Pakistan unexpectedly beat West Indies by 6 wickets to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. The builders of the victory were Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Akmal, who helped Pakistan chased a target after a long time.

[caption id="attachment_1917" align="alignright" width="300"]As the match resumed after rain, Mohammad Hafeez turned the tables (Photo: AFP) As the match resumed after rain, Mohammad Hafeez turned the tables (Photo: AFP)[/caption]

The 4th ODI in the St Lucia was a surprising match for Pakistan from every aspect. Having chosen to bowl after winning the toss, Pakistan were facing a big target as West Indian batsmen, especially Marlon Samuels, took their team by storm. Moreover, Pakistan’s sloppy fielding also made matter worse for the. But Pakistan managed to save the day, at last.

After the disappointing performance on the last ODI, when Pakistan started chasing the target of 262 runs, their chances of winning were scarce. As Pakistan lost both their openers on 60, the batsmen who were did not seem to make runs at the required run rate of more than 8.5. Rain ruined about an hour’s game after 17 overs. And when the match resumed, the revised target for Pakistan was 189 runs in 31 overs.

Hafeez’s inning of 59 off 62 made the chase easier. The way he scored 32 runs in two overs and hit two sixes to Jason Holder turned the tables on Wets Indies. Later Misbah’s 53 off 43 and Umar Akmal’s 19 off 18 led Pakistan to their destination. Umar’s three back-to-back fours to Dwayne Bravo in the 30th over ended the game an over before.

[caption id="attachment_1918" align="alignright" width="210"]Marlon Samuels’ outstanding century went in vain (Photo: AFP) Marlon Samuels’ outstanding century went in vain (Photo: AFP)[/caption]

Pakistan’s bowling, however, was not up to the mark. Samuels’ hundred was a blow to the confidence of the tourist bowlers. His brilliant knock helped West Indies amass the biggest total of the series. The most disappointing thing for Pakistan was that they opted to bowl after winning the toss as it was equal to undermining the team’s confidence, particularly after the bowlers’ bad performance in the last match. Wahab Riaz was once again out of form and gave 42 run sin 6 overs, whereas Shahid Afridi gave 41 runs in as much overs. Samuels remained unbeaten after a smashing knock of 106 off 104 which included a six on the last ball of the innings.

It’s a fact that batting was the catalyst for Pakistan, because bowling and filed did enough to get the match off the tourists’ hands. As compared to the previous match, Pakistan today dropped a catch and missed a stump, too.

Although Pakistan weaknesses have been concealed beneath the thin layer of the victory, the team needs to win the series 3-1, and does not take it for granted to level the 2-2. The fifth and the last one-dayer will be played in the same ground on July 24.

West Indies vs Pakistan

4th ODI

July 21, 2013

Venue: Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia

Result: Pakistan won by 6 wickets (D/L method)

Man of the match: Marlon Samuels

ویسٹ انڈیزRunsBalls4s6s
Devon Smithc Umar Akmal b Mohammad Irfan82210
Johnson Charleslbw b Junaid Khan324850
Darren Bravoc Saeed Ajmal b Wahab Riaz91810
Marlon Samuelsnot out10610494
Chris Gaylec sub (Umar Amin) b Shahid Afridi304631
Lendl Simmonsb Saeed Ajmal464451
Darren Sammyb Mohammad Irfan7901
Dwayne Bravorun out (Umar Akmal/Mohammad Irfan)6510
Kemar Roachnot out0000
Extras(leg-byes 6, wides 9, no-balls 2)17
Total(7 wickets; 49 overs)261


Pakistan (bowling)OversMaidensRunsWickets
Mohammad Irfan101602
Mohammad Hafeez81300
Junaid Khan92391
Wahab Riaz60421
Shahid Afridi60411
Saeed Ajmal100431


پاکستانTarget: 189 (31 overs)RunsBalls4s6s
Nasir Jamshedrun out (Charles/Narine)223710
Ahmed Shehzadlbw b Holder141420
Mohammad Hafeezc DM Bravo b Roach596252
Misbah-ul-Haqnot out534331
Shahid Afridic Simmons b DJ Bravo7710
Umar Akmalnot out291840
Extras(leg-bye 1, wides 3, no-balls 1)5
Total(4 wickets; 30 overs)189


West Indies (bowling)OversMaidensRunsWickets
Jason Holder50411
Kemar Roach61331
Sunil Narine70290
Darren Sammy30100
Dwayne Bravo60491
Marlon Samuels30260
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