Pakistan snatch 6-wicket win over West Indies by D/L method in 4th ODI

Misbah ul Haq scored 53 off 47 to give his side a 2-1 lead in the five-match series © AFP

Jul 22, 2013

Misbah-ul-Haq’s uncharacteristic knock (53 not out off 47 deliveries), Mohammad Hafeez’s crucial half-century (59) and Umar Akmal’s (29 not out off 19 deliveries) final over blitz helped Pakistan take an unassailable 2-1 lead over the West Indies by registering a 6-wicket win via D/L method in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) at Gros Islet.

Chasing 261, Pakistan did not have the best of starts when Jason Holder trapped opener Ahmed Shehzad in front of the wicket in the fifth over. Shehzad went for a review but in vain as the ball pitched marginally outside the off stump and angled in to hit him on the back leg.

Mohammad ‘Professor’ Hafeez joined Nasir Jamshed in the middle. They did well to add 40 runs in the next 10 overs before a terrible mix-up led to Jamshed’s run out. Hafeez played the ball towards the cover fielder and began to run. Jamshed responded, but Hafeez backtracked. By the time Jamshed scampered back to the crease, the bails were dislodged and he had to depart with the score at 60 for two in the 15th over.

An over later, players had to rush off the field as dark clouds hovered above the ground and began pouring. At this stage, Pakistan were on 68 for two from 17 overs, still needing 194 runs to win from 33 overs.

When play resumed close to an hour-and-a-half later, Pakistan were looking at a revised target of 189
from 31 overs. That meant, they needed 121 runs from the remaining 14 overs at a daunting required rate of 8.64 runs per over.

The task was herculean but Hafeez took it head on and went about playing his shots. He found an able ally in Misbah who shed his inhibitions of scoring quick and played a few shots of his own. He welcomed Marlon Samuels with a boundary down fine leg and smashed one through extra cover boundary. The over fetched 13 runs and gave Pakistan a shimmer of hope in their bid to pull off a memorable victory. Hafeez slammed two sixes in an over from Holder and put the pressure back on the home side. Since returning to action, the duo added 55 runs in five overs to bring down the equation to 62 runs required from the last eight overs.

Skipper Dwayne Bravo brought Kemar Roach back into the attack and the latter struck to get rid of the dangerous Hafeez in the 24th over. Misbah was unmoved by the drama around him as he kept the tempo high with an exquisite boundary through extra cover off Samuels in the next over. His new partner at the wicket Shahid Afridi however, failed to apply himself and stay at the wicket when he holed one out to the deep midwicket fielder in the 26th over.

Umar Akmal came in next and managed accurate timing in only the third delivery he faced as the guided the ball the boundary behind square with great precision.

With 38 runs required from 30 deliveries, West Indies did not let Pakistan take an upper hand. They
conceded 12 singles in the next two overs to keep the visitors on their toes as the match was heading towards another close finish.

Dwayne Bravo turned to Narine for his last over in a bid to earn a quintessential breakthrough. Narine started his over well, but was launched for a nasty six over deep midwicket that took Misbah to his half-century.

With 15 runs needed from the last two overs, Umar Akmal hit Dwayne Bravo for three consecutive boundaries and finished the game with an over to spare.

Read first innings report here

Brief scores:

West Indies 261 for 7 in 49 overs (Marlon Samuels 106*, Lendl Simmons 46; Mohammad Irfan 2 for 60) lost to Pakistan 189 for 4 in 30 overs (Mohammad Hafeez 59, Misbah-ul-Haq 53*) by 6 wickets via D/L method.

Man of the Match: Marlon Samuels

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