The venue was The Oval, Champions Trophy’s match and a two-wicket victory by West Indies – the history repeated itself as Pakistan had to pay the price of their batsmen’s failure. In the 2004 edition of the tournament, West Indies beat England in the final at the same venue and with the same margin, and now in the last Champions Trophy, they gave Pakistan a drubbing and claimed a two-wicket victory in the low-scoring thriller.

[caption id="attachment_1373" align="alignright" width="241"]Kemar Roach had the first and the last laughs: three wickets and the winning stroke (Photo: ICC) Kemar Roach had the first and the last laughs: three wickets and the winning stroke (Photo: ICC)[/caption]

Pakistani miserably failed to perform and no batsman could touch double figures, barring Misbah-ul-Haq (96) and Nasir Jamshed (50). Minus the duo’s share from the total, what you get is just 18 runs – two runs by each batsman on average. On the other hand, West Indie, too, somehow managed to chase down the target, but almost all of their batsmen played their bit.

In the first match of the tournament, batsmen ruled the day, disregarding the English conditions, but today’s match at The Oval saw bowler’s come out of hibernation. A total of 342 runs were scored in the match and 18 wickets were fallen, but the thriller had all the peaks and troughs that make a game unforgettable.

West Indies won the toss in the morning and put Pakistan into bat as expected. Pakistan lived up to West Indies’ expectations and performed as poorly as possible. They would have been all out before reaching the 100-run mark, had the third umpire not saved Misbah on duck. Kemar Roach helped West Indies to strengthen their position by dismissing Imran Farhat (2), Mohammad Hafeez (4) and Asad Shafiq (0) in a single spell. But Roach had a less share in the fiasco and the credit must go to the shot selection of Pakistani batsmen.

Misbah entered the ground when Pakistan were 15 for three and he put in a captain’s innings. Misbah escaped an lbw appeal on the first ball, but on the second ball he was almost out when the ball kissed his bat and went to wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin, who took the catch and apparently ended Misbah’s innings as the umpire raised his index finger. But the umpire felt something fishy just in the nick of time and referred the decision to the third umpire, who found that the ball touched the ground after landing into Ramdin’s gloves. The umpire changed his decision and Misbah was now once again at the crease.

Jamshed and Misbah added 90 runs in the fourth wicket and at the time when both seemed to poised to amass a big total, Jamshed lost his wicket, trying to hit Sunil Narine. Shoaib Malik was sent packing in the same over with a golden duck, and moments later Kamran Akmal was returning to the pavilion after spending 12 minutes at the crease. Now West Indies were in complete control of the game as Pakistan’s one end was in a very vulnerable position.

[caption id="attachment_1374" align="alignright" width="216"]Misbah’s 96-run innings went in vain (Photo: Getty Images) Misbah’s 96-run innings went in vain (Photo: Getty Images)[/caption]

Wahab Riaz had the misfortune to lose his wicket after Misbah’s shot disturbed the bails at the non-striker’s end, touching Bravo’s hand on its way. Saeed Ajmal’s blind running on the wicket cost him his innings. Misbah and Mohammad Irfan added 32 runs in the last wicket, but the latter departed at the time when the captain was just four runs away from his maiden century. Pakistan innings finished on 170 and Misbah left the ground on 96 not out.

Roach and Narine took three wickets apiece, while Ravi Rampaul and Dwayne Bravo also took one wicket each.

West Indies’ start was not good either as the lost Johnson Charles (9) and Darren Bravo (0) to Irfan on just 15 runs. A 60-run partnership between Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels played a pivotal part in the low-scoring match.

Pakistan tried to come back in the match in vain many a time. Gayle was clean bowled by Ajmal after making 39 off 47, including a six and four fours, and then Riaz dismissed Ramnaresh Sarwan, who had just entered the ground. But the bowlers could do nothing as the batsmen had not done anything. Match did enter an interesting phase but remained out of Pakistan’s reach, even at the time when West Indies were 94 for five.

Pakistan’s optimism vanished into thin air after a 43-run partnership between Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo. Although Pakistan took more wickets after that, but the episode ended in the 41st over when Roach hit a match-winning four. What else Twenty20 world champions need than starting their Champions Trophy campaign with a two-wicket win?

Pakistan scored 30 to 40 runs less required to set a defendable target. And they will be in bigger trouble as their upcoming matches are against South Africa and arch-rivals India. West Indies will also face the same opponents but they will be through to the semi-finals if they win one more match.

Irfan was the most successful bowler for Pakistan by taking three wickets against 32 runs in nine overs, while Ajmal and Riaz took two wickets apiece. Mohammad Hafeez also took one wicket. It would be an injustice not to mention the effort put in by Pakistani bowlers. They tried to defend and indefensible target and the same performance is expected in the coming matches, but the remaining rests with the batsmen, because it would be futile to pin all your hopes on bowlers if batsmen failed to perform.

Roach was given the man-of-the-match award for his killing heroics with the ball. West Indies are now at the top of the Group B after the win, with India on the second position.

The next match of the tournament is scheduled to play tomorrow (Saturday) in Birmingham between defending champions Australia and the hosts England.

Pakistan vs West Indies

Champions Trophy 2013, Match 2

June 7, 2013

Venue: The Oval, London

Result: West Indies won by 2 wickets

Man of the match: Kemar Roach

Imran Farhatc DJ Bravo b Roach2600
Nasir Jamshedc Rampaul b Narine509350
Mohammad Hafeezb Roach4910
Asad Shafiqc Rampaul b Roach0400
Misbah-ul-Haqnot out9612753
Shoaib Malikc DJ Bravo b Narine0100
Kamran Akmalc Ramdin b Narine2800
Wahab Riazrun out (DJ Bravo)61400
Saeed Ajmalrun out (Pollard/Rampaul)2300
Junaid Khanc Gayle b DJ Bravo0900
Mohammad Irfanc DJ Bravo b Rampaul21400
Extras(leg-bye 1, wides 5)6
Total(all out; 48 overs)170


West Indies (bowling)OversMaidenRunsWickets
Kemar Roach104283
Ravi Rampaul100391
Dwyane Bravo90291
Marlon Samuels50170
Sunil Narine101343
Kieron Pollard40220


ویسٹ انڈیزTarget: 171 runsRunsWickets4s6s
Chris Gayleb Saeed Ajmal394741
Johnson Charlesc Wahab Riaz b M  Irfan91420
Darren Bravoc Kamran Akmal b M Irfan0400
Marlon Samuelsst Kamran Akmal b M Hafeez35730
Ramnaresh Sarwanc Kamran Akmal b Wahab Riaz1200
Kieron Pollardc Kamran Akmal b Wahab Riaz305831
Dwayne Bravolbw b Saeed Ajmal193600
Denesh Ramdinnot out111410
Sunil Narinec Kamran Akmal b M Irfan11820
Kemar Roachnot out5610
Extras(leg-byes 10, wickets 5, no-balls 2)17
Total(8 wickets; 40.4 overs)172


Pakistan (bowling)OversMaidenRunsWickets
Mohammad Irfan90323
Junaid Khan7.40360
Saeed Ajmal101382
Wahab Riaz101422
Mohammad Hafeez40141
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