Ton-up Dar­ren Bravo thwarts Pak­istan in day-night Test

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DUBAI: Dar­ren Bravo cracked a fight­ing cen­tury to lead West Indies’ fight against Pak­istan on the fifth and fi­nal day in the first day-night Test in Dubai yes­ter­day.

The left-handed ge­nius was un­beaten on 102 for his eighth hun­dred-fifth in Asia and seven away from home-as West Indies were 232-6 at din­ner on a weary fi­nal day pitch at Dubai sta­dium. Pak­istan had taken the sec­ond new ball with West Indies 224-6 and Bravo need­ing four for hun­dred. Bravo smashed an up­pish drive off pace­man Mo­ham­mad Amir’s first ball to back­ward point bound­ary to com­plete his mag­nif­i­cent hun­dred after 329-min­utes of de­fi­ance.

He has so far hit nine bound­aries and a six to frus­trate Pak­istan who are look­ing for a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Skip­per Ja­son Holder was un­beaten on eight as West Indies till need 114 runs for an un­likely win in the re­main­ing 38 overs.

Bravo put up his best re­sis­tance dur­ing a 77run stand for the fifth wicket with Ros­ton Chase (35) and has so far added 38 for the sev­enth with Holder. Chase, fa­mous for his 137 not out at Ja­maica which helped West Indies draw a Test against In­dia in July this year, gave full sup­port to Bravo as the duo frus­trated Pak­istan.

Pak­istan’s hopes were rested on leg-spin­ner Yasir Shah who was not at his best de­spite good turn on of­fer. He fi­nally got his first wicket when he bowled Chase from across his feet.

Pace­man Wa­hab Riaz then dis­missed Shane Dowrich for nought to leave West Indies at 1946. West Indies had re­sumed at 95-2 and were in­stantly in trou­ble when Amir had Mar­lon Sa­muels caught be­hind for four with the first ball of the day. Jer­maine Black­wood (15) helped Bravo take the to­tal to 116 when left-arm spin­ner Mo­ham­mad Nawaz trapped him leg-be­fore, a de­ci­sion Pak­istan only got on re­fer­ral.

Pak­istan did not get what was ex­pected from Shah in the first ses­sion as he bowled faster rather than giv­ing flight to the ball.

The re­main­ing two Tests will be played in Abu Dhabi (Oc­to­ber 21-25) and Shar­jah (Oc­to­ber 30Novem­ber 3).

— AFP

DUBAI: West Indies bats­man Dar­ren Bravo (front) raises his bat and hel­met as he cel­e­brates after scor­ing cen­tury (100 runs) as team cap­tain Ja­son Holder looks on on the fi­nal day of the first day-night Test be­tween Pak­istan and the West Indies at the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Cricket Sta­dium in the Gulf Emi­rate yes­ter­day.

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