PAKISTAN CLINCH TEST
DESPITE a fighting hundred by Darren Bravo Pakistan pulled off a tension-packed 56-run victory against West Indies in the first day-night Test in Dubai yesterday. Bravo kept Pakistan’s victory bid on hold during his resistance-filled 410-minute long 116 and it needed leg-spinner Yasir Shah to make a stunning two-handed catch to end his innings. 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.” Bravo lingered on his haunches at the crease for a minute before trudging back to the pavilion, disappointed at his dismissal after bringing so close a draw or an upset win. Bravo’s eighth Test hundred spiced with 10 boundaries and a six had brought West Indies within 83 runs of victory and 27 ovesr to bat for a draw after they were set a daunting 346 runs to win. Left-armer Mohammad Nawaz trapped Devendra Bishoo while Miguel Cummins and last man Shannon Gabriel were run out to spark a celebration amongst Pakistan players. Paceman Mohammad Amir finished with 3-63 and Shah took 2-113. Pakistan had never hoped to strive that much after getting an important wicket of Marlon Samuels with the first ball of the day but Bravo left them frustrated and near to capitulation. 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. The second Test starts in Abu Dhabi from Friday with the third and final Test played in Sharjah from October 30-November 3.