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West Indies surrender lead
Some 10,000 Guyanese, after taking in Palm Sunday celebrations which represented Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, yesterday turned up at the Providence Stadium but West Indies gave them nothing to celebrate, as they returned to old ways and at the end of the day the Brighto Cup series stood at 1-1.
After their wonderful victory in the first game, the West Indies went under to Pakistan by 74 runs. Babar Azam scored a brilliant unbeaten 125 to take Pakistan to 283 for five after their 50-over allotment.
The West Indies top order was then toppled and despite good lower order batting from skipper Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo and Alzari Joseph, the West Indies fell for 208 with five overs and a ball to spare.
Both teams will return to the same venue tomorrow to decide who will take hold of the trophy and the ICC ODI points.
With the pitch playing slower and lower as the day progressed the West Indian batsmen went out there in pursuit of 283 runs playing shots from ball one, not realising that “proper” cricket would have taken them home.
Evin Lewis (13), Chadwick Walton (10), Shai Hope (15), Keiran Powell (11) and Jonathan Carter (12) all got into double figures but could not provide a foundation for an onslaught later on. Friday’s hero Jason Mohammed got only one.
The fans were left wondering what would could have happened, had the batsmen given the West Indies a good start. Holder and Nurse posted 58 runs before Nurse fell for 44 off 43 balls with six fours and a six.
Bishoo came, scored 12 and saw another 23 runs added in time at the crease with Holder. However, the partnership that caught everyone by surprise was between Holder and Joseph which was worth 52 runs from 10.1 overs. Joseph perished for 15 and Holder was the last man out for an excellent 68 of 87 balls with six fours and one six. Pacer Hasan Ali adopting an immaculate line and length finished with the career best figures of 5/38.
Earlier, the West Indies won the toss and asked the Pakistanis to take first strike.
The opening bowlers Holder and Shannon Gabriel bowled well in tandem and Gabriel was able to remove Ahmed Shehzad for five.
Kamral Akmal could not get off to his usual flying start as both bowlers were on sound. Akmal scratched to 21 before he clipped a ball pitched outside leg to wicketkeeper Hope off Joseph. Pakistan reached their 50 in the 11th over with two wickets down.
Mohammad Hafeez and Azam then got together to repair the innings and pulled Pakistan out of the early trouble. Bishoo was bowling well, getting turn and bounce and this created ample problems for both batsmen. While Azam was sublime, Hafeez struggled and they just could not break the shackles.
Wicket-taker Nurse came on and immediately got rid of Hafeez for 32 with the score at 113. The right hander faced 50 balls, striking two fours and a six.
Almost immediately after Bishoo got into the act and sent back the dangerous Shoaib Malik for nine, stumped by Hope, who at that point had a hand in all four dismissals.
Azam was still there and brought up his half century of 61 balls with four fours.
The visitors needed someone to bat deep and he put his hands up.
Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed the busy body in the Pakistani line-up came and got a frenetic 26 of 26 balls before he was caught of the bowling of a persistent Shannon Gabriel.
What transpired next was refreshing for Pakistan, as Imad Wasim joined Azam to add 99 runs unbeaten over 11.2 overs to give Pakistan a good score of 282 for five. Azam brought up his fifth ODI century of 123 balls and then pushed on to finish on 125 not out of 132 balls with seven fours and three sixes. Wasim clocked 43 not out with two sixes and two fours.
WI vs Pakistan Pakistan inns
A Shehzad c Hope b Gabriel 5
K Akmal c Hope b Joseph 21
B Azam not out 125
M Hafeez st Hope b Nurse 32
S Malik c Hope b Bishoo 9
S Ahmed c Walton b Gabriel 26
I Wasim not out 43
Extras 1b, 9lb, 9w, 2nb 21
Total for 5 wkts (50ovs) 282
Fall of wkts: 16, 44, 113, 128, 183.
Bowling: S Gabriel 10-1-50-2, J Holder 9-0-48-0, A Joseph 9-0-69-1, D Bishoo 10-0-40-1, A Nurse 10-0-42-1, J Carter 2-0-23-0.
C Walton c Ali b J Khan 10
E Lewis lbw Amir 13
S Hope c S Khan b Ali 15
K Powell lbw Powell 11
J Carter lbw Hafeez 12
J Mohammed c Ahmed b Hafeez 1
J Holder c Azam b Ali 68
A Nurse lbw Ali 44
D Bishoo lbw S Khan 16
A Joseph c Azam b Ali 15
S Gabriel not out 0
Extras: 1lb, 2w 3
Total: all out (44.5ovs) 208
Fall of wkts: 22, 27, 46, 51, 56, 75, 133, 156, 208, 208.
Bowling: M Amir 7-1-36-1, J Khan 6-0-41-1, H Ali 8.5-1-38-5, M Hafeez 6-0-23-2, I Wasim 7-0-29-0, S Khan 10-1-40-1.
Result: Pakistan won by 74 runs.
Series levelled at 1-1.
Man of the match: Babar Azam.
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