Pakistan Win Despite Samuels Century
Pakistan 189-4 (Mohammad Hafeez 59) beat
West Indies 261-7 by 6 wickets (D/L)
Fourth One-Day International, Saint Lucia
Marlon Samuels hit an impressive century for the West Indies but his efforts were in vain as Pakistan won the fourth One-Day International in Saint Lucia by six wickets.
The Duckworth/Lewis result, which came after Pakistan reached 189 for six in 30 overs replying to 261 for seven in 49 overs of a rain-interrupted match, puts them 2-1 up in the series with one match remaining.
Samuels hit 106 in 104 balls to haul the West Indies up to the biggest score of the series so far, but set a revised target, Pakistan got home with an over to spare.
West Indies recalled Devon Smith in place of Kieron Pollard and moved Chris Gayle down to number five in the order, and the Jamaican responded by hitting 30 in 46 balls.
It was Samuels and Lendl Simmons (46 in 44 balls) who were the mainstays, the former hitting nine fours and four sixes, and accelerating from a 68-ball half-century to a 103-ball ton - his fifth in ODI cricket.
The latter struck five fours and a six before he was bowled by Saeed Ajmal, who along with Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz and Shahid Afridi, took one wicket to Mohammad Irfan's two.
Pakistan's openers Nasir Jamshed (22) and Ahmed Shehzad (14) threatened briefly but their departure brought together Mohammad Hafeez and Misbah-ul-Haq.
The pair put on 72 for the third wicket, Hafeez making 59 in 62 balls but when he was caught by Darren Bravo off Kemar Roach, the game was still in the balance.
It was still in the balance when Shahid Afridi does what Shahid Afridi often does, holing out to a fielder trying a huge shot. He had made seven when he was caught by Simmons off Dwayne Bravo.
Nevertheless, with the ever-cool, seldom flustered Misbah at one end making 53 in 43 balls and Umar Akmal blasting 29 not out in 14 deliveries, Pakistan could, for once, forgive Afridi for his misdemeanour.
The final match is also in Saint Lucia on Wednesday 24th July.
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