Pakistan win despite of Bravo’s champion effort

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 17: Sarfraz Ahmed and Azhar Ali of Pakistan appeals for the wicket of Darren Bravo of West Indies 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)
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Pakistan registered a win in their first pink ball test match. Surprising to many, West Indies fought pretty well in the longest format of the game and gave the no. 2 test side a run for their money. However, Pakistan eventually stood grabbed the win by 59 runs defending 346 runs.

As much as this game would be remember for being Pakistan’s 400th test match, the first day/night test in Asia and the triple century scored by Pakistan’s Azhar Ali, it would also be remembered for the courageous inning of Darren Bravo, who alone kept West Indies in the equation till the end of the test.

Pakistan’s miserable failure in the second inning still gave West Indies a firm target of 346 runs, but, it seemed like West Indies will not be able to show any significant resistance. But, the men from Caribbean, specially Darren Bravo kept their hopes alive. He played a magical inning of 116 runs off 249 balls. It took an extraordinary caught and bowled from Yasir Shah to dismiss him. West Indies needed 83 runs when Darren Bravo got out, the visitors were well on the course to a win till his stay at the crease.

West Indies started proceeding on the final day of the test at a score of 95/2 with the experienced duo of Bravo and Marlon Samuels at the crease. However, Amir struck on the first delivery of the day to remove Samuels and got his third wicket of the inning. Blackwood tried to keep Pakistani bowlers at bay, but, Mohammad Nawaz trapped him in front of the stumps at a score of 15 runs. West Indies were four down for 116.

Afterwards, it was a stubborn inning of Roston Chase, he frustrated Pakistani bowlers and contributed 77 runs with Darren Bravo. Chase scored handy 35 runs off 83 balls before becoming a victim of Yasir Shah, he was looking to play too many shots and it cost him. Shane Dowrich’s stay at the crease was brief as he was cleaned up by Wahab Riaz on the first delivery he faced.

Jason Holder once again proved that he can bat. He along with Bravo tested Pakistani bowlers to the core. They were flawless and played the whole well equipped bowling attack of the hosts with ease. It took a special caught and bowled from a special bowler to end the special inning of Darren Bravo.

It was easy for Pakistani bowlers to clean up the fragile tail of the West Indies. Mohammad Nawaz got Bishoo LBW, while Miguel Cummins was runout by Misbah Ul Haq. Jason Holder was looking to fight the whole battle all by himself, but, could not continue it for longer. Shanon Gabriel was runout while taking a risky single. Holder was trying to keep him away from the strike and resultantly he ran him out. West Indies were just a dozen overs away from saving the game.

Earlier in the game, Pakistan posted a mammoth total of 579/3d runs with the courtesy of Azhar Ali’s marvellous knock of 302* runs. He got the Man of the Match for award for his historic inning.

West Indies managed 357 runs in reply of Pakistan’s first inning total. Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels scored 87 and 76 runs respectively. Yasir Shah picked up five wickets and became the fastest Asian bowler in the history of test cricket to reach 100 wickets.

Misbah Ul Haq had the option of enforce follow-on, but, he rather opted to bat again. However, Pakistan’s batting line was demolished by Devendra Bishoo with his 8 wickets for 49 runs. Pakistan collapsed for just 123 runs with Sami Aslam being the highest scorer with 44 runs.

Pakistan will take on West Indies in the second test match of the series from October 21 in Abu Dhabi.