Brathwaite, Dowrich guide West Indies to victory
SHARJAH (92 News) – Pakistan’s dream of clinching a historic 9-0 victory shatters as Brathwaite, Dowrich guide the visitors to a victory by five wickets. Batting well against a good bowling unit wasn’t as easy but Jason Holder and Co. finally did it.
Opener Kraigg Brathwaite, who carried his bat through the first innings with 142 not out, capped a memorable match by finishing with an unbeaten 60 as West Indies secured victory without further loss after resuming at 114 for 5.
Dowrich also scored 60 not out as he and Brathwaite added an unbroken 87 runs for the sixth wicket. Pakistan won the three-match series 2-1 after winning the first Test in Dubai by 56 runs in Dubai and the second by 133 runs in Abu Dhabi.
The victory ended a 13-match streak without a victory (10 losses and three draws) for West Indies, stretching back to May last year when they beat England at home. Pakistan won the three-match series 2-1.
Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah claimed figures of 3-40 in the second innings while paceman Wahab Riaz, who had taken a five-wicket haul in the first, added two more to his tally.
Pakistan incurred a shocking batting collapse after beginning their day on 87-4 before a battling 91 by opener Azhar Ali and 42 for Safraz Ahmed looked to have steadied the ship. However, they lost their last five wickets for 33 to end on 208 with West Indies’ captain Jason Holder claiming his first five-wicket test haul.
Pakistan 1st innings 281 (S. Aslam 74, Misbah-ul-Haq 53, Y. Khan 51, S. Ahmed 51; D. Bishoo 4-77) West Indies 1st innings 337 (K. Brathwaite 142no, R. Chase 50; W. Riaz 5-88) Pakistan 2nd innings 208 (A. Ali 91; J. Holder 5-30) West Indies 2nd innings (Overnight: 114-5; Target: 153 runs) K. Brathwaite not out 60 L. Johnson lbw b Shah 12 Da. Bravo c S. Ahmed b Shah 3 M. Samuels c Babar b Shah 10 J. Blackwood b Riaz 4 R. Chase c Nawaz b Riaz 2 S. Dowrich not out 60 Extras (lb-2 nb-1) 3 Total (for 5 wickets, 43.5 overs) 154 Fall of wickets: 1-29 L. Johnson,2-35 Da. Bravo,3-57 M. Samuels,4-63 J. Blackwood,5-67 R. Chase Did not bat: J. Holder, D. Bishoo, S. Gabriel, A. Joseph Bowling M. Amir 9.5 - 0 - 43 - 0(nb-1) W. Riaz 12 - 0 - 46 - 2 Y. Shah 15 - 4 - 40 - 3 Z. Babar 3 - 1 - 3 - 0 M. Nawaz 4 - 0 - 20 - 0 Referees Umpire: Michael Gough Umpire: Paul Reiffel TV umpire: Richard Illingworth Match referee: Jeff Crowe Result: West Indies won by 5 wickets -Reuters