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Third Test: West Indies 39 runs from victory at Day 4 stumps

SHARJAH: For the first time during their UAE tour, West Indies have sensed victory from this close, as they are just 39 runs away from victory at the Day 4 stumps at Sharjah Cricket Ground, Sharjah.

With skipper, Jason Holder’s 5-wicket haul, West Indies wrapped up Pakistani batting on 208 in the second innings, requiring just 153 runs to win a historic Test in UAE.

The bad light stopped play 15 minutes before stumps for the fourth successive day. Shane Dowrich and Kraigg Brathwaite, who played key roles in the first innings to help get the lead, are at the forefront yet again, leading the recovery after yet another meltdown.

West Indies need 39 more to break a 14-match losing streak; they last won a Test against England at home in May last year. The target is within touching distance alright, but it’s unlikely too many in the camp would sleep well.

Pakistan will look back on a long day as one of missed opportunities. Azhar Ali and Sarfraz put them on recovery mode before a batting meltdown in the second session hit them hard.