West Indies fightback with Brathwaite special after early collapse
Pakistan 281 (Aslam 74) v
West Indies 244-6 (Brathwaite 95no)
Third Test, Sharjah, day two
An unbeaten 95 from Kraigg Brathwaite with support from Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich helped West Indies post 244 for six at stumps on day two in response to Pakistan's first innings total of 281 in the third Test in Sharjah.
Pakistan resumed the day at 255 for eight. After adding 26 runs in the day, Alzarri Joseph (2-57) dismissed both the overnight batsmen, Mohammad Amir (20) and Yasir Shah (12) in the 91st over. Pakistan managed 281 runs in their first innings.
West Indies got off to a worst possible start losing Leon Johnson (1) early following which Brathwaite (95 not out) and Darren Bravo (11) added a 26-run stand.
Zulfiqur Babar (1-45) and Yasir Shah (1-56) struck in partnership to remove Bravo and Marlon Samuels (0) respectively leaving West Indies reeling at 38 for three at lunch.
After starting the innings aggressively with four boundaries, Jermaine Blackwood (23) was caught at gully off Amir (2-44).
However, Brathwaite and Chase (50) dropped anchor to rescue the innings with their 83-run stand for the fifth wicket. In the process, Brathwaite completed his 12th Test fifty.
West Indies went to tea at 141 for four after adding 103 runs in the session and losing the lone wicket of Blackwood.
Chase brought his maiden Test fifty with a six off Shah in the second over of the final session but soon became Amir's second victim.
After losing half the side with 151 runs on the board, Brathwaite and Dowrich (47) played with a lot of caution trying to weather the Pakistan attack.
Brathwaite upped the ante by scoring couple of boundaries in the 59th over. Dowrich was handed a reprieve when Younis Khan dropped him at first slip off Azhar Ali (0-66) and few overs later he plundered a six off Babar and followed it with back-to-back boundaries against Amir.
Just as the runs were coming thick and fast, Dowrich was castled by Wahab Riaz (2-65), who was also warned twice for running on the pitch.
Brathwaite along with Jason Holder (6 not out) ensured there were no more causalities as West Indies ended the day at 244 for six, still trailing Pakistan by 37 runs.
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