Twitter Reactions: Pakistan win the 1st Test despite Bravo resistance
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He was determined to not let it happen; he put it all he had to make sure they saw off the day. But a splendid effort by Yasir Shah to take a superb return catch dismissed Darren Bravo and his feet; they stopped moving all of a sudden. He walk back to the pavilion was actually a long one.
Pakistan knew it was just a matter of time now and the West Indians knew this as well but skipper Jason Holder held up one end and stood unbeaten but Shannon Gabriel was run out with just another 12 overs to play and they lost the game. They had done all the hard work in the Test.
The first inning witnessed a magnificent batting effort from Azhar Ali who scored the first triple century in day-night Tests. Babar Azam hit a fifty on debut and they posted a massive 579 on the board. West Indies’ reply was a strong one though not good enough to take them through the follow-on total but Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels displayed a lot of courage while batting against the likes of Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah.
Yasir finished with a five-wicket haul but skipper Misbah-ul-Haq decided to bat again. It was definitely not a mistake considering what eventually transpired but Devendra Bishoo was on fire in Pakistan’s second inning and scalped an 8-wicket haul to roll them over for a paltry 123. That set West Indies a target of 346 runs which had never before been chased by the team in the subcontinent.
Leon Johnson showed some resilience this time and Bravo was determined to better his first innings effort. He opted for a patient approach and took no risk whatsoever. It all looked likely to pay off when he got to his 8th Test hundred and became the second batsman to score a century against the pink ball but his 249-ball, 406-minute vigil came to an end when Yasir took a stunner. Bravo and West Indies’ hopes of saving the game walked off the field having scored 116 runs.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Pakistan’s victory in the first Test:
Wonderful Test match, praise should go out to the 22 players taking part #PAKvWI
— moff (@Moffrey_) October 17, 2016
— Ammar Ashraf (@AmmarAshraf) October 17, 2016
Darren Bravo is way too good for this lot. #PAKvWI
— Sim ?? (@SimUKCricket) October 17, 2016
Starting the last hour of a Test at 10.33pm feels a bit weird #PakvWI
— Paul Radley (@PaulRadley) October 17, 2016
– superb display of batting, bowling and fielding in this test match but the pink ball & the faulty DRS.. #PAKvWI
— Asif Khan (@mak_asif) October 17, 2016
If this Test match was being played in Lahore or Karachi, the atmosphere would've been absolutely electrifying. #PAKvWI
— Faisal Caesar (@faisalyorker) October 17, 2016
And now common sense is at a premium for the West Indies. A silly run out. And then the No 11 scampers a fifth-ball single
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) October 17, 2016
Experience teaches to stay calm in pressure. It may not make a difference, but even if you win by fluke they will hail you as legend #PakvWI
— cricBC (@cricBC) October 17, 2016
Will be tough now for West Indies to Holder onto a draw #PAKvWI
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) October 17, 2016
WI need to find their Omari Banks of 2003. #PakvWI
— cricBC (@cricBC) October 17, 2016
Everyone applauded when Bravo was slowly walking towards Pavilion from Yasir Shah to Pakistan coach and Players also his own team mates…??
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) October 17, 2016
This wicket will go down in history. Breathtaking pic.twitter.com/UwV7SVr1oV
— Hassan Cheema (@Gotoxytop) October 17, 2016
If Bravo wins it, it will be at par with Lara in 1999
— Sandeep Kadian (@GappistanRadio) October 17, 2016