West Indies Hit Back With 37-Run Win
West Indies 232-8 (DM Bravo 54) beat
Pakistan 195 (Narine 4-26) by 37 runs
Second One-Day International, Guyana
The West Indies levelled their One-Day International series with Pakistan by winning the second match by 37 runs in Guyana.
In a match that for the first half at least, was similar to both the opening match of this series and the 2007 World Cup opener between the two sides, the home side posted 232 for eight before Pakistan were bowled out for 195 in reply.
Darren Bravo hit 54 for the West Indies and although both Nasir Jamshed (54) and Umar Akmal (50) also registered half-centuries, Sunil Narine's four for 26 undid the tourists.
For the second match in a row, a West Indian bowler took four wickets and this time he ended up on the winning side; Jason Holder following up his four for 13 in game one with a return of nought for 30 in seven overs.
Pakistan won the toss and with rain forecast chose to bat second and the West Indies could have been forgiven for making a steady start due to a couple of weather interruptions.
Chris Gayle fell for one but Johnson Charles (31) and the younger Bravo put on 79 for the second wicket before further runs were added by Marlon Samuels, who made 21, Dwayne Bravo, who hit 43 not out and Kieron Pollard, whose 30 occupied 27 deliveries.
Saeed Ajmal returned two for 45 by bowling both the younger Bravo and Samuels, Shahid Afridi followed up his seven for 12 in game on by dismissing Charles and Lendl Simmons (10) and both Darren Sammy and Kemar Roach were run out by Umar Akmal for three and nought respectively in a late charge.
Pakistan's run chase, which despite their eventual finishing score, never seemed to get out of second or third gear.
Jamshed survived a host of dropped catches to make 54 in 93 balls, entirely culpable of being given so many chances but not making enough of them as the batsmen around him all got in but also failed to kick on.
Had any one of Ahmed Shehzad (19), Mohammad Hafeez (20), Misbah-ul-Haq (17) or Asad Shafiq (10) tripled their score then the outcome might well have been different.
Credit must go to the home side for continually slowing Pakistan's progress with wickets coming courtesy of their varied bowling attack; Roach, Sammy, Samuels and Pollard with a wicket apiece and captain Bravo with two to back up Narine, who removed Hafeez, Afridi (5), Wahab Riaz (3) and Ajmal (1) to firmly quash Pakistan's victory hopes.
Prior to that, Akmal had played nicely, hitting five fours and a six in making 50 in 46 balls he was increasingly left without support and he was the ninth man to fall, his wicket immediately followed by that of Asad Ali to bring the curtains down on a Pakistan innings that promised much, but delivered little.
The third match of the series is in Saint Lucia on Friday 19th July.
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