Dramatic tie marks WI’s 700th ODI
GROS-ISLET, St. Lucia – Jason Holder collected 14 off the final over to take West Indies to a tie with Pakistan in a dramatic finish to their 700th One-day International on Friday here.
Holder and compatriot, fellow fast bowler Kemar Roach, the Windies last wicket pair, scrambled two from the final delivery of the match – bowled by Wahab Riaz – to level the scores in the third ODI of the series at the Beausejour Cricket Ground.
The hosts, replying to Pakistan’s 229 for six off their allocation of 50 overs, seemed heading to defeat, when they lost five wickets for 27 runs in the final five overs on a bouncy, but slow pitch.
But Holder came to the crease and added 24 from 13 balls with Roach to earn West Indies a share of the spoils and leave the five-match series level at 1-1.
The fourth ODI will be played on Sunday at this same venue.
Holder played a searing drive through extra cover off the third delivery of the final over from Wahab and then hoisted him over the top in the same direction for a six two deliveries later to give his side hope.
Needing three to win off the final ball, Holder got a thick edge to third man, where Junaid Khan collected.
Holder was desperately trying to make his ground with Khan’s throw in the air, but wicketkeeper Umar Akmal muffed the chance to run him out.
Lendl Simmons had put the Windies on course for victory with a typically enterprising 75 from 86 balls that included seven fours and two sixes that earned him a share of the Man-of-the-Match award.
He put on 91 for the fourth wicket with Marlon Samuels, whose 46 from 106 balls included just four fours.
But the Caribbean side’s push for victory was undermined, as off-spinner Saeed Ajmal captured 3-36 from his 10 overs and Junaid Khan grabbed 3-54 from his 10 overs to put Pakistan back in the match with a cluster of late wickets.
Earlier, West Indies had firm control until the last five overs, when Akmal and Wahab beefed up Pakistan’s total with an unbroken, seventh-wicket stand of 52.
The Windies had faced defiance from Misbah with three fours and two sixes in 75 from 112 balls that earned him the other share of the Man-of-the-Match award before he bowled in the 45th over, charging his opposite number Dwayne Bravo.
Holder had made the breakthrough for West Indies, after he and Roach had kept the Pakistani top-order batting on a tight leash.
He had Ahmed Shehzad caught at deep fine leg for 17 off a top-edge and Nasir Jamshed was caught at mid-on from a similar stroke off Darren Sammy, leaving Pakistan 39 for two.
West Indies were kept waiting, when Misbah came to the crease and with Mohammad Hafeez started the recovery from the early damage with little trouble.
Bravo had Hafeez caught at mid-wicket from another miscued pull, as the Pakistanis inched past 100 in the 31st over.
But the home team could not stop Misbah and he reached his 50 from 91 balls before he was one of three wickets that tumbled for 25 in the space of 30 deliveries, leaving Wahab with 19 from 10 balls and Akmal with 40 not out from 31 balls to provide Pakistan with the late pyrotechnics.
PAKISTAN (maximum 50 overs)
Ahmed Shahzad c Roach b Holder 17
Nasir Jamshed c Roach b Sammy 20
Mohammad Hafeez c Sammy b *D.J. Bravo 14
*Misbah-ul-Haq b *D.J. Bravo 75
Harris Sohail c Pollard b Roach 26
+Umar Akmal not out 40
Shahid Afridi c Narine b Holder 6
Wahab Riaz not out 19
Extras (lb6, w11) 17
TOTAL (6 wkts) 229
Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-39 (Ahmed Shahzad, 11.5 overs); 2-39 (Nasir Jamshed, 12.1); 3-92 (Mohammad Hafeez, 26.5); 4-152 (Harris Sohail, 40.5); 5-174 (*Misbah-ul-Haq, 44.3); 6-177 (Shahid Afridi, 45.4)
Bowling: Roach 10-1-35-1; Holder 10-0-40-2 (w3); Sammy 10-0-30-1; Narine 9-0-55-0 (w6); D.J. Bravo 7-0-50-2 (w1); Samuels 3-1-4-0; Pollard 1-0-9-0 (w1)
WEST INDIES (target: 230 off 50 overs)
C. Gayle b Junaid Khan 8
+J. Charles c wkpr Umar Akmal b Mohammad Irfan 6
D.M. Bravo c Mohammad Hafeez b Wahab Riaz 17
M. Samuels c wkpr Umar Akmal b Mohammad Irfan 46
L. Simmons c Ahmed Shahzad b Saeed Ajmal 75
*D.J. Bravo b Saeed Ajmal 13
K. Pollard b Junaid Khan 0
D. Sammy c Mohammad Hafeez b Junaid Khan 10
K. Roach not out 6
S. Narine b Saaed Ajmal 14
J. Holder not out 19
Extras (b1, lb2, w12) 15
TOTAL (9 wkts) 229
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (+Charles, 2.4 overs); 2-16 (Gayle, 3.5); 3-50 (D.M. Bravo, 16.1); 4-141 (Samuels, 38.1); 5-178 (Simmons, 45.2); 6-179 (*D.J. Bravo, 45.4); 7-184 (Pollard, 46.3); 8-191 (Sammy, 46.6); 9-205 (Narine, 47.5)
Bowling: Mohammad Irfan 10-0-34-2 (w2); Junaid Khan 10-1-54-3 (w5); Wahab Riaz 10-1-63-1 (w2); Mohammad Hafeez 6-0-16-0 (w1); Shahid Afridi 4-0-23-0 (w1); Saeed Ajmal 10-1-36-3 (w1)
Result: Match tied
Series: Five-match series level 1-1
Toss: West Indies
Men-of-the-Match: L. Simmons (West Indies) & Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan)
Umpires: P. Reiffel (Australia), J. Wilson
TV umpire: S. Davis (Australia)
Match referee: D. Boon (Australia)
Reserve umpire: P. Nero