Pakistan win their 400th Test in the last hour. They wrap up WI with two run-outs. Glum faces in the WI change room. Gabriel dives full-stretch but is well short. The square-leg umpire raises his finger and signals the end of this gripping Test. Holder shakes his head. Pitched outside leg, quicker, flatter, the WI captain deflects to short fine leg and sprints off, for this is the last ball of the over. Gabriel can't make it in time. Azam, the debutant, collected the ball and threw to Sarfraz, who did the rest. Turns out to be the last ball of the match. Pakistan win the second ever day-night Test with 12 overs remaining
10.45pm Phew! Who would have thought this Test would boil down into the last hour after Pakistan had racked up 579 for 3 dec. on the back of Azhar's triple-ton? Excellent fightback from West Indies, led by Bishoo's eight-wicket haul and Bravo's stellar marathon. Bravo faced 507 balls in the Test, and became the first centurion in the fourth innings in day-night Test cricket, but it wasn't enough. His wicket in the final session was the turning point. Yasir flew to his left from his followthrough like a goalkeeper and hung onto a stunning catch. That gave Pakistan the opening and they barged to victory.
Azhar Ali, Man of the Match: Finishing on the winning side is most important. When we play in different conditions we will know what the pink ball does. I really enjoyed batting here. Just played one ball at a time, and I tried to apply myself. Once I got a start, I wanted to make a big score. The wicket was very good. It was quite tough for the bowlers to get wickets.
Jason Holder, WI captain: It was a good fight, but still disappointed we didn't get over the line. Bishoo's spell and Bravo's knock were inspirational. Always confident. Definite signs of improvement. Always wanted two batsmen in the crease to give a good start. Unfortunately Marlon got out off the first ball, but we bat deep. Credit must also go to Pakistan. Bravo was outstanding. Very heartwarming to see how he played in the first innings and second innings. Yasir was very threatening off the rough.
Misbah, Pakistan captain: The way Pakistan team is playing, it's keeping the interest of people alive in Test cricket. Credit to West Indies, the way Bishoo bowled. Even in the first innings, they batted well. We got out cheaply second innings and got out to loose shots. Bravo was wonderful. Nobody knew how the pink ball was going to affect the game. Pitched played slowly first three days, but there was something for the spinners in the last two days. It started turning, and good bowlers like Yasir Shah get something out of the pitch. West Indians are a young team and they can give us a tough time. One session could cost us the game. Younis is good, fit, and practiced hard today. Sigh of relief.
Darren Bravo: Obviously disappointed. We got into position where we could have won the game. The way Bishoo put us in a winning position was tremendous. I actually wanted to take on Yasir. I wanted to put him under some pressure and take the game away from him. I think they deserved the win in the end. Being one of the senior batsmen in the team, I had to show responsibility. Disappointed in the manner in which it ended for us.
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Usman Mughal: "What a test match! Full credit to west Indies for fighting hard. Amaizing test match"
Ali Imtinan: "This 400th test represented Pakistan cricket perfectly. Brilliance in that 300, unpredictability in that low score and finally determination to pick those last few wickets. "
back of a length on middle, goes back and slaps to mid-off, diving to his right
pitches outside leg, goes low, and connects with the sweep. Places it to the left of short fine leg
slower and down leg, Holder shapes to sweep, off the pad to short fine leg
full on the leg stump, defended on the front foot
tossed just outside leg, dead-batted
Mubeen: "Thank God, There will be no issue of light today. :)"
slightly shorter on off, allows him to block on the back foot
jumps and turns outside off past the nervy push of Gabriel
full on middle, defended on the front foot
very full on middle, dug out to midwicket
another one, drifts in, turns, takes the edge and rolls to point
angled in and turns, Gabriel prods it point off the outside half
Holder is frustrated. Shortish on middle, Holder swats it away with some power, to the right of mid-on. He can't get the strike
pitches outside leg from around the wicket, pads it away
slider on off, kept out
gives this legbreak more air outside off, comes forward and drives to extra-cover
shorter and outside off, punched back to the bowler
pushed full on middle, Holder runs it towards point with soft hands
10.30pm Drinks. 15 overs remaining. The last hour starts now. Pakistan need one to win. Here is Yasir. Four men around the bat
tossed up, Holder gallops down the pitch and drives it inside-out to long-off
arrowed in with the angle, pushed to mid-on, and they take a single off the fifth ball of the over