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Brathwaite, Dowrich give Windies hope

On a day of fluctuating fortunes, the West Indies rallied in the last session on the fourth day of their third Test to sniff victory against Pakistan.

Brathwaite, Dowrich give Windies hope
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Kraigg Brathwaite

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Chasing a last-innings target of 153 for their first win in the three-match series, the West Indies ended th day at 114 for five, 39 runs short with five wickets in hand. They recovered from 67 for five through an unbroken 47-run stand between first-innings centurion Kraigg Brathwaite (44) and Dowrich (36). The same pair was instrumental in giving the West Indies the first-innings lead. 

Earlier, Pakistan were bowled out for 208 as Jason Holder (5-30) and D Bishoo (3-46) ran through the lower order despite a fighting 91 by opener Azhar Ali. Pakistan are chasing a 3-0 series whitewash and Ali took the fight to the West Indian bowlers during his pugnacious, 234-ball knock, hitting six boundaries and a six. Pakistan, trailing by 56 after the first innings, lost Ahmed in the morning session after resuming at a precarious 87-4, just 31 ahead and in danger of defeat. 

Ahmed hit four boundaries during an enterprising innings before he chased a wide delivery from leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo and edged it to Darren Bravo at slip. Ali and Ahmed added an invaluable 86 runs for the fifth wicket after Pakistan’s middle order slumped on the third day, with West Indian skipper Jason Holder taking three wickets. Since Ahmed’s fall, Nawaz helped Ali add another 25 runs but that was the last bit of resistance.

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