Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of third day’s play of the third Test between Pakistan and West Indies at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Opener Kraigg Brathwaite needed five runs for a fighting hundred as he foiled Pakistan on the second day of the third and final Test in Sharjah on Monday. Brathwaite anchored the West Indian innings with a 206-ball 95 not out after they were struggling at 38 for 3, putting two solid stands of 83 each with Roston Chase for the fifth wicket and with Shane Dowrich for the sixth. At close skipper Jason Holder was unbeaten on six as West Indies were 244 for 6, just 37 runs away from Pakistan’s first innings total of 281. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies, 2nd Test at Abu Dhabi

This gives West Indies a good position for the first time in the series against Pakistan who are targeting a 3-0 clean sweep after winning the first Test by 56 runs in Dubai and the second by 133 runs in Abu Dhabi. Brathwaite batted solidly as he negotiated Pakistan’s spin-cum-pace attack with full confidence, having so far hit ten boundaries. “There will be no butterflies,” said the 23-year-old from Barbados. “For me helping the West Indies to a good lead will be more important and I will do my best to achieve that.”

West Indies lost Jermaine Blackwood for 23 soon after lunch and it looked like they would once again concede a lead but Brathwaite held the innings well with Chase and Dowrich. Chase hit leg-spinner Yasir Shah for a straight six to bring up his fifty but was caught in the slip off Mohammad Aamer in the next over. His 89-ball stay was spiced with six fours and a six.

Dowrich then complimented Brathwaite as they took West Indies to 234, with Dowrich benefiting from a catch off Wahab Riaz’s no ball on 15 and a let-off by Younis Khan on 21. Dowrich was finally bowled by Riaz from an inside edge.

West Indies were struggling when they lost the key wicket of Darren Bravo for 11 before lunch. Bravo miscued a drive off a flighted ball from spinner Zulfiqar Babar and was smartly snapped up by a diving Aamer at extra cover, his first catch in 20 Tests. Aamer had no catch in his first 19 Tests — most matches without a catch for a player from the start of his career.

West Indies got off to a disastrous start, with opener Leon Johnson trapped leg-before by Riaz in the fourth over for just one. Bravo, who made a fighting hundred in the first Test, was left frustrated by short-pitched deliveries from Riaz and Aamer before getting out. Marlon Samuels also did not last long, trapped leg-before by leg-spinner Yasir Shah without scoring to leave West Indies struggling on 38 for 3.

Earlier, leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo finished with figures of 4 for 77 while fast bowlers Shannon Gabriel took 3 for 67 and Alzarri Joseph 2 for 57 to dismiss Pakistan for 281. Pakistan added 26 to their overnight score before losing Aamer for 20 and Shah for 12, both to Joseph. The pair added 32 for the ninth wicket.

Live Updates

  • 6:45 PM IST

    LIVE: PAK 87/4 – Azhar Ali 45, Sarfraz 19: Ali and Safraz hold fort for Pakistan, as the duo added 39 runs for the 5th wicket, despite losing 4 quick wickets. They now lead by 26 runs at the end of Day Three. Well, that is it from us. See you tomorrow.

  • 5:27 PM IST

    LIVE: PAK 49/4 – Azhar Ali 26, Sarfraz 1: You may not believe when I tell you this. Misbah throws away his wicket. Yes, you read it right. He plays a rash shit; holes out a short ball to Devendra Bishoo at deep square-leg.

  • 5:13 PM IST

    LIVE: PAK 42/3 – Azhar Ali 24, Misbah 0: Woah! Holder gets his third scalp. Dangerman Younis departs for 0. Another duck in the scorecard. Misbah joins Azhar Ali in the middle. Game on, folks!

  • 4:56 PM IST

    LIVE: PAK 39/1 – Azhar Ali 22, Asad Shafiq 0: Gone! Sami Aslam throws away his wicket. Fails to continue his good form. Captain Holder draws first blood. Pakistan still trail by 16. One more wicket and Pakistan will be in big trouble.

  • 4:26 PM IST

    LIVE PAK 32/0; Azhar Ali 16, Sami Aslam 15: This session belonged to Pakistan and Riaz was at the top with his innings. Later it was the batsmen who lead from the front and posed tough fight to West Indies bowlers. The hosts are now trailing by 24 runs at Tea.

  • 4:06 PM IST

    LIVE PAK 27/0; Azhar Ali 14, Sami Aslam 12: Pakistan are going pretty strong with Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam on the crease, Ali will want another century this time to end the series on a flying note after his triple century. He already has three boundaries to him. Aslam is struggling looks like. Btw, Gabriel has bowled maximum no-ball so far. Not what he was expecting it to be. So Holder takes the ball now and goes for the shots. With these bouncers some boundaries are surely on the cards. Since the day is nearing the end, school kids have also gone back and the stands looks empty once again.

  • 3:41 PM IST

    LIVE PAK 12/0; Azahar Ali 10, Sami Aslam 2: So Wahab Riaz gets his fifer and bowls out West Indies for 337. Kraigg Brathwaite carried the bat through the innings and was at the top. Riaz typically fell on the ground and kissed it. So Pkaistan have began their innings and so far so good for them. They have not lost any wicket yet and are racing to take over the lead from West Indies.

  • 2:59 PM IST

    LIVE WI 333/9; Kraigg Brathwaite 138, Shannon Gabriel 0: So Alzzari Joseph just did a Carlos Brathwaite there with that boundary. Just when he picked the flight, he had to land immediately and was caught by Yasir. Riaz gets his third wicket. Shannon Gabriel is the new man in. So Gabrield survives the over.

  • 2:40 PM IST

    LIVE WI 232/8; Kraigg Brathwaite 134, Alzzari Joseph 0: Wahab Riaz begins the next session. Singles is what Bishoo and Brathwaite need to keep their partnership steady. Pakistan need to get wickets if they have any chance to snatch the victory from West Indies. But looks like the trick worked for Wahab and get his second wicket. Bishoo has to finally leave and now comes Alzzari Joseph.

  • 2:20 PM IST

    LIVE WI 316/7; Kraigg Brathwaite 131, Devendra Bishoo 23: Wahab Riaz begins the next session. Singles is what Vishoo and Brathwaite need to keep their partnership steady. Pakistan need to get wickets if they have any chance to snatch the victory from West Indies.

  • 1:27 PM IST

    LIVE WI 314/7; Kraigg Brathwaite 130, Devendra Bishoo 22: So after that fiasco, Bishoo and Brathwaite are heading to build another steady partnership for West Indies. Aamer has been at the top and Misbah is expecting he can get another one to end the first session on a happy note for Pakistan. West Indies have already passed the 300-run mark. And finally, someone was caught sleeping. With the rate West Indies are moving, one can see the other person sleeping. No selfies seen around today. Probably the last over before heading for Lunch and Wahab has been called upon. Partnership now 48 runs from 127 deliveries.

  • 12:53 PM IST

    LIVE WI 298/7; Kraigg Brathwaite 122, Devendra Bishoo 17: Mohammad Nawaz has been given very less overs and he is back. He was witnessed just once maybe on Day 2 and look he gets a wicket as well. Oh, wait wwas there is slight touch of the helmet there? Yes! Bishoo is safe and West Indies can heave sigh of relief. Tough time for Mohammad Nawaz (the third) after being called almost a day later.

  • 12:38 PM IST

    LIVE WI 289/7; Kraigg Brathwaite 117, Devendra Bishoo 14: Looks like Yasir has got a slight niggle which is not a good sign for Pakistan. Looks like he would need a physio now. Drinks break at the moment. So far 44 runs for West Indies in this hour. And Yasir is back! So here is another stat:

  • 12:28 PM IST

    Well here is a stat information:

  • 12:27 PM IST

    Meanwhile, here is a stunning catch by Aamer:

  • 12:25 PM IST

    LIVE WI 283/7; Kraigg Brathwaite 114, Devendra Bishoo 10: So finally, the scores are level and from here West Indies can go for big lead hopefully. Yasir Shah has come into attack an no luck for him with the new ball. And now West Indies take lead by 2 runs.

  • 12:14 PM IST

    LIVE WI 275/7; Kraigg Brathwaite 109, Devendra Bishoo 7: The new ball did the trick for Pakistan and Aamer was the first to strike with bowling round the wicket. Bishoo has started off steadily with three runs. The school kids are back and the sound can be heard. And looks like these people are excited for Waqar Younis 45th Birthday which falls on November 16.

  • 11:54 AM IST

    LIVE WI 263/7; Kraigg Brathwaite 104, Devendra Bishoo 0: Holder goes off the mark and gets a boundary, second new ball was taken. Looks like West Indies can build strong lead here despite the wicket of Shane Dowrich. Aamer gets his third and it is his time in this series indeed. Few crowd around and they are cheering for Pakistan. Brathwaite still stays though and Holder is dismissed. Bishoo is the new man in.

  • 11:36 AM IST

    LIVE WI 250/6; Kraigg Brathwaite 101, Jason Holder 6: Mohammad Aamer takes the new ball and begins his over with a boundary and Brathwaite inches further to his century. Ah, the wait is taking longer with dot balls. Finally, two runs an Brathwaite gets his 5th Test century! Thank you, Aamer for that over is what West Indies will say.