Dubai: On a wicket that is offering no help to the bowlers, Pakistan has picked six West Indies wickets for 315 runs on the third day of the first Test at the Dubai International Stadium. West Indies is battling to avoid the follow as they would need to reach 380 runs to avoid the follow on. They trail Pakistan's first inning score by 264 runs.
Darren Bravo orchestrated West Indies’ chase towards Pakistan’s mammoth first innings total through a fighting 87 runs. Studded with nine boundaries and a six and playing out 258 balls, Bravo had kept West Indies hopes alive of reaching Pakistan’s total of 579 for 3 declared.
Marlon Samuels too tried his best to pull West Indies towards the total through an elegant 76 off 139 balls with 13 boundaries.
Mohammad Nawaz took his maiden wicket forcing Bravo inside edge to Azhar Ali at forward short leg.
Samuels and Bravo put on 113 runs in 43.3 overs for the third wicket. Jermaine Blackwood (37) and Bravo too posted 77 runs for the fourth wicket.
West Indies, commencing from their overnight score of 69 for 1, began cautiously with Kraig Brathwaite on 32 and Bravo on 14.
Yasir Shah struck early in the second over of the day by dismissing Brathwaite for 32. He clean bowled Brathwaite with a drifting delivery. Brathwaite had added 27 runs for the second wicket with Bravo.
Marlon Samuels joined Bravo who began stroking comfortably. His punch getting on to his toes to a Mohammad Amir delivery through the covers was a treat to watch.
Samuels refusing Shah to get an upperhand hit him for two consecutive boundaries in the 26th over. The first boundary was square cut with immense power and the second boundary came off through a fine drive through the extra cover and mid-off gap.
Amir tried his best making the ball angle uncomfortably at Samuels who once even edged it but did not carry to Babar Azam at second slip.
Wahab Riaz too bowled with tremendous pace but Samuels and Bravo refused to be affected by it.