5th ODI: Pakistan beat West Indies and won the Series by 3-1

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Pakistan won by 4 wickets with 1 ball remaining against West Indies in the 5th ODI Cricket match Played at Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia on 24th July 2013. From this win Pakistan have won the 5 ODI match series by 3-1 against West Indies.

West Indies 242 for 7 (Dwayne Bravo 48, Samuels 45, Charles 43, Junaid 3-48)
Pakistan have won the toss and asked West Indies to bat first. West Indies openers start the Innings with slow scoring rate and lost the first 2 wickets in 44 runs at 12.4 overs. A 54 runs partnership for the third wicket between J Charles and MN Samuels steady the West Indies innings. West Indies lost their wicket in regular intervals in the slow scoring rate innings. But skipper Dwayne Bravo played the aggressor's role to perfection in the death overs alongside local boy Darren Sammy. They shared a 50-run stand in no time and propelled their side to what looks like a pretty decent score on this surface. West Indies have done really well to get past 240. At one stage, it looked like they will get a score around 220. Junaid Khan was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers with three wickets.

Pakistan 243 for 6 (Shehzad 64, Misbah 63, Best 3-48)
Pakistan openers made a good start to chase a 243 runs target, they score 51 runs for the first wicket partnership. The openers gave them a fine start and Ahmed Shehzad saved his best for the last game. He played a good hand and worked well with skipper Misbah-ul-Haq who has been quite outstanding throughout the series. Pressure got the better off them as the innings approached its death, but they held their nerve in the last over to win the game and the series 3-1. Another exciting game in the series comes to an end. Pakistan have won yet another series in West Indies soil and their good run continues. This is their 3rd consecutive bilateral series win in West Indies.

Misbah is the Man of the Match and the Man of the Series.

In the Presentations Ceremony
Dwayne Bravo: 'I think today was a good day for us, but unfortunately we lost the game. We've got to give credit to them. Congratulations for Pakistan. My boys did well as well. It was a hard-fought series. The series could have gone either way. A few decisions went against us. The way Misbah batted was quite outstanding. But it is satisfying to go down fighting. Marlon Samuels ends the series on a high and that is a big plus for us. It is a very good batting wicket. The guys held their nerve but unfortunately we couldn't pull this off. If we bowl well we should be able to defend 242 on this surface. It is a new role for me as a young leader. I get a lot of assistance from the likes of Gayle, Sammy and Samuels, they make my job a lot easier. We can't turn things around overnight. We need time and we have the talent.'

Misbah: "'It is very satisfying to win the tournament after our poor show in South Africa and in the Champions Trophy. We needed this win. The wicket was a good batting surface and it was always going to play well in the second innings. The guys did well as a unit. It is always tough to bowl first in pressure games like these. We took it in a positive way and the bowlers did really well. Everybody did their part. Shehzad's knock was vital today and he played very well.'

That concludes a hard-fought ODI series. It has been a pleasure to bring you all the action. Looking forward to your company for the T20 series on Saturday and Sunday.


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