Pakistan in command on Day 4: As it happened

West Indies end Day 4 at 171/4 and are chasing a mammoth total of 456.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: October 25, 2016 10:50 am
brathwaite759 Kraigg Brathwaite hit five boundaries and one six on his way to his fifty. (Source: Twitter)

Pakistan started Day 4 in command and ends the day with pretty much the same way. They went into lunch having made 227/2 runs with Asad Shafiq scoring his second half century of the match. Surprisingly enough, it was announced at lunch that Pakistan had declared and West Indies openers Kraigg Braithwaite and Leon Johnson came out into the middle.

Kraigg Brathwaite was the man who kept West Indies in the hunt. Brathwaite made 67 runs and hit six fours and one maximum in the way to his total. But West Indies kept losing wickets on the other end and could build not significant partnerships. Brathwaite finally fell to Mohammad Nawaz and with that ended the positivity that West Indies were exuding throughout the day despite chasing a mammoth total f 456. West Indies end Day 4 at 171/4

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On Day 3:

Both openers Azhar Ali (52 not out) and Sami Aslam (50) scored half centuries on day 3 after successfully going for television referrals against lbw decisions early in their innings off Kraigg Brathwaite’s offspin.

Earlier, Pakistan seamers and spinner Yasir Shah made batsmen sweat for runs as West Indies could add only 118 to its overnight total of 106-4 in two sessions before being bowled out at tea.

Shah grabbed three wickets with the second new ball after lunch to finish with 4-86 while Rahat Ali (3-45) and Sohail Khan (2-35) effectively used the reverse swing to trouble the West Indies.

Nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo hung in for 1.5 hours after Rahat had Jermaine Blackwood caught behind inside the first hour, but West Indies always lagged behind to get the scoreboard ticking against Pakistan tidy bowling.

Roston Chase (22) also played stubborn knock as Shah constantly challenged batsmen with his teasing line and length.

Chase toiled hard for two hours and faced 80 deliveries before Shah struck with his first delivery with the second new ball when Asad Shafiq plucked a reflex catch at short gully.

Chase injured his foot when he was struck hard on the toe by Sohail Khan’s yorker and the offspinner didn’t take the field in Pakistan’s second innings.
Shah then clean bowled Shai Hope in his next over and could have also got Holder out for 7 but Mohammad Nawaz missed a catch at wide mid off.

Holder added 27 runs for the 10th wicket before Shah wrapped up the innings by having Shannon Garbriel caught in the deep just before tea.

Sohail also probed West Indies with some good reverse swing and uprooted the off stumps of Bishoo and Miguel Cummins.

Azhar and Aslam nearly played out the entire last session to ensure Pakistan didn’t meet the similar hiccup when it was bundled out for just 123 in the first Test.

Misbah didn’t force the follow-on at Dubai despite a 222-run lead and West Indies went down fighting by 56 runs when Darren Bravo hit a resilient century.

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Day 4 so far

Asad Shafiq hit his second half century of the match as Pakistan’s lead swelled to 455 on Day 4.

Shafiq’s 58 run-stand is followed by his 68 in the first innings with another fluent unbeaten. Pakistan cruised to 227-2 at lunch in the second innings.

Resuming at overnight score of 114-1, Azhar Ali added another 27 before he chased Miguel Cummins wide delivery and was caught in the slips for 79.

Shafiq and Younis Khan (29 not out) toyed with an inexperienced West Indies seam and spin attack and added 67 runs.

Shafiq raised his half century with his third boundary when he cut offspinner Roston Chase to backward point.

West Indies wasted its remaining television referral when Jason Holder thought to have Younis Khan lbw on 15 but television replays clearly showed the ball would have missed the leg stump.

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Pakistan have declared at lunch

West Indies have now been set a target of 456.

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West Indies 17/0 after 4 overs

Pakistan’s declaration seems to have perfectly balanced the equation. Pakistan need to 10 wickets over two days to win the match while West Indies need to make 456, which, if they manage to not lose too many wickets, can be done at a consistent rate of 3 per over.

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GONE! Leon Johnson 9 B Yasir West Indies 28/1

Yasir bowls a fuller delivery at the leg stump. Johnson goes for the shot but the ball only brushes his pads before crashing against the stump. West Indies have lost their first wicket of the innings.

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West Indies 52/1

West Indies are going fairly well at the moment despite the loss of Leon Johnson. Darren Bravo is blocking off the Pakistani bowlers while Kraigg Braithwaite has been more expressive.

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OUT! Darren Bravo 13 c Nawaz b Rahat West Indies 63/2

Just as the partnership was starting to look good, Rahat Ali bowls one to Bravo short and wide outside off. Bravo snatches at it only to find Nawaz at backward point.

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FIFTY for Kraigg Brathwaite

Brathwaite has defied the mammoth target and is attacking the bowlers even as West Indies keep losing wickets on the other end.

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TEA! West Indies 86/2 K Brathwaite 55, M Samuels 9

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HUNDRED up for West indies. West Indies at 102/2

Kraig Brathwaite(65) and Marlon Samuels(20) have now put up 40 for the third wicket

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OUT! Marlon Samuels c&b Yasir Shah 23 West Indies 112/3

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OUT! Kraigg Braithwaite 67 lbw b Mohammad Nawaz West Indies 124/4

And that’s the big one. Umpire had turned down the appeal but Misbah went for the review. Hawkeye showed that the ball would have hit the leg stump and the umpire’s decision was overturned. Review well used by Pakistan and Brathwaite’s wicket would dash out any hope West Indies would have had of chasing down the mammoth total.

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West Indies 167/4

West Indies now seem to be batting for pride. The target may not be impossible but it certainly is improbable. The urgency that could be seen from the batsmen earlier in the session is now absent.

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STUMPS! West Indies 171/4 Jermaine Blackwood 41, Roston Chase 17

And that’s it for Day 4. West Indies need to have better partnerships if they want to have a fighting chance in this match. Pakistan on the other, hand are four wickets away from sealing victory and will be hoping that they can get either one of the two batsmen on strike. Breaking budding partnerships and picking wickets at regular intervals is what Pakistan have done well on Day 4 and that is something they would be looking at continuing to the final day.