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Bravo, Samuels lead West Indies fightback on day two

Darren Bravo top scored for West Indies with 87 runs
Darren Bravo top scored for West Indies with 87 runs
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Pakistan 579-3 dec (Ali 302no) v
West Indies 315-6 (Bravo 87)
First Test, Dubai, day three

Led by valiant knocks from Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels, West Indies reached 315 for six at stumps on day three in their first innings in response to Pakistan's total of 579 in the first Test in Dubai.

West Indies resumed the day at 69 for one. In the second over of the day, Kraigg Brathwaite (32) was castled by Yasir Shah (2-97).

Bravo (87) and Samuels (76) counterattacked the Pakistan bowling line up with the latter being severe especially on Shah. With back-to-back boundaries, Samuels brought the 50-run stand with Bravo.

The boundaries continued to flow from Samuels' blade and soon he brought his half-century off 82 deliveries and by the end of the first session, West Indies reached 138 for two.

In the 55th over, Mohammad Nawaz (1-38) received an official warning for running on the pitch and in the next over, Samuels was dropped by Azhar Ali (0-6) off his own bowling.

Between overs 61 and 63, Samuels smashed four boundaries and looked ominous but was trapped LBW by Sohail Khan (1-56), which was also incidentally the first wicket for a seamer in the game.

Jermaine Blackwood (37) continued from where Samuels left but the focus was at the other end when Bravo reached a patient half-century off 176 deliveries. At the dinner break, West Indies were 211 for three.

Pakistan took the second new ball in the 82nd over and it proved decisive as Wahab Riaz (2-53) removed Blackwood and Roston Chase (6) in quick succession. However, the lanky left-arm pacer was warned for running on the pitch in the 95th over.

Bravo's aspiration to complete a deserving century ended when Nawaz had him caught at short leg. It was also the left-arm-spinner's maiden Test wicket.

Shane Dowrich (27 not out) and Jason Holder (10 not out) ensured there were no further collapse taking West Indies to 315 for six at stumps. The visitors still trail Pakistan by 264 runs.

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