The West Indies have ended their Test match drought after their first win in 14 Tests vs Pakistan in the UAE. The victory also marks their first under the captaincy of Jason Holder. Undoubtably Kraigg Brathwaite will steal the headlines as his immovable knocks in both innings saw him became the first West Indies opener to be unbeaten in both innings of a Test.
Headlines aside the final days of West Indies’ long tour of the UAE, saw the match swing to and fro many times before Brathwaite and Dowrich shared a stand of 47 for the sixth wicket to put West Indies in front. After a first innings knock of 142*, Kraigg Brathwaite had set-up a high pressure second innings for the Pakistan team to re-establish some kind of lead. However, captain Jason Holder lead from the front and took 5-30 to restrict Pakistan to setting a 153 run target.
It wasn’t plain sailing for the Windies as they seemed determined to make their run chase far from straightforward, with Johnson, Bravo and Samuels all losing their wickets cheaply. For a while it looked as thought the only batsman with a cool head was Kraigg Brathwaite. Once Chase and Blackwood had joined the other Windes batsmen back in the pavilion, the advantage had firmly swung to the hosts as at 5-67, the tourists looked in danger of throwing it all away.
Stability in the West Indies order was finally restored through young wicket keeper Shane Dowrich. After settling in Brathwaite and Dowrich survived an overnight partnership and calmly batted through the overs in Day 4 to wind down the scoreboard and seal a long overdue West Indies win.
Up Next for the Teams
After their first Test win outside the West Indies and Bangladesh since 2007, the Windies will now head to Zimbabwe for a tri-series featuring the hosts and Sri Lanka. Pakistan will have a hectic overseas season ahead with tours of New Zealand and Australia back-to-back.
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