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West Indies are on the verge of ending the UAE tour on a winning note, for they need 39 runs with 5 wickets in hand. After losing the first two Tests, they had no option but to play for pride and enjoy the whatever is left of the series. All the same, anything is likely to happen, as Pakistan has the reputation of turning the tables in no time. To add to the fire, West Indies were reduced to 67 for 5 to from 29 for 1, thanks to Yasir Shah’s magnificent bowling display. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies, 3rd Test at Sharjah

Skipper Jason Holder took a maiden five-for and staggering opener Kraigg Brathwaite stood firm in a a thrilling chase to bring hosts in sight of a consolation. Holder placed his team, without a win in their last 13 Tests, on the right path with a career-best 5 for 30 to bundle out Pakistan for 208, which set up West Indies a target of 153. All the same, when bad light forced closure 9 overs early on the fourth day, Brathwaite was unbeaten on 44 to take West Indies to 114 for 5.

Brathwaite, who carried his bat in the first innings with stunning 142, has so far added 47 runs for the sixth wicket with Shane Dowrich to lift West Indies from a struggling 67 for 5. Brathwaite, who survived a bat-pad catch review on 43, has hit four boundaries in another resounding 88-ball knock, frustrating Pakistan’s bowling for a second time in the match.

Dowrich, so far, has hit a six and three boundaries for the West Indies. Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur said, “We are two wickets away from being favourites and this can happen in two balls. We should have scored big in the first innings and a below par score of 281 left us play chasing games.”

From 23 without loss, West Indies slumped to 67 for 5 with leg-spinner Yasir dismissing Leon Johnson leg-before for 12, Darren Bravo caught behind for three and Marlon Samuels caught in the deep for 10 in the space of 13 balls.

Speedster Wahab Riaz then had Jermaine Blackwood bowled for four with a sharp incoming delivery and Roston Chase caught flicking by a jumping Mohammad Nawaz for two to bring Pakistan back in the game. It could have been worse for the West Indies had Pakistan not dropped two catches in the first three overs.

With only a single scored, Johnson on duck edged Mohammad Aamer’s fifth delivery of the innings to third slip, where Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq grassed a simple catch. Johnson again survived a slip catch on three when Sami Aslam dropped another straightforward opportunity at first slip off a luckless Aamer, hurting Pakistan’s chances of early wickets.

The preview and prediction of Day Five is no-brainer, for West Indies and Pakistan have a knack of throwing surprises at crucial junctures. Whether Pakistan will dismantle West Indies’ last 5 wickets or West Indies chase down 39 with ease, is a question only time will tell.