Pakistan win their 400th test by 56 runs against West Indies at Dubai

Pakistan did come up trumps in their 400th test with a memorable first day-night win over the West Indies at Dubai by margin of 56 runs. The game did have it fair share of twists and turns as a resounding first day for Pakistan suggested the game would be over within three days. That was not the case,as West Indies did put up a resolute fight as Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo did play good knocks to see the side pile up 357 in the first innings of the test match.

The day witnessed riveting passages of test match cricket as West Indies did put a strong show in their last innings and looked comfortable at one stage in the game on the final day. The side came into the last day with the side placed at 95 for 2.Mohammad Amir was the man who delivered with two key wickets. He also managed to nip out Samuels in his first delivery of the final day as the hosts look set to win the game.

Darren Bravo once again rallied his side as he played well with Blackwood to start the fightback.He was also provided support by Roston Chase once Blackwood fell to leg before wicket to a delivery from left arm orthodox spinner Mohammad Nawaz. The duo of Bravo and Chase added 77 runs and batted almost 30 overs to see the game hang in balance. It all became interesting after tea, Bravo went onto hit his eighth century of his career while Pakistan still required six wickets to win the game.

Yasir Shah made a breakthrough as Chase fell trying a replicate a shot of the previous delivery to start the fall for the West Indies in the last session. Shane Dowrich walked out to the center but a fiery spell Wahab Riaz saw him cleaned up with a searing yorker to see the side slump to 194 for 6 after 71 overs. Jason Holder came in and steadied the ship with a good innings under pressure as he added 69 runs with Bravo to see West Indies within reach of famous draw in the game. But so many times the last session creates moments of brilliance as Yasir Shah took a blinder off his own bowling to dismiss Bravo for 116 to see the game turn once again in favor of Pakistan. Mohammad Nawaz was once again called into the attack and trapped Bishoo right in front to see Westindies eight down with 19 overs remaining in the game.

West Indies last two wickets fell to some reckless display of running by the tail-enders Shannon Gabriel and Miguel Cummins to see the side lose the game by 56 runs. Misbah-ul-Haq was elated as at stage it looked the visitors would walk away with the draw but in the end it was fair result. Pakistan now have the lead in the series with the next game to be played at Abu Dhabi on Friday.

 

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