West Indies vs Pakistan 3rd Test Day 4: Pakistan set West Indies 304 to win heading into final day

Abbas stole the show early on in the day as he registered his maiden five-for in Test cricket

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Despite a batting collapse, Pakistan managed to set the West Indies a target of 304 to win going into the fifth and final day in Dominica.

Starting off the day on 218/5, the West Indies completely crumbled as Pakistan seamer Mohammad Abbas wreaked havoc with the ball.

Even West Indies batsman Roston Chase, who retired hurt on 60 after being struck on the elbow, was unable to keep Pakistan at bay as he was clean bowled by Abbas for 69 off 155 balls, which included five boundaries.

Despite captain Jason Holder making an unbeaten 30, the rest of the West Indies’ lower order failed to contribute and they were eventually bowled out for 247, which gave Pakistan a 129-run lead.

Abbas was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Yasir Shah snapped up three, and Mohammad Amir and Azhar Ali chipped in with one wicket apiece.

With a 129-run lead in hand, Pakistan were dealt two quick blows early on in their second innings as Azhar and Babar Azam were dismissed for three and a duck respectively.

Just as they were beginning to rebuild their innings, Pakistan lost Shan Masood as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Shannon Gabriel for 21.

Captain Misbah-ul-Haq could only muster two runs in his final Test innings, while Younis Khan, who is also featuring in the last Test match of his illustrious career, was removed by Devendra Bishoo for 35.

Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed and Asad Shafiq fell shortly after, but Yasir and Amir stemmed the bleeding with a 61-run partnership before Amir was sent packing by Alzarri Joesph for 27.

Yasir and Hasan Ali went on to amass an unbeaten 23-run partnership before Misbah decided to declare with his side on 174/8, which set the West Indies a target of 304 to win.

Yasir ended up making 38, while Hasan scored 15.

Joseph was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Gabriel and Bishoo took two wickets apiece. Chase, meanwhile, claimed one.

Chasing 304 to win, the West Indies got off to a disastrous start as opener Kieran Powell was dismissed by Yasir for just four runs.

Immediately after Powell departed, the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day, which left Kraigg Brathwaite unbeaten on three runs.

Yasir was the only bowler to take a wicket.

The West Indies ended day four on 7/1 and will continue batting on Sunday at 10:00 local time or 14:00 GMT.

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