Tamil Diplomat

Pakistan v West Indies: Darren Bravo century almost denies hosts in thriller

Pakistan clinched a thrilling 56-run victory over West Indies in the day-night Test in Dubai despite a Darren Bravo century on the final day.

Mohammad Amir took 3-63 for the hosts, his best figures since his return from a spot-fixing ban, to ensure a win for the hosts in their 400th Test match. Bravo’s 116 gave the visitors a chance, before he fell to a caught-and-bowled by Yasir Shah with the score 263.

Pakistan took the last three wickets to wrap up victory with 12 overs to spare. Beginning the final day on 95-2, chasing 346 for a first Test win in 12 matches, Windies lost Marlon Samuels caught behind off the first ball to Amir.

But Bravo shared half-century stands with Roston Chase and captain Jason Holder and reached three figures off 211 balls, having hit nine fours and a six, to bring West Indies within sight of what would have been the third highest successful run chase in Tests.