Shehzad's ton gives Pak 2-zip lead over WI

Published: Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 11:30 [IST]
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Shehzad's ton gives Pak 2-zip lead over

Earlier in the day, the Pakistan spinners did a bang-up job at bowling out the Windies for 220 in their 50 overs with Lendl Simmons the only batsman to put on a decent score of 51, while all his team-mates could only manage less than 30 each.

Chasing 220, Pakistan's innings got off to a sluggish but positive start. Opener Ahmed Shehzad smacked Windies paceman Darren Sammy for two consecutive fours in the 2nd over and then mainly pushed for singles with partner Mohammad Hafeez. In the 10th over, Hafeez was dropped by Dwayne Bravo at short extra cover off Sammy.

Then in the 14th over, the same batsman loosened up to smash Sammy for a six and a four as Pakistan brought up their 50. But three overs later, leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo had him caught at backward of point for 32 off 51 balls as the score read 66/1 in 18.2 overs. New batsman Asad Shafiq pressed on with Shehzad to take their side past 100 in the 29th over, just as the latter had brought up his 50 off 94 balls.

The 33rd over bore two back-to-back boundaries from Shehzad's bat off the bowling of Dwayne Bravo as the score moved onto 132/1 in 33 overs. Then almost immediately, Shafiq was run out for 23 off 37 balls. Fast man Kemar Roach came in for some stick in the 37th over when Misbah-ul-Haq and Shehzad knocked a four and a six off him to bring up Pakistan's 150.

Then Shehzad notched up his 100 off 143 balls in the 44th over, soon after which he was stumped off Bishoo. Misbah and Umar Akmal took Pakistan past 200 in the 47th over with three boundaries off Roach, before Umar finished off the match with two back-to-back fours off Bravo.

The day began with the West Indies openers Devon Smith and Lendl Simmons giving their side a passable start. But in the 6th over, Smith was trapped in front for 16 off 21 balls as the score read 24/1. Then Simmons and Darren Bravo upped the ante to take their side past 50 in the 10th over. But a couple of overs later, Saeed Ajmal had Bravo caught at first slip for 12 off 18 balls as the score read 58/2.

Simmons however, wouldn't back down, knocking a six and a four off Shahid Afridi and another maximum off rookie speedster Junaid Khan. But no sooner had he reached his 50 than Afridi had him caught at short extra cover for 51 off 48 balls. One over later, Marlon Samuels smacked Junaid for two boundaries to bring up the Windies 100 in 21 overs.

Then after Hafeez got rid of Kirk Edwards cheaply, Hammad Azam bowled Samuels for 29 and Wahab Riaz removed Dwayne Bravo for 18, Carlton Baugh and Darren Sammy took the Windies past 150 in the 35th over. Shahid Afridi soon saw the back of Baugh for 15, before Sammy struck two fours off Ajmal to take the score to 183/7 in 40 overs.

The Windies were only able to add 37 runs off the last 10 overs for the loss of their last three wickets. They were thus bowled out for 220 in 50 overs.

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