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3rd Test, Sharjah, Oct 30 - Nov 3 2016, West Indies tour of United Arab Emirates
281 & 208
(target 153)337 & 154/5
West Indies won by 5 wickets
Player Of The Match
142* & 60*
kraigg-brathwaite
Player Of The Series
37 runs • 21 wkts
yasir-shah
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• The Report by Sirish Raghavan

Brathwaite leads West Indies to famous win

Kraigg Brathwaite and Shane Dowrich struck unbeaten fifties to complete a memorable five-wicket win in clinical fashion on the fifth morning in Sharjah

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Scorecard summary
Pakistan281/10(90.5 overs)1st INNINGS
West Indies337/10(115.4 overs)1st INNINGS
Wahab Riaz5/88(26.4)
Pakistan208/10(81.3 overs)2nd INNINGS
Azhar Ali91 (234)
Jason Holder5/30(17.3)
West Indies154/5(43.5 overs)2nd INNINGS

10.40am Kraigg Brathwaite - Remember the name! Carried his bat through in the first innings, fielded for most parts of both Pakistan innings. Then came back to notch up a half-century and guide a tricky chase. It wasn't as tense as anticipated, but a fantastic contest nevertheless. First Test win for Holder as captain. Proud, proud moment for them. So, West Indies have something to show for what has been an otherwise long and hard tour. This is West Indies' first away win against a side ranked above them since 2007.

Jason Holder: We showed character and fight. Credit must go to Kraigg Brathwaite. He played an outstanding innings in the first innings and took responsibility in the second innings. Lost the toss, but Shannon Gabriel was outstanding for us with the new ball. That helped us take the momentum. It feels good to contribute to the team win. This has been a long time coming, I've had tough Test matches over the last year or so. We're a young side in transition. We've done a lot of things good this series. We just need to keep supporting one another. Yes, we'll have one or two people coming in and going out, but the longer we stay together as a group, the better it is for West Indies cricket.

Misbah-ul-Haq collects the winners trophy, but is clearly unhappy with the loss, as he should be. "It's always disappointing to lose a Test. Yes, the series is important but it's not good to lose. You don't want to lose momentum. We made a lot of mistakes," he says. "Credit to West Indies. They kept improving and we kept losing momentum. We were well below our standards, especially in the batting department. There was no discipline, there was bad shot selection. Clearly, if our main weapon is not getting any sort of turn on the last day, that was also disappointing for us. With this team, I'm sure we have the ability to come back strong. Everyone's hurt from this defeat. Conditions in New Zealand and Australia will be difficult, but this team loves challenges, and I'm hopeful we'll do well. In Tests, you at least need to score 350 when the pitch is really good. This was a batting paradise and we just collapsed in both innings. Their batting discipline was really good. Sorry to all the fans who believed in us and came out to support us.

Kraigg Brathwaite is the Man of the Match. "I've been playing with Shane since secondary school. The plan was to just keep rotating strike and bring the target down. I think we have a good group of young guys. When we go back to first-class cricket, we've to repeat what we've done there to be ready for our next Test series in the Caribbean. It was a tough Test for us as well, Pakistan also played well. We had to work really hard, very happy to come out on top. I know my weak and strong areas, I just worked around my strengths and backed my ability. On a low pitch, I thought front foot will give you more runs than on the back foot. This has been the best batting Test match so far of my career. I hope to repeat this feat many times in my career. I've had a good start. The key is to maintain it. I don't want to get comfortable. I just want to continue working hard and score a lot of runs.

Shannon Gabriel: No one gave us a chance after the ODIs and T20Is, but the guys stuck together. It was a confidence booster to perform here. The team management backed my ability. It was tough bowling here. There wasn't much assistance for the fast bowlers. I don't think my no-ball issue is a major concern. Probably I overstep in trying to bowl fast at times. Physically I'm tired, but I still have a few games to go. Hopefully I'll be ready for our next international assignment.

Yasir Shah is the Man of the series for picking up 21 wickets.

Shane Dowrich: This is a special feeling. The way we played this Test is the way we should play going forward. We were positive right from the start. I just told myself I'll be positive this morning since Kraigg is the anchorman. We knew if we would stay positive, we'd win here. Test cricket has been my dream growing up. I'd love to continue to perform for West Indies.

43.5
4
Amir to Dowrich, FOUR runs

uppish and it's all over. What a win for West Indies. Sir Viv Richards spontaneously rises in applause in the stands. This was short and rising outside off, he slashed and got a thick edge that raced away into the third man boundary.

43.4
Amir to Dowrich, no run

sways away from the short ball again. This didn't bounce as high as Amir wanted

43.3
Amir to Dowrich, no run

stays inside the crease and taps the length ball back down the pitch

43.2
4
Amir to Dowrich, FOUR runs

wow, he's struck that superbly. This was short, there was a man at deep square for the pull but he took him on and still managed to beat the fielder there. Probably the target being within touching distance may have encouraged him to take him on. Struck superbly

43.1
Amir to Dowrich, no run

sways away from a short ball outside off

end of over 437 runs
WI: 146/5CRR: 3.39 
Kraigg Brathwaite60 (109)
Shane Dowrich52 (82)
Wahab Riaz 12-0-46-2
Mohammad Amir 9-0-35-0
42.6
Wahab Riaz to Brathwaite, no run

bouncer way over the head, he ducks under that without a hassle

42.5
1
Wahab Riaz to Dowrich, 1 run

rip roaring bouncer that comes back in to rap him on the bat handle as he tries to take evasive action, the ball deflect to fine leg. 142 Clicks that delivery and the batsman had both feet in the air when the ball crashed into his handle

42.4
4
Wahab Riaz to Dowrich, FOUR runs

that is the shot of the day. Just a hint of width, but he was quick to lean into the drive and crash it on the up between cover and point. Fourth Test fifty

Uma!R: "No doubt WI played well in UAE better than England and even Australia, they handled spin well better than the other teams who were here before .. credit must be given to WI for giving a real tough time in all three tests and WI deserve the win." Mind goes back to the shot Darren Bravo played off Yasir in Abu Dhabi. If only he had stayed a bit longer

42.3
2
Wahab Riaz to Dowrich, 2 runs

squeezed past the gully fielder, who dives over the ball. They scamper back for the second

Vikas Kapdoskar: "Brathwaite take a bow. Looks like he will be carrying his bat through the test. Hope it inspires west indian cricket for good."

42.2
Wahab Riaz to Dowrich, no run

play and a miss. Went for an ambitious drive with minimal feet movement to a delivery that was bowled full and outside off

42.1
Wahab Riaz to Dowrich, no run

goes back into the crease and defends the short of length delivery angling in

end of over 426 runs
WI: 139/5CRR: 3.30 
Kraigg Brathwaite60 (108)
Shane Dowrich45 (77)
Mohammad Amir 9-0-35-0
Wahab Riaz 11-0-39-2
41.6
Amir to Brathwaite, no run

defends firmly off the front foot to mid-off

Amir from around the stumps

41.5
2
Amir to Brathwaite, 2 runs

this one has been turned into the gap at square leg

41.4
Amir to Brathwaite, no run

firm push off the front foot to point

Anon06: "It's sad to see that for all the progress WI made here, it will most likely lead to nothing. We almost pulled of a surprise in the first test, took the second deep into day 5, and most likely going to win this one, BUT our next test is in March. By then, all of this would be forgotten, and WI would be back to square one. Sad, but true. Happened before when we had an exceptional 2012, but look at where we still are. We all talk of turning the corner every time we win a test, but it never actually happens. At least we will be facing Pakistan in March, so some familiarity will bring back memories and performances from this series. We can only hope."

41.3
4
Amir to Brathwaite, FOUR runs

excellent control, superb placement. This time he hangs back and uses the width to glide that length ball between point and gully. Races away to third man. He let the ball come on to the bat instead of jabbing at it

41.2
Amir to Brathwaite, no run

floats it across the batsman at length, left alone

41.1
Amir to Brathwaite, no run

angles a length ball across the batsman, worked to midwicket

Amir is back

end of over 412 runs
WI: 133/5CRR: 3.24 
Shane Dowrich45 (77)
Kraigg Brathwaite54 (102)
Wahab Riaz 11-0-39-2
Yasir Shah 15-4-40-3
40.6
Wahab Riaz to Dowrich, no run

beaten by a length ball that deviates a wee bit from off stump. Dowrich played with an angled bat. Lucky

40.5
Wahab Riaz to Dowrich, no run

full and comes back in from around the stumps, bunted to the off side

40.4
2
Wahab Riaz to Dowrich, 2 runs

this time he plays the cover drive neatly, even if not off the middle. The bat face turned in his hand as he played forward to the length ball, but managed to find the gap between cover and point

Best performances - batters
Kraigg Brathwaite player portrait
KC Brathwaite WI
142 runs (318)
11 fours
0 six
Control93%
Productive shot
flick
28 runs
1 four
0 six
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Azhar Ali portrait
Azhar Ali PAK
91 runs (234)
6 fours
1 six
Control92%
Productive shot
cover drive
21 runs
3 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Jason Holder
JO Holder WI
O
17.3
M
5
R
30
W
5
ECO
1.71
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Wahab Riaz portrait
Wahab Riaz PAK
O
26.4
M
1
R
88
W
5
ECO
3.3
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W1W
Match details
Sharjah Cricket Stadium
TossPakistan, elected to bat first
SeriesWest Indies tour of United Arab Emirates
Season2016/17
Player Of The Match
Kraigg Brathwaite
Kraigg Brathwaite
Player Of The Series
Yasir Shah
Yasir Shah
Series resultPakistan won the 3-match series 2-1
Match numberTest no. 2229
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00; Friday: Lunch 12.30-13.30; Tea: 15.30-15.50; Close: 17:20
Match days30,31 October, 1,2,3 November 2016 - day (5-day match)
Umpires
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Michael Gough
Australia Image
Paul Reiffel
TV Umpire
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Richard Illingworth
Reserve Umpire
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Ahsan Raza
Match Referee
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Jeff Crowe