1130dThe 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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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

KC Brathwaite
142(318) 11x4 - 0x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 28 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
17 19 16 12 18 19 19 22
Azhar Ali
Azhar Ali
91(234) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 21 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
1 14 11 1 24 13 6 21

Best performances - Bowlers

JO Holder
JO Holder
O17.3
M5
R30
W5
Eco1.71
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
Wahab Riaz
Wahab Riaz
O26.4
M1
R88
W5
Eco3.30
RHB
OFFLEG
2W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W1W

Match Details

Toss

Pakistan , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

Pakistan won the 3-match series 2-1

Match number

Season

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 days

30,31 October, 1,2,3 November 2016 (5-day match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorecard Summary

PAKISTAN 281(90.5 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

WEST INDIES 337(115.4 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

PAKISTAN 208(81.3 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

WEST INDIES 154/5(43.5 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

Scorer: Binoy | Commentator: Shashank Kishore

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
Mohammad 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
0
Mohammad Amir to Dowrich, no run, sways away from the short ball again. This didn't bounce as high as Amir wanted
43.3
0
Mohammad Amir to Dowrich, no run, stays inside the crease and taps the length ball back down the pitch
43.2
4
Mohammad 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
0
Mohammad Amir to Dowrich, no run, sways away from a short ball outside off

END OF OVER:
43 | 7 Runs | WI: 146/5

  • Kraigg Brathwaite60 (109b)
  • Shane Dowrich52 (82b)
  • Wahab Riaz12-0-46-2
  • Mohammad Amir9-0-35-0
42.6
0
Wahab Riaz to Brathwaite, no run, bouncer way over the head, he ducks under that without a hassle

New record

1

No. of openers to remain not out in both inning of a Test - Brathwaite in this match is the first to achieve this.

Rare away win

3

No. of Tests won by West Indies away from home since 2000, excluding B'desh and Zim, including this win. In 76 Tests since then, they lost 56 of them.

Brathwaite's match

2004

Last time a WI opener scored a century and a fifty in an away Test, excluding B'desh and Zim - Gayle in Centurion. Brathwaite has done it in this match.

Can WI pull a win?

0

No. of times West Indies have failed to chase targets of less than 200 in Tests, before this - won 51 and drawn 6.

Holder's best

3/15

Previous best figures for Holder in Tests, against Eng in Bridgetown in 2015. He has taken more than 3 wkts in this inns; first time in 20 Tests.

2 PAIRS in a YEAR

2

No of top-order batsman (1 to 6) to bag 2 pairs in a year before Asad Shafiq.The previous 2 were: Mohinder Amarnath in 1983 and Mark Waugh in 1992.

Batting through

5

No. of WI batsmen to carry their bat in a Test inns, including Brathwaite. The last was Gayle at Adelaide in 2008-09. Worrell, Hunte and Haynes (3) being others.

Finally a lead

13

No. of consecutive Tests where WI had conceded a first-inns lead (when they batted second), before this. They have taken a lead this time.

Big one this time

5

No. of 50s for Brathwaite without converting it into a century, before this knock. Prior to that he had converted 4 of 6 50s into 100s from June 2014 to April 2015.

Samuels' ducks

10

No. of ducks for Samuels in Tests since 2011 - the second-most by any top-order batsman (No. 1 to 7). Only Ross Taylor (12) has more ducks.

Four fifties, less total

1

No. of team totals lower than Pakistan's 281 to have four individual fifty-plus scores. NZ had made 275 with help of four 50s v Pak in Hamilton in 2010-11.

Long time ago

1990

Last time Pakistan failed to score 300-plus in the first inns of a Test against West Indies in UAE or at home. They could manage only 281 in this inns.

Searching for maiden 100

5

Fifties in 12 Test innings for Sami Aslam. He hasn't scored a century yet, though - his highest is 90

First-over crisis

2006

The last time Pakistan lost more than one wicket in the 1st over of a Test; they were 0 for 3 v Ind in Karachi, but won the game by 341 runs