BRATHWAITE STARS FOR WI

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

WEST INDIES se­cured their first vic­tory since May 2015 as opener Kraigg Brathwaite capped a bril­liant match with an un­beaten half-cen­tury in the third Test against Pak­istan at Shar­jah yes­ter­day. Brathwaite, who car­ried his bat in the first in­nings with 142 not out, was again un­beaten on 60 as the West Indies passed their 153-run tar­get with­out fur­ther loss after be­gin­ning the fifth day on 114 for 5. Shane Dowrich, who also fin­ished with 60 not out, edged Mo­ham­mad Amir to­wards third man for a bound­ary as West Indies reached 154 for 5. Pak­istan won the three­match series 2-1 after win­ning the first Test in Dubai by 56 runs and the se­cond by 133 runs in Abu Dhabi. Brathwaite and Dowrich needed just 7.5 overs to score the 39 runs re­quired. “We showed char­ac­ter and fight,” said West Indies skip­per Ja­son Holder. “This has been a long time com­ing, We are a young side in tran­si­tion. We’ve done a lot of things good this series.” Holder praised man of the match Brathwaite. “Credit must go to Kraigg. He played an out­stand­ing in­nings in the first in­nings and took re­spon­si­bil­ity in the se­cond and helped us cross the line,” said Holder. The re­sult meant Mis­bah-ul-Haq could not cel­e­brate his record 49th Test as Pak­istan skip­per with a win. He sur­passed the pre­vi­ous mark of 48 in charge set by the leg­endary all­rounder Im­ran Khan. “It’s al­ways dis­ap­point­ing to lose a Test,” said Mis­bah. “Credit to West Indies. They kept im­prov­ing and we kept los­ing mo­men­tum. We were well be­low our stan­dards, es­pe­cially in the bat­ting depart­ment.”

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