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Devendra Bishoo dismissed Safraz Ahmed in the first session Getty Images

86-run stand between the triple-centurion Azhar Ali and Sarfraz Ahmed provide the much-needed impetus after they were reduced to 48 for 4 by Jason Holder’s ferocious bowling. Pakistan go into lunch (Day Four) at 159 for 5, leading by 103 runs. All the same, the track has slowed down, making it difficult for the bowlers to take wickets at ease. But credit goes to the West Indies bowlers, for they left no stone unturned to keep the rampaging Pakistan batting unit at bay. On the other hand, Azhar Ali displayed great tenacity and scored a characteristic knock. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies, 3rd Test at Sharjah

West Indies have already lost the series 2-0 and will look to end it on a winning note. However, Let us also shed some light on Jason Holder’s captaincy, for he has been impressive this series. In the first session of Day Four, he kept making bowling changes to unsettle Pakistan, no willing to give away easy runs. In addition, his bowling unit made sure they bowl according to the field and keep mounting the pressure. All the same, on Day Four, the first to go was Sarfraz, who edged Devendra Bishoo’s leg-cutter straight to Darren Bravo at first-slip.

Meanwhile. Azhar scored a fighting half-century to keep Pakistan’s hopes alive. Pakistan are chasing a 3-0 series whitewash and Ali took the fight to the West Indian bowlers during his pugnacious, 204-ball knock, hitting five boundaries and a six.

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.

Since Ahmed’s fall, Nawaz helped Ali add another 25 runs as Pakistan look to build a big enough lead to avoid defeat. Holder is the best West Indian bowler with 3 for 26. Pakistan lead the three-match series 2-0 after winning the first Test in Dubai by 56 runs and second by 133 runs in Abu Dhabi.

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