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Brathwaite leads West Indies to famous win

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Bishop: Great credit to the young West Indians for the win (4:53)

Ian Bishop talks to Gaurav Kalra about West Indies' win over Pakistan in the third Test of the series (4:53)

West Indies 337 (Brathwaite 142*, Chase 50, Wahab 5-88) and 154 for 5 (Brathwaite 60*, Dowrich 60*, Yasir 3-40) beat Pakistan 281 (Aslam 74, Misbah 53, Bishoo 4-77) and 208 (Azhar 91, Sarfraz 42, Holder 5-30) by 5 wickets
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Kraigg Brathwaite became the first opener to be unbeaten in both innings of a Test, as he led West Indies to an absorbing five-wicket win over Pakistan in Sharjah - their first Test win outside the West Indies and Bangladesh since 2007. It was also West Indies' first win in 14 Tests and their first under the captaincy of Jason Holder.

Yet, resuming on 114 for 5, with 39 runs to win, overnight batsmen Brathwaite and Shane Dowrich showed no sign of letting the occasion get to them. Brathwaite opened proceedings with a crisp drive to the cover boundary off Wahab Riaz on the first ball of the day. Dowrich smacked a half-tracker from Yasir Shah to the midwicket boundary in the next over. That set the tone as the pair took just 7.5 overs to knock down the target in clinical fashion on the fifth morning.

While neither batsman looked to force the pace, they were not afraid to put away bad balls either. Late cuts and drives through the off side featured prominently as the pair glided past the finish line with minimum fuss. Dowrich sealed the win, slashing a short ball from Mohammad Amir towards the third-man boundary for the sixth four of the morning.

Pakistan's bowlers were unable to create any pressure on a pitch that was still rather placid. Neither Wahab nor Amir got much swing or movement off the surface, and Yasir was ineffective and inconsistent in the two overs he bowled. The batsmen seemed to have little trouble in keeping the straight ones out and punishing anything that was too short or too wide.

It was all a far cry from West Indies' wobble the previous evening, as they slid to 67 for 5 after a rather shaky 29-run opening partnership. But Brathwaite and Dowrich scored unbeaten half-centuries, combining for a nerveless 87-run stand to steer their side to a memorable victory and finish a tough tour of the UAE on a high.

New record

1

No. of openers to remain not out in both inning of a Test - Brathwaite in this match is the first to achieve this.

Rare away win

3

No. of Tests won by West Indies away from home since 2000, excluding B'desh and Zim, including this win. In 76 Tests since then, they lost 56 of them.

Brathwaite's match

2004

Last time a WI opener scored a century and a fifty in an away Test, excluding B'desh and Zim - Gayle in Centurion. Brathwaite has done it in this match.

Can WI pull a win?

0

No. of times West Indies have failed to chase targets of less than 200 in Tests, before this - won 51 and drawn 6.

Holder's best

3/15

Previous best figures for Holder in Tests, against Eng in Bridgetown in 2015. He has taken more than 3 wkts in this inns; first time in 20 Tests.

2 PAIRS in a YEAR

2

No of top-order batsman (1 to 6) to bag 2 pairs in a year before Asad Shafiq.The previous 2 were: Mohinder Amarnath in 1983 and Mark Waugh in 1992.

Batting through

5

No. of WI batsmen to carry their bat in a Test inns, including Brathwaite. The last was Gayle at Adelaide in 2008-09. Worrell, Hunte and Haynes (3) being others.

Finally a lead

13

No. of consecutive Tests where WI had conceded a first-inns lead (when they batted second), before this. They have taken a lead this time.

Big one this time

5

No. of 50s for Brathwaite without converting it into a century, before this knock. Prior to that he had converted 4 of 6 50s into 100s from June 2014 to April 2015.

Samuels' ducks

10

No. of ducks for Samuels in Tests since 2011 - the second-most by any top-order batsman (No. 1 to 7). Only Ross Taylor (12) has more ducks.

Four fifties, less total

1

No. of team totals lower than Pakistan's 281 to have four individual fifty-plus scores. NZ had made 275 with help of four 50s v Pak in Hamilton in 2010-11.

Long time ago

1990

Last time Pakistan failed to score 300-plus in the first inns of a Test against West Indies in UAE or at home. They could manage only 281 in this inns.

Searching for maiden 100

5

Fifties in 12 Test innings for Sami Aslam. He hasn't scored a century yet, though - his highest is 90

First-over crisis

2006

The last time Pakistan lost more than one wicket in the 1st over of a Test; they were 0 for 3 v Ind in Karachi, but won the game by 341 runs