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  • 12:21 AM IST

    Live: WI 289 all out in Overs 109 | Target 346 | Batting: Jason Holder 32: Pakistan have won the contest by 56 runs as Shannon Gabriel has been run out by by Sarfraz Ahmed while Jason Holder remained unbeaten. Pakistan with this win, have taken a 1-0 lead in the series and are now high on confidence. West Indies fought hard and put up a strong fight. Pakistan have made their 400th Test outing memorable with a victory.

    OUT! Shannon Gabriel run out Sarfraz Ahmed 1(11)

  • 12:02 AM IST

    Live: WI 281/9 in Overs 106 | Target 346 | Batting: Jason Holder 32, Miguel Cummins 1: What a terrific effort by Misbah-ul-Haq to run out Miguel Cummins as he wanted to take the single and the ball went straight into the hands of the Pakistani skipper, who in no time charged at the stumps. Pakistan are just a wicket away from victory while West Indies have a long way to go.

    OUT! Miguel Cummins runout Misbah-ul-Haq 1(4)
  • 11:43 PM IST

    Live: WI 276/8 in Overs 102 | Target 346 | Batting: Jason Holder 29, Miguel Cummins 0: The match is heading towards a draw, which won’t please Pakistan as they once had the game in their hand. They need to attack and eye for wickets. West Indies so far has shown defensive technique and not attacked at all. Mohammad Nawaz chipped in with the wicket of Devendra Bishoo. He wanted to review the decision but it was timed out as the umpire declined to accept his request. West Indies in all sorts of trouble at the moment and need some partnership.

    OUT! Devendra Bishoo lbw Mohammad Nawaz 3(19)

  • 11:19 PM IST

    Live: WI 269/7 in Overs 97 | Target 346 | Batting: Jason Holder 24, Devendra Bishoo 0- What a catch Yasir! He literally flew to his left and grabbed it with both hands. Bravo is crestfallen at the striker’s end. Tossed up delivery from Yasir, Bravo goes for a drive, but the bat twists in his hand and eventually chips the ball towards Yasir, who in no time grabs it mid-air. Bravo gets a standing ovation from everyone in the stadium. Champion of an innings under pressure comes to an end and maybe this match is near its completion

  • 10:36 PM IST

    Live: WI 245/6 in Overs 89 | Target 346 | Batting: Darren Bravo 109, Jason Holder 13: Pakistani bowlers sweating it out with the new ball but without much of a success as Darren Bravo and Jason Holder look determined. West Indies need 101 runs to win and it will be interesting to see their approach in the next few overs. It’s a dicey situation as the runs needed is tempting for the West Indies but they do not have enough wickets in hand.

  • 9:43 PM IST

    Live: WI 232/6 in Overs 83 | Target 346 | Batting: Darren Bravo 102, Jason Holder 8: Bravo brought up his eighth Test ton in a much needed situation. West Indies now need 114 more runs to win while Pakistan need to pick four wickets to emerge victorious, with just a final session left one can expect the level of intensity to scale newer heights. Dinner has been taken and action will resume in sometime. Bravo will be the key for West Indies success while Pakistan will hope their bowlers to get four wickets in the final session.

  • 9:14 PM IST

    Live: WI 223/6 in Overs 79 | Target 346 | Batting: Darren Bravo 95, Jason Holder 6: Bravo showed some aggressive intent after losing couple of early wickets. West Indies have a bleak chance of winning as they only need 12 runs to win with a well set Bravo at the crease. Jason Holder has joined the kipper out in the middle and has the tendency to bat. The game is in Pakistan’s favour but one can expect Bravo to stage a fightback and infuse some excitement in the game. Bravo inching towards his century.

  • 8:46 PM IST

    Live: WI 204/6 in Overs 72.5 | Target 346 | Batting: Darren Bravo 81, Jason Holder 1: Yasir Shah strikes as he gets the better of Roston Chase. He showed immense temperament but lost his wicket after trying to a play a similar shot which he played on the previous delivery to earn a boundary. Some good bowling by Yasir has brought an end to Chase’s run in the Test. Moments later, Wahab Riaz shattered Shane Dowrich’s stumps with an unplayable yorker. Pakistan are back into the game by chipping couple of wickets in quick successions.

    OUT! Roston Chase b Yasir Shah 35(83)

    OUT! Shane Dowrich b Wahab Riaz 0(1)

  • 8:10 PM IST

    Live: WI 176/4 in Overs 66 | Target 346 | Batting: Darren Bravo 60, Roston Chase 29: This match is getting interesting by every over as Pakistani bowlers are having a tough time on the field. Yasir Shah is still wicketless, a factor which is letting them down massively. Chase has shown nerves of steel and Bravo has been astute at the other end. Some good cricket going around as both the teams giving it all to emerge victorious. West Indies need 170 more run to win.

  • 7:42 PM IST

    Live: WI 160/4 in Overs 60 | Target 346 | Batting: Darren Bravo 50, Roston Chase 23: Bravo gets to his fifty and what an innings it has been for the southpaw. He has played with some good shots and spent a lot of time in the middle. He has kept the West Indies’ hopes afloat along with Chase. This session is crucial for both the teams as all three results are possible. Pakistan looking to break this partnership and Mohammad Aamer has been brought back into the attack. Another 186 runs is what West Indies looking for.

  • 7:02 PM IST

    Live: WI 154/4 in Overs 57 | Target 346 | Batting: Darren Bravo 46, Roston Chase 21: This partnership has started looking dangerous with Darren Bravo and Roston Chase battling it out for their side in the middle. They are set and both are capable of playing long innings. They need 192 runs more and if these two manage to get some runs on the board, West Indies will be in a commendable position.

  • 6:27 PM IST

    Live: WI 139/4 in Overs 50 | Target 346 | Batting: Darren Bravo 37, Roston Chase 16: Chase is looking good along with Bravo, which is a good news for West Indies. A result is still possible but losing wickets have not helped their cause. Pakistan need 6 more wickets to win while West Indies need 207 runs to win. Chase played a beautiful pull to Riaz and earned a boundary.

  • 5:59 PM IST

    Live: WI 116/4 in Overs 44 | Target 346 | Batting: Darren Bravo 31, Roston Chase 0: A fantastic review by Mohammad Nawaz off his own bowling ends Jermaine Blackwood’s innings, who looked comfortable out in the middle. The ball hit his back pad while he went on the back foot to Nawaz. The on-field umpire gave it not out initially but Nawaz after some consultation with Misbah-ul-Haq asked for a review. The DRS suggested that the ball would have hit the leg stump. West Indies are now in deep trouble and spinners from both the end for Pakistan.

    OUT! Jermaine Blackwood lbw Mohammad Nawaz 15(42)
  • 5:46 PM IST

    Live: WI 114/3 in Overs 42 | Target 346 | Batting: Darren Bravo 31, Jermaine Blackwod 13: Bravo and Blackwood biding their time at the crease. West Indies need a good 100-runs partnership from these two to set the tone of the chase. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that they are chasing history. Bravo is showing some good technique against Yasir while Blackwood looks determined. This is some serious fightback from West Indies after suffering an early casualty.

  • 5:25 PM IST

    Live: WI 105/3 in Overs 37 | Target 346 | Batting: Darren Bravo 27, Jermaine Blackwod 8: Mohammad Aamer has once again struck early on in the innings and got the better of Marlon Samuels on the very first delivery of the day. He edged one into the hands of Sarfraz Ahmed behind the stumps as West Indies are now in troubled waters. Jermaine Blackwood is now out in the middle along with Darren Bravo. Yasir Shah and Aamer are trying their best to get wickets and one can expect this session to be packed with action.

    OUT! Marlon Samuels c Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammed Aamer 4(11)


Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates post of the fifth day’s play in the opening Test between Pakistan and West Indies. This is the first ever day-night Test for these two teams and the second in cricketing history. The match is being held at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai, which has sadly not seen much crowd flush into the stadium. Pakistan have dominated right from Day One and has been moving from a position of strength but their second collapse in the second innings and West Indies’ watchful batting in the last session of Day Four has suddenly injected life to this match. West Indies are still 251 runs behind the target with two wickets down but their most experienced campaigners, Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels, are out in the middle. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st Test at Dubai

There was hardly any colour or flair in the Test and looked for heading towards a draw or a Pakistani victory but Devendra Bishoo‘s spin rattled the hosts’ batting line-up when they were going for the glory shots in order to post a competitive target. In the first session of Day Four, West Indies were bowled out for 357 giving Pakistan a healthy lead of 222 runs. Their intent was to go out and add some quick runs to their existing total but that was not the case. Bishoo meant business from the outset and kept chipping wickets at regular intervals. He broke the backbone of Pakistan’s batting after Shannon Gabriel drilled a hole early on by removing the on song and first innings star, Azhar Ali. Azhar had made a stunning triple century in the first innings to lay a solid platform for his side.

Bishoo, who finished with 8 scalps for 49 runs, single-handedly turned the game on its head and infused some intensity with his stellar performance. West Indies didn’t start well as they lost Kraigg Brathwaite early after which Bravo and Leon Johnson played with ease to put a 60-runs stand between them. Out of nowhere, a peach of a delivery from Mohammad Aamer brought an end to the latter’s innings. West Indies’ two most reliable and experienced players, Bravo and Samuels took charge and thus no further damage in the centre.

With Bishoo inflicting most of the damage on Day Four, Pakistan will bank on Yasir Shah to get the job done and scalp as many wickets as possible on the final day. The pitch has a lot of cracks, which will come handy for the spinners. Aamer has fired and looked in good rhythm. Pakistan have the gun power to bring down West Indies and will give their best to do so.

West Indies, on the other hand, have a golden opportunity to cause an upset as they have returned from the dead in the second innings and will look to make the most of the gained momentum. They have the option of going for the kill or just saving the Test, which is highly unlikely. Bravo and Samuels will set the tone for the team but others will have to step up. This can be West Indies big chance to stun the No. 2 side in ICC Test rankings and make a strong statement. However, West Indies have a habit of losing wickets in clusters and the likes of Shane Dorwich, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood and Jason Holder will be expected to be up for the challenge.