PAKISTAN END BRAVO VIGIL
PAKISTAN removed the obdurate Darren Bravo late on the third day of the first day-night Test to reinvigorate their cause after a dogged West Indies batting display in Dubai Saturday. Bravo defied a potent bowling attack to score 87 during a 402-minute stay at the crease while Samuels made 76 as the West Indies closed on 315-6, still trailing Pakistan’s first innings total of 579-3 declared by 264 runs. Shane Dowrich was unbeaten on 27 with skipper Jason Holder 10 not out at the close of play. West Indies need to reach 380 to avoid following-on, but the duration of their innings suggests Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-haq may not enforce it and bat again. When it looked Bravo would remain unbeaten and complete his eighth hundred he fell to a lazy push off left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz and was caught by Azhar Ali at forward short-leg for the debutant’s first wicket. Bravo hit nine fours and a six during his 258-ball vigil. Bravo had added another 77 for the fourth wicket with Jermaine Blackwood (37) but fiery paceman Wahab Riaz took two quickfire wickets after Pakistan took the second new ball with the score at 229-3. The remaining two Tests will be played in Abu Dhabi (October 2125) and Sharjah (October 30-November 3).