result
1st Test (D/N), Dubai, Oct 13 - 17 2016, West Indies tour of United Arab Emirates
579/3d & 123
(109 ov, target 346)357 & 289
Pakistan won by 56 runs
player of the match
Azhar Ali
Pakistan
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• The Report by Sirish Raghavan

Pakistan overcome Bravo epic for thrilling win

Pakistan's bowlers held their nerve to seize a 56-run win over West Indies after an intense, attritional fifth day in Dubai, in which Darren Bravo led his side's plucky fight

Match centre 
Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu
Scorecard summary
Pakistan579/3(155.3 overs)1st INNINGS
Azhar Ali*302 (469)
Sami Aslam90 (212)
Roston Chase1/109(33)
West Indies357/10(123.5 overs)1st INNINGS
Darren Bravo87 (258)
Yasir Shah5/121(43)
Mohammad Nawaz2/38(16.5)
Pakistan123/10(31.5 overs)2nd INNINGS
Sami Aslam44 (61)
Babar Azam21 (38)
West Indies289/10(109 overs)2nd INNINGS
Darren Bravo116 (249)
Leon Johnson47 (81)
end of over 1094 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 289/10CRR: 2.65 
Jason Holder40 (127)
Yasir Shah41-6-113-2
Mohammad Nawaz18-4-32-2

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.

Presentation:

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.

Thanks for your company and comments. Keep sending them in. This is Deivarayan Muthu and Chandan Duorah knocking off a Dubai pink-ball thriller from our bucket lists. Good night and cheers!

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. "

108.6
W
Yasir Shah to Holder, OUT

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

Shannon Gabriel run out (Babar Azam/†Sarfaraz Ahmed) 1 (24m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 9.09
108.5
Yasir Shah to Holder, no run

back of a length on middle, goes back and slaps to mid-off, diving to his right

108.4
4
Yasir Shah to Holder, FOUR runs

pitches outside leg, goes low, and connects with the sweep. Places it to the left of short fine leg

108.3
Yasir Shah to Holder, no run

slower and down leg, Holder shapes to sweep, off the pad to short fine leg

108.2
Yasir Shah to Holder, no run

full on the leg stump, defended on the front foot

108.1
Yasir Shah to Holder, no run

tossed just outside leg, dead-batted

end of over 108Maiden
WI: 285/9CRR: 2.63 
Shannon Gabriel1 (11)
Jason Holder36 (121)
Mohammad Nawaz18-4-32-2
Yasir Shah40-6-109-2

Mubeen: "Thank God, There will be no issue of light today. :)"

107.6
Nawaz to Gabriel, no run

slightly shorter on off, allows him to block on the back foot

107.5
Nawaz to Gabriel, no run

jumps and turns outside off past the nervy push of Gabriel

107.4
Nawaz to Gabriel, no run

full on middle, defended on the front foot

107.3
Nawaz to Gabriel, no run

very full on middle, dug out to midwicket

107.2
Nawaz to Gabriel, no run

another one, drifts in, turns, takes the edge and rolls to point

107.1
Nawaz to Gabriel, no run

angled in and turns, Gabriel prods it point off the outside half

end of over 1074 runs
WI: 285/9CRR: 2.66 
Jason Holder36 (121)
Shannon Gabriel1 (5)
Yasir Shah40-6-109-2
Mohammad Nawaz17-3-32-2
106.6
4
Yasir Shah to Holder, FOUR runs

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

106.5
Yasir Shah to Holder, no run

pitches outside leg from around the wicket, pads it away

106.4
Yasir Shah to Holder, no run

slider on off, kept out

106.3
Yasir Shah to Holder, no run

gives this legbreak more air outside off, comes forward and drives to extra-cover

106.2
Yasir Shah to Holder, no run

shorter and outside off, punched back to the bowler

106.1
Yasir Shah to Holder, no run

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

end of over 1062 runs
WI: 281/9CRR: 2.65 
Jason Holder32 (115)
Shannon Gabriel1 (5)
Mohammad Nawaz17-3-32-2
Yasir Shah39-6-105-2
105.6
1
Nawaz to Holder, 1 run

tossed up, Holder gallops down the pitch and drives it inside-out to long-off

105.5
1
Nawaz to Gabriel, 1 run

arrowed in with the angle, pushed to mid-on, and they take a single off the fifth ball of the over

Best performances - batsmen
Azhar Ali portrait
Azhar Ali
302 runs (469)
23 fours
2 sixes
Control91%
Productive shot
flick
56 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
1735493460122174
Darren Bravo
DM Bravo
116 runs (249)
10 fours
1 six
Control87%
Productive shot
cover drive
26 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
16614131212439
Best performances - bowlers
Devendra Bishoo
D Bishoo
O
13.5
M
1
R
49
W
8
ECO
3.54
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
2W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W1W
Yasir Shah portrait
Yasir Shah
O
43
M
15
R
121
W
5
ECO
2.81
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
Dubai International Cricket Stadium
TossPakistan, elected to bat first
SeriesWest Indies tour of United Arab Emirates
Season2016/17
Player Of The Match
Azhar Ali
Azhar Ali
Series resultPakistan led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2224
Hours of play (local time)15.30 start, Tea 17.30-18.00, Dinner 20.00-20.30, Close 22.30
Match days13,14,15,16,17 October 2016 - daynight match (5-day match)
Test debut
Babar Azam
Babar Azam
Mohammad Nawaz
Mohammad Nawaz
Umpires
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Paul Reiffel
England Image
Richard Illingworth
TV Umpire
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Michael Gough
Reserve Umpire
Pakistan Image
Shozab Raza
Match Referee
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Jeff Crowe