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Windies clinch away Test win over Pakistan

Associated Press Associated Press 2/11/2016

Kraigg Brathwaite and Shane Dowrich guided the West Indies to a five-wicket win over Pakistan on Thursday in the third and final Test, completing a rare victory away from home.

Needing a further 39 runs on the last day to deny Pakistan a clean sweep of the series, Brathwaite and Dowrich calmly steered the tourists to 5-154 with both batsmen finishing on 60 not out.

The pair shared an unbroken sixth-wicket partnership of 87 after coming together on Wednesday with the West Indies in trouble at 5-67.

"This has been a long time coming," said Jason Holder said after notching his first victory in his 12th Test as West Indies captain.

"I've had tough Test matches over the last year or so (but) we're a young side in transition ... the longer we stay together as group, the better it is for West Indies cricket."

Pakistan won the opening test, played as a day-nighter, then the second by 133 runs but the third-Test defeat cost them a rare triple clean sweep after they won the Twenty20 and ODI series, both by 3-0 margins.

The West Indies' last Test victory against a major opposition away from home came way back in 2007 when they defeated South Africa in Port Elizabeth.

Brathwaite laid the foundations for the victory by hitting an unbeaten century and carrying his bat in the visitors' first innings of 337 for a 56-run lead.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Dowrich also showed plenty of aggression and patience, sealing the win with a sliced boundary over slips off Mohammad Amir.

"I've been playing with Shane since secondary school and the plan was to just keep rotating strike and bring the target down," Brathwaite said.

Brathwaite, 44 overnight, took some of the pressure off when he drove Wahab Riaz through the covers for four off the first ball. He then raised his 50 by guiding the left-arm seamer to third man for two.

Dowrich was also fluent, reaching his fourth Test half-century fifty with a boundary off Riaz before sealing the match with another four.

"We made a hell lot of mistakes," Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said.

"We were well below our standards, especially in the batting department - there was no discipline.

"Everyone's hurt from this defeat. This was a batting paradise and we just collapsed in both innings."

Pakistan will travel to New Zealand for a two-test series, starting on November 17 in Christchurch.

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