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Azhar Ali scored his maiden triple-century this series Getty Images

Pakistan go into tea at 32 for no-loss against West Indies on Day Three of the third and final Test at Sharjah. Earlier, West Indies took a 51-run lead, scoring 337 all-out, courtesy Kraigg Brathwaite’s stunning 142 not-out. In addition, he became the seventh West Indian to carry his bat. However, what commendable was that he built partnerships and kept his team in the hunt. For that matter, he stitched 83-run stand with Roston Chase for the fifth wicket and 83 with Shane Dowrich for the sixth. His innings was studded with 11 fours, scoring at a strike rate of 44.65. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies, 2nd Test at Abu Dhabi

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first. And yet again, the curators dished out a belter of a track. Given that, Pakistan batting unit was expected to take make full use of the conditions and put a mammoth total on the scoreboard. All the same, West Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel rocked the top order and put the hosts in a spot of bother. The rest was taken care by leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, taking 4 for 77. West Indies, on the other hand, relatively had a poor start, but it was the talismanic Braithwaite, who yet again took the onus of providing the impetus. ALSO READ: Mohammad Aamer s brilliant catch and an unwanted record

Later, Brathwaite, batting with resolve, found an able ally in Devendra Bishoo as they combined to add 51 invaluable runs for an unbroken eighth-wicket stand.

Bishoo was 22 not out at lunch break, having supported his more established partner to leave Pakistan’s spin-cum-pace attack struggling for wickets on a still unresponsive pitch. Brathwaite had a lucky escape as wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed failed to hold a sharp, rising edge off Mohammad Nawaz when he was on 121.

In the same over, Bishoo was given out off a sweep shot but he successfully reviewed English umpire Michael Gough’s decision as the ball had hit fielder Azhar Ali’s helmet before he took the catch. Brathwaite hit Mohammad Aamer for his 11th boundary off the day’s first ball, and then on-drove him towards mid-wicket for two to reach his hundred off 211 balls. Pakistan took the second new ball with the total on 251 and Amir struck instantly, clean-bowling Holder with a sharp incoming delivery for 16.

At the tea break Azhar Aliwere was batting on 16 and Sami Aslam on 15 not out after the West Indies were bowled out for 337 in their first innings. Pakistan still trail by 24 runs with all ten wickets intact.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 281 (Sami Aslam 74, Misbah-ul-Haq 53, Sarfraz Ahmed 51; Shannon Gabriel 3 for 67, Devendra Bishoo 4 for 77) and () Azhar Ali 16, Sami Aslam 15; Shannon Gabriel 0 for 9) trail West Indies 337 (Kraigg Brathwaite 142*, Roston Chase 50, Devendra Bishoo 27; Mohammad Aamer 3 for 71, Wahab Riaz 5 for 88) by 24 runs