Cap­tains Mis­bah, Holder hail com­pet­i­tive day-night Test

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DUBAI: Ri­val cap­tains Mis­bah-ul-Haq and Ja­son Holder praised the fight till last at­ti­tude in the first day-night Test played with Pak­istan up­stag­ing West Indies by 56 runs in the fi­nal hour on Mon­day. West Indies were led in their fight by Dar­ren Bravo who smashed 116 dur­ing his 410minute of de­fi­ance be­fore Pak­istan dis­missed them for 289 with just 12 overs re­main­ing in the match-the sec­ond ever in Test cricket’s his­tory. Mis­bah said the match was good for Test cricket. “It was a good Test and good for the Test cricket with ev­ery­thing in it,” said Mis­bah after the vic­tory. “You need Test matches like that and credit to West Indies to put such a fight.”

Pak­istan had amassed 579-3 de­clared in their first in­nings cour­tesy an epic 302 not out by opener Azhar Ali. West Indies con­ceded a 222run first in­nings lead but hit back hard by dis­miss­ing Pak­istan for a pal­try 123 in their sec­ond knock, thanks to a ca­reer best 8-49 by leg-spin­ner Deven­dra Bishoo.

Mis­bah praised Bravo for giving Pak­istan a scare. “West Indies bats­men showed good re­silience and credit must be given to them,” said Mis­bah of the ri­val team who bat­ted for 109 overs on a last day Dubai sta­dium pitch.

This was the long­est bat­ting by a West Indies team in the fourth in­nings of a Test since their 105.1 over in­nings against In­dia in Kolkata in 1978. Mis­bah ad­mit­ted he was ner­vous and worried, with just 100 needed and Bravo at the crease. “I know how I spent time on the fourth day and in the last ses­sion on the last day. It was tough for the team as well as for the cap­tain. “You were ahead of them for three days but in one ses­sion he (Bravo) gave the ad­van­tage to them,” said Mis­bah of the laft-han­der who was smartly caught by leg-spin­ner Yasir Shah with just 83 needed.

Shah fin­ished with seven wick­ets in the match and dur­ing first in­nings be­came the jointsec­ond fastest to take 100 Test wick­ets. Mis­bah said dew did not al­low the Dubai sta­dium pitch to de­te­ri­o­rate. “There were dif­fer­ent fac­tors which sup­ported the bats­men, the pink ball and dew. Usu­ally Dubai pitch de­te­ri­o­rates after sec­ond day but this time the pitch was bind again be­cause of the dew but in the end it ended in our win,” said Mis­bah, who now has 23 wins in 47 Tests as cap­tain. “It is spe­cial vic­tory, our 400th Test, first with pink ball, our first day-night match so it was im­por­tant to get a vic­tory here.” Holder said there were pos­i­tives de­spite de­feat.

“Dis­ap­pointed we have lost but there are lot of pos­i­tives,” said Holder. “One thing is that we fought till the end and it was a good team ef­fort un­for­tu­nately we did not cross the line.”

Holder sin­gled out Bravo’s knocks, who made 87 in the first in­nings. “It was a qual­ity in­nings as he showed a lot of ma­tu­rity in both in­nings and you could see de­ter­mi­na­tion on his face and hope­fully he con­tin­ues in this vein,” said Holder of Bravo. The sec­ond Test starts in Abu Dhabi from Fri­day with the third and fi­nal Test played in Shar­jah from Oc­to­ber 30-Novem­ber 3. — AFP

DUBAI: Pak­istani crick­eters cel­e­brate after win­ning the Test match at the end of the first daynight Test be­tween Pak­istan and the West Indies at the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Cricket Sta­dium in the Gulf Emi­rate on Mon­day. Pak­istan beat West Indies by 56 runs in the first day-night Test on the fifth and fi­nal day in Dubai, tak­ing a 1-0 lead in the three-match se­ries. — AFP

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