Tuesday 16 July 2013 

West Indies Hit Back With 37-Run Win

Darren Bravo flicks to leg during his half-century in the 2nd ODI against Pakistan
© WICB Media Photo/Randy Brooks
 
Dwayne Bravo hit a quickfire 43 not out at the end of the innings for the West Indies
 

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.

© Cricket World 2013

 
Fixtures & Results
14th July: 1st ODI, Providence
PAK 224-9 beat WIN 98 by 126 runs
16th July: 2nd ODI, Providence
WIN 232-8 beat PAK 195 by 37 runs
19th July: 3rd ODI, Saint Lucia
PAK 229-6 tied with WIN 229-9
21st July: 4th ODI, Saint Lucia
PAK 189-4 beat WIN 261-7 by 6 wickets (D/L)
24th July: 5th ODI, Saint Lucia
PAK 243-6 beat WIN 242-7 by 4 wickets
27th July: 1st T20I, Kingstown
PAK 158-8 beat WIN 152-7 by 2 wickets
28th July: 2nd T20I, Kingstown
PAK 135-7 beat WIN 124-9 by 11 runs