WI ends poor Test run with five-wicket win over Pak

West Indies won its first Test in 14 matches when middle-order batsmen Kraigg Brathwaite and Shane Dowrich calmly guided their team to the target of 153 on the final day of the third Test in Sharjah against Pakistan.

Kraigg Brathwaite was West Indies' batting star in Sharjah, scoring a century and a fifty in two innings, both unbeaten.   -  Getty Images

Kraigg Brathwaite and Shane Dowrich struck unbeaten half-centuries to guide West Indies to a first Test victory in 14 matches as the Caribbean side beat Pakistan by five wickets on the final morning of the third Test in Sharjah on Thursday.

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Opener Brathwaite, who carried his bat for an unbeaten 142 in the first innings, and Dowrich each scored 60 in adding 87 for the unbroken sixth wicket after West Indies had been reduced to 67 for five chasing 153 for victory.

The 23-year-old Brathwaite, who was on the field for every minute of the Test, was named Man of the Match. “It was a privilege (to bat with Dowrich),” Brathwaite told the broadcaster. “The communication was good, we talked with each other, kept rotating the strike and we brought it home.

 

“This is the best batting match of my career... Obviously I've had a good start (to my career), you know the key is to maintain it,” added Brathwaite, who has five hundreds and 12 fifties from 34 Tests. "I just want to continue working hard and score a lot of runs.”

The victory ended a 13-match streak without a victory (10 losses and three draws) for West Indies, stretching back to May last year when it beat England at home. Pakistan won the three-match series 2-1.

“We took a lot of the momentum we had at the beginning of the game and ran with it,” said Jason Holder, who helped set up his first win as West Indies captain with a five-wicket haul in the second innings.

“It's been something a long (time) coming. We've had some tough Test matches in the last year. We're a young side in transition, we should take a lot from this series, not only from this match but we've done a lot of things good in this series.”

Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah claimed figures of 3 for 40 in the second innings and was adjudged the Man of the Series for his haul of 21 wickets while paceman Wahab Riaz, who had taken a five-wicket haul in the first, added two more to his tally.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq felt Pakistan were well below par but also credited West Indies for the win. “It's always disappointing to lose a Test match. Yes, the series is important... You don't want to lose momentum,” Misbah said. “We made a lot of mistakes, below our standards and poor I must say. Especially in batting, the discipline was not there.”