Darren Bravo keeps West Indies afloat in first Pakistan Test


Dubai (AFP)

West Indies defied Pakistan's push for victory with Darren Bravo playing another resolute knock on the fifth and final day of the first day-night Test in Dubai on Monday.

At tea Bravo was unbeaten on 46 off a 115-minute stay and with him Roston Chase (21), having added 38 for the fifth-wicket stand to thwart Pakistan's spin-cum-pace attack on a weary Dubai stadium pitch.

Bravo, who had made 87 in West Indies first innings total of 357, has so far hit three boundaries and a six and has been the main obstacle between Pakistan and a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

West Indies still need another 192 runs for an unlikely victory.

Chase, who scored 137 not out in Jamaica to help West Indies draw a Test against India earlier this year, has so far batted without any problems.

Earlier, West Indies were in trouble after resuming at 95-2 as Mohammad Amir had Marlon Samuels caught behind for four with the first ball of the day.

Jermaine Blackwood (15) helped Bravo take the total to 116 before left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz trapped him leg-before, a decision Pakistan only got on referral.

Pakistan have not got the expected penetration from leg-spinner Yasir Shah, bowling faster rather than giving flight to the ball.

Shah, who took 5-121 in the first innings, has yet to take a wicket in the innings.

The remaining two Tests will be played in Abu Dhabi (October 21-25) and Sharjah (October 30-November 3).