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West Indies vs Pakistan 2017, 3rd Test: Day 3, 5 talking points

rohit sankar
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676   //    13 May 2017, 11:07 IST
Fans were treated to some had fought, yet dour cricket on Day 3 at Dominica

West Indies fought hard right through the day to survive some disciplined Pakistan bowling to end on 218/5 at stumps. Yasir Shah broke the back of their top order with three quick wickets after the openers had put on a dogged stand. 

But Roston Chase played the rescue act yet again in the company of Shai Hope to take Windies back to safety. However, Chase was struck on the forearm by an Amir bouncer and had to retire hurt. Vishaul Singh soon followed him back to the pavilion after Abbas trapped him in front.

However, Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich did a magnificent job of keeping the Pakistani bowlers at bay till stumps. Holder also took several body blows on the way but looked every bit a batsman in his tenure at the crease. 

Brief Scores: Pakistan 376/10. West Indies 218/5 (Chase 60, Yasir 3/108)

Take a glance at the talking points from the day's play: 

#5 Brathwaite-Powell do the resistance job

West Indies were in dire need of their openers stepping up and doing the hard job of defending well and leaving even better. Brathwaite and Powell were up to the task on Day 2 and continued to excel in the early hours of Day 3. Brathwaite was so adamant to not give his wicket away that the run scoring almost screeched to a halt. 

The duo put on 43 in 27 painstaking overs for the visitors before Yasir Shah out an end to the misery by getting rid of Powell. Much akin to his performances right through the series, Powell failed after getting a solid start. Brathwaite, to his credit, hung around for a while before he fell at the stroke of lunch. 

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