Thursday 5 May 2011 

Simmons Leads West Indies To Comprehensive Win

Simmons Leads West Indies To Comprehensive Win
Simmons Leads West Indies To Comprehensive Win
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West Indies 140-0 (Simmons 77no) beat
Pakistan 139 (Rampaul 4-45) by ten wickets
Fifth One-Day International, Providence

Lendl Simmons cracked a superb unbeaten half-century as the West Indies completed a dominant ten-wicket win over Pakistan in the fifth and final One-Day International in Providence, Guyana.

Having bowled Pakistan out for 139 in 41.2 overs, they cruised to victory in 23.3 overs to finish the series 3-2 down - having been 3-0 down after the first three matches.

The home side were outstanding throughout as only Mohammad Hafeez, who made 55, could resist the bowling attack and only two other players, Umar Akmal (24) and Mohammad Salman (19) reached double fgiures.

Ravi Rampaul, who has had a big impact since being introduced for the fourth match, returned four for 45 with the wickets of Taufeeq Umar (3), Akmal, Shahid Afridi (9) and Wahab Riaz (0).

Darren Sammy returned three for 30, Dwayne Bravo two for 16 and Devendra Bishoo took the wicket of Usman Salahuddin, trapped in front for eight, as he made his first appearance in front of his home fans.

Simmons then continued his fine run of form by hitting seven fours and three sixes on his way to 77 in just 73 balls with some powerful strokes, notably pulling Wahab over midwicket for one of his maximums.

He was given excellent support by youngster Kirk Edwards, who was unbeaten on 35 in 66 balls, playing the supporting role as Simmons unfurled the fireworks at the other end.

The two sides meet in a two-match Test series, beginning in Providence, on 16th May while before that Pakistan take on Guyana in a two-day match from 8th May.

© Cricket World 2011 

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