Pakistan beat Windies to take series 3-0

Published: Friday, April 29, 2011, 11:41 [IST]
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Pakistan beat Windies to take series 3-0

Bridgetown, April 28: The Windies batting reached its lowest ebb in the ongoing one-day series against Pakistan as the hosts crashed to a 3-wicket defeat to lose the 5-match series 0-3. Lendl Simmons with 51 and Darren Bravo, who scored 47, were the only two brave-hearts amidst a shambolic Windies' innings which ended at a dismal 171 all out in 43.3 overs. Though Pakistan got off to shaky start in their reply slipping to 12/3, a cool Misbah-ul-Haq (62* off 109 balls) led a recovery and strung together partnerships with the remaining batsmen to take his side home in the 41st over.

Batting first, the West Indies didn't get off to an ideal start, losing Devon Smith for a duck in the 2nd over when Mohammad Hafeez trapped him in front. But then Lendl Simmons and Darren Bravo steadied the ship, the latter batsman striking a four off Wahab Riaz to take the Windies past 50 in the 11th over.

In the 21st over however, a free-flowing Simmons was caught and bowled by Saeed Ajmal for 51 off 64 balls as the score read 92/2. Then Marlon Samuels and Bravo took the Windies past 100 in the 25th over. But Hafeez soon trapped the latter batsman in front for 47 off 77 balls and the hosts had slipped to 120/3 in 28 overs.

There was more trouble in store when in the 34th over, Junnaid Khan bowled Samuels for 18 off 35 balls. That triggered a decline as a few overs later, Kirk Edwards was run out for 18 off 33 balls and soon after the Windies crossed 150 in the 38th over, Wahab Riaz dismissed Darren Sammy for 3 and Dwayen Bravo for 11.

The hosts had slumped to 159/7 in 39 overs, before in just the next four overs, Riaz removed Kemar Roach for a duck and Saeed Ajmal polished off the tail. The Windies had folded for a poor 171 all out in 43.4 overs.

The Pakistan chase got off to a calamitous start with Ravi Rampaul removing Ahmed Shehzad and Asad Shafiq for ducks in the second over and the returning in the 4th over to dismiss Mohammad Hafeez for 5 off 9 balls as the visitors crumbled to 12/3. Then Umar Akmal counter-attacked with a few fours spaced out over the next 7 overs before he was packed off by Rampaul for 30 off 27 balls with the score at 49/4 in 11.4 overs.

In the 17th over, Misbah-ulHaq and Hammad Azam teamed up to knock a four and a six off Andre Russell as Pakistan climbed to 72/4 in 17 overs. Then in the 26th over, Misbah, clobbered leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo for a maximum and a boundary to bring up Pakistan's 100.

Several quiet overs followed, before Bishoo trapped Azam in front for 36 off 64 balls in the 32nd over. In characteristic fashion, captain Shahid Afridi struck a couple of meaty blows before perishing for 11 off 8 balls, Devendra Bishoo being his nemesis. Just two overs later, Bishoo pegged back the visitors further when he bowled Mohammad Salman for 3 off 7 balls. Pakistan were now in trouble at 148/7.

But a cool Wahab Riaz provided Misbah just the support he needed as the two took Pakistan past 150 in the 37th over and to victory four overs later.

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