Pakistan players continued their excellent job and bagged the three-match Series against the West Indies in the DMC Toronto Cricket Festival. After a 15-run win in the first outing on Thursday, Wasim Akram and his men put up a stupendous performance to earn a 42-run victory on Saturday. Chasing a victory target of 223, the West Indies succumbed to the enormous pressure applied by its rival and was all out for 180 in 46.2 overs. Yousuf Youhana and Abdul Razzaq helped Pakistan wriggle out of a terrible spot. Pakistan who chose to bat first was driven to a precarious situation of 68 for 4 by the 22nd over.
Then these two youngsters performed like champions and flayed the attack for 149 runs by the 50th over fourth ball and their side completed its innings at 222 for five. That was record partnership for Pakistan t against the West Indies for the fifth wicket. The previous best was 123 between Imran Khan and Salim Malik in 1990 season. Brian Lara began the attack with off-spinner Chris Gayle who obliged his skipper by clean bowling Saeed Anwar in the fifth over first ball. That augured well for the West Indies as the bowlers and fielders became enthusiastic after the early success. Henderson Bryan beat and bowled Wajahtullah Wasti.Then Mervyn Dillon removed Inzamam-ul-Haq (caught by wicket keeper Ridley Jacobs) and had Aamir Sohail neatly taken by Jimmy Adams at square-leg. Youhana and Razzaq revealed admirable temperament.
These two are blessed with superior craft. So when two crafty men are cool and composed even the stiffest challenge could be staved off. That was what these two achieved on Saturday much to the delight of the onlooker and much to the satisfaction of the purists. The 100 of the innings came in the 35th over. And in the next 15 overs 122 runs were scored. That should speak for the amazing ability of these youngsters to build-up an innings which looked heading for ruination. The score read 122 for 4 at the end of the 40th over. The two turned aggressive. They cut drove and pulled with authority and suddenly the West Indian attack appeared brittle. Youhana was on 98 with still three balls to go.
He took a single (99) off the next ball and while attempting for the second, a direct hit by Jimmy Adams at the non-striker's end beat Razzaq (55 run out, 71 balls, 2x4, 1x6). In the next two balls Youhana got five runs (a four and single) to return to a standing ovation. Youhana faced 114 balls for his unbeaten knock that contained 13 fours.
The West Indies lost their openers Chanderpaul and Sherwin Campbell with just 23 runs on the board. However, the fluent manner in which skipper Brian Lara and youngster Wavell Hinds were batting, the chances of the West Indies making a fight of it looked bright. But Lara, who hit five fours with consummate ease, became impulsive and was consumed mid-wicket (59 for 3) and for an addition of one run, Ricardo Powell the sensational batsman of the season, was trapped leg before by Abdul Razzaq. That was the beginning of the end of the West Indies.