Bridgetown, May 2: The West Indies were able to pull one back in their five match ODI series against Pakistan, beating the visitors by 1 run in a rain-affected match. After Pakistan posted a total of 248/9 in their 50 overs, thanks largely to 121 from Mohammad Hafeez, down-pours caused the target to be revised to 223 in 39 overs. Rain again intervened with the Windies having just supassed the par score of 154/4 in 29.5 overs which was enough to warrant victory for the hosts. Windies' opener Lendl Simmons led the charge with 76 off 70 balls while Darren Bravo and Ramnaresh Sarwan pitched in with 21 and 28 respectively. Devendra Bishoo was the hosts most successful bowler with 3/37 while Pakistan's Junaid Khan took 2/26.Pakistan leads the series 3-1 with one match to go.
Batting first, Pakistan's innings began on a slightly cautious and unsteady note. In the fifth over, Ahmed Shehzad was caught brilliantly by Dwayne Bravo at square leg off Kemar Roach. Pakistan were 13/1 in 4.3 overs. Several quiet overs followed as Mohammad Haffeez and Asad Shafiq were just content pushing for ones and twos. In the 12th over, Shafiq was nearly caught and bowled by Sammy, but returned next ball to smack the bowler for a four.
Rain then intervened for 15 minutes and soon after the resumption of play, Pakistan moved past 50 in the 14th over. Then Hafeez carted Bravo for a six and a four. The runs kept trickling along till in the 24th over, Hafeez took a single off Sammy to bring up Pakistan's 100/1. 11 overs later, Shafiq struck a four off Sammy to take his side past 150/1. But just as he attempted to up the run-rate by hitting another boundary, he was caught at midwicket off Dwayne Bravo for 71 off 102 balls.
Shahid Afridi was the next to depart, getting out to Roach for 8 off 11 balls. Hafeez then upped the ante by striking a four off Rampaul and a six off Roach as the score ticked past 200 in the 43rd over. In the next over, Hafeez carted Bishoo for a four, but new batsman Misbah-ul-Haq was bowled two balls later for 5 off 7 balls as the score read 210/4. Hafeez hit one more six off Rampaul before he was bowled by Bishoo for 121 off 138 balls. Then in the same over, Bishoo removed Hammad Azam for 1.
After Mohammad Salman was run out for a duck, the 49th over bore a four and a six from Tanvir Ahmed off Roach before Usman Salahuddin was run out as well. Tanvir lofted one more six before he was cleaned up by Dwayne Bravo for 18 off 12 balls as Pakistan wrapped up their innings at 248/9.
In reply, the Windies got off to an equally unsteady start with Junaid Khan sending back Kirk Edwards in just the second ball, for a duck. Then after taking a couple of overs to settle in, Darren Bravo smacked Tanvir for the first four in the 4th over, before Simmons carted him for a six in his following over. The Windies then had a bumper 8th over with Simmons and Bravo teaming up to knock three fours and a six off Tanvir as the Windies moved past 50/1.
However, in the next over, Junaid Khan struck back when he dismissed Bravo for 21 off 26 balls. In the 11th over, Simmons continued his belligerence by smashing Junaid for two consecutive fours.
Then the spinners came on, but the batting duo negotiated them well, taking the Windies past 100 in the 17th over. 7 overs later, Simmon clobbered Hammad Azam for a six, while in the next over Hafeez removed Sarwan for 28 off 56 balls.
Soon afterward, Tanvir got Simmons out for 76 off 70 balls. Then Dwayne Bravo and Marlon Samuels took their side to 154/4 in 29.5 overs when the rains came. According to the Duckworth/Lewis system of calculation, the Windies had sneaked home by 1 run.