WI fall again to Pakistan
GROS-ISLET, St. Lucia – Lively fast bowling from Tino Best failed to ignite West Indies and Pakistan claimed a dramatic four-wicket victory in the fifth One-day International on Wednesday here, following half-centuries from Ahmed Shehzad and Misbah-ul-Haq.
Best replaced ailing compatriot and fellow fast bowler Kemar Roach and ended with 3-48 from 10 overs, but no other bowler made an impact, as Shehzad with the top score of 64 and Misbah with 63 saw Pakistan successfully chase 243 for victory on a hard, true Beausejour Cricket Ground pitch.
A stoppage for rain with 14 balls remaining and Jason Holder’s dismissal of Misbah in the final over added to the drama in the closing stages before Saeed Ajmal hit the winning run with one ball remaining.
The result meant Pakistan claimed the five-match series 3-1 series, after victories in the first and fourth ODIs. West Indies won the second ODI and the third match ended in a tie last Friday here.
West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo led a late charge, as the Caribbean side posted 242 for seven from their 50 overs after being sent in to bat.
Bravo came to the crease with his side on 170 for six in the 45th over and hit five fours and three sixes in the top score of 48 from 27 balls.
Bravo beefed up the total in a stand of 53 from just 27 balls for the seventh wicket with his predecessor, Darren Sammy, before he was caught at long-off from the bowling of Ajmal.
West Indies failed to make the breakthrough in the mandatory power play overs at the top of the innings, as Pakistan coasted to 51 without loss before Chris Gayle’s direct hit ran out Nasir Jamshed for 23 in the 11th over.
Sammy had Mohammad Hafeez caught behind for 11 in the 17th over, but Misbah anchored partnerships of 59 with Shehzad for the third wicket and 66 for the fifth wicket with Umar Akmal that put the visitors firmly on course for victory.
Best, who sahred the new ball with Holder after Roach was sidelined with a stiff back, dismissed Akmal for 37 in the 48th over and Holder removed Misbah, threatening to a late fight-back before the Pakistanis wrapped things up.
West Indies lost wickets at regular intervals after they had earlier been sent in to bat and a handful of batsman got starts without carrying on.
Marlon Samuels scored 45, Johnson Charles made 43, Sammy was not out on 29, Lendl Simmons added 25 and Gayle 21, but West Indies failed to gain momentum as Junaid Khan grabbed 3-48 from 10 overs, while Ajmal and Mohammad Irfan collected two wickets apiece.
WEST INDIES (maximum 50 overs)
J. Charles c Haris Sohail b Mohammad Irfan 43
D.S. Smith c Mohammad Hafeex b Junaid Khan 7
D.M. Bravo c wkpr Umar Akmal b Junaid Khan 9
M. Samuels c Shahid Afridi b Mohammad Irfan 45
C. Gayle c wkpr Umar Akmal b Junaid Khan 21
+L. Simmons c Mohammad Hafeez b Saeed Ajmal 25
*D.J. Bravo c Haris Sohail b Saeed Ajmal 48
D. Sammy not out 29
S. Narine not out 0
Extras (lb6, w9) 15
TOTAL (7 wkts) 242
J. Holder, T. Best did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Smith, 6.4 overs); 2-44 (D.M. Bravo, 18.4); 3-98 (Charles, 25.3); 4-131 (Gayle, 35.2); 5-159 (Samuels, 41.2); 6-170 (Simmons, 44.1); 7-223 (D.J. Bravo, 48.4)
Bowling: Mohammad Hafeez 6-2-22-0; Mohammad Irfan 10-1-34-2 (w6); Junaid Khan 10-1-48-3 (w1); Asad Ali 9-1-45-0 (w1); Shahid Afridi 5-0-30-0; Saeed Ajmal 10-2-57-2 (w1)
PAKISTAN (target: 243 off 50 overs)
Nasir Jamshed run out (Gayle) 23
Ahmed Shahzad c *D.J. Bravo b Best 64
Mohammad Hafeez c wkpr Simmons b Sammy 11
*Misbah-ul-Haq c *D.J. Bravo b Holder 63
Haris Sohail c wkpr Simmons b Best 17
*Umar Akmal c (sub) Roach b Best 37
Shahid Afridi not out 13
Saeed Ajmal not out 1
Extras (lb5, w9) 14
TOTAL (6 wkts) 242
Junaid Khan, Asad Ali, Mohammad Irfan
Fall of wickets: 1-51 (Nasir Jamshed, 10.5 overs); 2-64 (Mohammad Hafeez, 16.4); 3-123 (Ahmed Shehzad, 30.2); 4-160 (Haris Sohail, 37.6); 5-226 (+Umar Akmal, 47.4); 6-242 (*Misbah-ul-Haq, 49.2)
Bowling: Holder 9.5-0-47-1; Best 10-2-48-3 (w2); Sammy 10-0-35-1; Narine 10-0-42-0 (w3); Samuels 5-0-25-0; D.M. Bravo 5-0-41-0 (w4)
Result: Pakistan won by four wickets
Series: Pakistan win five-match series 3-1
Man-of-the-Match: Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan)
Man-of-the-Series: Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan)
Umpires: P. Reiffel (Australia), J. Wilson
TV umpire: S. Davis (Australia)
Match referee: D. Boon (Australia)
Reserve umpire: P. Nero