Pakistan cruise past West Indies Hafeez, Misbah hit half-centuries

GROS ISLET, Saint Lucia, July 22, (AFP): Inclement weather, the Duckworth/Lewis method and a lightning assault by Pakistan’s middle-order batsmen stole the thunder from the West Indies as the visitors snatched the rain-affected fourth one-day international by six wickets on Sunday.
In a match already reduced to 49 overs-per-side and after Marlon Samuels blazed an unbeaten 106 in the home team’s total of 261 for seven, Pakistan were set a revised target of 189 off 31 overs as a second shower of the day interrupted play when they were 68 for two off 17 overs.
Needing a further 121 off 14 overs, half-centuries from Mohammad Hafeez and skipper Misbah-ul-Haq sped the visitors to the target with one over to spare.
“It was like a T20 game when we came back out,” said a delighted Misbah after his key role in the victory.
“Mohammad Hafeez and I realised that we just had to play normal cricketing shots and look for the odd boundary. It was a case of not panicking and just staying focussed on the target.”

Following a tie in the third match two days earlier, Pakistan now have an unbeatable 2-1 lead going into the fifth and final match at the same Beausejour Stadium venue on Wednesday.
West Indies seemed a dejected bunch when they took the field after being told by the umpires of the revised target, and Pakistan capitalised, Hafeez and Misbah crashing 54 runs off five overs before home captain Dwayne Bravo tried to get his team back into the match.
Hafeez fell to Kemar Roach for 59, an innings decorated by five fours and two hooked sixes off fast-medium bowler Jason Holder, while Bravo himself accounted for Shahid Afridi who was promoted up the order to accelerate the Pakistani scoring.
However, new batsman Umar Akmal (29 not out) maintained the required scoring tempo and with Misbah showing his remarkable versatility in speeding along to 53 off 43 balls at the other end to keep his team well on course, it was left to Akmal to finish off the match with three consecutive boundaries off the disheartened West Indies captain.

“When we came back on the field after the recalculation, two of our main bowlers (Roach and Sunil Narine) had already bowled five overs so we were virtually without their services at this crucial stage,” said Bravo, who conceded 49 runs off six overs.
Samuels returned to something like his sumptuous best, stroking four sixes and nine fours off 104 balls in a feast of batsmanship in the midday sunshine. He put on 95 for the fifth wicket with Lendl Simmons, who supported Samuels’ classy assault with a belligerent 46 off 44 balls.
West Indies made two significant decisions before a ball was bowled in replacing hard-hitting Kieron Pollard with Devon Smith and demoting Chris Gayle to number five in the batting order in light of his continuing struggle for runs against the new ball.
He was back in the middle at 63 for two after Smith fell cheaply to Mohammad Irfan and Johnson Charles was trapped leg-before by Wahab Riaz, benefiting from a huge slice of luck almost instantly when put down by Hafeez off Wahab before he had scored. Although far from his destructive best, Gayle contributed 30 to a 57-run third-wicket stand with Samuels before failing to clear long-on off the bowling of Shahid Afridi.

West Indies vs Pakistan Scoreboard

GROS ISLET, Saint Lucia, July 22, (AFP): Scoreboard of the fourth One-Day International between the West Indies and Pakistan at the Beausejour Stadium on Sunday:

WEST INDIES (49 overs after rain-delayed start)
D. Smith c Umar Akmal b Mohammad Irfan    8
J. Charles lbw Junaid Khan    32
D.M. Bravo c Saeed Ajmal b Wahab Riaz    9
M. Samuels not out    106
C. Gayle c sub b Shahid Afridi    30
L. Simmons b Saeed Ajmal    46
D. Sammy b Mohammad Irfan    7
D.J. Bravo run out    6
K. Roach not out    0
Extras (6lb, 9w, 2nb)    17
Total (7 wickets, 49 overs)    261
Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Smith), 2-50 (D.M. Bravo), 3-63 (Charles), 4-120 (Gayle), 5-215 (Simmons), 6-239 (Sammy), 7-253 (D.J. Bravo).
Did not bat: S. Narine, J. Holder.
Bowling: Mohammad Irfan 10-1-60-2; Mohammad Hafeez 8-1-30-0; Junaid Khan 9-2-39-1 (4w; 1nb); Wahab Riaz 6-0-42-1 (4w; 1nb); Shahid Afridi 6-0-41-1 (1w); Saeed Ajmal 10-0-43-1

PAKISTAN (Revised target — 189 off 31 overs)
Nasir Jamshed run out    22
Ahmed Shehzad lbw b Holder    14
Mohammad Hafeez c D.M. Bravo b Roach    59
Misbah-ul-Haq not out    53
Shahid Afridi c Simmons b D.J. Bravo    7
Umar Akmal not out    29
Extras (1lb, 3w, 1nb)    5
Total (4 wickets, 30 overs)    189
Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Ahmed Shehzad), 2-60 (Nasir Jamshed), 3-132 (Mohammad Hafeez), 4-144 (Shahid Afridi)
Did not bat: Haris Sohail, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan.
Bowling: Holder 5-0-41-1 (2w; 1nb); Roach 6-1-33-1; Narine 7-0-29-0; Sammy 3-0-10-0; D.J. Bravo 6-0-49-1 (1w); Samuels 3-0-26-0.
Result: Pakistan won by six wickets on the Duckworth/Lewis method
Pakistan lead 5-match series 2-1 with one tied
Next match: July 24 — St Lucia
Umpires: S Davis and P Nero
TV umpire: P Reiffel
Match referee: D Boon
Reserve umpire: J Wilson

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