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West Indies batsman Shane Dowrich bowled out by Pakistani bowler Wahab Riaz unseen on the final day of the first day-night Test between Pakistan and the West Indies at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the Gulf Emirate on October 17, 2016. / AFP / AAMIR QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan Survived Bravo’s Horror to Steal Victory Over West Indians


Dubai: Pakistan have won the first test match or 3 match bilateral series against West Indies by 56 runs, despite Bravo’s heroic 116 in the 2nd innings.

Bravo faced up 507 balls, and became the first centurion in day-night Test cricket with the pink ball, but it wasn’t enough.

Pakistan win their 400th Test in the last hour.

This is Pakistan’s 9th consecutive international win (incl. all formats). Pak has won 11 of last 18 Tests, drew 3 and lost only 4 of them.

After Pakistan had racked up 579 for 3 dec. on the back of Azhar’s triple-ton, excellent fightback from West Indies, led by Bishoo’s eight-wicket haul and Bravo’s marathon.

West Indies 357 and 289 (Bravo 102*, Holder 40*, Amir 3-52) beaten by Pakistan 579 for 3 dec and 123

Darren Bravo held Pakistan off with a fighting ton and put on 77 with Roston Chase for the fifth wicket to take West Indies within 160 runs of their target of 346, before Yasir Shah and Wahab Riaz brought Pakistan roaring back with two wickets in three balls. Bravo went into dinner unbeaten on 102 off 223, with Jason Holder for company, and held the key as West Indies required 114 more to win with four wickets in hand. But later Yasir Shah, at his own bowling dismissed Bravo with a brilliant catch at the score of 263. The rest wasn’t able to hold the game and their resistance was sealed by two run outs in the end.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 17:  Darren Bravo of West Indies celebrates reaching his century during Day Five of the First Test between Pakistan and West Indies at Dubai International Cricket Ground on October 17, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 17: Darren Bravo of West Indies celebrates reaching his century during Day Five of the First Test between Pakistan and West Indies at Dubai International Cricket Ground on October 17, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Earlier today, after West Indies lost Marlon Samuels off the first ball of the day and Jermaine Blackwood inside the first hour, Chase joined Bravo for a partnership that steadily revived West Indies and unsettled Pakistan over the course of 28.2 overs of stubborn fight. Wahab and Sohail Khan tested the batsmen with occasional bouncers and yorkers, Mohammad Amir bowled probing lines, the spinners plugged away – but Bravo and Chase looked untroubled through it all.

By the 71st over, Chase’s confidence had grown to the extent that he dared to drive Yasir against the turn for a boundary through midwicket. Perhaps that was when confidence became overconfidence. Next ball, Yasir flighted another one pitching outside leg and Chase attempted the same shot again. This time the ball turned past his outside edge to crash into leg stump.

Two balls later, Wahab yorked Dowrich to hit his middle and off stumps, sending him back for a first-ball duck. West Indies were now reeling at 194 for 6, and Pakistan had a firm grip on proceedings again.

It was Amir and Mohammad Nawaz who had helped Pakistan make the early inroads of the day. If Pakistan had been shaken by their collapse on the previous day, Amir’s first-ball wicket was just the tonic they needed. It was a rather unremarkable delivery, bowled from around the wicket, pitching on a good length well outside off and angling in. Samuels was drawn into poking at a ball he could easily have left alone and a thin edge was gleefully accepted by Sarfraz Ahmed behind the stumps.

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