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GROS ISLET, Saint Lucia: 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: CH Gayle, J Charles†, DS Smith, DM Bravo, MN Samuels, LMP Simmons, DJ Bravo*, DJG Sammy, KAJ Roach, SP Narine, JO Holder

Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq*, Haris Sohail, Umar Akmal†, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan


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Mohammad Shafi
Jul 21, 2013 08:01pm

Why bowling first? We are not good in chasing over 150.

Sarah
Jul 21, 2013 10:55pm

Good batting pitch for Pakistan batsman to score runs.If not here then no where.

Guest63
Jul 21, 2013 11:25pm

Can not Bat mostly , Can not bowl some times , Can Not Field Almost always , So why worry weather to Bat First or bowl First , The result would be almost identical in loosing , so These YoYos , thought the first ODI win ( a fluke by the Flukest of the man in green called Afridi ) , was a turning point for the teams' fortunes ........ Think again ..... This series will decide for the better placement in the ICC ODI ranking for only one team West Indies , they will leapfrog the green shirts .

Sami
Jul 22, 2013 04:09am

Congratulations to team Pak for winning the game. Still a major question mark? What if the game was not reduced and Pakistan had to make 260 in 49 overs. Looking at the way Hafeez and Nasir were playing before the rain delay, most likely Pakistan would not be able to get to the target 260/49, so many dot balls. Our Batsmen need to do a lot of practice in rotating strikes. Talent is there but batsmen need to play ball in gaps, that will help score board moving and relives pressure from the batsman.

Folks just an old days reminder for our COACHES. During test matches after days play MIandad used to do 2 hours of batting practice for the next days play.... So the answer for our batsmen to perform more consistently and effectively is to PRACTICE by keeping the ball in the field and scoring runs, 4s and 6s will come automatically.

Sarah
Jul 22, 2013 06:31am

Yahooooooooo Now West Indies cannot win this Series.Congratulations Pakistan Captain Misbah!You deserve to be Man of the Series!

M
Jul 22, 2013 09:37am

Seems like that if we go out and bat with a positive intent, we can actually cross 150 without many hiccups. Well done Team Pakistan!

AK
Jul 22, 2013 10:09am

BOOM BOOM again FAILED...show him the door ASAP.

Alfarooq Kemal
Jul 22, 2013 10:50am

Congratulations for Pakistani Cricket Team for bringing laurel to their supporters around the globe; I hope that they 'll keep similar cool discipline as well professional outlook in the 5th match and throughout their West Indies tour.

Johar
Jul 22, 2013 01:31pm

Misbah-Why Junaid bowled 9 overs? I was shocked that one of the best bowler overs were reduced.

pct
Jul 22, 2013 01:33pm

ahh..Alhamdulillah we won that fortunately.but one thing I have to admit we won that due to rain,our bowlers did'nt do well except Junaid who was the sole who bowled well.hats off to misbah bhai who is Masha Allah so consistent and real gem.well batted hafeez and akmal also..

Johar
Jul 22, 2013 01:46pm

To the Coach: Please note that Pakistan can play better when allowed a natural fast pace game and have better chances of winning. Please do not restrict the team.

Nadeem Ullah
Jul 22, 2013 01:46pm

@Mohammad Shafi: Well sir, it's true we aren't good in chasing, but we should exercise this in such series. So that way the team could be capable of chasing in big tournaments.

Rogers Evans
Jul 22, 2013 01:48pm

Thank you, RAIN. You helped Pakistan win, otherwise WI total was not possible to chase.

Nadeem Ullah
Jul 22, 2013 01:58pm

Well, good chase in a T20 fashion :-) Not sure why Misbah can't play always like this, even when he really can do it.

pakfan
Jul 22, 2013 02:42pm

To get big totals our batsmen have to convert dot balls into singles and doubles. Hope our coaches also see the limitation and plan to work on this. Rain rescued Pakistan to win this game.

AJ
Jul 22, 2013 03:24pm

Winning against WI does not give answers to the questions Pakistan cricket is facing right now. Hafeez might have scored a half century on this flate track but it is now known to every one that he won't score where the ball deviates even in fractions. Afridi won a match single handedly but then it was it. He is a feilure as a whole and did not earn a place in the team. Sometimes it is impossible to understand Afridi's state of mind as he goes on to do the same and make his own fall.

AJ
Jul 22, 2013 03:26pm

What will happen when Misbah is gone??

Hakim
Jul 22, 2013 03:31pm

@Guest63: You must be kidding. The fielding has been pretty sharp. The bowling is always one of the best in the world. The batting may be a worry in the matches before.

But you have to laud the batting performance in the last ODI unless you are only here to find negatives.

pct
Jul 22, 2013 03:57pm

@Guest63: haha really agressive post..but we have mostly problems with batting 2nd,toss plays a vital role in our games lad..you are writing that ''can't bowl sometimes' and bowling is our strength if we bowl well then we win games almost.

pct
Jul 22, 2013 03:58pm

@Mohammad Shafi: we chased it

Hyder Ali
Jul 22, 2013 04:14pm

Sir,

Misbah was right to emphasise that rainfall change the complexion of the game to a T20 game otherwise chasing 250 plus score would have been difficult.

This victory should not cover up the failure of top class Pakistani bowling to kill the game off in death overs in this series and have been generously gifting away runs over 8 runs per over during last 10 overs.

Another notable point to note is that world class player like Chris Gayle batted in middle order to facilitate his team whereas Pakistani players always resist to give up their usual batting orders.

Regards,

Hyder

US Centcom
Jul 22, 2013 06:06pm

A great Win! They were positive and aggressive at the same time. I really hope that they will carry the same momentum into the last ODI on Wednesday.

Ali Khan

Norman
Jul 22, 2013 06:31pm

@Guest63: wooooh, sorry dude. better luck next time. Pakistan Rules and you cant seem to live with that. well there are options for you, like dont watch cricket because as long as Pakistan is playing, there are no rules. cant bat, cant bowl cant field but hell yeah!!!! they sure CAN WIN.

Malik
Jul 23, 2013 01:52pm

@Hyder Ali: Gayle was dropped in the order because he was unable to play with new ball.

Mohammad Shafi
Jul 23, 2013 03:20pm

@pct: Alhamdulillah.

pct
Jul 23, 2013 09:16pm

@Mohammad Shafi: yup