Bravo hard after Samuels departs in first Test against Pakistan

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West Indian batsman Darren Bravo sports followed up Marlon Samuels’ half-century to keep Pakistan at woof in the first day-night Test in Dubai on Saturday.

Bravo was unbeaten on 56, with Jermaine Blackwood 14 not out, as West Indies, 211-3 at dinner, at rest trail Pakistan’s first innings total of 579-3 declared by 368 runs with seven wickets in hand.

West Indies still need 169 extra runs to keep away from the follow-on.

Pakistan, who removed during the night batsman Kraig Brathwaite in the second over of the day, were left aggravated by a 118-run stand for the third wicket between Samuels and Bravo sports

Bravo has reserved the fight with his 16th half-century, completed with a easy boundary off leg-spinner Yasir Shah. He has so far hit six boundaraies and a six.

Shah has endangered to take wickets, having so far taken 2-71 in his 26 overs.

The Dubai stadium pitch has not taken much turn which Pakistan could have browbeaten as Bravo and Samuels were steady in the two-hour session.

Samuels hit two boundaries off the first two balls he faced, driving strongly to leg-spinner Shah and settling down quickly on a flat Dubai sports ground pitch.

He took a single off spinner Mohammad Nawaz to reach his 24th Test fifty and continued in an violent style with 13 boundaries.

Samuels looked set for his first hundred since April last year but cut down leg-before to pace man Sohail Khan as he missed an inward delivery and was caught right infornt.

Samuels cracked 13 boundaries in his 139-ball stay.

Pakistan had looked for quick wickets after West Indies resumed at 69-1 and were rewarded with one when Shah bowled Braithwaite for 32 with a delivery which turned somewhat and beat the bat.

Pakistan’s big total was built around opener Azhar Ali’s unbeaten 302 which is the fourth triple century for his country.