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.
Facing a dwindling number of available phone numbers for a growing number of San Fernando Valley residents, California officials began holding a series of public hearings Monday on how to introduce a new 747 area code within the 818. Officials are weighing whether the Valley should be split into two zones – one area keeping 818 and the other getting 747 – or whether to “overlay” 747 across the region by assigning the new area code only to new users. Michael Evans, a regulations analyst for the PUC, said that if a new area code is not introduced, the Valley will run out of available phone numbers by summer or fall of 2009. But some at the Glendale City Hall meeting said they were concerned about how the change could affect them. “I think an overlay code is a nightmare,” she said. “How many numbers do I need to dial to call the person right next door to you?” Jim Bottoms owns three moving companies, with a dozen trucks between them, and said he does not like the prospect of an area code change. “It would be expensive – you got to change all your paperwork, all your trucks, and I’m sure there’s a lot of things I’m not even thinking about,” he said in an interview after the meeting. Officials expect to make a decision next year on how to introduce the new 747 area code in the Valley. More information on the proposed area code change is available at www.cpuc.ca.gov. [email protected] (818) 546-3304 Area code meetings The Public Utilities Commission will hold public meetings this week on a new area code for the San Fernando Valley: 1:30 p.m. today at the Las Virgenes Water District headquarters, 4232 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas; 7 tonight at San Fernando City Hall, 117 N. Macneil St.; and 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.John Zachman, a 35-year Glendale resident, urged the PUC to let him keep his 818 by adopting the overlay option. “I belong to the 818 community, if you will,” Zachman said. “All my friends know me as the 818 community.” Because the overlay method would assign 747 to any new numbers, it could lead to a situation in which a household with multiple phone lines could have one with the 818 area code and another with the 747, officials said. The overlay method also would require callers to dial the full area code plus phone number for all calls – even within their own area code. Bridget Oberlin, an actress from North Hollywood, said the Valley should adopt an area-code split, with the east part of the Valley getting the 818.