SHARJAH, UAE (CMC):West Indies were on the verge of their first Test win in 19 months and the first on foreign soil in four years, but a nervous final day lay ahead of the unpredictable Caribbean side in their quest to capture the third and final Test against Pakistan.Set a modest 153 for victory on the penultimate day of the contest at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium here yesterday, the Windies produced one of their now familiar implosions to slump to 67 for five on the stroke of the first hour after tea, before recovering to reach 114 for five at the close.Once again, vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite was at the heart of the West Indies’ enterprise, stroking an unbeaten 44 in an unbroken 47-run, sixth wicket stand with wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich, who was not out on 36.Brathwaite, who carried his bat in the first innings for 142, has so far faced 88 deliveries and counted four fours, while Dowrich has consumed 61 balls and struck three fours and a six.Together, the Barbadian duo propped up the innings, which looked like it was coming apart at the seams when leg-spinner Yasir Shah ripped through the innings after tea, to finish with three for 30.Left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz also snapped up two quick wickets for 30 runs as West Indies stumbled, jeopardising their pursuit of a first Test win since they beat England in Bridgetown last year May.West Indies require another 39 runs for victory.On a day when 11 wickets tumbled, captain and seamer Jason Holder captured his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests as Pakistan were dismissed for 208 in their second innings after resuming on 87 for four.Opener Azhar Ali converted his overnight 45 into a top score of 91, while wicketkeeper/batsman Sarfraz Ahmed, unbeaten on 19 at the start, made 42.The pair extended their fifth wicket stand to 86 before being separated as the hosts surrendered their last six wickets for 74 runs.Holder claimed two of those wickets to end with superb figures of five for 30 while leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo picked up three for 46.SCOREBOARDPAKISTAN 1st Innings 281WEST INDIES 1st Innings 337PAKISTAN 2nd Innings(overnight 87 for four)Sami Aslam c Joseph b Holder 17Azhar Ali c Bravo b Bishoo 91Asad Shafiq c Bravo b Holder 0Younis Khan c wkp Dowrich b Holder 0*Misbah-ul-Haq c Bishoo b Chase 4+Sarfraz Ahmed c Bravo b Bishoo 42Mohammad Nawaz c Johnson b Bishoo 19Mohammad Amir run out 8Wahab Riaz c Johnson b Holder 1Yasir Shah lbw b Holder 0Zulfiqar Babar not out 15Extras (b2, lb1, w6, nb2) 11TOTAL (all out, 81.3 overs) 208Fall of wickets: 1-37, 2-41, 3-41, 4-48, 5-134, 6-175, 7-189, 8-192, 9-193, 10-208.Bowling: Gabriel 15-1-36-0 (w1, nb2), Joseph 14-3-41-0 (w1), Holder 17.3-5-30-5, Brathwaite 1-0-5-0, Chase 15-1-47-1, Bishoo 19-2-46-3.WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (target: 153 runs)K Brathwaite not out 44L Johnson lbw b Yasir Shah 12D Bravo c wkp Sarfraz Ahmed b Yasir Shah 3M Samuels c Zulfiqar Babar b Yasir Shah 10J Blackwood b Wahab Riaz 4R Chase c Mohammad Nawaz b Wahab Riaz 2+S Dowrich not out 36Extras (lb2, nb1) 3TOTAL (5 wkts, 36 overs) 114Fall of wickets: 1-29, 2-35, 3-57, 4-63, 5-67.Bowling: Mohammad Amir 8-0-29-0 (nb1), Wahab Riaz 8-0-30-2, Yasir Shah 13-4-30-3, Zulfiqar Babar 3-1-3-0, Mohammed Nawaz 4-0-20-0.Position: West Indies require a further 39 runs for victory with five wickets intact.
A number of Lindeners have benefited from the first of a series of crime and violence reduction workshops – an initiative of the Public Security Ministry in collaboration with Adco Engineering and Consultants.The Parenting, Interpersonal, Violence Prevention and Conflict Resolution initiative also forms part of the Citizens Security Strengthening Programme (CSSP) funded by the Inter- American Development Bank (IDB).Speaking at one of the workshops which was themed “Reclaim home, reclaim community”, one of Adco’s Directors, Garfield Sargeant said the sessions aimed primarily at equipping community leaders with the knowledge and skills to approach and address the issues of crime and violence within their communities.Also benefiting from special sessions were parents and youths as Sargeant stressed the importance of addressing the issues from the level of the family . TheCommunity leaders listening attentively to one of the trainersthree main areas being addressed were parenting, domestic violence, and conflict resolution.“What we actually have happening right now is train the trainer whereby we are equipping some of the community leaders with certain skills, certain information that will help them take a different approach to addressing crime and violence within our community. So, it’s very important that we are able to, first of all, impart knowledge and then how to use that knowledge given different situations, different scenarios,” Sargeant explained.The Linden leg of the initiative wrapped up last Friday, but work is expected to be ongoing within the community.A participant , Vanessa Kissoon said the session was very informative, noting that she planned on using the knowledge obtained in her everyday life.“The activities and interactions are very interesting, informative and educating and in my case, I know that I can take some of this stuff back to the classroom and my students will benefit. I have learned how to use activities not just the chalk and talk, but I learned of other creative ways of getting my children to interact in the classroom and also I must say at home, because I do plan to use some of these activities to improve me as a parent,” she posited.Police Officers have also benefited from the exercise and according to Sargeant, they would assist greatly, given the new policing facility recently commissioned in Linden. Approximately 20 communities are expected to benefit from these sessions across the country.