Guyana Amazon Warriors v St Lucia Zouks, CPL, Providence August 4, 2013

Misbah powers St Lucia to win

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St Lucia Zouks 129 for 5 (Misbah-ul-Haq 49*) beat Guyana Amazon Warriors 126 for 6 (Simmons 38, Shillingford 3-23) by five wickets
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Misbah-ul-Haq smashed an unbeaten 33-ball 49 to help St Lucia Zouks beat Guyana Amazon Warriors by five wickets on Sunday.

Chasing 127, St Lucia, who chose to bowl, had a few early stutters, losing Tamim Iqbal and Herschelle Gibbs in consecutive overs. Andre Fletcher struck a couple of sixes early on, but struggled for the better part of his 34-ball 23. Misbah and Devon Smith lifted the scoring rate with a 46-run stand for the fourth wicket, but Smith's run-out, followed by Albie Morkel's dismissal, left St Lucia with 39 to get off 23 balls. Darren Sammy hit a couple of fours to get the partnership going and the pair kept up with the scoring rate. With 10 runs needed off the last over, Misbah finished the match with two consecutive sixes, giving St Lucia their first win in the CPL.

Earlier, Guyana squandered a pacy start from openers Lendl Simmons and Martin Guptill to finish at 129 for 5. They added 34 in 4.3 overs, before Guptill fell to Garey Mathurin. A flurry of wickets in the middle and later overs, however, deprived Guyana of a bigger score. Simmons, Narsingh Deonarine, Ramnaresh Sarwan and James Franklin fell in the space of four overs to leave Guyana at a struggling 84 for 6. Christopher Barnwell and Denesh Ramdin then smashed 41 runs off the last three overs to take Guyana to a more challenging total. Barnwell scored 29 off 14 balls, including two fours and two sixes, while Ramdin scored 13 off 8 balls. Shane Shillingford was the best bowler for St Lucia, picking up three wickets for 23 runs

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  • GUYANESEWINDIES4EVER on August 10, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    I really need someon to revisit that LBW appeal from Permaul against Misbah Ul Haq. And that Stumping appeal against Andre Fletcher. Early in his innings. And I want an honest opinion on those unpiring decisions. Leaves a lot to be desired. In this game Misbah went on to win the game.The unpiring level needs a lot more to be desired.

  • dummy4fb on August 9, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    Cricket is game of numbers, right? Now, look at misbah's numbers. The highest win/lose ratio as a captain. Top run scorer so far in 2013 while rest of his team sits in the pavilion enjoying watching him bat, the list is never ending, you will employ iron and steel to replace him. Carry on old chap... U the best we have.

  • davidtt on August 6, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    What an innings by Misbah, played the spinners with consumate ease, no pressure. Very dangerous player. However, it was a poor bowling at the death by Santokie that gave the game away.

  • dummy4fb on August 6, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Sarwan is still a good captain in WI cricket but has a player he needs to step up his game at all levels if he still wanna be consider a cricketer. Misbah played well for his team on the nite, he read the game well and played to the end for the win. Guyana just came up short in runs and Barnwell should have come before Narsingh. Guyana have 4 wicket takers just need a 5th to keep things tight.

  • Impostor on August 6, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Misbah is a sensible player. He constantly monitors the situation and make appropriate decisions as conditions change. He has good techniques and a sound cricket brain, unlike the current players we have in the Caribbean. He is a bit slow at times for this kind of format, but at least he is consistent in his style. He is, no doubt in my mind, the best choice for Pak captain at this time.

    Now, consider Sarwan! I cannot under for the hell of it, understand why we keep persisting with him. He does not appear to be fit and always looks shaky at the crease. Drop him (forever), together with his under-performing buddy, Deonarine and bring in Jacobs and someone else. No captain can be successful in these times by being just experienced. A captain must be able to lead from the front. If he cannot "shine" with bat or ball, fellow players will eventually question his ability behind the scene. This will ultimately lead to mutiny. Time to drop him, bring in Jacobs and groom Barnwell to lead.

  • Impostor on August 6, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Misbah is a sensible player. He constantly monitors the situation and make appropriate decisions as conditions change. He has good techniques and a sound cricket brain, unlike the current players we have in the Caribbean. He is a bit slow at times for this kind of format, but at least he is consistent in his style. He is, no doubt in my mind, the best choice for Pak captain at this time.

    Now, consider Sarwan! I cannot under for the hell of it, understand why we keep persisting with him. He does not appear to be fit and always looks shaky at the crease. Drop him (forever), together with his under-performing buddy, Deonarine and bring in Jacobs and someone else. No captain can be successful in these times by being just experienced. A captain must be able to lead from the front. If he cannot "shine" with bat or ball, fellow players will eventually question his ability behind the scene. This will ultimately lead to mutiny. Time to drop him, bring in Jacobs and groom Barnwell to lead.

  • Pak2012 on August 6, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    @Captain_Tuk_Tuk: get your facts right and dont just say stuff without knowing. Afridi did not deny because of Ramadan, he denied because they reduced his offer from $150k down to $50k because of lack of performances and did not like to be snubbed since he is a legend in world cricket.

    Secondly i dont understand why and where the Afridi vs Msibah comparisons always come from when Misbah plays well? Besides that i dont see how you can compare a proper consistent batsman that plays according to team situation with a once in a while hitter (both have their own game) ... Bottom line is Misbah played well and ONCE AGAIN won it for his team. Look at his stats, the team wins more than lose when he scores runs, its not all about boundaries its about winning the game and more often than not when he plays through pakistan wins over id say 70% of the time so dont just keep citing one or two lost matches given many true legends of the game have failed at bigger moments but not defined by them

  • android_user on August 6, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    Misbah could never captain England or Australia... They wouldn't pick such an old captain... They have more talented players... And Misbah still has the semi final loss to India where he went tuk tuk for no reason

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 5, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    Barnwell needs to be batting higher for Guyana he's there cleanest hitter alogn with Simmons he is wasted at 7. His 30 runs from 14 balls 200 sr is only reason Guyana had something good to bowl at ! Had he come earlier the way he was batting he would have put Zouks outta the game.

  • Fineline on August 5, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    The only player who remains cool under pressure is Misbah ul haq.Initially he remains calm and then goes for big hits.

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