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Composed Brathwaite leads West Indies' recovery

West Indies 244 for 6 (Brathwaite 95*, Chase 50, Amir 2-44) trail Pakistan 281 (Aslam 74, Misbah 53, Bishoo 4-77, Gabriel 3-67) by 37 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Pakistan rebounded from being bowled out for 281 to reduce West Indies to 38 for 3, but had to work much harder for their subsequent breakthroughs as Kraigg Brathwaite led his side back into contention with a gritty, unbeaten 95. Supported first by Roston Chase and then by Shane Dowrich, Brathwaite helped West Indies close on 244 for 6 after two hard-fought sessions.

Confronted with a probing bowling effort, a slow outfield and horrid start from his top-order team-mates, Brathwaite maintained his composure and patience throughout his 206-ball vigil. Unlike the more free-flowing batsmen at the other end, he seldom tried to force the pace, content to play the ball late whenever he could. Nine of his ten fours came behind the wicket, the sole exception being a loft over mid-on off Zulfiqar Babar.

After the three early wickets, Jermaine Blackwood briefly looked promising after lunch. However, his attacking instincts, and his seeming refusal to rein them in, soon led to his downfall. Having driven Mohammad Amir on the up for a boundary through cover, Blackwood tried to repeat the shot a few balls later. Only, this time, the delivery was slightly shorter and not quite there for the drive; Blackwood edged it to gully and departed for a run-a-ball 23.

Chase was the next to keep Brathwaite company. In a productive period leading to tea, Chase hit a number of lovely cover drives, moving to 43 off 82 by the interval. He did have a few awkward moments against spin, though, with legspinner Yasir Shah luring him into some injudicious shots against the turn.

Chase kept taking the bait and creamed Yasir for a big six over long-on to reach his fifty shortly after tea. Like Blackwood, however, he perished after one indiscretion too many. With left-armer Amir angling the ball across him from over the wicket, Chase went for an extravagant drive and only managed a thick edge to Younis Khan in the slips. That brought to an end an 83-run fifth-wicket partnership, but West Indies were still vulnerable at 151 for 5.

Next, it was Dowrich's turn to complement Brathwaite's marathon knock. Dowrich hit several attractive boundaries during his unbeaten 90-ball 47, and was particularly strong square of the wicket on the off side. But he had two major strokes of luck early in his innings.

The first, with Dowrich on 15, came via a recurring theme - a Wahab Riaz no-ball. The bowler had enticed the batsman into chasing a full, wide delivery and edging it to Asad Shafiq at gully. But he had overstepped - for the 15th time in the series - and Dowrich lived on. A few overs later, Dowrich attempted to sweep Azhar Ali, and the ball hit the back of bat before looping to Younis at slip, who put down the chance after an elaborate juggle.

It was around this time that things seemed to be slipping away from Pakistan. Leg-side deliveries were helped on their way to the fine-leg boundary. Dowrich unfurled some cracking strokes. The odd mis-hit was landing safely. Wahab received two warnings for following on in the danger area. As the partnership ticked along past 60, then 70, then 80, West Indies seemed to be regaining the upper hand.

But, against the run of play, Dowrich dragged an innocuous ball from Wahab onto his stumps, ending an 83-run stand. West Indies closed out the day 37 short of Pakistan's first-innings total, with four wickets in hand.

That was a markedly better outcome than they might have expected after a tumultuous morning session in which five wickets fell for 64 runs. Alzarri Joseph took the last two Pakistan wickets to bowl them out for 281, just 7.5 overs into the day. But Pakistan rebounded to pull ahead through early breakthroughs.

Amir troubled Leon Johnson in the first over by swinging the ball away from the left-hander, before Wahab dismissed him for 1 with a straight ball that trapped him in front.

Then, towards the end of the first session, Darren Bravo miscued a cross-batted swing off Babar in the air towards cover, where Amir took a screamer of a catch. Soon after, Yasir trapped Marlon Samuels plumb in front and the batsman departed, but not before wasting a review. By lunch, West Indies were sinking deep into a hole.

It was Brathwaite's resolute knock that helped them steadily work their way out of it by the time the day was over.

New record

1

No. of openers to remain not out in both inning of a Test - Brathwaite in this match is the first to achieve this.

Rare away win

3

No. of Tests won by West Indies away from home since 2000, excluding B'desh and Zim, including this win. In 76 Tests since then, they lost 56 of them.

Brathwaite's match

2004

Last time a WI opener scored a century and a fifty in an away Test, excluding B'desh and Zim - Gayle in Centurion. Brathwaite has done it in this match.

Can WI pull a win?

0

No. of times West Indies have failed to chase targets of less than 200 in Tests, before this - won 51 and drawn 6.

Holder's best

3/15

Previous best figures for Holder in Tests, against Eng in Bridgetown in 2015. He has taken more than 3 wkts in this inns; first time in 20 Tests.

2 PAIRS in a YEAR

2

No of top-order batsman (1 to 6) to bag 2 pairs in a year before Asad Shafiq.The previous 2 were: Mohinder Amarnath in 1983 and Mark Waugh in 1992.

Batting through

5

No. of WI batsmen to carry their bat in a Test inns, including Brathwaite. The last was Gayle at Adelaide in 2008-09. Worrell, Hunte and Haynes (3) being others.

Finally a lead

13

No. of consecutive Tests where WI had conceded a first-inns lead (when they batted second), before this. They have taken a lead this time.

Big one this time

5

No. of 50s for Brathwaite without converting it into a century, before this knock. Prior to that he had converted 4 of 6 50s into 100s from June 2014 to April 2015.

Samuels' ducks

10

No. of ducks for Samuels in Tests since 2011 - the second-most by any top-order batsman (No. 1 to 7). Only Ross Taylor (12) has more ducks.

Four fifties, less total

1

No. of team totals lower than Pakistan's 281 to have four individual fifty-plus scores. NZ had made 275 with help of four 50s v Pak in Hamilton in 2010-11.

Long time ago

1990

Last time Pakistan failed to score 300-plus in the first inns of a Test against West Indies in UAE or at home. They could manage only 281 in this inns.

Searching for maiden 100

5

Fifties in 12 Test innings for Sami Aslam. He hasn't scored a century yet, though - his highest is 90

First-over crisis

2006

The last time Pakistan lost more than one wicket in the 1st over of a Test; they were 0 for 3 v Ind in Karachi, but won the game by 341 runs