West Indies beat Pakistan to end winless streak; lose series 1-2

West Indies beat Pakistan by five wickets in the third Test after losing eight matches in a row on their tour of the UAE.

By: AP | Sharjah | Updated: November 3, 2016 1:51 pm
West Indies, West Indies cricket team, Pakistan, Pakistan cricket team, Pakistan vs West Indies, Pak vs WI, Pak WI Test series, Pak WI Tests, West Indies test streak, West Indies tour of Pakistan, cricket, cricket news, sports, sports news Kraigg Brathwaite took home the man of the match honours for the third Test. (Source: AP File)

Kraigg Brathwaite and Shane Dowrich guided West Indies to a five-wicket win over Pakistan in the third and final Test on Thursday, completing a rare Test victory away from home for the tourists.

Needing a further 39 runs on the last day to deny Pakistan a clean sweep in the series, Brathwaite and Dowrich calmly steered the tourists to 154-5 with both batsmen finishing with identical scores of 60 not out.

The pair shared an unbroken sixth wicket partnership of 87 after coming together on Wednesday with the West Indies in trouble at 67 for five.

“This has been a long time coming,” said Jason Holder said after notching his first victory in his 12th Test as West Indies captain.

“I’ve had tough Test matches over the last year or so (but) we’re a young side in transition … the longer we stay together as group, the better it is for West Indies cricket.”

Pakistan won the opening Test, played as a day-nighter, then the second by 133 runs but the third Test defeat cost them a rare triple clean sweep after they won the Twenty20 and ODI series’ 3-0.

West Indies’ last Test victory against a major Test opposition away from home came way back in 2007 when they defeated South Africa at Port Elizabeth.

Brathwaite laid the foundations for the victory by hitting an unbeaten century and carrying his bat in West Indies first innings of 337 and a 56-run lead.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Dowrich also showed lots of aggression and patience, sealing the win with a sliced boundary over slips off Mohammad Amir.

“I’ve been playing with Shane since secondary school and the plan was to just keep rotating strike and bring the target down,” Brathwaite said.

Brathwaite, 44 overnight, took some of the pressure off when he drove Wahab Riaz through the covers for four off the first ball. He then raised his half century by guiding the left-arm seamer to third man for two runs.

Dowrich was also fluent, reaching his fourth Test fifty with a boundary off Riaz before sealing the match with another four.

“We made a hell lot of mistakes,” Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said.

“We were well below our standards, especially in the batting department there was no discipline.

“Everyone’s hurt from this defeat. This was a batting paradise and we just collapsed in both innings.”

Pakistan will now travel to New Zealand for the two-Test series, starting at Christchurch from Nov. 17.

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  1. अण्णाजी
    Nov 3, 2016 at 8:07 am
    Splendid performance by Brathwaite, Dowrich and captain Holder. Worthy Winners.. they had almost pulled the last match as well but their inexperience costed them. Not this time. Brathwaite was calm
    1. S
      S. Gopalakrishnan
      Nov 3, 2016 at 9:14 am
      Having tasted blood of success after a long time we all fondly hope and wish that resurrection of cricket has been initiated now and they may regain old glory of game of their illustrious players of Sobers kanhai Richads fearsome fast bowlers of Roberts Hall Holdind Marshall etc.Even though I am in my seventies I still retain interest in cricket as West Indians have always proved that they play game in a true true gentle men sporting compeive cricket never indulging in unfair means at any stage of game
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