SHARJAH, Oct 31: Opener Kraigg Brathwaite scored a half century to lead West Indies�s fightback after losing three early wickets on the second day of the third and final Test against Pakistan on Monday.
West Indies had reached 141 for 4 at tea as they added 103 runs in the post-lunch session after struggling at 38 for 3, having lost the key wickets of Darren Bravo (11) and Marlon Samuels for no score.
At the break, Brathwaite was on 55 and Roston Chase 43 not out, the pair adding 73 runs for the unbroken fifth wicket stand.
West Indies trail Pakistan�s first innings total of 281 by 140 runs with six wickets intact. Pakistan managed just one wicket in the second session with Jermaine Blackwood caught at gully off fast bowler Mohammad Amir for 23.
Since then Chase and Brathwaite defied Pakistan�s spin-cum-pace attack on a Sharjah stadium pitch which is still good for batting. Brathwaite took a single off spinner Mohammad Nawaz to complete his 12th Test fifty, having so far hit six boundaries in his 123-ball stay. Chase has also struck six boundaries in his confident 82-ball stay.
Pakistan Ist innings (overnight 255-8): Sami Aslam c Holder b Bishoo 74, Azhar Ali c Brathwaite b Gabriel 0, Asad Shafiq lbw b Gabriel 0, Younis Khan c Johnson b Chase 51, Misbah-ul-Haq c Dowrich b Bishoo 53, Sarfraz Ahmed b Gabriel 51, Mohammad Nawaz st Dowrich b Bishoo 6, Wahab Riaz lbw b Bishoo 4, Yasir Shah b Joseph 12, Mohammad Amir b Joseph 20, Zulfiqar Babar not out 1. Extras: (lb4, nb4, w1) 9. Total: (all out; 90.5 overs) 281. Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-1, 3-107, 4-150, 5-230, 6-242, 7-248, 8-248, 9-280. Bowling: Gabriel 21-1-67-3, Joseph 16.5-5-57-2, Holder 12-4-29-0, Chase 20-5-47-1, Bishoo 21-3-77-4.
West Indies 1st innings: K Brathwaite not out 55, L Johnson lbw b Riaz 1, D Bravo c Amir b Babar 11, M Samuels lbw b Shah 0, J Blackwood c Shafiq b Amir 23, R Chase not out 43. Extras: (lb6, nb2) 8. Total: (for four wkts; 46 overs) 141. Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-32, 3-38, 4-68. Bowling: Amir 10-2-30-1, Riaz 10-0-37-1, Shah 10-2-29-1, Babar 11-3-24-1, Nawaz 4-0-12-0, Ali 1-0-3-0. � AFP