the second match in Abu Dhabi. No team has ever won all nine matches of a tour in cricket history. Pakistan’s strong batting line-up, coupled with the leg-spin of Yasir Shah, proved too good for the inexperienced West Indies who started the tour on a sour note when head coach Phil Simmons was sacked.

They looked rudderless in the limited-overs series and despite fighting gallantly in both Tests by extending the matches to the fifth and final days with stubborn batting, they need a huge lift to avoid another whitewash in Tests. Pakistan could bring in either left-arm paceman Wahab Riaz or untried right-arm fast bowler Imran Khan while Mohammad Amir is also an option. Another flat Sharjah pitch will see Shah and two left-arm spinners, Zulfiqar Babar and Mohammad Nawaz retained.

Meanwhile, the West Indies are likely to bring in fast bowler Alzarri Joseph for Miguel Cummins who has taken only one wicket in the two Tests. Despite the UAE losing streak, West Indies captain Jason Holder believes his team is improving.

Teams

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Azhar Ali, Sami Aslam, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Rahat Ali, Sohail Khan, Imran Khan

West Indies: Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Leon Johnson, Alzarri Joseph, Marlon Samuels, Jomel Warrican

Live Updates

  • 7:05 PM IST

    LIVE: PAK 255/8; Amir 6, Yasir 1; Devendra Bishoo 4 for 74 | Stumps: What a day of cricket we had! Bangladesh beat England for the first time in Tests and West Indies had a great time getting the better of Pakistan, restricting Misbah-led Pakistan to 255. Well, that is it from us. See you tomorrow!

  • 6:46 PM IST

    LIVE: PAK 248/8; Amir 0, Yasir 8; Shannon Gabriel 3 for 52: Pakistan have gone downhill, for they lost 4 wickets in 18 runs. What could have been a huge total might turn out to be a modest one.

  • 6:07 PM IST

    LIVE: PAK 230/5; Sarfraz Ahmed 44, M Nawaz 4; Shannon Gabriel 2 for 44: Oh, boy! Just when we thought Misbah would entertain us with his stunning stroke-play, he departs with a rash reverse-sweep.

  • 5:30 PM IST

    LIVE: PAK 200/4; Misbah-ul-Haq 43, Sarfraz Ahmed 24; Shannon Gabriel 2 for 39: What an interesting match it is, no? No? Really? Come one. Was not the Bangladesh match boring than this one? Oh, well. This is an absolutely mind-numbing match. No spectators making noise. Even the broadcasters have not shown anything interesting. Nothing. Absolutely nothings interests us. Well, let us hope at least Misbah scores a hundred. Some respite for us.

  • 4:50 PM IST

    LIVE: PAK 157/4; Misbah-ul-Haq 23, Sarfraz Ahmed 2; Shannon Gabriel 2 for 39: Aslam throws away his wicket after a staggering start. Must say, he looked good for a big score. In other news, Bangladesh beat England by 108 runs; level series 1-1. I know what you are thinking.

  • 4:21 PM IST

    Pakistan go into lunch at 148 for 3.

    Brief scores
    : Sami Aslam 72, Younis Khan 51; Shannon Gabriel 2 for 39

  • 3:30 PM IST
    LIVE: PAK 120/3; Sami Aslam 54, Misbah-ul-Haq 8; Shannon Gabriel 2 for 27: NOT OUT, says the TV umpire. West Indies staff thinks Misbah did not get an inside edge. The replay, however, seems unclear. Moreover, the sniko-meter was not played. Drama all around.
  • 2:57 PM IST

    LIVE: PAK 107/3; Sami Aslam 50: Younis Khan departs after scoring a 105-run stand with Aslam. And here comes the captain; the swaggering captain – Misbah-ul-Haq. Younis tried to heave Chase’s tossed-up delivery eventually top-edging it to mid-wicket.

  • 2:34 PM IST

    LIVE: PAK 95/2; Younis Khan 44, Sami Aslam 45; Shannon Gabriel 2 for 22: Younis and Aslam steady Pakistan despite Gabriel’s twin strike. Meanwhile, both batsmen are in 40s and look good for a big innings.

  • 1:43 PM IST

    LIVE: PAK 81/2; Younis Khan 39, Sami Aslam 37; Shannon Gabriel 2 for 22: Pakistan go into lunch at 81 for 2, with Younis and Aslam keeping West Indies at bay. Here is the lunch report:

    Shannon Gabriel’s twin strike keeps hosts at bay

  • 12:50 PM IST

    LIVE: PAK 53/2; Younis Khan 24, Sami Aslam 25: 50 run partnership Younis and Aslam off 88 deliveries. They managed to provide the much-needed impetus after Gabriel’s twin strike in the first over.

  • 12:35 PM IST

    LIVE: PAK 43/2; Younis Khan 16, Sami Aslam 23: Younis and Aslam hold fort for Pakistan and keep the scoreboard ticking. Despite losing the openers in the first over, the duo managed to keep West Indies at bay.

  • 12:05 PM IST

    LIVE: PAK 14/2; Younis Khan 4, Sami Aslam 6: It is a different track, and Misbah thought it would be difficult for the bowlers to dominate. Gabriel, for that matter, is on a rampage, rocking the Pakistani batters with sheer pace.

  • 11:40 AM IST

    LIVE: PAK 1/2; Younis Khan 2, Sami Aslam 1: Oh, boy! What a blistering start for West Indies. Gabriel draws first blood and then another one… Sends the opening duo of Azar Ali and Shafiq back to the pavilion. There is carry. There is purchase. There is excitement.

  • 11:20 AM IST

    49th Test for Misbah as captain — the most for Pakistan. He breaks Imran Khan’s record of 48 Tests between 1982 and 1992.

  • 11:18 AM IST

    This is Misbah’s seventh consecutive toss win in UAE. Last time he lost the toss was against New Zealand in the second Test, in November 2014.

  • 11:16 AM IST

    TOSS: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq wins his third cosecutive toss in this series, and has opted to bat first. Both teams made two changes. For Pakistan, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz are back in place of Rahat Ali and Sohail Khan. For West Indies, Alzarri Joseph and Shane Dowrich are in for Miguel Cummins and Shai Hope.