Unbeaten Brathwaite anchors West Indies to 244-6

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) Opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite hit a resilient unbeaten 95 and anchored West Indies to 244-6 on the second day of the third and final test against Pakistan on Monday.

Brathwaite revived West Indies first innings from a precarious 38-3 by combining in two solid half century stands with Roston Chase (50) and Shane Dowrich (47).

West Indies trails by just 37 runs with Brathwaite batting resolutely after facing 203 balls, hitting 10 fours and captain Jason Holder not out on 6.

Besides Brathwaite's brilliant batting, it was fast bowler Mohammad Amir's best day in test cricket since returning from a five-year spot-fixing ban.

Amir first played a 20-run cameo to stretch Pakistan total to 281 and then brought off a spectacular two-handed diving catch – his first in 20th test – to remove Darren Bravo before grabbing the wickets of Jermaine Blackwood (23) and Chase.

Amir made a quiet return to test cricket against England in August as Pakistan drew the test series 2-2. He was then rested in the second test against West Indies after taking three wickets in the first day-night test at Dubai.