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Who would have predicted that: Wahab Riaz had to defend 15 off the last over against Jason Holder, he did but only just

Pakistan's Wahab Riaz
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In our feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.

 

Wahab Riaz was tasked with the final over in the 3rd ODI against West Indies in 2013. West Indies needed 15 to win with all-rounder Jason Holder and medium pacer Kemar Roach at the crease. Despite Pakistan clearly being the better team on the day, the match ended in a tie.

 

Match Summary

 

Pakistan 229/6 (50 overs) - Misbah-ul-Haq 75 (112), Umar Akmal* 40 (31); Jason Holder 2/40 (10), Dwayne Bravo 2/50 (7)

 West Indies 229/9 (50 overs) - Lendl Simmons 75 (86), Marlon Samuels 46 (106); Saeed Ajmal 3/36 (10), Junaid Khan 3/54 (10)

 

Result - Match tied

 

In the 3rd ODI of the Pakistan tour of West Indies in 2013, the visitors were not in great shape with the score reading 92/3 after 27.1 overs. Their top three Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed and Mohammad Hafeez were back in the hut.

The going was slow but Misbah-ul-Haq dropped anchor in order to ensure that there was no collapse. Haq was successful in doing that, but with his strike rate of 66.96, Pakistan always ran the risk of posting a below-par total.

Despite a quick-fire 40 from Umar Akmal off 31 deliveries, Pakistan only managed 229 runs.

 

Fall of wickets: 1-39 (Ahmed Shehzad, 11.5 ov), 2-39 (Nasir Jamshed, 12.1 ov), 3-92 (Mohammad Hafeez, 27.1 ov), 4-152 (Haris Sohail, 40.5 ov), 5-174 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 44.3 ov), 6-177 (Shahid Afridi, 45.4 ov)

A chase of 230 was considered to be a comfortable task for the hosts. Marlon Samuels and Lendl Simmons had a 100+ partnership and the West Indies looked poised to win the match at that point.

However, after the two were dismissed, following batsmen Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Darren Sammy could not do the job. It was left to Kenar Roach and Jason Holder with 15 required off the last over, to be bowled by Wahab Riaz.

Holder struck a full length delivery outside the off stump for a boundary on the 3rd of the over and then muscled a six over extra cover on the penultimate ball to bring the equation down to 3 required off the last ball.

Wicketkeeper Umar Akmal, who had earlier been penalized a short run erroneously, wasn't having a great day. He missed a simple run-out chance on the last ball with Holder and Roach scampering through for a double to tie the game.

 

Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Johnson Charles, 2.4 ov), 2-16 (Chris Gayle, 3.5 ov), 3-50 (Darren Bravo, 16.1 ov), 4-141 (Marlon Samuels, 38.1 ov), 5-178 (Lendl Simmons, 45.2 ov), 6-179 (Dwayne Bravo, 45.4 ov), 7-184 (Kieron Pollard, 46.3 ov), 8-191 (Daren Sammy, 46.6 ov), 9-205 (Sunil Narine, 47.5 ov)

 

Teams

 

West Indies - Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles (wk), Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo (c), Kieron Pollard, Daren Sammy, Kemar Roach, Sunil Narine, Jason Holder 

 

Pakistan - Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Haris Sohail, Umar Akmal (wk), Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan

 

Match Details

 

Match: WI v PAK, 3rd ODI, Pakistan tour of West Indies 2013 

Date: Friday, July 19, 2013 Toss West Indies won the toss and decided to bowl  

Venue: Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia 

Umpires: Paul Reiffel, Joel Wilson 

Third Umpire: Steve Davis 

Match Referee: David Boon 

 

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