W.I. Put Up a Fight But Lose First Test

Image: Pakistan wicketkeeper Rabiya Shar sees West Indies Anisa Mohammed swing to the leg side for a boundary. [PHOTO: WICB Media/Randy Brooks Latouche Photography]

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Oct 17, CMC – West Indies fought bravely but in the end fell to Pakistan 56 runs on the final day of the historic day/night opening Test at the Dubai International Stadium here Monday.

PAKISTAN 579 for three decl. (Azhar Ali 302 not out, Sami Aslam 90, Babar Azam 69, AsadShafiq 67; DevendraBishoo 2-125) and 123 (Sami Aslam 44, Babar Azam 21; DevendraBishoo 8-49)

WEST INDIES 357 (Darren Bravo 87, Marlon Samuels 76, Jermaine Blackwood 37, Kraigg Brathwaite 32, Shane Dowrich 22; Yasir Shah 5-121, Mohammad Nawaz 2-38, WahabRiaz 2-65) and 289 (Darren Bravo 116, Leon Johnson 47, Jason Holder 40 not out, Roston Chase 35; Mohammad Amir 3-63, Mohammad Nawaz 2-32, Yasir Shah 2-113)

West Indies seemed out of the match after Pakistan piled up a huge first innings score but got back into the game Sunday when Bishoo sent the Pakistan second innings crashing with his best Test performance ever and open the door for a possible West Indies win.

That left the West Indies with 346 to win. They started well and at one stage seemed on course to upset the Pakistanis. Darren Bravo followed his first innings 87 with a century but the effort fell 56 runs short.

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