Holder thrilled with Bravo, team effort despite defeat
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.
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.