West Indies in big trouble against Pakistan in Sharjah

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West Indies in big trouble against Pakistan in Sharjah
Pakistan players celebrate after the dismissal of West Indies' Leon Johnson (AFP)

Sharjah - Visitors struggling at 38/3 at lunch; Pakistan made 281 all out

By Liaqat Ali

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Published: Mon 31 Oct 2016, 11:31 AM

Last updated: Mon 31 Oct 2016, 8:23 PM

West Indies were reduced to 38 for 3 in 16 overs at lunch after Pakistan were bowled out for 281 in their first innings during the second day of the third and final Test at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday.
The visitors suffered an early jolt when Leon Johnson was declared LBW against the bowling of Wahab Riaz.
Wahab bowled a fiery spell and tested the batsmen. He looked sharper and more incisive than the other left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir.
Amir has yet to reach the standards he was known for before the spot-fixing issue and the next two series (New Zealand and Australia) will determine where he stands. 
A place in the Test team can't be taken for granted as others (Rahat Ali, Imran Khan and Sohail Khan) are waiting in the wings.
Meanwhile, West Indies suffered a huge blow when their leading run-getter Darren Bravo tried to clear the field but was deceived by Zulifqar Babar's delivery and Amir took a brilliant catch. 
Amir reacted late but flung himself forward in the air and took the catch air-born. 
Marlon Samuels failed once again as he was snared by Yasir Shah. Samuels reviewed the LBW decision but TV replays showed he was plumb.  
Earlier, Shah and Amir started the second day's proceedings for Pakistan with a flurry of shots. Amir was particularly harsh on Alzarri Joseph. Shannaon Gabriel bowled a number of bouncers which were negotiated well by Pakistan batsmen.
Joseph cleaned up both the batsmen in the 91st over to wrap up Pakistan innings at 281.

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