Irfan, center, celebrates the wicket of West Indies' Johnson Charles. -Photo by AP
Welcome to Dawn.com’s live coverage of the Champions Trophy Group ‘B’ encounter. The tournament’s two most flamboyant teams Pakistan and the West Indies take on each other today in what promises to be an action-packed day. It will be a battle of match-winners as both sides boast an array of talented, if not always consistent, match-winners with West Indies fielding hard-hitting batsmen such as Chris Gayle and Johnson Charles, while Pakistan's attack features star off-spinner Saeed Ajmal and giant left-arm pacer Mohammad Irfan.
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I let the ball do the work and got the early wickets for the team. It is great to win the first match and we are very relieved. Pakistan are a very good side and now we go on from here and hope to give another good performance. -Man of the match Kemar Roach
I have to give credit to my boys, they did very well. Kemar Roach set the tone getting the wicket in the first over. It was a close game and good to get it out of the way. Hopefully, we can build from this tough situation. We wanted to get the best out of the bowlers and then backed our batters to chase the target. Pakistan bowl in the right areas and it was difficult to play against. I am very happy with the win. -West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo
I think the plan was to see off the new ball but we did the opposite and lost too many wickets at the top. Credit goes to them because they bowled well. We kept on losing wickets, if you make mistakes your team has to suffer. It only matters if you score runs and your team wins, otherwise it does not matter. I am happy the way the bowlers bowled. They bowled their heart out and it was worthwhile seeing. We just need to rectify the small mistakes. A little bit more effort could have taken us home. - Pakistan captain Misbah-Ul-Haq
Pakistan's bowlers fought like Imran's Tigers of 92 but the fact is that they were let down by their batsmen. - @Saj_PakPassion (Twitter)
FOUR! Roach smacks Junaid over the covers to give the West Indies a thrilling two-wicket win in the second match of Group 'B'. Could Misbah have gambled with Hafeez with the tail in? It was a match dominated by some great pace bowling, first by Kemar Roach, who had come in a after little break to rattle the Pakistanis up at the top and set the tone for the rest of the match. He was ably supported by Narine who put the breaks and got the wickets and out of the Pakistani batsmen, only Misbah (96*) managed to play an innings of substance. Sadly though, he missed out on the first ODI century of his career by just 4 runs after running out of partners at the other end! Pakistan came back well with the ball, Irfan (9-32-3) and Wahab (10-42-2) extracting some nasty bounce to catch the edge of the West Indian mainstays and Ajmal also chipping in with vital wickets. In the end, Pakistan total of 170 was about 20 runs short on a pitch which seemed harmless but did have some surprises in it.
WICKET! Irfan picks up Narine who attempted a needless cut off that wide delivery! Next man in Ravi Rampaul is a capable bat though. But Bravo has sent in Roach! 6 runs to go, 2 wickets in hand.
Ajmal concedes 8 runs from his final over and though it seemed for a moment that there was going to be more drama, the game now seems to be well within the grasp of the Windies! Narine and Ramdin looking solid here despite the pressure. 9 runs from 11 wickets, 3 wickets to go.
WICKET! Ajmal gets Bravo! Pakistan with their noses in front now. WI 147/7 in 37
WICKET! A string of boundaries and then Wahab gets the prized wicket of Pollard! Pakistan can believe yet! This once again was a fast rising delivery that the batsman edged to the keeper. Powerplay on 34 from 14.3 with 4 wickets to go! Ramdin walks in. Surely, Misbah must gamble with Ajmal from the other end.
Junaid Khan back into the attack, he will be looking to get some reverse going! Bravo and Pollard just need to work it around and the West Indies will be home and dry. Pakistan, it seems, will have to force the issue.
This game has still got a few twists and turns I think, so Pakistan should keep believing. - Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special
Wahab starts after the drinks break and his second spell will need to be as good as the first if Pakistan are to win this! He has often been found wanting with his accuracy in his second spell but there's no room for that today. 58 from 19 overs now.
SIX! Pollard smacks Hafeez for a flat six over long on! He's starting to get it in the middle now and Pakistan must beware! And Akmal drops the big ball the very next ball, tough but Pakistan needed that one to stick! WI 112/5 in 30 overs.
Saeed Ajmal 129 wkts ave 22.92, S/r 33.2 in 82 ODIs. Saqlain Mushtaq had 163 wkts after 82mts ave 18.80, S/r 26.3 - 34 wkts more. - @mohanstatsman (Twitter)
Misbah could finish today having played one of the great innings. - Andrew McGlashan @andymcg_cricket (Twitter)
Captain Bravo and Pollard at the crease now as Irfan comes back into the attack. He's picked up 2 for 24 so far and has troubled the batsman his menacing length.
Hafeez into the attack and picks up a wicket with his very first ball! Wow! That's the big one of Samuels too! Hafeez threw it up and the batsman charged, the delivery held its line and Samuels was found miles out of his crease! WI 96/5 in 26 overs.
FOUR! Pollard finally manages to get one away! It was just a short-arm jab and it almost landed outside the boundary rope. Ajmal won't mind this too much and will perhaps continue to throw the ball in the air! It's time now that Hafeez also has a go with the ball because if Samuels and Pollard stick around any longer, this will be out of Pakistan's hands!
Wahab bowls that one at 149 kph and Keiron Pollard takes evasive action! That one flew like the WACA of old, something Jeff Thomson would have produced back in the day! The good thing about Wahab so far has been his control despite bowling quick.
That was brilliant from Wahab Riaz, we know he bowls a heavy ball but this was well directed, this is a big one because they are chipping away. West Indies still have a lot of work to do. - Russel Arnold, BBC Test Match Special
WICKET! Sarwan doesn't last long! Wahab produces a delivery his hero, the great Wasim Akram, would have been proud of! Once again, it rise off a length and catches the batsman's gloves on the way to the keeper. WI 81/4 in 18 overs.
Gayle goes! Ajmal throws it up the big West Indian and Gayle is thoroughly beaten first by that doosra Ramnaresh Sarwan walks into bat now, playing his first ODI since February of this year. Can Ajmal be the man today for Pakistan?
Perhaps the upcoming Ashes have distracted Pakistan from focusing on this match properly? - @RichieBenaud_ (Twitter)
West Indies, after a few early hiccups, have eased to 72/2 in 16 as the players take a break for drinks. At this stage it seems quite simple for Bravo's men. The little bit of bite that the pitch offered after the light shower has gone. The ball is spinning but there's isn't enough zip to trouble the batsmen.
Ajmal has come into the attack ahead of Hafeez, he's getting turn but surely the 'Professor' can be given a go while Gayle is there!
West Indies move to 50/2 in 11 overs as Wahab replaces Junaid.
FOUR! That one is out of the top drawer, it wasn't a half-volley by Junaid and Samuels played on the up straight past the bowler. Too good! WI 49/2 in 10 overs.
4,4,4! First Samuels flays Junaid over the cover and then Gayle get's in on the act, taking Irfan to task! Is it time for Pakistan to introduce Mohammad Hafeez, who is excellent against lefties? It could be a gamble but with a 170 to defend it's not something Pakistan can mull over for too long. WI 44/2 in 9 overs.
This is the battle everyone had been waiting for, Gayle vs Irfan, one giant against another and its terrific to see a swashbuckler like Gayle fending some away from his chest! Gayle replies in typical fashion though, smacking Irfan way over his head for a big SIX! The next delivery goes for four legbyes as Gayles makes room to heave it over the infield! 10 runs from that over. WI 30/2 in 7.
The hero for the West Indies at last year's World T20, Marlon Samuels, now walks in and he too is greeted with a few sharp ones from Irfan.
Irfan gets another one! Darren Bravo, Lara's lookalike, gets a peach, the ones fast bowlers dream of. That ball rose of a length and moved away just a shade, getting the shoulder of Bravo's bat and Kamran Akmal completes an easy catch!
Gayle shows glimpses of the great Brian Lara with a stylish pull! -Photo by AFP
FOUR! Gayle plays a one-legged pull ala Brian Lara, and the ball runs away towards fine leg! Beautiful!
A string of boundaries to Johnson Charles, before the right-hander succumbs to the extra bounce of Irfan, Wahab takes the catch at fine leg!
Pakistan come out, there has been no reduction in overs but slight drizzle will perhaps helps Irfan, Junaid and Wahab.
Irfan falls and Misbah misses that elusive century yet again! But what a knock from the Pakistani captain, to have taken his team to a total of some respectability. Misbah remains not out on 96 off 127 balls with 5 fours and 3 sixes! For all the criticism Misbah gets for his batting, this innings shows exactly why he cannot afford to be 'free flowing'. Pakistan's 170 will at least their bowlers a workout and if they manage to get a few early on maybe make a game out of it! For the West Indies Kemar Roach (10-28-3) was excellent early on as he sliced through Pakistan's top order and left them on the mat from there on. He found an excellent strike partner in spin magician Sunil Narine (10-34-3) , who struck regular blows to prevent a Pakistani fightback.
It seems only Misbah came here to play cricket. The rest came to take a ride on the London Eye.- @NadeemfParacha (Twitter)
Irfan surives five deliveries in that Bravo over, the West Indian captain tried everything there. Misbah to take strike now, he's on 95 and will be looking to get the landmark without wasting any deliveries! PAK 169/9 in 47.
Irfan needs to survive for Misbah's sake and possibly another 25-30 runs to Pakistan's eventual total.
Another six! This time Misbah dispatches Narine straight over the bowlers head! Misbah just needs 6 more runs for his maiden ODI ton after a limited overs career of 117 matches.
150 comes up for Pakistan in the 45th over and Misbah adds six more to it by sending Rampaul comfortably over long-off! PAK 159/9 in 45.
FOUR! Misbah hoicks Narine over mid-wicket, a few more of these will only make the Pakistani fans happy but not sure if it'll be enough to trouble Gayle and co. PAK 148/9 in 44
Despair for the captain, he held his hands out as if to say 'who will support me?' - Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special
Junaid Khan falls while attempting to hit Bravo's slower ball into the stands, he will certainly get an earful from Misbah who will now have no option but to play the big shots! Last man Mohammad Irfan now walks in. PAK 138/9 in 40.3
Misbah has started shuffling around the crease, a sign that he's ready to tee-off now! It must be calculated, however, with 10 over still to go. Pakistan should be looking to get at least 30-40 more runs to make a game out of this! PAK 137/8 in 40
We play ODI cricket in T20, we play Test cricket in a ODI, and I don't know what we do in Test matches tbh. - @umi_alam (Twitter)
The story of the day: Misbah lets his feelings known to Ajmal after the latter was run out, leaving the captain with no options in the end.
Saeed Ajmal runs himself out! And Misbah's running out of partners here with 13 overs still to go! Meanwhile, this is worth a look 'The Scoryboard' http://www.scoryboard.com/ PAK 136/8 in 37.5
Luck's not with Pakistan today! Misbah slam that one straight where Bravo gets a finger at it and Wahab is found well short at the non-striker's end! Pakistan, who were being touted as pre-tournament favourites, slump to 128/7 in 36.
Wahab Riaz can strike the ball but can he stay put for a bit? Misbah will need a cushion of at least two wickets when time comes to blaze it! West Indies have shown here how a little bit of discipline on these relatively harmless English tracks can pay rich dividends. Pakistan, it seems at this point, will need a little bit more than discipline when they come out to bowl, otherwise it could all be over very soon. PAK 128/6 in 36.
Misbah has now got to be there in the 50th over or else Pakistan won't get 180. 200 should be the target and anything over that will be a bonus. - Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special
Pakistani fans were out in big numbers at The Oval but had little to cheer about. -Photo by AP
FOUR! That's a top shot from Misbah as Roach comes back into the attack and is greeted with a fierce cut through point.
Kamran Akmal goes! Narine bowled it slow, wide and short, and that deserved to be smacked but Akmal tried to hit it too hard and feathered it to Ramdin! Surely, any hopes of 200 now seeming improbable for Pakistan. PAK 110/6 in 32
Malik comes and goes. Narine fires it into the pads and Malik clips it straight into the hands of short mid-wicket! Disastrous for Pakistan keeping in mind that they have an extra-long tail!
Just when it seemed Pakistan were negotiating Sunil Narine well, Jamshed gifts him a wicket! He was trying to play inside out to that flighted delivery but ended up playing straight into the hands of Rampaul at long off! The vital, 90-run partnership ends, Shoaib Malik walks in. PAK 105/4 in 29.2
Last five over Pakistan's scored at about 5.20, Misbah's shown glimpses of what maybe required of him in another 10 overs and Jamshed importantly has stuck around after consuming over 83 balls. PAK 94/3 in 27
Jamshed survives! He had tried to drive on the up ala Farhat and that edge off the bowling of Bravo landed right between the hands of Ramdin and first slip! Keiron Pollard now comes into bowl. He's the kind of bowler Pakistan have most trouble getting away, similar to Chris Harris and Gavin Larsen of New Zealand.
Jamshed plays a lovely shot off Narine through the covers, exquisite boundary that! Narine turning it big but has been guilty of bowling it too short so far. Ideally, he should be pitching it up with men around the bat and Misbah and Jamshed still a little circumspect. PAK 52/3 in 18.
This is what you normally see with Misbah-ul-Haq. He is a fighter, and he does take his time. - Russel Arnold, BBC Test Match Special
Captain Bravo's back! He's keeping it very straight and seems to be troubling Misbah with the incoming deliveries.
Spin from both ends now, Sunil Narine and Marlon Samuels, the former with a bag of tricks and the latter with different varieties of darts! Should be interesting but Misbah and Jamshed will have to force the issue to score some runs.
Finally, Jamshed manages to get one in the middle, that's timed nicely through mid-wicket for a much-need boundary! PAK 30/3 in 12
Jamshed gets a streaky boundary just to the left of the second slip. If this batting performance is anything to go by, rest assured South Africa will be looking to employ similar tactics with the ball and aim at the throats of the Pakistani batsmen. PAK 23/3 in 10
Misbah may not be lucky this time as that Roach delivery gets the under edge of the bat and flies to Dinesh Ramdin who takes it inches off the ground! But they have gone upstairs again! Misbah survives again, the replays showed Ramdin dropped the ball in his attempt.
Roach strikes Misbah in front and after a loud appeal they refer it! And the impact was outside off, Misbah escapes.
Pakistan will be hoping to see off some of the shine from the two new balls but must contend with the threat of Sunil Narine when Roach and Rampaul take a break. Marlon Samuels and Kieron Pollard will be the backup bowlers as the disposal of Dwayne Bravo.
Another one gone! Roach strikes again and this time Shafiq succumbs to the extra bounce. He cut that straight into the hand of Rampaul at third-man. Misbah is the new man and he has a job at his hand!
Roach gets another one! Mohammad Hafeez after smashing the earlier delivery for four through point is beaten by pace and misses a straight one! Pakistan two down and not looking good despite decent batting conditions. Asad Shafiq now walks in. PAK 14/2 in 4.3
Jamshed flays a wide Rampaul delivery through point, the pitch is offering true bounce but no real movement. The sun's been out and so far the Champions Trophy has been dominated by big batting performances, it will be interesting to see how the Asian teams fare once the clouds arrive.
Ravi Rampaul bowls a tidy second over, only a hint of swing there but nothing unplayable yet. In other news Australian captain Michael Clarke has been ruled out from his side's first match against England, raising concerns about his participation in the Ashes series later this year. It also being reported that South African fast bowler Morne Morkel could be ruled out of South Africa's second and most crucial match against Pakistan on the June 10. South African manager Mohammed Moosajee said Morkel had sustained a left quadricep muscle strain and will undergo an MRI scan to determine how serious the injury was.
Roach get his man! Farhat falls the same way he has been for the last few years, tries to drive on the up through the covers but only ends up edging it to the slips where captain Bravo takes a neat catch! PAK 2/1
There are no surprises at the top of the order for Pakistan and it will be the left-handed duo of Imran Farhat and Nasir Jamshed to take guard. There were hints that Kamran Akmal could be elevated to the top spot after he showed some form against Ireland. Kemar Roach starts the proceedings for the West Indies after a little rest and will be looking to run in right away.
West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo has won the toss and put Pakistan in on a typically dry Oval pitch which should ease out for the batsmen once the ball get a little old. Here are the two squads:
Pakistan: Imran Farhat, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Misbah-ul-Haq*, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal†, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan
West Indies: CH Gayle, J Charles, DM Bravo, MN Samuels, RR Sarwan, DJ Bravo*, KA Pollard, D Ramdin†, SP Narine, R Rampaul, KAJ Roach