A time to re­joice

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

SHAR­JAH, UAE, CMC: EST INDIES halted their luck­less run when they con­vinc­ingly beat Pak­istan by five wick­ets in the third and fi­nal Test here yes­ter­day to record their first Test vic­tory in 19 months and end an other­wise night­mar­ish tour on a cel­e­bra­tory note.

The Caribbean side needed just over half-hour in the morn­ing ses­sion on the fi­nal day to com­plete a suc­cess­ful chase of their mod­est tar­get of 153, as opener Kraigg Brath­waite and wick­et­keeper/ bats­man Shane Dowrich stroked un­beaten half­cen­turies to end a run of eight suc­ces­sive losses on the tour stretch­ing back to the Twenty20 and one-day se­ries last month.

West Indies had not won a Test since beat­ing England in Bridgetown in May last year, and Thurs­day’s vic­tory marked only their sec­ond in 17 matches and first on for­eign soil in four years.

Sig­nif­i­cantly, it was the vis­i­tors’ first away win over a higher-ranked side in al­most 10 years and was also Ja­son Holder’s first suc­cess as cap­tain since tak­ing over the helm in Au­gust last year.

W“It is an ex­tremely im­por­tant [vic­tory], es­pe­cially after the Dubai Test match when many peo­ple thought we could have won the game. We per­son­ally felt we could have won the game, but we didn’t get across the line,” Holder told re­porters af­ter­wards.

“To come here in this last Test match, put­ting our­selves in a po­si­tion to win and ac­tu­ally get­ting across the line is a huge mon­key off the back. It’s a great feel­ing and it just shows we have the abil­ity to win Test matches. It’s just about string­ing to­gether a com­plete game.”

CON­FI­DENT KNOCKS

Re­sum­ing a tense day at the Shar­jah Cricket Sta­dium on 114 for five, still re­quir­ing a fur­ther 39 for vic­tory, West Indies showed lit­tle signs of nerves as Man of the Match Brath­waite and Dowrich pro­duced con­fi­dent knocks to ex­tend their un­bro­ken sixth-wicket stand to 87 and erase any thoughts of a de­feat.

Brath­waite, un­beaten on 44 overnight, fin­ished on 60 not out in an in­nings re­quir­ing 109 de­liv­er­ies, 201 min­utes and in­clud­ing six fours, while Dowrich, on 36 at the start, also marched his way to an en­ter­pris­ing un­beaten 60 off 87 balls, with seven fours and a six.

Any early jit­ters were quickly dis­pelled when Brath­waite punched the first ball of the day from left-arm seamer Wa­hab Riaz to the cover boundary, and he brought up his 12th Test half­cen­tury four balls later with a cou­ple to deep point, to fol­low up his un­beaten hun­dred in the first in­nings. K. Brath­waite not out 60 +S Dowrich not out 60 (lb2, nb1) 3 (5 wkts, 43.5 overs) 114 1-29, 2-35, 3-57, 4-63, 5-67. Mo­ham­mad Amir 9.5-0-43-0 (nb1), Wa­hab Riaz 12-0-46-2, Yasir Shah 15-4-40-3, Zul­fiqar Babar 3-1-3-0, Mohammed Nawaz 4-0-20-0. West Indies won by five wick­ets. Man of the Match: Kraigg Brath­waite. Man of the Se­ries: Yasir Shah. Pak­istan.

M Gough, P Reif­fel; TV – R Illing­worth.

Kraigg Brath­waite

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