Bishoo, Simmons, Bravo Star In West Indies Win
West Indies 150-7 (Simmons 65) beat
Pakistan 143-9 (Bishoo 4-17) by 7 runs
Only Twenty20 International, Saint Lucia
Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo took four wickets after Lendl Simmons had scored a half-century as the West Indies beat Pakistan by seven runs in a one-off Twenty20 International in Saint Lucia.
Two sides boasting plenty of new talent both produced energetic displays but the West Indies prevailed by first hitting 150 for seven and then holding Pakistan to 143 for nine in reply.
Simmons, recalled to the national set up, stroked 65 in 44 balls, forging a key partnership of 99 with Darren Bravo (42) for his side's second wicket.
Andre Fletcher (1) and Marlon Samuels (4) were unable to make much of their recalls with the bat but camoes of 14 in 11 balls from Danza Hyatt and 11 in eight from Christopher Barnwell - both men on debut - saw the West Indies reach the 150-mark.
Spinners Abdur Rehman and Saeed Ajmal as well as quick bowler Wahab Riaz all returned two wickets although debutant Junaid Khan bowled well for no reward early on, his two overs of left-arm swing conceding 15 runs.
Pakistan then lost wickets steadily throughout their reply with Bishoo starring with the ball. He first had the impressive-looking Asad Shafiq caught by a diving Hyatt for 24 before he dismissed Misbah-ul-Haq in slightly unusual circumstances when the experienced batsman stepped on his stumps having pulled his first ball comfortably into the on side.
Shahid Afridi then belted the leg-spinner into the off side only to see West Indies captain Darren Sammy leap and take a superb catch and Sammy was again showing agility in the field when he ran out wicket-keeper Mohammad Salman with a direct hit for five to leave Pakistan in all sorts of trouble.
Their hopes rested on Umar Akmal, who made 41 in as many deliveries but he was unable to go any further when he pulled Ravi Rampaul into the hands of Samuels in the deep.
Bishoo then struck again to bowl Riaz for six and although Saeed Ajmal threw the bat with good effect to make an unbeaten 21 in 14 balls and the West Indies bowled six no balls, the home side had enough in reserve to hold on to win with Bishoo returning four for 17 and Rampaul three for 31.
The two sides play the first of five One-Day Internationals on 23rd April.
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