Windies rally to 221 for 6

Gros Islet, St Lucia, CMC – A late innings flurry from captain Darren Sammy lifted West Indies to 221-6 against Pakistan, in the 1st Digicel One-Day International of the five-match series here Saturday.

Sammy spanked an unbeaten 29 from 17 balls as West Indies frenetically gathered 43 runs from the last five overs, after their top order had been kept quiet by off-spinners Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez.

Left-handed stroke-maker Darren Bravo top scored with a patient 67 but the knock required 109 balls and included one four and a six. Such was the stranglehold that Ajmal conceded just 24 runs from his 10 overs while Hafeez went for just 36 runs from his 10.

Winning the toss and batting at the Beausejour Cricket Ground, West Indies got off to a relatively safe start with Lendl Simmons (24) and Devon Smith (17) posting 30 from 40 balls.

The tough going started when Smith played around a straight ball from Hafeez in the seventh over to be lbw and it intensified when Simmons and Darren Bravo needed 75 balls in adding a further 37 runs for the second wicket.

Simmons touched a catch behind off Ajmal in the 20th over and when Marlon Samuels was run out for two at 77-3 in the 24th over, the Windies were in a spot of bother. Kirk Edwards (28) joined Darren Bravo to put together 59 off 89 balls for the fourth wicket.

The right-handed Edwards, in only his second ODI, was caught in the deep trying to break the shackles and brothers Darren and Dwayne Bravo (14) put together 38 for the next wicket before both fell within the space of three balls in the 45th over, leaving the Windies on 177-6.

Sammy, playing in front his home crowd, then clobbered three fours and two sixes in dominating an unbroken 44-run, seventh wicket stand with Carlton Baugh (10), to rally his side to at least a fighting total.

Scoreboard: espncricinfo.com/west-indies-v-pakistan-2011/engine/current/match/489213.html

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