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Pakistan victorious in close fought tour opener

Updated Jul 12, 2013 11:38pm


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Saeed Ajmal was the pick of the bowlers- Reuters Photo
Saeed Ajmal was the pick of the bowlers- Reuters Photo

Pakistan came out victorious in their first tour match against the Guyana side in the Caribbean, in a closely fought contest at Bourda.

Pakistan’s batting woes continued to worry them as late contributions pushed them to 246 before Mohammad Irfan and Saeed Ajmal halted the Guyanese chase seven runs short.

After being sent into bat by the hosts in overcast conditions, Pakistan eased to 12 for no loss in three overs before rain interrupted play briefly. After resumption of play, the opening pair of Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad put on 62 at a scoring rate of just under four an over before Jamshed was bowled by the left arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul.

The same bowler claimed Mohammad Hafeez’s scalp six overs later to leave Pakistan at 86-2. With captain Misbah-ul-Haq at the other end, Shehzad reached his half century in 58 balls before eventually getting stumped on 68 off the bowling of Devendra Bishoo.

The Pakistan skipper was first of three quick wickets to fall to spin, followed by the young pair of Umar Akmal, who is making a comeback in this series, and Asad Shafiq to leave Pakistan at 160-6.

However, Shahid Afridi, making yet another comeback to the national side, rescued Pakistan along with Wahab Riaz. Afridi hit 31 runs in his trademark aggressive fashion scoring sixes off Steven Jacobs and Keon Joseph but was soon caught while trying to clear the long-off boundary.

Umar Amin, however, provided some late momentum with a couple boundaries to carry his side to 246-9, scoring an unbeaten 17 in the process. The pick of the local bowlers was Permaul who finished the innings with overall figures of 10-3-27-3.

Guyana’s chase started poorly with the 7-foot tall pacer Mohammad Irfan claiming the wickets of both openers Trevon Griffith and Anthony Bramble within the first five overs. Windies veteran Ramnaresh Sarwan put on 54 runs for the third wicket partnership with Leon Johnson. Sarwan lost his wicket to left arm spinner Abdur Rehman, edging the delivery through to keeper Umar Akmal who is filling the spot vacated by elder brother Kamran.

Leon Johnson led the recovery by the hosts hitting Afridi for two fours in one over and then pulling Abdur Rehman for six over mid-wicket to take Guyana to 138. At this point, Pakistan spin wizard Saeed Ajmal put the brakes on the innings, dismissing Johnson and then Fudadin.

Left arm batsman Narsingh Deonarine put up resistance to the Pakistan bowling attack hitting five fours and two sixes before being bowled by Ajmal on 55, leaving the hosts with 77 to get from the final 10 overs. The Guyanese batting tail showed resilience, adding 41 for the 9th wicket but Ajmal claimed his 5th wicket, trapping Steven Jacobs in front of his wicket before rookie pacer Asad Ali dismissed Bishoo for his first wicket of the day, handing Pakistan a 7 run win.

Pakistan play the West Indies in the first of five ODI’s on Sunday in Providence (18:00 PST), followed by two T20 internationals.


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Sid Jul 12, 2013 08:51pm

Who and where is Guyana ??

kulukkubaba Jul 13, 2013 12:49am

Yep, we won the world cup! So, lets celebrate big time!!

shaukat Basit Jul 13, 2013 04:55am

Good start and good luck boys.

johnny bhai Jul 13, 2013 07:00am

with jokes like shahid afridi, wahab riyaz and hafeez

please consider this to be the only win in this tour

raj Jul 13, 2013 09:47am

Very poor performance by batsman except Ahmed shehzad and Afridi rest all Tumble,Mr.Misbha and Hafeez must give place to other good players who are not getting chance to play as nothing left in them.From Misbha we never seen a good performance against good balling attack and even hafeez only playing with over confidence he has too stick to his basics and dont fly to high... R
Nasir Jamshed b Permaul 19
Ahmed Shehzad st

AJ Jul 13, 2013 02:46pm

It is a pity to watch pakistan batting pattren of 10s and 20s but inspite of all this, Misbah will go on to keep Haris Sohail out of the playing eleven. Mohammad Hafiz is the main problem in this team but the management is not ready to play himat no. 5 or 6.

raj Jul 13, 2013 07:26pm

Very bad batting performance,,,Specially by top Order Misbha ,Hafeez and Jamshed not scording 30+ very Poor Mr.Tuk tuk .Afridi played brilliantly under pressure.Misbha has to take the charge as Mahender Singh Dhoni or have to quit if he is not having guts to play like Mahiii....

RAJ Jul 14, 2013 11:49am

It was poor performance by Pak top batting order specially Misbha the great Tuk Tuk,Hafeez,Nasir Jamshed, they need to bat down the order as they can defend if pak looses early wickets while scoring fast ,let Afridi open the batting with Nasir jamshed than Umar akmal, asad shafiq,hafeez let defensive batsman Mr.Tuk tuk bat down the order wen pak looses quick wickets...