Pakistan edge Guyana in thriller

Guyana Chronicle article.

GEORGETOWN, GUYANA - Cricket-starved fans in Guyana yesterday took up every vantage point that was available to them at the once-famous Georgetown Cricket Club ground, to cheer on their local heroes who were engaging the visiting Pakistan cricket team in a 50-overs practice encounter yesterday.

For the Pakistanis who made 246 for 9, opener Ahmed Shehzad struck a patient half-century - a feat that was later repeated by Guyana’s middle order batsman Narsingh Deonarine whose 55 was not enough, as Saeed Ajmal ripped through the Guyanese middle and lower order batting lineup to take 5 for 37 and bowl out the home team for 239 fro 49.4 overs.

Winning the toss and asking their opponents to take first strike in slightly overcast conditions, Guyana saw the Pakistanis reach 12 without loss from 3 overs, before rain stopped play at 09:19hrs, with Nasir Jamshed on 5 and Shehzad 1.

When play resumed, Jamshed eased a fiery looking Keon Joseph past mid-on for the first boundary of the day, which was followed by boundaries from both Shehzad and Jamshed off Paul Wintz, while two fours from Shehzad off Joseph pushed the visitors to 47 without loss off the first 10 overs.

After posting the 50 from 10.2 overs and seeing Shehzad pull a short delivery from Christopher Barnwell through the vacant midwicket boundary for 4, Pakistan lost their first wicket, that of Jamshed who was bowled by Veerasammy Permaul for 19 at 62 for 1 in the 14th over.

Six overs later and the dangerous Mohammed Hafeez (11) struck one back to his soon-to-be Amazon Warriors teammate Permaul, who accepted the offer low to his right, to leave Pakistan on 86 for 2, with Shehzad on 47 and being joined by his skipper Misbah-ul-Haq.

Together they took the score to 116 for 2, with Shehzad realising his 50 from 58 balls with six fours, before he was smartly stumped by Anthony Bramble off Devendra Bishoo for his 68 which took him 79 deliveries to accumulate and was decorated with nine fours.

Misbah was next to go, lbw to Steven Jacobs for 22 and when Umar Akmal (9) and Asad Shafiq (22) were both sent back by a dangerous-looking Bishoo who ended with 3 for 39, Pakistan were 160 for 6, with Shahid Afridi being joined Wahab Riaz.

The pair took the score to 209, before Afridi, who struck both Jacobs and Joseph for maximums, with the six off Joseph including some footwork as he went down the wicket to meet the fast bowler, was caught by Wintz at long off, when he looked to clear that boundary off Permaul.

Joseph returned to dismiss both Wahab Riaz and Mohammed Rizwam for 23 and 12 to end with 2 for 52, while Umar Amin who was unbeaten on 17 (2x4) and Abdul Rehman 1* guided Pakistan to their final total, with Permaul 3 for 27 and Jacobs 1 for 67 offering support to Bishoo and Joseph.

Guyana’s reply started disastrously, as they lost Bramble (0) who was lbw to the final delivery of their first over bowled by Mohamed Irfan and later a dangerous-looking Trevon Griffith who was bowled by Irfan for 15 (16 balls, 2x4), to be 18 for 2 off 4.1 overs.

Ramnaresh Sarwan 27 (53 balls, 1x4; 1x6) and Leon Johnson 31 (48 balls, 4x4, 1x6) added 54 for the third wicket, with both batsmen hitting free-hit deliveries from Asad Ali and Riaz for six, while Johnson tickled Riaz to fine leg for four and Sarwan on-drove Ali with disdain for his lone four, realising Guyana’s 50 in the process.

At 72 for 2, Guyana lost Sarwan who was growing in confidence, as he got a thin edge through to Umar Akmal off Rehman.

Deonarine opened his account with a sweetly-timed drive through extra cover off Rehman and followed it up with a thick outside edge that made its way past Misbah and slip and into the vacant third man boundary.

Growing in confidence, Deonarine watched as Johnson struck Afridi for two fours in one over, before he himself pulled Rehman over wide midwicket for six, a repeat of the same shot that netted Guyana the 2006 Stanford 20/20 title, only this time it raised the team’s 100 from 21.5 overs.

An over-pitched delivery from Ajmal was sent crashing into the fence at wide long on by Deonarine for six, but he lost the services of Johnson who was lbw to Ajmal two deliveries after that shot, leaving Guyana on 109 for 4.

Enter Assad Fudadin 11 (1x6) who after a sedate start, wherein he struggled to get the ball out of the 30-yard circle and took 21 deliveries to get off the mark, pulled Ajmal over wide long on for 6, but was caught by Afridi at squareleg off the next delivery.

Barnwell (5) came but like Fudadin, he did not last long, as he picked out Misbah at point off Irfan, after he too had struck the previous delivery for four through extra cover with disdain.

All this time, Deonarine was turning over the strike and he reached his 50 by pulling Ajmal for his fifth four through forward squareleg, taking 65 deliveries to reach the milestone while adding his two sixes to the tally.

However, Ajmal bowled Deonarine for his topscore of 55 (70 balls, 5x4, 2x6) at 170 for 7, with Guyana needing 77 from their final 10 overs with three wickets in hand, which got harder as Permaul departed two balls after Deonarine, without scoring, as Ajmal completed a double strike in the 40th over.

Jacobs and Bishoo took the fight to the Pakistanis, belting the ball around the lush green venue as they added 41 for the ninth wicket.

Afridi was dispatched by Jacobs for six twice in successive overs, while the dreadlocked right-handed batsman also struck Rehman back over his head and into the newly painted sightscreen for another maximum, raising Guyana’s 200 in the 44th over.

Unknown to those who were at the venue and even his teammates, Jacobs offered no shot to Ajmal’s final delivery of his 10-over spell and was adjudged lbw for a well-played 27 (20 balls, 3x6), leaving Bishoo and Wintz to score the remaining 36 runs for victory.

The duo tried, but found the task a herculean one, even though they managed to go within 7 before Ali bowled Bishoo for 28 (31 balls, 3x4) with the fourth ball of the final over, leaving Wintz unbeaten on 9.

Irfan took 3 for 27, and Rehman and Ali one wicket each for 35 and 39 runs respectively for Pakistan, who will oppose the West Indies who arrive sometime today, in one of two One-Day Internationals at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, on Sunday.


PAKISTAN innings

N. Jamshed b Permaul 19

A. Shehzad stp. wkp. Bramble b Bishoo 68

M. Hafeez c & b Permaul 11

M. ul Haq lbw Jacobs 22

A. Shafiq c Johnson b Bishoo 22

U. Akmal b Bishoo 9

S. Afridi c Wintz b Permaul 31

W. Riaz b Joseph 23

M. Rizwam b Joseph 12

U. Amin not out 17

A. Rehman not out 1

Extras: (w-11)     11

Total: (for 9 wickets, off 50 overs) 246

Fall of wickets: 1-62, 2-86, 3-116, 4-138, 5-157, 6-160, 7-209, 8-219, 9-234.

Bowling: Wintz 5-0-27-0 (w-6), Joseph 9-1-52-2 (w-3), Barnwell 4-0-25-0, Permaul 10-3-27-3, Bishoo 10-1-39-3 (w-1), Jacobs 10-0-67-1 (w-1), Deonarine 2-0-9-0.

GUYANA innings

T. Griffith b Irfan 15

A. Bramble lbw Irfan 0

R. Sarwan c wkpr U. Akmal b Rehman 27

L. Johnson lbw Ajmal 31

N. Deonarine b Ajmal 55

A. Fudadin c Afridi b Ajmal 11

C. Barnwell c Misbah b Irfan 05

S. Jacobs lbw Ajmal 27

V. Permaul lbw Ajmal 0

D. Bishoo b Ali 28

P. Wintz not out 9

Extras: (w-15, lb-6, nb-4, b-6) 31

Total: (all out off 49.4 overs) 239

Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-18, 3-72, 4-109, 5-150, 6-153, 7-170, 8-170, 9-211.

Bowling: Irfan 7-0-27-3, Ali 6.4 -1-39-1 (w-3, nb-2), Riaz 6-0-32-0 (w-3, nb-2), Rehman 7-1-35-1, Afridi 9-1-43-0 (w-2), Ajmal 10-0-37-5 (w-1), Hafeez 4-0-12-0.

First Published In The Guyana Chronicle.

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 17:47