Jason Holder rocked Pakistan   s top order on Day Three    Getty Images
Jason Holder rocked Pakistan s top order on Day Three Getty Images

West Indies were in commendable position and on the brink of a victory at stumps on Day 4 in the third Test against Pakistan. They need 39 more runs to win with five wickets to spare and have done a commendable job in all the three departments. Kraigg Brathwaite once again stood like a rock and played with unmatched confidence in the run chase as wickets tept tumbling from the other end. Shane Dowrich remained unbeaten on 36 as Pakistan are in deep trouble with just 39 runs to defend on the final day of the Test. It has been an interesting contest between both the side and West Indies have done so well to return from the dead as they lost the first two games. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies, 3rd Test at Sharjah

West Indies were chasing 153 runs in the fourth innings as their bowlers did well and gave them a golden chance. They were lucky enough as couple of catches were dropped of Leon Johnson in the slip cordon. But he couldn’t make the most of his chances as he was sooner dismissed 12, BRathwaite once again proved his mettle with the bat and played a much needed knock of 44 while Darren Bravo floundered for three. Marlon Samuels was also dismissed for 10 by Yasir Shah, Jermaine Blackwood would have contributed some quick runs but Wahab Riaz ended his run with a beauty. Roston Chase also failed to provide any assistance as Wahab got rid of him too. Day 5 will be of utmost importance as both the teams will come out hard to win the game but West Indies certainly find themselves on the brink of a victory and are favourites for the chase.

The match saw some dramatic twists and turn as West Indies played well in the final Test of the series. Pakistan were bowled out for an ordinary score of 281 in the first innings as Devendra Bishoo bowled really well along with Shannon Gabriel and Alzarri Joseph. Bishoo had four scalps to his name whereas Gabriel had three wickets to his name. Sami Aslam played well at the top for his 74 before Bishoo removed him with his spin. Younis Khan also played well for his 51, whereas Misbah-ul-Haq scored a tenacious 53 while Sarfraz Ahmed was cleaned up by Gabrield for 51. Pakistan had enough ammunition in their artillery to contain West Indies but they came out hard with the bat as well.

Kraigg Brathwaite carried his bat throughout the innings with an unbeaten knock of 142 and steered his side to a commanding position. West Indies gained a healthy lead of 56 in the first innings riding on Brathwaite’s brilliant innings. Roston Chase played a crucial hand with his 50 while Shane Dowrich stitched a good a good partnetship with his knock of 47. Wahab Riaz was outstanding with the bal as he claimed a fifer while Mohammad Aamer scalped three wickets. West Indies were bowled out for 337 runs in the first innings.

Pakistan were in trouble after West Indies had a healthy lead and needed runs on the board in the second innings to make a comeback. Their batting order collapsed after a promising start but Azhar Ali stood at the other end like a rock. West Indies fielders showed some brilliant catching and didn’t let any opportunity go. They were like livewires on the field and did well to grab every possible opportunity.

Earlier, 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.

West Indies were well ahead in the race in the third and final Test at Sharjah, as Pakistan lead by 31 runs with 6 wickets in hand at the end of Day Three. Leading the series 2-0, Pakistan s main aim was to whitewash the visitors. All the same, West Indies left no stone unturned to dominate Pakistan in their own den. After taking a 56-run lead in the first innings, West Indies captain rocked the Pakistan top order and scalped 3 wickets, dismissing Sami Aslam, Asad Shafiq and Younis Khan. To make matters worse, captain Misbah-ul-Haq played a rash shot, holing out a short delivery to deep square-leg.

The scorecard read 48 for 4, still trailing 8 runs. All the same, Azhar, the triple-centurion, was still at the crease. And at the other end was Sarfraz Ahmed, player armed with extreme patience. The duo added 39 runs for the fifth wicket, steadying Pakistan s sinking ship. All the same, Kraigg Brathwaite became the fifth West Indian batsman to carry his bat with an unbeaten hundred before Jason Holder. Brathwaite held West Indies s first innings of 337 with a resolute 142 not out.

At close Pakistan were struggling at 87 for 4 with opener Azhar Ali 45 not out and Sarfraz Ahmed 19 not out, leading only by 31 runs with six wickets intact and two days to play. Pakistan needed a big effort after conceding a 56-run lead but from 37 for 0 they lost four wickets in the space of 11 runs with Holder firing on all cylinders and their batsmen playing rash shots.

Holder forced Sami Aslam to hook straight into the hands of deep fine-leg, then in his next over had Asad Shafiq caught in slip fending a short ball for duck, his second in the match.

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) vs West Indies 337 (Kraigg Brathwaite 142*, Roston Chase 50, Devendra Bishoo 27; Mohammad Aamer 3 for 71, Wahab Riaz 5 for 88) and 114 for 5 (Brathwaite 44, Dowrich 36; Yasir Shah 3 for 30, Wahab Riaz 2 for 20)