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Jason Holder’s stunning five-wicket haul bundle Pakistan out for 208, setting up a target of 153 in the third and final Test at Sharjah. As a matter of fact, Holder becomes sixth West Indian to take a five-wicket haul. Pakistan have already won the three-Test series 2-0 and would look to restrict West Indies from reaching the paltry total to whitewash them. All the same, credit goes to Azhar Ali, for he scored a resounding 91 and provided the much-needed impetus. However, if West Indies win the match, they will become only the second team to beat Pakistan at UAE, in the past half a decade. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies, 3rd Test at Sharjah

West Indies, needing 153 to win, were 23 for 0 at tea on the fourth day of the third and final Test against Pakistan in Sharjah on Wednesday. West Indies were set up for a consolation win after paceman Jason Holder took a carer best 5 for 30 and leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo grabbed 3 for 46 to dismiss Pakistan for 208 in their second innings. At tea West Indies had reached 23 without loss with Kraigg Brathwaite and Leon Johnson at the crease with 130 more needed for victory.

Opener Azhar Ali scored a fighting half-century to keep Pakistan’s hopes alive in the third and final Test. Ali, who scored a career-best 302 in the first Test in Dubai, reached his 22nd half century with a boundary off fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, and he stood firm despite losing his overnight partner Sarfraz Ahmed for 42.

Pakistan, trailing by 56 after the first innings, lost Ahmed in the morning session after resuming at a precarious 87 for 4, just 31 ahead and in danger of defeat. Ahmed hit four boundaries during an enterprising innings before he chased a wide delivery from leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo and edged it to Darren Bravo at slip.

Ali and Ahmed added an invaluable 86 runs for the fifth wicket after Pakistan’s middle order slumped on the third day, with West Indian skipper Jason Holder taking three wickets.

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 159 for 5 (Azhar Ali 78*, Sarfraz Ahmed 42; Jason Holder 3 for 25) lead West Indies 337 (Kraigg Brathwaite 142*, Roston Chase 50, Devendra Bishoo 27; Mohammad Aamer 3 for 71, Wahab Riaz 5 for 88) by 103 runs