Pakistan favourite on final day after setting target of 304 runs
- Author: Rogelio Becker May 15, 2017,
May 15, 2017, 2:15
Pakistan is chasing its first Test-series win in the Caribbean in a landmark match for the tourists with both Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan retiring from worldwide cricket after this Test.
Kieran Powell was the first to go, teased by Shah into mishitting to Ali and out for 31 off 82 balls. The opener was beaten by turn and gave wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed a second straight catch to be out for 29, after 123 balls, only one of them a boundary.
West Indies in reply to Pakistan's first innings score of 376, scored just 247 and as a result conceded a 129-run deficit. Kraigg Brathwaite (6), Shimron Hetmyer (25) and Shai Hope (17) were the men out.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has dismissed the reports of recommending Misbah-ul-Haq's name for the post of ICC match-referee, saying the board has never made any such offer to the outgoing Test skipper.
Sarfraz was by far the most enterprising of all in the Pakistan batting line-up though, being ninth out for 51 off 73 balls.
Azhar, starting the day unbeaten on 85, carved out 127 - his second successive hundred following his 105 in the first innings of the Barbados Test last week.
However captain Jason Holder, despite sustaining a painful blow as well on his left shoulder, held firm with Shane Dowrich and the pair will resume on the fourth morning heartened by the prospect of Chase returning at the fall of the next wicket to continue his innings.
That includes Asad Shafiq who walks out to bat only after Misbah has passed through the guard of honour. Having survived a few sharp rising deliveries from Mohammad Abbas and Amir, Hope couldn't quite do the same to Hasan Ali.
The hosts were undermined by champion leg-spinner Yasir Shah who claimed five for 92 to finish with match figures of eight for 218.
Nevertheless both found run-scoring hard and had moments of good fortune.
BOWLING: Gabriel 32-9-67-0 (7nb, 1w); Joseph 27-9-64-1; Chase 32-5-103-5; Holder 32-9-71-3 (1nb, 2w); Bishoo 23.3-3-61-2.