Despite a defiant knock of 116 runs by middle order batsman Darren Bravo, West Indies went under to Pakistan by 56 runs in the opening match of the Haier Cup Test series at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates on Monday, Oct. 17.
There was some hope that West Indies could manage a victory when Bravo was out as 87 was required to get to the winning mark of 346 runs — the second highest chase.
Captain Jason Holder tried to hold things together, but the Windies folded for 289 making it seven straight losses across all formats (Twenty20 and One-Day Internationals) against Pakistan on this tour.
Holder was left unbeaten on 40 as the regional team lost their last two wickets via the run out route in the day / night encounter.
Pakistan had piled up a mammoth 579 runs for 3 declared in their first innings with Azhar Ali hitting 302 not out — the fourth Pakistan player to score a Test triple hundred.
West Indies replied with 357 giving Pakistan a lead of 222.
In Pakistan second innings, leg-spinner Devendra BIshoo ripped through their batting, taking 8 wickets for 49 runs to give his side a slim chance of winning the match.
Bishoo’s figures were the best by a foreign bowler in Asia, better than South African Lance Klusener’s 8 for 64 at Eden Garden against India in 1996 / 97.
They are also his best figures in Test, beating his 6 for 80 against Australia in 2015.