Bravo keeps Windies afloat

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

WEST INDIES de­fied Pak­istan’s vic­tory bid with Dar­ren Bravo play­ing another res­o­lute knock on the fifth and fi­nal day of the first daynight Test in Dubai yes­ter­day.

At tea Bravo was un­beaten on 46 off a 115-minute stay and with him Ros­ton Chase (21) hav­ing added 38 for the fifth wicket stand to thwart Pak­istan’s spin-cum pace at­tack on a weary Dubai sta­dium pitch.

Bravo, who had made 87 in West Indies first in­nings to­tal of 357, has so far hit three bound­aries and a six and has been the main hur­dle be­tween Pak­istan and a 1-0 lead in the three-match se­ries.

West Indies still need another 192 runs for an un­likely vic­tory.

Chase, fa­mous for his 137 not out at Ja­maica which helped West Indies draw a Test against In­dia in July this year, has so far bat­ted with­out any prob­lems.

But West Indies were in trou­ble right from the start when they re­sumed at 95-2 as Mo­ham­mad Amir had Mar­lon Sa­muels caught be­hind for four with the first ball of the day.

Jer­maine Black­wood (15) helped Bravo took 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 leg-spin­ner Yasir Shah as he bowled faster rather than giv­ing flight to the ball.

Shah, who took 5-121 in the first in­nings, has yet to take a wicket in the in­nings.

The re­main­ing two Tests will be played in Abu Dhabi (Oct 21-25) and Shar­jah (Oct 30-Nov 3). – AFP

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