Sharjah - Kraigg Brathwaite cracked a stubborn hundred to give
the West Indies a slim lead over Pakistan on day three of the third and final
Test in Sharjah on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old opener was unbeaten on 130 for his fifth
Test century as West Indies reached 314-7 at lunch, 33 ahead of Pakistan's
first-innings total of 281 all out.
Brathwaite, batting with resolve, found an able ally in
Devendra Bishoo as they combined to add 51 invaluable runs for an unbroken
Bishoo was 22 not out at the break, having supported his
more established partner to leave Pakistan's spin-cum-pace attack struggling
for wickets on a still unresponsive pitch.
Brathwaite has so far struck 11 boundaries during his
288-ball vigil, but he had a lucky escape as wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed failed
to hold a sharp, rising edge off Mohammad Nawaz when he was on 121.
In the same over, Bishoo was given out off a sweep shot but
he successfully reviewed English umpire Michael Gough's decision as the ball
had hit fielder Azhar Ali's helmet before he took the catch.
Resuming at 244-6, the West Indies were looking for a good
lead to put pressure on Pakistan for the first time in the series as they fight
to avoid a 3-0 whitewash.
Brathwaite hit Mohammad Amir for his 11th boundary off the
day's first ball, and then on-drove him towards mid-wicket for two to reach his
hundred off 211 balls.
Pakistan took the second new ball with the total on 251 and
Amir struck instantly, clean-bowling Holder with a sharp incoming delivery for
Amir has figures of 3-71.
Pakistan lead the three-match series 2-0 after winning the
first Test by 56 runs in Dubai and second by 133 runs in Abu Dhabi.