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“Pakistan did not play well,” says Miandad on team’s performance after 1st day-night Test

KARACHI: Former Pakistani skipper Javed Miandad has said that Pakistani side will have to perform better.

“The team needs to perform well as it did not play well in their 1st Test,” said Miandad in an interview here on Monday.

He said that the Pakistani side has to score good if it wants to make it to the points table.

Pakistan on Monday pulled off a tension-packed 56-run victory against West Indies in the first day-night Test in Dubai.

Windies were finally bowled for 289 with just 12 over left in the match.

Bravo kept Pakistan’s victory bid on hold during his resistance-filled 410-minute long 116 and it needed leg-spinner Yasir Shah to make a stunning two-handed catch to end his innings.  His eighth Test hundred spiced with ten boundaries and a six had brought West Indies within 83 runs of victory and 27 overs to bat for a draw after they were set a daunting 346 runs to win.

The win is more memorable for Pakistan as the match marked their 400th Test since they began the five-day format in 1952.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq lauded 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 didn’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).


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.