Gal­lant bid

Holder thrilled with Bravo, team ef­fort de­spite de­feat

Jamaica Gleaner - - TUESDAY SPORTS -

CAP­TAIN JA­SON Holder has hailed Dar­ren Bravo’s eighth Test cen­tury in dif­fi­cult fi­nal day cir­cum­stances and said his en­tire team had showed plenty char­ac­ter, de­spite their 56-run de­feat to Pak­istan in the day/night open­ing Test here yes­ter­day.

Bravo stroked 116 at the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium as West Indies, chas­ing 346 for vic­tory, came up short on 289 in their sec­ond in­nings to fall 0-1 be­hind in the three-Test se­ries.

“It was a qual­ity in­nings and he bat­ted re­ally well in both the first and sec­ond in­nings,” Holder told re­porters af­ter­wards.

“I think he showed a lot of ma­tu­rity in both those in­nings. He spent some time, he gave him­self a re­ally good chance to get a score, and you could see the de­ter­mi­na­tion on his face and in his ex­pres­sions, and even his body lan­guage; I thought it was very, very pos­i­tive.

“Hope­fully, we can con­tinue in this vein and keep Dar­ren Bravo lead­ing our bat­ting.”

All told, he faced 249 balls in a marathon 63/4 hours at the crease and struck 10 fours and a six.

How­ever, with per­haps one of his few false strokes of the in­nings, he mist­imed a drive back to Yasir Shah in the fi­nal hour to be sev­enth out at 263.

“That was ob­vi­ously a cru­cial mo­ment there. Bravo was the set bats­man. He’d played beau­ti­fully up un­til that point, but it was

tough com­ing out of the rough with Yasir Shah,” he ex­plained.

“I thought he bowled re­ally well; he was very, very chal­leng­ing, and he made it dif­fi­cult for us to score and also de­fend.

“If you look back at it, you see a lot of things in hind­sight, but ob­vi­ously, at the mo­ment when Bravo got out, we would’ve prob­a­bly asked him to go on a lit­tle longer.”

West Indies were al­ways up against it once they con­ceded a lead of 222 on first in­nings af­ter Pak­istan had piled up a mam­moth 579 for three de­clared in their first in­nings.

FRAN­COIS NEL/GETTY IM­AGES) COUR­TESY OF THE WICB

Dar­ren Bravo of West Indies cel­e­brates reach­ing his cen­tury dur­ing day five of the first Test against Pak­istan at the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Cricket Ground in Dubai, United Arab Emi­rates, yes­ter­day.

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