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West Indies allrounder
Dwayne Bravo has been ruled
out of the ongoing Indian Pre-
mier League (IPL) because of
his ongoing rehabilitation he
suffered in December.
Bravo has been with his IPL
team - Gujarat Lions - this sea-
son but has not played a game,
and his captain Suresh Raina
said it was perhaps time to think
about a replacement.
“No Dwayne Bravo. He’s been
doing proper rehab and it might
take three-four weeks, so he
might be out of the tournament,”
Raina said at the toss of Lion’s
game against Punjab in Rajkot.
“So now we have to talk to the
management and think about a
A couple of hours after Lions
lost to Kings XI, Bravo put out a
statement confirming his with-
drawal from the tournament this
“While recovery is going well
and I have made vast improve-
ment and have participated in
team training with the Lions, my
body is not ready to perform at
its fullest potential,” Bravo said.
Lions are presently at the bot-
tom of the table, having won
only two out of their first seven
games. In 2016, their debut IPL
season, Lions had finished on top
of the league with nine wins in 14
games but did not make the fi-
nal. Bravo had been their second
highest wicket-taker last year,
with 17 wickets.
Bravo suffered the injury while
fielding for Melbourne Rene-
gades - his BBL team - against
Perth Scorchers on December
29. He had been stationed on the
off-side boundary, and injured
himself when he ran across and
lowered himself to field a ball. He
clutched at his hamstring as soon
as he went down, and had to be
taken off on a MediCab.
Bravo has not played a match
since, missing the Pakistan Su-
per League and West Indies’ fix-
tures in the lead up to the IPL.
With West Indies not part of the
Champions Trophy in June, their
next fixtures are a home series
against Afghanistan at that same
Windies hit back late
Younis Khan struck yet another
half-century in his illustrious career
to join the 10 000-run club but was one
of two wickets to fall in the last hour,
as West Indies fought their back into
the opening Test on the third day in
The 39-year-old struck a solid 58 while
Babar Azam top-scored with 72 and opener
Ahmed Shezad, 31, as Pakistan ended the
day at Sabina Park on 201 for four – 85
runs behind on first innings.
With Younis and Azam involved in a
131-run, third wicket stand, the visitors
appeared to be taking a strong grip on the
game but fast bowler Shannon Gabriel (2-
37) struck twice in successive overs to re-
move both batsmen.
Captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad
Shafiq, both unbeaten on five, then saw
Pakistan safely to the close.
Earlier, West Indies were dismissed 286
after resuming from their overnight 278
Captain Jason Holder, who started the
day on 55, finished unbeaten on 59, an
innings that required 75 deliveries and
included seven fours and two sixes.
Left-arm seamer Mohammed Amir fin-
ished with career-best figures of six for
44 after claiming the final wicket, that of
tail-ender Shannon Gabriel who missed
an ambitious drive and was bowled for five
Holder’s innings in the morning’s third
Azhar Ali then stroked two boundaries in
a breezy 15 off 19 balls as Pakistan started
well but he paid the price of his ambition
when he slashed at wide, innocuous deliv-
ery from young fast bowler Alzarri Joseph
and was caught behind in the sixth over
at 23 for one.
Shezad looked in nice touch with five
fours in a 50-ball knock, including two
handsome off-side strokes off Gabriel in
the third over of the innings.
But seamer Holder got the breakthrough
in the third over before lunch when he
brought one back to beat Shezad’s defen-
sive stroke and claimed an obvious lbw
decision at 54 for two.
Younis and Azam then denied West In-
dies a wicket in the post-lunch session,
adding 66 to push Pakistan up to 125 with-
out further loss at tea.
The closest West Indies came to a wicket
was off the fourth ball after lunch when
Azam drove a low full toss back to Jason
Holder who stuck out his left hand but
failed to hold on to the low, sharp chance.
Unbeaten on 22 at tea to move to 9 999
career runs, Younis became the first Paki-
stani to reach 10 000 runs in Tests when he
swept the second ball after the break from
off-spinner Roston Chase to the fine-leg
He is now the 13th player to reach the
coveted landmark and has 10 035 runs in
his 116th Test.
Not out on 47 at tea, Azam raised his
third Test half-century in his seventh game
in the same over from Chase when he cut
to the ropes at backward point.
Younis began to score freely, coming
down and lifting Chase to the ropes at
long-off to raise the century partnership
before also clearing the ropes back over-
head with part-time off-spinner Kraigg
He brought up his 33rd Test half-century
with a single to square off Brathwaite but
perished 25 minutes later when he drove
Gabriel low to cover, in the second over
of the bowler’s new spell.
Younis faced 138 balls and counted five
fours and a six.
Gabriel struck again in his very next
over when he got Azam to play on, with a
He faced 201 deliveries and hit eight
fours and a six.
However, West Indies were then kept
without success as Misbah and Shafiq kept
their heads. CMC
...as Younis joins illustrious club
West Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel bowls during the third day of the first Test in the Brighto
Paints presents the Q Mobile Cup Series at Sabina Park, Jamaica yesterday. PHOTO: WICB
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
(overnight 278 for nine)
K Brathwaite c Younis Khan b Mohammad
K Powell c Younis Khan b Mohammad Amir
S Hetmyer b Mohammad Amir 11
S Hope b Mohammad Amir 2
V Singh c Azhar Ali b Wahab Riaz 9
R Chase c Wahab Riaz b Yasir Shah 63
+S Dowrich b Yasir Shah 56
J Holder not out 59
D Bishoo c wkp Sarfraz Ahmed b Moham-
med Amir 28
A Joseph b Mohammed Amir 0
S Gabriel b Mohammad Amir 5
Extras (b4, lb18) 22
TOTAL (all out, 95 overs) 286
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Brathwaite, 1.2 ov), 2-24
(Hetmyer, 8.2 ov), 3-32 (Hope, 12.6 ov), 4-53
(Singh, 19.4 ov), 5-71 (Powell), 6-189 (Chase),
7-189 (Dowrich), 8-264 (Bishoo), 9-274 (Jo-
seph), 10-286 (Gabriel)
Bowling: Mohammad Amir 26-11-44-6,
Mohammad Abbas 22-4 -63-1, Wahab Riaz
23-6 -66-1, Yasir Shah 24-5 -91-2.
PAKISTAN 1st Innings
Azhar Ali c wkp Dowrich b Joseph 15
Ahmed Shehzad lbw b Holder 31
Babar Azam b Gabriel 72
Younis Khan c Brathwaite b Gabriel 58
Misbah-ul-Haq not out 5
Asad Shafiq not out 5
Extras: (b4, lb3, nb8) 15
TOTAL: (4 wkts, 78.2 overs) 201
To bat: +Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Amir,
Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Abbas.
Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Azhar Ali), 2-54
(Ahmed Shehzad), 3-185 (Younis Khan),
4-186 (Babar Azam).
Bowling: Gabriel 16-5 -37-2 (nb3), Joseph
16.2-5 -35-1 (nb2), Holder 18-3 -40-1 (nb3),
Bishoo 15-1 -35-0, Chase 6-1 -25-0, Brathwaite
Position: Pakistan trail by 85 runs with six
Toss : Pakistan.
Umpires: R Illingworth, R Kettleborough;
TV – B Oxenford.
Bravo out of IPL
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