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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  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    I think Misbah can play all formats but don't want to play T20.

  • POSTED BY Captain_Tuk_Tuk on | August 5, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    @boxer44 Misbah hitted only 4 sixes and no other boundary and two of them of Hafeez and two of Deonarine. He just rotated the strike and hope he can do the same when he plays for Pakistan. And I have seen news somewhere that Afridi refused for CPL because of Ramadan and Misbah was hired. @Desihungama You sure are funny man, Australia Captain is Micheal Clarke in Test and in SA his name is DeVilliars. You really are funny. Misbah can't even be part of ODI/Test teams in those countries for Australia maybe he can fit in Test but not a chance with SA :)

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    Sarwan drop catch give the match to St. Lucia

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    darren sammy should also be given credit. not sure if they would have won without sammy

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | August 5, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    @Captain_Tuk - Here's how you tell the difference. Misbah can walk into playing eleven of Australia and South Africa and can possibly stake a claim at captaincy. Whereas Afridi, at best he can captain Kenya or Zimbabwe.

  • POSTED BY boxer44 on | August 5, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    @Captain_Tuk_Tuk the best player on Pak team is Misbah. (period)(full stop). I did however think it was funny that he was selected for this format and not Afridi

  • POSTED BY Captain_Tuk_Tuk on | August 5, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Also you must have seen previous match of 'St Lucia Zouks' and Misbah's batting.

  • POSTED BY Captain_Tuk_Tuk on | August 5, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    @Baba_Sehgal I agree with you man Hafeez is neither a bowler nor batsman he should never be included with his current form. And Sammy and Albie are good bowlers Sammy is the best but Albie is good in domestic level. You can see "Guyana Amazon" batting line up only openers and Sarwan in middle order and if you like you can count Franklin who was runout. Misbah's strike rate is good because he hit two sixes to Hafeez a player according to you who can neither bat nor bowl. And Afridi and Umar Akmal are two best T20 player in our current side had they been in Champion's Trophy we might have had a bit chance. Anyways, I saw Russel smashing the bowl on same pitch in previous match which started at 12:00 am PKT also see Sammy 21 on 9 balls so it makes a difference against domestic level bowlers and international bowlers also pitch for T20 is flat are crowed wants to see 6s nowadays.

  • POSTED BY Baba_Sehgal on | August 5, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    @Captain_tuk_Tuk, so how would you explain why Guyana Amazon Warriors couldn't score a decent total against the part time bowling of Sammy and Albie Morkel, and domestic level bowlers such as Mathurin and Sebastien? Tino Best and Shillingford are the only real bowlers and Best isn't even that good in T20 format. To me, the most questionable inclusion in Pakistan team is not Misbah. There are a number of players whose place is questionable 100 times before you even get to Misbah. And "can't bowl can't bat Hafeez" tops that list. For WC 2011 semi final, all I want to say is that someone had to stay on the wicket with Misbah and build a decent partnership to win that match. It's not like he played with a strike rate of 40 like Younis Khan. In fact, Misbah's strike rate was higher than Hafeez, Younis Khan, and Abdul Razzaq. Afridi and Kamran Akmal had a higher SR, but they have a serious problem with staying on the wicket playing 17 and 21 balls respectively before getting out.

  • POSTED BY coolie on | August 5, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    Misbah, an excellent ploy 4 Chanderpaul - shows the Zouks management knows what their doing.

  • POSTED BY danish.farooq on | August 5, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    that's why i like misbah's cricket as he has nerves of steel. no doubt sometimes he played so slow that we don't understand that why he is playing so slow but he is good in his game and strategies,

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 5, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Ashar two long consecutive sixes is why I am sure you love Afridi!! Well played Misbah, I hope people understand that this is not a one off look at his record for Faisalabad this year and his recent ODI form.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    As an Indian. I feel Misbah is suitable for all formats...He gets adapted to the situation...That's the advantage of having a cool head on his shoulders..Great going from Pak Captain...Indians love Misbah as equally as Dhoni....as both are far away from controversies & plays sensibly...

  • POSTED BY Captain_Tuk_Tuk on | August 5, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    In domestic that is the advantage you have only 2, 3 world class bowlers and 2, 3 part-timers like Hafeez or domestic level bowlers so yes you can show some aggression. Misbah always players good on these sort of tracks in leagues even Malik scores freely and big. You can see the econ of Narine also they didn't had to take much risk against him as total wasn't good enough.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    hittong two consecutive sixes in a match doesn't prove that he is good enough for T20.

  • POSTED BY natural.honey on | August 5, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    well done misbah, we expet you the same in the champions league t20 2013 also so that you can take your team faisalabad wolves to at least semis. gud luck

  • POSTED BY susumusu on | August 5, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Brilliant! It's time for Misbah to show everyone his ability to adapt his batting style to the situation =D

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    And then they say Misbah is not good enough for T20 cricket.

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  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    And then they say Misbah is not good enough for T20 cricket.

  • POSTED BY susumusu on | August 5, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Brilliant! It's time for Misbah to show everyone his ability to adapt his batting style to the situation =D

  • POSTED BY natural.honey on | August 5, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    well done misbah, we expet you the same in the champions league t20 2013 also so that you can take your team faisalabad wolves to at least semis. gud luck

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    hittong two consecutive sixes in a match doesn't prove that he is good enough for T20.

  • POSTED BY Captain_Tuk_Tuk on | August 5, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    In domestic that is the advantage you have only 2, 3 world class bowlers and 2, 3 part-timers like Hafeez or domestic level bowlers so yes you can show some aggression. Misbah always players good on these sort of tracks in leagues even Malik scores freely and big. You can see the econ of Narine also they didn't had to take much risk against him as total wasn't good enough.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    As an Indian. I feel Misbah is suitable for all formats...He gets adapted to the situation...That's the advantage of having a cool head on his shoulders..Great going from Pak Captain...Indians love Misbah as equally as Dhoni....as both are far away from controversies & plays sensibly...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 5, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Ashar two long consecutive sixes is why I am sure you love Afridi!! Well played Misbah, I hope people understand that this is not a one off look at his record for Faisalabad this year and his recent ODI form.

  • POSTED BY danish.farooq on | August 5, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    that's why i like misbah's cricket as he has nerves of steel. no doubt sometimes he played so slow that we don't understand that why he is playing so slow but he is good in his game and strategies,

  • POSTED BY coolie on | August 5, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    Misbah, an excellent ploy 4 Chanderpaul - shows the Zouks management knows what their doing.

  • POSTED BY Baba_Sehgal on | August 5, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    @Captain_tuk_Tuk, so how would you explain why Guyana Amazon Warriors couldn't score a decent total against the part time bowling of Sammy and Albie Morkel, and domestic level bowlers such as Mathurin and Sebastien? Tino Best and Shillingford are the only real bowlers and Best isn't even that good in T20 format. To me, the most questionable inclusion in Pakistan team is not Misbah. There are a number of players whose place is questionable 100 times before you even get to Misbah. And "can't bowl can't bat Hafeez" tops that list. For WC 2011 semi final, all I want to say is that someone had to stay on the wicket with Misbah and build a decent partnership to win that match. It's not like he played with a strike rate of 40 like Younis Khan. In fact, Misbah's strike rate was higher than Hafeez, Younis Khan, and Abdul Razzaq. Afridi and Kamran Akmal had a higher SR, but they have a serious problem with staying on the wicket playing 17 and 21 balls respectively before getting out.