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The match is evenly poised at Tea on Day 5 as West Indies were 154 for the loss of four wickets. They need another 192 runs to win the game while Pakistan need six more wickets with couple of sessions to go. Darren Bravo and Roston Chase are out in the middle and have played the session with unrivaled confidence so far. They are well capable of creating an upset and carry the team over the line. The match is evenly poised at the moment and West Indies will look to garner another 70-80 odd runs and steer their side to a commanding position. The first session was saw couple of wickets being fallen but Bravo has stood there like a rock. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st Test at Dubai

West Indies suffered an early blow when Mohammad Aamer struck in his very first ball of the day and got rid of Marlon Samuels to kick start the day with a bang. West Indies were in trouble and had to reassess their strategy. It was a huge blow for them as Samuels could have garnered some quick runs and steer them in a good position. Bravo played well at the other end as Jermaine Blackwood got a good start but was undone by Mohammad Nawaz. It was a good review that brought an end to Blackwood’s innings. He went back to a delivery from Nawaz, which struck his back pad and was given not out by the on field umpire as the initial indication showed, it may have gone down the leg but the DRS showed that it would have crashed into the leg stump.

Roston Chase walked out to bat next and did a good job with Bravo to ensure his side didn’t lose another wicket till the end of the session. They bat deep and have some batting to come. West Indies can eye a victory if these two look to add more 100 runs for this partnership. Chase is well capable if playing those big innings and putting the pressure on the opposition as he famously did against India recently in a Test at home. Shane Dowrich, Jason Holder and Devendra Bishoo are well capable of chipping some crucial runs lower down the order and Bravo will certainly think of giving them a chance by building a platform.

For Pakistan, Aameer has been among the wickets and bowled well in the innings so far. One can expect, reverse swing to come into play as the ball gets older, which is where Aamer and Wahab Riaz will be lethal. Yasir Shah had a wonderful outing in the first innings but has not managed to scalp a single wicket in the second innings so far. They need Yasir to do the maximum damage as the surface has great help for the spinners and his counterpart Bishoo did the maximum damage for West Indies. Any result is possible at this stage, but one won’t be wrong in saying that if West Indies play out the next two sessions they will surely win the game.

Earlier, West Indies ended Day 4 at a score of 95 for the loss of two wickets with Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo at the crease. After dismantling the hosts for 123 in the second innings, West Indies are chasing a target of 346 runs in the second innings and now need 251 runs to win with eight wickets in hand while Pakistan need to chip the equal amount of wickets to emerge victorious and take a 1-0 lead in the series. This was an action packed day, which saw 16 wickets being fallen as batting looked difficult. The match is evenly poised with both the teams having an equal chance to win and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series.

The morning session saw West Indies collapsing at the start as Yasir Shah ran through their lower-order and scripted history by becoming the second-fastest to 100 Test wickets, a feat which he achieved in 17 Tests. He got the better of Shane Dowrich, Jason Holder and later Miguel Cummins to record his 100th Test wicket with a bang. In fact, he also did it while claiming a fifer and helping his side in dismantling the visitors for 357. Pakistan secured a 222-runs first innings lead, which was undoubtedly an added advantage for them.

After Yasir Shah s stellar performance, it was all about Devendra Bishoo s heroics. He helped West Indies stage a comeback riding on his career best performance of 8 for 49, which is also the fourth best Test figures in an innings till date. Shannon Gabriel provided the early breakthrough with the wicket of an inform Azhar Ali, who also scored his maiden triple ton in the first innings after which it was all about Bishoo s heroics. He trapped Asad Shafiq leg before to open his account with after which there was a decent partnership between Babar Azam and Sami Aslam. He clean bowled Azam for 21 and broke the partnership, which was starting to look threatening. Moments later, Sami Aslam was done and dusted with some terrific catching at the slips by Jermaine Blackwood. He took a good low catch to get rid of Aslam. With the second session starting in next few moments, the intensity will definitely rise and even the crowd has turned up to see the final day’s battle.

Brief Scores:

Pakistan 579/3 & 123 all out (Sami Aslam 44, Babar Azam 21; Devendra Bishoo 8 for 49) against West Indies 357 all out & 154/4 (Darren Bravo 46, Roston Chase 21; Mohammad Aamer 3 for 34).

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