Bravo’s heroics in vain as Pakistan win day-night test
DUBAI – A heroic and historic century from Darren Bravo put West Indies in sight of the unlikeliest win in the first test in Dubai before Pakistan finally prevailed by 56 runs on an absorbing final day of the day-night contest.
Chasing a daunting target of 346, Bravo compiled the eighth test ton of his career to offer the faint prospect of a fantastic West Indies win after they had trailed by 222 on first innings following Pakistan’s monumental 579 for three.
It was the first century to be scored in day-night test cricket using the pink ball.
Bravo’s patient batting, following his 87 in the first innings, kept alive West Indies’ hopes after Devendra Bishoo’s eight-wicket haul had brought them back into the match on the penultimate day.
Yet once Bravo’s 249-ball vigil was ended when he became the seventh Windies victim, caught brilliantly for 116 by Yasir Shah off his own bowling, there was only going to be one fitting outcome to Pakistan’s 400th test.
Noble resistance from captain Jason Holder, unbeaten on 40, kept alive the faintest hopes of Windies survival into the final hour but the run-outs of tail-enders Miguel Cummins and Shannon Gabriel, as Holder attempted to farm the strike, ensured Pakistan took a 1-0 lead in the three-test series.
Pakistan 1st innings 579 for 3 decl (A. Ali 302no, S. Aslam 90, B. Azam 69, A. Shafiq 67) West Indies 1st innings 357 (D. Bravo 87, M. Samuels 76; Y. Shah 5-121) Pakistan 2nd innings 123 (D. Bishoo 8-49) West Indies 2nd innings (Overnight: 95-2; Target: 346 runs) K. Brathwaite b Amir 6 L. Johnson lbw b Amir 47 Da. Bravo c&b Shah 116 M. Samuels c S. Ahmed b Amir 4 J. Blackwood lbw b Nawaz 15 R. Chase b Shah 35 S. Dowrich b Riaz 0 J. Holder not out 40 D. Bishoo lbw b Nawaz 3 M. Cummins run out (, Misbah-ul-Haq) 1 S. Gabriel run out (B. Azam, S. Ahmed) 1 Extras (b-5 lb-7 nb-4 w-5) 21 Total (all out, 109 overs) 289 Fall of wickets: 1-27 K. Brathwaite,2-87 L. Johnson,3-95 M. Samuels,4-116 J. Blackwood,5-193 R. Chase,6-194 S. Dowrich,7-263 Da. Bravo,8-276 D. Bishoo,9-277 M. Cummins,10-289 S. Gabriel Bowling M. Amir 23 - 5 - 63 - 3(w-5) So. Khan 10 - 1 - 22 - 0 Y. Shah 41 - 6 - 113 - 2 M. Nawaz 18 - 4 - 32 - 2 W. Riaz 17 - 1 - 47 - 1(nb-4) Referees Umpire: Richard Illingworth Umpire: Paul Reiffel TV umpire: Ian Gould Match referee: Jeff Crowe Result: Pakistan won by 56 runs -Reuters