Pakistan pulled off a dramatic 56-run win over West Indies in the first day-night Test at Dubai International Stadium on Monday despite a battling century by Darren Bravo (116).
Bravo delayed Pakistan’s victory bid during his defiant 410-minute vigil.
West Indies were finally bowled for 289 with just 12 overs left in the match.
Bravo’s eighth Test hundred was studded with ten boundaries and a six to keep West Indies the hunt after they were set a daunting 346 runs to win.
Paceman Mohammad Amir claimed 3-63 and Yasir Shah 2-113.
The win is more memorable for Pakistan as the match marked their 400th Test since they began the five-day format in 1952.
Bravo and skipper Jason Holder took the West Indies within 100 of victory in 41 overs after they reached dinner at 232-6.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq was elated with the win.
“The way the Pakistan team is playing they are keeping Test cricket alive,” said Misbah, who now has 23 wins in 47 Tests as captain.
“Credit to West Indies, the way Bishoo bowled. Even in the first innings, they batted well. We got out cheaply in the second innings and got out to loose shots. Bravo was wonderful and fought hard.”
The West Indian captain praised his team’s fight till the bitter end.
“It was a good fight, but still disappointed we din’t get over the line. Bishoo’s spell and Bravo’s knock were inspirational. Definite signs of improvement in performance,” said Holder.
The remaining two Tests will be played in Abu Dhabi (October 21-25) and Sharjah (October 30-November 3).