Pakistan And West Indies Tie Third ODI

Umar Akmal hits out against Jason Holder in the third ODI between Pakistan and West Indies
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Pakistan 229-6 (Misbah-ul-Haq 75) tied with
West Indies 229-9 (Simmons 75)
Third One-Day International, Saint Lucia

West Indies scored two runs from the final delivery to tie the third One-Day International with Pakistan in Saint Lucia.

They needed 15 to win from the final over with one wicket remaining and last pair Kemar Roach (6 not out) and Jason Holder (19 not out) scrambled 14 - including a huge six over cover from Holding from the penultimate ball - to ensure the series stays level at one apiece with two to play.

Misbah-ul-Haq had earlier top scored with 75 for Pakistan as they posted 229 for six while Lendl Simmons matched that score as the West Indies closed on 229 for nine.

Wahab Riaz was the man trusted to bowl the final over but, after good work from Junaid Khan (3-54) and Saeed Ajmal (3-36) looked to have done enough to seal the win for the tourists, he was unable to keep the runs in check.

There was high drama right up until the end, as Holder's shot to third man was fielded by Junaid Khan at third man and had the throw and take by wicket-keeper Umar Akmal both been perfect, Holder would have been run out. Alas for Pakistan, they weren't, and the West Indies escaped.

Batting first, Pakistan slipped to 39 for two and 92 for three before Misbah's 75 in 112 balls, which included three fours and two sixes, helped them recover.

Haris Sohail marked his international debut by making 26 to offer Misbah much-needed support before Akmal carted 40 not out in 31 balls and Wahab 19 not out in 10.

For the West Indies, Holder returned two for 40 and Dwayne Bravo two for 50 as Roach and Darren Sammy bagged a wicket apiece while a decision to (incorrectly) call Akmal up for one short run during his innings took on greater significance as the match wore on.

If Pakistan's start was poor, the home side's was even worse as they lost Chris Gayle (8), Johnson Charles (6) and Darren Bravo (17) to lurch to 50 for three.

Their recovery was led by Marlon Samuels, who hit 46 in 106 balls and Lendl Simmons, whose 75 came off 86 deliveries to keep the home side in the contest, although Pakistan always looked the more likely to prevail.

All the more so when Mohammad Irfan (2-34) had Samuels caught behind and Ajmal struck to remove Simmons, leaving the West Indies needing 52 to win with less than five overs remaining.

Junaid's double-strike to dismiss Kieron Pollard without scoring and the dangerous Sammy for 10, followed by Ajmal bowling Narine (14) put Pakistan on the brink, only for Holder and Roach to spoil their evening.

© Cricket World 2013