West Indies Do Just Enough To Beat Pakistan

Kemar Roach celebrates a wicket for the West Indies
West Indies Do Just Enough To Beat Pakistan
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West Indies 172-8 (Gayle 39) beat
Pakistan 170 (Misbah-ul-Haq 96no) by 2 wickets
ICC Champions Trophy, The Oval
Scorecard | Video Report
Report by John Pennington

West Indies returned to the venue of their 2004 ICC Champions Trophy success to beat Pakistan in very similar circumstances in their opening match of the 2013 tournament.

The Oval hosted their two-wicket victory over England almost nine years ago and after bowling Pakistan out for 170, they made heavy weather of their run chase before limping over the line to win - by two wickets once again.

Only two players reached double figures for Pakistan after they were to put in to bat, and both Misbah-ul-Haq (96 not out) and Nasir Jamshed (50) scored half-centuries.

That, however, was not quite enough despite Mohammad Irfan taking three wickets and both Saeed Ajmal and Wahab Riaz one apiece, the West Indies scrambling home in the 41st over.

Chris Gayle top scored with 39 and both Marlon Samuels and Kieron Pollard made 30.

The match was not without its noteworthy moments, Roach's early spell as good as anything the tournament as seen to date, although it was arguably matched for pace, hostility and destruction by Irfan's later in the day.

Pakistan were reduced to 15 for three and should have been 17 for four when Misbah edged to Denesh Ramdin, who dropped the ball, but tried to claim the catch regardless. He will face a hearing on Monday having been charged with 'conduct that is contraray to the spirit of the game'.

Both Jamshed and Misbah were forced to survive at first before expanding to play more strokes, Jamshed leading the way and Misbah following much later on, showing a range of sweeps and some more conventional straight and square hitting as he scored a new career-best.

Once Jamshed had departed, however, he received scant support. Narine removed Shoaib Malik for nought and Kamran Akmal for two and Misbah's disappointment was obvious for all to see when both Wahab Riaz (6) and Saeed Ajmal (2) were run out.

Irfan hung around for 14 balls, scoring two, and helped Misbah move the score from 138 to 170 before Ravi Rampaul wrapped things up.

Irfan then had Johnson Charles caught on the pull for nine and Darren Bravo beaten for pace and caught behind for nought to reduce West Indies to 15 for two.

Gayle and Samuels came together to move the score on to 78 before Gayle was bowled by Ajmal. One over later, Ramnaresah Sarwan was caught behind off Wahab and when Samuels was stumped off Mohammad Hafeez, at 94 for five the match was in the balance.

Pollard hit three fours and a six in 58 balls, playing exactly the type of innings the situation required and with captain Bravo, he took the score on to 137, when he too succumbed to the Wahab-Akmal combination.

Bravo was trapped in front by Ajmal for 19 and Narine made 11 in eight balls before edging the returning Irfan to Akmal but Ramdin kept his head with an unbeaten 11 and Roach made five not out to get the West Indies off to a winning start.

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CT 2013 Fixtures

Fixtures & Results

6th June: India v South Africa, Cardiff
IND 331-7 beat RSA 305 by 26 runs: Report
7th June: Pakistan v West Indies, London
WIN 172-8 beat PAK 170 by 2 wickets: Report
8th June: England v Australia, Birmingham
ENG 269-6 beat AUS 221-9 by 48 runs: Report
9th June: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Cardiff
NZL 139-9 beat SRI 138 by 1 wicket: Report
10th June: Pakistan v South Africa, Birmingham
RSA 234-9 beat PAK 167 by 67 runs: Report
11th June: India v West Indies, London
IND 236-2 beat WIN 233-9 by 8 wickets: Report
12th June: Australia v New Zealand, Birmingham
AUS 243-8 v NZL 51-2 - match abandoned: Report
13th June: England v Sri Lanka, The Oval
SRI 297-3 beat ENG 293-7 by 7 wickets: Report
15th June: India v Pakistan, Birmingham
IND 102-2 beat PAK 165 by 8 wickets: Report
16th June: England v New Zealand, Cardiff
ENG 169 beat NZL 159-8 by 10 runs: Report
17th June: Australia v Sri Lanka, London
SRI 253-8 beat AUS 233 by 20 runs: Report
19th June: Semi-Final, London
ENG 179-3 beat RSA 175 by 7 wickets: Report
20th June: Semi-Final, Cardiff
IND 182-2 beat SRI 181-8 by 8 wickets: Report
23rd June: Final, Birmingham
IND 129-7 beat ENG 124-8 by 5 runs: Report

Champions Trophy History

Previous Winners

1998: South Africa
2000: New Zealand
2002: India/Sri Lanka
2004: West Indies
2006: Australia
2009: Australia