Pakistan beat West Indies by eight wickets in first ODI

By AFP
Published: April 24, 2011
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West Indies captain Darren Sammy (L) and batsman Carlton Baugh celebrate a boundary during the first ODI between West Indies and Pakistan at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in Gros Islet, St Lucia, April 23, 2011. West Indies scored 221-6. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

West Indies captain Darren Sammy (L) and batsman Carlton Baugh celebrate a boundary during the first ODI between West Indies and Pakistan at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in Gros Islet, St Lucia, April 23, 2011. West Indies scored 221-6. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ST LUCIA: Pakistani batsmen mounted a successful chase, making  222 for the loss of two wickets in 42 overs to win the first one-day international against West Indies on Saturday at the Beausejour Cricket Ground.

Earlier, West Indies had managed to make 221 runs for the loss of six wickets. Wahab Riaz was the most successful Pakistani bowler with two for 62 from 10 overs, but he and fellow left-arm fast-medium bowler Junaid Khan let West Indies off the hook, as the hosts finished on 221 for six from their 50 overs.

The visitors’ spin bowling triumvirate of Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Hafeez and captain Shahid Afridi tied down the West Indies batsmen in the middle overs in particular, and between them collected two wickets at a cost of 100 from 30 overs.

But Pakistan’s two left-arm pacers did not have the same control over the home team’s batsmen, and Darren Bravo hit 67 from 109 balls to lead the way West Indies, whose captain Darren Sammy supported with a rapid-fire 29 not out.

After Wahab and Junaid failed to make the breakthrough in their opening spells, Afridi quickly turned to the spin bowlers, and was rewarded when Devon Smith was lbw to Hafeez for 17 in the seventh over.

The spinners continued to apply the pressure and soon West Indies found themselves in trouble at 77 for three when Lendl Simmons was caught behind off Ajmal in the 20th over, and Marlon Samuels was needlessly run out for two in the 24th over.

Afridi continued to employ the spinners, alongside Wahab and Junaid, and the West Indies batsmen capitalised with Kirk Edwards joining Darren Bravo in putting on 59 for the fourth wicket.

Wahab had Edwards caught at deep mid-wicket in the 39th over, leaving the two Bravo brothers to put on 38 before falling in quick succession to leave West Indies 177 for six.

Wahab had Dwayne Bravo caught at extra cover in the 45th over, and Darren was run out two balls later, when he failed to beat Ahmed Shahzad’s throw from fine leg to the ‘keeper, going for a second run.

But the closing overs spoiled the earlier hard work from the Pakistan spinners, as Sammy, playing on home soil, slammed three fours and two sixes, and Carlton Baugh spurred a late charge in a stand of 46 unbroken for the seventh wicket.

The match is the first in a series of five ODIs, with the second scheduled for Monday at the same ground.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Adnan
    Apr 23, 2011 - 9:04PM

    Does anybody know what Ramiz Raja is talking about?Recommend

  • Sara
    Apr 24, 2011 - 2:14AM

    Well done Pakistan

    Plz keep it up.Recommend

  • Pagal Mullah
    Apr 24, 2011 - 8:15AM

    Losers. The match was fixed. The pakis won a paid match. lol! Else pakistan can never in a century beat the windies. Enjoy your fake victory.Recommend

  • zubair
    Apr 24, 2011 - 12:42PM

    keep it upRecommend

  • Adnan
    Apr 24, 2011 - 7:24PM

    @Pagal Mullah:
    Ignorance is bliss! Obviously, you know nothing about cricket or the fact that Pakistan also thrashed the Windies by 10 wickets in the World Cup Quarter Final. This is an international match not an IPL fix! Or did you think perhaps that Raina was playing?!Recommend

  • Chikna
    Apr 24, 2011 - 11:22PM

    @Pagal Mullah:
    What about the politically and fixed Semi Final and Final of World Cup in favour of India….those two matches made world cup look like WC…i.e. water closet……!!!
    No need to rejoice over Indian champion status…it was biggest fix of all time…and you say this match featuring WI team filled with debutant and you still think it was fixed because they lost against Pakistan..
    If we lose it is fixed if we win it is fixed….ha ha what jokers out there …!!!Recommend

  • Pagal Mullah
    Apr 25, 2011 - 11:25AM

    @Chikna:
    leave aside india, australia, sri lanka, south africe, england. They are in a different league. When you talk about the pakis, you must talk about lashkar e toiba, jaish e mohammed, taliban and other such terrorists.

    If you land up on the playing field and want to play cricket then you must be joking. Pakis beating the windies fair and square! huh! you must be dreaming!

    This win will last only till you can buy or beg yourself some matches. Once you run out of money it will back to begging and bribing. Poor ol losers! lol!Recommend

  • Harish Bishwas
    Apr 25, 2011 - 5:43PM

    @Pagal Mullah
    Appreciate where it is due. The pakistani team needs to be congratulated for their win. Stop this nonsense talk about fix. Their team is far superior than the Windies similarly as there are other teams which are better than Pakistani team.

    We must appreciate winners for putting a good show.Recommend

  • Pagal Mullah
    Apr 25, 2011 - 6:04PM

    @Harish Bishwas:
    Did you even watch the match? I know you had this burning desire to come and comment. You just did that, now go back and do whatever you were doing. The pakis won a fixed match and thats the be all and end all.Recommend

  • Khurdra
    Apr 25, 2011 - 9:28PM

    @Pagal Mullah:

    One can not reason with a person who does not know what Cricket is….!!!!!
    So I am going to leave parting remarks……
    You live in head quarters of world match fixing (Mumbai)
    you are proud owner of Jadejas, Azhars and Rainas…..
    your IPL is a complete fixed affair……
    you are trying to buy the world with your illegal betting money…but mark my words…
    this is the last time a world cup was gifted to India……!!!
    Aussies , SA and England have had enough of you already…….
    Go on Indians and cherish the biggest fixed final of all time….for the rest of your life……Recommend

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