Marlon Samuels slams ton as West Indies post in 4th ODI against Pakistan

Marlon Samuels finished off the West Indian innings in style with a six over deep midwicket to remain unbeaten on 106 © Getty Images (File Photo)

Jul 21, 2013

An unbeaten century from Marlon Samuels coupled with a good supporting role from Lendl Simmons (46) led West Indies to put on 261 for seven in 49 overs in the fourth One-Day International against Pakistan at Gros Islet. Samuels’s knock of 106 from 104 deliveries was very well paced and comprised of nine boundaries and four sixes, with the fourth one coming off the last delivery of the innings.

The 95-run stand between Samuels and Simmons for the fifth wicket helped the home side put up a challenging total after the Pakistan bowlers started well. For the visitors, Junaid Khan (one for 39 in nine overs) and Saeed Ajmal (one for 43) were the pick of the bowlers. Mohammad Irfan went for a few extra runs but managed to pick up two crucial wickets (two for 60).

After winning the toss, Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq put the home side in to bat before rain delayed the start of play. When it eventually started, there was no sign of Chris Gayle coming out to open the innings.  Johnson Charles had Devon Smith for company and the duo got off to a cautious start.

While England and Australia were still figuring out how best to use the DRS at the Lord’s, Pakistan missed an opportunity to use it successfully early on in the innings, when a peach-of-a-delivery from Irfan went past Charles in the very first over. The fielders went for an appeal as they heard some noise but did not challenge the umpire’s decision that was in favour of Charles. Replays suggested there could have been the faintest nicks possible. Irfan, however, struck in the seventh over to remove Smith as the latter tried to pull a delivery and an under edge carried to Umar Akmal behind the stumps.

Left-handed Darren Bravo walked out to join Charles but this pair too couldn’t last long. Just when they began to look like they could build a good partnership, Junaid Khan got rid of Bravo in the 14th over. A couple of overs later, he trapped Charles plumb in front of the stumps to leave the home side struggling at 63 for three in the 17th over.

Marlon Samuels and Gayle then began the rescue work as they added 57 runs for the fourth wicket. After a string of ordinary performances, Gayle was finally looking like he could play a big one. But, Shahid Afridi thought otherwise. He gave away 13 runs in the 27th over but pulled one back by dismissing a well-set Gayle. The big West Indian went for one too many big shots and was caught by the substitute fielder Umar Amin at long on.

However, Samuels carried on and brought up his 23rd ODI half-century. He found an able partner in Lendl Simmons as they added 95 runs from 89 deliveries to revive the West Indian innings. Ajmal cleaned up Simmons in the 44th over for a well-made 46.

Samuels carried on till the end of the innings and even reached his fifth ODI century and finished the innings with a huge six to end at 261 for seven.

Brief scores:

West Indies 261 for 7 in 49 overs (Marlon Samuels 106*, Lendl Simmons 46; Mohammad Irfan 2 for 60) vs Pakistan

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