Sajjad & Iqbal pilot Pakistan A to series win
St George's, Grenada - Half centuries from Amer Sajjad and captain Faisal Iqbal piloted Pakistan A to a series clinching win over West Indies A at Progress Park as the Digicel One Day Series came to an end.
Set 166 to win Pakistan A overcame an early collapse to reach the target with 4 deliveries to spare as they took the three match series 2-0.
Summarized scores: West Indies – 165 for 6 from 27 overs (Kieran Powell 44, Andre Fletcher 43, Yasir Shah 1 for 24), Pakistan A – 166 for 5 from 26.2 overs (Amer Sajjad 70*, Faisal Iqbal 58, Nikita Miller 2 for 20, Ravi Rampaul 2 for 37)
Sajjad hit a blistering unbeaten 70 from 69 balls as he saw the visitors home. His innings included three colossal sixes and a similar number of fours.
Sajjad and Iqbal put on 102 for the 5th wicket after Pakistan had buckled to 32 for 4. Iqbal hammered 58 from 47 balls with five boundaries and a pair of sixes as the pair took the score to 134 before Iqbal was dismissed.
Sajjad ensured no further blushes as he stayed to the end and formalized the result with a six off the second ball of the final over which was bowled by Jonathan Carter.
Nikita Miller ( 2 for 20) and Ravi Rampaul (2 for 37) picked up two wickets apiece but the final two overs were left to rookies Jason Holder and Jonathan Carter as the experienced men had bowled all their overs. With 18 runs needed from the last two overs, Holder was entrusted with the penultimate over but after delivering a wide sent down a full toss which Sajjad dispatched for a six then took a series of singles to leave the equation – six runs to get from the final over.
After overnight rain cause the start to be delayed by several hours, the match was reduced to 27 overs a side and Pakistan A asked Windies A to take first strike for the first time in the series.
Kieran Powell top scored with 44 (54 balls, 3x4, 1x6) while Andre Fletcher made 43 (56 balls, 4x4, 1x6) as the Windies suffered from three run outs.
The teams will now turn their attention to the two ‘Tests’ in St Vincent. West Indies A took both of the Digicel Twenty20 which were played in Antigua and which opened the tour.
Third Digicel One Day
Venue: Progress Park, Grenada
*Originally scheduled for 50 overs. Match started at 1pm due to wet outfield caused by overnight rain. Reduced to 27 overs a side.
Toss: Pakistan A and fielded
Umpires: Peter Nero and Nigel Duguid
Result: Pakistan A win by 5 wickets. Pakistan A win 3 match Digicel Series 2-0
Man of the Match: Amer Sajjad
West Indies A Innings (27 overs)
Andre Fletcher c Amin b Shah 43 (56b, 4x4, 1x6)
Johnson Charles Run Out (Umair Khan) 1 (6b)
Kieran Powell Run Out (Sajjad) 44 (54b, 3x4, 1x6)
Kirk Edwards Run Out (Iqbal) 3 (7b)
Denesh Ramdin+ c Sajjad b Junaid Khan 15 (19b, 1x4)
Jonathan Carter Not Out 17 (9b, 1x4, 1x6)
Dave Bernard Jr* b Babar 6 (6b)
Jason Holder Not Out 20 (8b, 2x4, 1x6)
Extras (5w, 4nb, 5lb, 2b) 16
Total (For 6 wickets from 27 overs) 165
DNB: Ravi Rampaul, Nikita Miller, Devendra Bishoo
FoW: 1-15 (Charles), 2-82 (Fletcher), 3-97 (Edwards), 4-120 (Ramdin), 5-121 (Powell) 6-131 (Bernard)
Bowling: Anwar Ali 5-0-27-0, Junaid Khan 6-0-40-1 (2w, 3nd), Tabish Khan 5-0-37-0 (3w, 1nb), Babar 6-0-30-1, Shah 5-0-24-1
Pakistan A Innings (Target 166 from 27 overs)
Khurram Manzoor c&b Miller 16 (25b 1x4)
Umair Khan c wkt Ramdin b Holder 5 (6b, 1x4)
Safraz Ahmed+ c Holder b Rampaul 3 (7b)
Umer Amin lbw Miller 4 (15b)
Amer Sajjad Not Out 70 (69b, 3x4, 3x6)
Faisal Iqbal* c wkt Ramdin b Rampaul 58 (47b, 5x4, 2x6)
Junaid Khan Not Out 5 (9b)
Extras (5w) 5
Total (For 5 wickets from 26.2 overs) 166
DNB: Yasir Shah, Tabish Khan, Zulfiqar Babar, Anwar Ali
FoW: 1-6 (Umair Khan), 2-20 (Ahmed), 3-31 (Amin), 4-32 (Manzoor), 5-134 (Iqbal)
Bowling: Ravi Rampaul 6-0-37-2, Jason Holder 6-1-31-1, Nikita Miller 5-0-20-2, Dave Bernard 5-0-37-0, Devendra Bishoo 2-0-21-0, Jonathan Carter 2.2-0-20-0