Wahab Riaz ended with figures of 5 for 88 on Day 3    AFP
Wahab Riaz ended with figures of 5 for 88 on Day 3 AFP

The second session took a U-turn as Wahab Riaz s fifer bowled out West Indies for 337, taking the lead of 56 runs on Day 3 of final Test at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah. Riaz was effective with the ball where in span of just few minutes after the second session he got three consecutive wickets to bail out West Indies. A rather stubborn innings from Bishoo ended as he was dismissed for 27. Soon, Alzzari Joseph and Shannon Gabriel were gone in quick succession. Riaz achieved his fifer after span of six years while West Indies patient batsman Kraigg Brathwaite carried the bat all through the innings and was unbeaten on 142 that included 11 fours. . LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies, 2nd Test at Abu Dhabi

West Indies were in complete command of first session of Day 3 with Brathwaite s century building strong lead of 33 runs before heading for Lunch. Aamer once again had his day when he grabbed the spotlight for a while with a wicket and has figures of 3 for 71 after grabbing the skipper Jason Holder. Bishoo and Brathwaite put up steady partnership of 50 runs to keep West Indies very much in the game. Bishoo was caught by Azhar Ali when he was playing at 17, however, with the ball slyly touching the helmet, umpire Michael Gough reversed the decision and was declared safe. Pakistan need three more wickets to bail out West Indies while the latter will need their patient batsman Brathwaite to build a bigger lead on board along with Bishoo on the side, keeping wickets intact

On Day 2, Brathwaite needed 5 more runs to secure his century and remained unbeaten on 95 on Monday at Sharjah. Brathwaite s patient innings kept West Indies in command throughout their innings. West Indies were struggling at 38 for 3 and he put up healthy partnership 83 runs with Roston Chase and 50 with Shane Dowrich for fifth and sixth wicket respectively. Holder ended his innings at 6 at the end of the day. West Indies were in good position and can avert 3-0 whitewash after losing the first Test by 56 runs in Dubai and 133 runs in second Test. Brathwaite batted solidly as he negotiated Pakistan s spin-cum-pace attack with full confidence, having so far hit ten boundaries.

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 Aaamer in the next over. Dowrich then complimented Brathwaite as they took West Indies to 234, with Dowrich benefitting 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. ALSO READ: Mohammad Aamer’s brilliant catch and an unwanted record

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. He also went past the record of Geoff Puller of securing his first Test catch in 17th match. 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 Amir before getting out. On Day 1, Shannon Gabriel and Bishoo shared seven wicket haul and on Day 2, Alzzari Joseph added further fuel to the fire as he bagged two wickets to bowl out Pakistan for 281. Pakistan s Aamer and Yasir went strong early on Day 2 with some useful boundaries co,ing from Aamer, however, he was bowled by an inside edge from Joseph and in similar fashion Yasir was picked for 12.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 281 (Sami Aslam 74, Misbah-ul-Haq 53, Sarfraz Ahmed 51; Shannon Gabriel 3 for 67, Devendra Bishoo 4 for 77) lead West Indies 337 (Kraigg Brathwaite 142*, Roston Chase 50, Devendra Bishoo 27; Mohammad Aamer 3 for 71, Wahab Riaz 5 for 88) by 56 runs