Windies eye rare win after Holder career best
West Indies were on the verge of their first Test win in 19 months and the first on foreign soil in four years but a nervous final day lay ahead of the unpredictable Caribbean side in their quest to capture the third and final Test against Pakistan.
Set a modest 153 for victory on the penultimate day of the contest at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium here yesterday, the Windies produced one of their now familiar implosions to slump to 67 for five on the stroke of the first hour after tea, before recovering to reach 114 for five at the close.
Once again, vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite was at the heart of the West Indies' enterprise, stroking an unbeaten 44 in an unbroken 47-run, sixth wicket stand with wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich who was not out on 36.
Brathwaite, who carried his bat in the first innings for 142, has so far faced 88 deliveries and counted four fours while Dowrich has consumed 61 balls and struck three fours and a six.
Together, the Barbadian duo propped up the innings which looked like coming apart at the seams when leg-spinner Yasir Shah ripped through the innings after tea, to finish with three for 30.
Left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz also snapped up two quick wickets for 30 runs as West Indies stumbled, jeopardising their pursuit of a first Test win since they beat England in Bridgetown last year May.
West Indies require another 39 runs for victory on today's final day.