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Pakistan in no mood to relax against Windies


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Pakistan currently have a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. -File photo by AFP
Pakistan currently have a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. -File photo by AFP

GROS ISLET: After ensuring that their unbeaten run in head-to-head series in the West Indies since the 1988 tour will be extended, Pakistan are in no mood to relax when the final One-Day International of the five-match series against West Indies is played at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia on Wednesday.

Following a six-wicket win in the rain-affected fourth match at the same venue on Sunday, the tourists enjoy an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the series and the hosts are under increasing pressure to get the win that will square the rubber and at least reassure Caribbean fans that the regional team is steadily improving in the countdown to the next World Cup.

The third fixture, also played at Beausejour, finished in a tie.

“We're looking forward to winning again. We gained a lot from that win (on Sunday) and confidence will be high for this final game,” said Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq in anticipating the final challenge.

He was full of praise for left-arm seamer Junaid Khan. Together with Mohammad Irfan, they have been the most effective spearheads for Pakistan.

However their third left-armer, Wahab Riaz, has found the going tough in the last two matches and may be forced to make way for Asad Ali, who opened the bowling in the first two matches in Guyana.

Despite proving to be extremely expensive in the final overs of their opponents' innings so far in the series, West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo has continued to opt for his medium-pacers at the death, often resulting in a significant acceleration of the Pakistani scoring.

He finally admitted in the aftermath of defeat on Sunday that those tactics will have to be revisited.

Yet it remains to be seen what he will choose to do on the day given the reluctance to utilise Darren Sammy when the late charge is on, despite the fact that the former ODI captain has been consistently one of the most economical bowlers with his medium-pacers.

Following Wednesday's series finale, the teams travel to St Vincent for back-to-back T20 Internationals at the weekend, which will conclude Pakistan's short tour.

Comments (6) Closed

Khurram Jul 23, 2013 11:44pm

They should give a chance to Abdur Rehman instead of Asad Ali..if replacing Wahab Riaz..and he should be replaced I must say. Asad Ali doesn't look impressive at all.

Haq Jul 24, 2013 12:48am

Pakistan need to rest Wahab Riaz and give the bowl to Asad Ali. Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed open, rest Ahmed Shahzad (4 ODIs without any impact) and let Umar Amin or Harris Sohail bat at # 3. 1. Nasir 2. Hafeez 3. Harris Sohail 4. Misbah 5. Umar Amin 6. U. Akmal 7. Afridi 8. Saeed Ajmal 9. Asad Ali 10. Junaid 11. Irfan

Babar Jul 24, 2013 01:01am

Yes, team has done well but the question why did our skipper persisted with riaz in third ODI's last over is still unanswered. Also he made the same mistake in last ODI as one commentator pointed out about Misbah's field placing in riaz's over which cost us 15 odd runs. If history is any indication, we never learn anything from our mistakes leave alone winning.

Omar S Jul 24, 2013 01:34am

The odds (satta) is against the W Indies, so if Pakistan win, then the bookies will have to MAKE payments. 5th ODI is fixed already with high stakes set for a Pakistan win. Thus, Pakistan will lose and the bookies and of course the players themselves will RECEIVE biggg bucks on tomorrows game. Just wait and watch the approach of the players will seem like a galli mohalla team playing at international level.

Asif Jul 25, 2013 09:22pm

@Haq: Mr. Haq you were dead wrong about Ahmed Shahzad, if it was not for him we would have lost the ODI. Also, we should give him same number of chances as we have given to Hafeez, Malik and Imran Farhat since he is far better batsman and fielder than most of the current players in Pak side. Also, people like you must be running PCB since you have no common sense and I sure do hope one day we get rid off people like you from PCB operations. Umair Ameen is same calibor batsman as Imran Farhat so keep your Muhallah team at Muhallah level we are talking about International level which seems to be beyond your comprehension....................

Asif Jul 25, 2013 09:24pm

@Khurram: You got that right, we have far better bowlers than Asad Ali, to name few Anwar Ali, Sadaf Hussain, Abdur Rehman and they all can bat as well so why are not PCB picking them i guess it must be becaus of common sense that PCB seems to have big shortage off........