DUBAI: West Indies batsman Darren Bravo, who scored a resolute hundred in the first Test against Pakistan, on Tuesday said his team could have beaten Pakistan after fighting their way in Dubai.
Bravo defied Pakistan’s potent bowling attack on a weary fifth day pitch on Monday, scoring 116 which lasted 310 minutes before his wicket saw West Indies lose by 56 runs.
Bravo said his plan was to bat out the whole day and attack in the last session.
“It was a situation where I wanted to actually bat out the entire day,” said Bravo. “As long as I batted and spent a lot of time out in the middle, it definitely frustrated the Pakistanis.”
Bravo praised his team’s fightback.
“I think it was a tremendous effort. The guys really fought throughout the entire Test match even though the first two days in the entire Test match we were totally outplayed. The way [Devendra] Bishoo bowled [in the second innings] put us in good stead to obviously come out on top,” said Bravo.
Bravo said he was inspired by Azhar Ali’s 302 to stay longer at the crease.
“I realised that as long as you spend time in the middle, you’re going to score runs. Azhar scored a triple-century, he batted a very, very long time.”