West Indies trounce Pakistan to end series 2-3

Published: Friday, May 6, 2011, 10:55 [IST]
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Windies beat Pak to restore pride

Providence, May 5: Hosts West Indies pulled out all the stops to consign Pakistan to an utter thrashing in the fifth and final ODI, winning the match by a comprehensive 10 wickets. After restricting the visitors to a paltry 139 all out in 41.2 overs with Ravi Rampaul leading the attack with 4/45, West Indies openers Lendl Simmons, unbeaten on 77 off 73 balls, and Kirk Edwards, not out on 40 off 71 balls, just needed 23..3 overs to take their side home.

Winning the toss and opting to bat first, Pakistan appeared to get off to a decent enough start with Mohammad Hafeez striking Ravi Rampaul for the first four off the first ball, before getting the bowler away for another boundary in his following over. But then Rampual struck back to have the other opener Taufeeq Umar caught behind for 3 as the score read 16/1 in 4.3 overs.

New batsman Ahmed Shehzad settled in with a four and in the 7th over, while Hafeez smashed Rampaul for two more boundaries. However, the scoring rate dropped dramatically till in the 15th over, captain Darren Sammy bowled Shehzad for 9 as the visitors slipped to 48/2 in 14.5 overs. Then Hafeez and Usman Salahuddin took Pakistan past 50 in the 16th over.

The runs kept trickling in till in the 21st over, Devendra Bishoo trapped Salahuddin in front for 8 before Sammy dismissed Misbah-ul-Haq in similar fashion for 1 in the next over. With the score at a dismal 73/4 in 23 overs, Umar Akmal tried to offset the pressure by striking Bishoo for a six. But in the 29th over, Sammy bowled Hafeez for 55 as Pakistan sunk deeper into trouble at 93/5 in 28.2 overs.

It seemed for a short while that Akmal and Shahid Afridi were launching a revival before Rampaul cleaned up Akmal for 24. Then in the 33rd over, Rampaul effected a double strike, getting Afridi caught behind for 9 and then three balls later, getting Wahab Riaz caught at slip, reducing the hosts to 113/8.

Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Salman tried to hold out for as long as possible, but in the 39th over, Dwayne Bravo trapped the former batsman in front for 5. The score was 127/9 before Salman upped the ante to strike two fours off Rampaul in the 41st over. Then Bravo wrapped up the Pakistan innings when he got Junaid Khan lbw for 1. The visitors were all out for 139 in 41..2 overs.

In their reply, the Windies' inning began on a positive note with Lendl Simmons getting off the mark with a four off Shahid Afridi in the first over, before carting the same bowler to the boundary again in the 3rd over. Simmons and his opening partner Kirk Edwards motored along withoutn any problems reading 49/0 at the end of 10 overs, before the former smacked nSaeed Ajmal for two fours to cross 50 ijn the 11th over.

In the 13th over, Simmons went after Ajmal again, effecting a similar result - two fours, before carting Mohammad Hafeez for a six in the 14th over. 5 overs later, Edwards ran a single off Wahab Raiz to bring up the Windies' 100 in just 19 overs, immediately after which, Simmons launched Afridi into space for another maximum. There was no stopping Simmons who smashed Riaz for another six in the following over. A short while later, the Windies cruised to their target of 140 in 23.3 overs, with Simmons not out on 77 off 74 balls and Edwards unbeaten on 40 off 71 balls.

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