ICC Champions Trophy - 2nd match, Group B

Pakistan v West Indies

West Indies won by 2 wickets (with 56 balls remaining)

3.03pm Chris Gayle and Johnston Charles are walking out. No reduction in overs. Irfan will bowl the first over. Two slips and a gully for Gayle. And a man between short leg and short midwicket

2.55pm The play will resume at 3.05pm. That's a delay of 20 minutes. The radar doesn't look bad either. Don't expect any reduction of overs

James: "Pakistan rain dance about as effective as Pakistan batting."

2.53pm The square is being uncovered. The rain seems to have stopped. The pitch is covered still

2.50pm It's still raining.

Daniel: "Its raining in Cardiff too. Ruined my club match. At least the players can go through what im feeling well the West Indies players"

2.40pm "mmmmmmm foot of the paddle, you must have an interesting rowing technique" Geoff, I love the pedants. "May your hands always be busy/ May your feet always be swift/ May you have a strong foundation/ When the winds of changes shift/ May your heart always be joyful..."

Meanwhile, though, covers are on at The Oval. It is raining. Worry not, though. This space is built just for rainy days

0.1

Mohammad Irfan to Gayle, 1 run, length ball, on the pads, clipped away to fine leg

0.2

Mohammad Irfan to Charles, no run

0.3

Mohammad Irfan to Charles, no run, swipes away at it, but the ball is way too short for him, and hits him in the rib cage

0.4

Mohammad Irfan to Charles, no run, length ball, angling across, beats another swipe

0.5

Mohammad Irfan to Charles, no run, another short ball, just outside off, he drops his gloves under it

Slight drizzle in again

0.6

Mohammad Irfan to Charles, no run, short again, and he leaves it alone outside off. No point going after his extra bounce

End of over 1 (1 run) West Indies 1/0 (170 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 1.00, RRR: 3.46)
J Charles    0* (5b)      Mohammad Irfan    1-0-1-0
CH Gayle    1* (1b)     

Junaid Khan to take the other new ball

1.1

Junaid Khan to Gayle, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, punched wide of mid-off for one

1.2

Junaid Khan to Charles, no run, short of a length, middle and off, hits the inside half of the bat

1.3

Junaid Khan to Charles, no run, on a length, on off, defended off the front foot

1.4

Junaid Khan to Charles, no run, hint of swing after the ball pitches outside leg, beats the inside edge

1.5

Junaid Khan to Charles, FOUR, he has swiped at this one and hoped for the best. Somehow it lobs over the bowler's head for four

1.6

Junaid Khan to Charles, 1 run, short of a length, just outside off, runs off the outside half for one

End of over 2 (6 runs) West Indies 7/0 (164 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 3.50, RRR: 3.41)
J Charles    5* (10b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    1-0-6-0
CH Gayle    2* (2b)      Mohammad Irfan    1-0-1-0

2.1

Mohammad Irfan to Charles, FOUR, length ball outside off, he gets under it and drives it inside-out over cover for four

2.2

Mohammad Irfan to Charles, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

The drizzle seems to have gone away

2.3

Mohammad Irfan to Charles, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, turned to leg

2.4

Mohammad Irfan to Charles, OUT, Charles plays at this without looking at this. This is a bouncer, headed towards his helmet, Charles is looking towards mid-on when he hooks it. Taken at fine leg

J Charles c Wahab Riaz b Mohammad Irfan 9 (12m 14b 2x4 0x6) SR: 64.28

Darren Bravo is the new man in. And they didn't even cross over

2.5

Mohammad Irfan to DM Bravo, no run, short of a length, into the ribs, nearly carries to that deepish short leg

2.6

Mohammad Irfan to DM Bravo, no run, again rising towards the ribs, Bravo is on his toes to defend

End of over 3 (4 runs) West Indies 11/1 (160 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 3.66, RRR: 3.40)
DM Bravo    0* (2b)      Mohammad Irfan    2-0-5-1
CH Gayle    2* (2b)      Junaid Khan    1-0-6-0

3.1

Junaid Khan to Gayle, no run, full, angling in towards off, defended from the crease

3.2

Junaid Khan to Gayle, no run, swings and misses. Extra bounce, and also came back in. Short of a length, just outside off, seams back in, and Gayle is caught neither forward nor back. Beaten

3.3

Junaid Khan to Gayle, no run, this one swings away at 142ks, left alone outside off

James: "Charles' 9 is actually the 3rd highest score of the day! Apart from Jamshed (50) and Misbah (96*) no one got more than 6!"

3.4

Junaid Khan to Gayle, no run, short of a length, on off, defended to mid-off

3.5

Junaid Khan to Gayle, no run, huge appeal after a huge inside edge. It's a good delivery, though, seaming in after the awayswinger, but he has got a thick inside edge. Junaid, though, is a serial appealer, and is not likely to die wondering

3.6

Junaid Khan to Gayle, FOUR, dug in short, only hip high, and Gayle smashes this with the front leg in the air. It races away for four through square leg

End of over 4 (4 runs) West Indies 15/1 (156 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 3.75, RRR: 3.39)
CH Gayle    6* (8b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    2-0-10-0
DM Bravo    0* (2b)      Mohammad Irfan    2-0-5-1

4.1

Mohammad Irfan to DM Bravo, no run, pitched up outside off, gets some swing away. Bravo leaves it alone

4.2

Mohammad Irfan to DM Bravo, OUT, Irfan you tall beauty. This is good short-pitched bowling. We might still have a cracker tonight. That is hardly short of a length, but has risen towards the chest, and Bravo tries to drop his bottom hand while fending, but ends up edging it behind

DM Bravo c †Kamran Akmal b Mohammad Irfan 0 (8m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

In comes Marlon Samuels. Two slips and a gully in

4.3

Mohammad Irfan to Samuels, no run, Irfan bowls the change-up full ball. Samuels is caught back, but defends well

4.4

Mohammad Irfan to Samuels, 1 run, short now, into the rib, he jabs at him with the bottom hand off, and it flies wide of that deepish short leg

4.5

Mohammad Irfan to Gayle, no run, full, widish, swinging away, Gayle is caught back and is beaten by the swing

Nobody is making even half a movement forward to him. I won't blame that. He is bowling 140ks from that height

4.6

Mohammad Irfan to Gayle, 1 run, slightly wayward, and tucked away off the hip for one

End of over 5 (2 runs) West Indies 17/2 (154 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 3.40, RRR: 3.42)
CH Gayle    7* (10b 1x4)      Mohammad Irfan    3-0-7-2
MN Samuels    1* (2b)      Junaid Khan    2-0-10-0

5.1

Junaid Khan to Gayle, no run, driven on the up, to the right of cover, but Shafiq makes a diving save there. Plus four for him

5.2

Junaid Khan to Gayle, no run, short of a length, into the pads, defended to leg

5.3

Junaid Khan to Gayle, no run, fuller, into the pads, beats the inside edge, but it is headed down leg

James: "That ball that got Bravo is a left arm version of the old Joel Garner back of a length, into the ribs ball. Nasty."

5.4

Junaid Khan to Gayle, no run, short of a length, angling in towards off, defened back

Faisal Fareed: "At least we have someone who can go and talk to Gayle, eye to eye!"

5.5

Junaid Khan to Gayle, 2 leg byes, pitched in short, too straight this time, and has been deflected fine of fine leg. Called leg-byes. He might have missed it, which explains why it went away so slow

Brad: "For all the guy talking about charles keeping in place of ramdin,I'll use Ramdin's words "Talk Nah!". Charles is the one taking the place of a specialist batsman in the side"

5.6

Junaid Khan to Gayle, 1 run, punched away down the ground, and Wahab makes a diving save at mid-on to save three runs. Seven runs saved by the fielders in this over

End of over 6 (3 runs) West Indies 20/2 (151 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 3.33, RRR: 3.43)
CH Gayle    8* (16b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    3-0-11-0
MN Samuels    1* (2b)      Mohammad Irfan    3-0-7-2

6.1

Mohammad Irfan to Gayle, no run, what a beauty from Irfan. On a length, just outside off, but that bounce is what you get from short of a length. It seams away too. Gayle beaten comprehensively

6.2

Mohammad Irfan to Gayle, no run, Gayle is unsettled clearly. Short of a length, outside off, but he goes groping. This is at 145ks, seaming away, at extra bounce. Beaten again

6.3

Mohammad Irfan to Gayle, no run, this is a little loose. Not the same sting behind this short ball, but Gayle's punch finds Misbah at short cover

6.4

Mohammad Irfan to Gayle, no run, this has bounced towards the helmet of Gayle. It takes some doing. Bowled at 137ks. Gayle fends in front of his face, but with soft hands, and keeps it down too

6.5

Mohammad Irfan to Gayle, SIX, well done Gayle. He has faced some short-pitched bowling, but the moment bowls the odd fuller delivery, he is ready and swings this clean back over his head. Top cricket. Good on Gayle for not being caught on the back foot

6.6

Mohammad Irfan to Gayle, 4 leg byes, That's lucky. Gayle backs away to try to hit this over the leg side, Irfan follows him, hits his pad, but the fine leg is up, and is beaetn

End of over 7 (10 runs) West Indies 30/2 (141 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 4.28, RRR: 3.27)
CH Gayle    14* (22b 1x4 1x6)      Mohammad Irfan    4-0-13-2
MN Samuels    1* (2b)      Junaid Khan    3-0-11-0

7.1

Junaid Khan to Samuels, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended to cover

7.2

Junaid Khan to Samuels, no run, short of a length, pitches leg, defended in front of off

7.3

Junaid Khan to Samuels, no run, slightly fuller, solidly defended off the back foot

7.4

Junaid Khan to Samuels, no run, dug in short, but I think everybody - including me - lost the ball as it came out of Junaid's hand. Good job it is outside off, and is left alone

7.5

Junaid Khan to Samuels, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, defended to leg

7.6

Junaid Khan to Samuels, FOUR, what a shot. That's a scorcher. This is short of a length, but a little too wide, and Samuels stands tall to drive this on the top of the bounce. Through extra cover it rockets away

End of over 8 (4 runs) West Indies 34/2 (137 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 4.25, RRR: 3.26)
MN Samuels    5* (8b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    4-0-15-0
CH Gayle    14* (22b 1x4 1x6)      Mohammad Irfan    4-0-13-2

8.1

Mohammad Irfan to Gayle, FOUR, this is exciting. Gayle backs away, Irfan bowls length, you are anticipating something, and Gayle gets enough bat on it to clear mid-off. This is not middled by a long way, but the mis-hit is powerful enough

8.2

Mohammad Irfan to Gayle, FOUR, what a flick-pull. Short of a length, angling into the hip, he has the front leg in the air, and short-arms this in front of square on the leg side

8.3

Mohammad Irfan to Gayle, 1 run, short again, but it has nothing behind it, and has been picked away for a single into the leg side

8.4

Mohammad Irfan to Samuels, no run, short of a length, outside off, Samuels plays inside its line

8.5

Mohammad Irfan to Samuels, 1 run, nearly gets him. Short again, rising towards the chest, Samuels gets an edge on the fend, but it avoids the second slip

8.6

Mohammad Irfan to Gayle, no run, short, into the body, Gayle gets a top edge on the flick-pull, but it goes into his chest and dies

End of over 9 (10 runs) West Indies 44/2 (127 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 4.88, RRR: 3.09)
CH Gayle    23* (26b 3x4 1x6)      Mohammad Irfan    5-0-23-2
MN Samuels    6* (10b 1x4)      Junaid Khan    4-0-15-0

9.1

Junaid Khan to Samuels, no run, on a length, on off, defended off the back foot

Prateek Bhandari: "Only 6 Champions Trophy players have played an international match in the 20th century- Jayawardene, Dilshan, Herath, Vettori, Shoaib Malik and Gayle."

9.2

Junaid Khan to Samuels, no run, full, headed towards middle and leg, defended back to him

9.3

Junaid Khan to Samuels, FOUR, super drive. Samuels plays beautifully on the up. This is not driving length at all, but he stands tall, and drives it on the top of the bounce, between the stumps and mid-on

9.4

Junaid Khan to Samuels, no run, short of a length, on off, punched on the up again, but this time straight to mid-off

9.5

Junaid Khan to Samuels, 1 wide, wide down the leg side. Bouncer gone wrong

Round the wicket now

9.5

Junaid Khan to Samuels, no run, angling in from short of a length, and nearly chops it on the cut

9.6

Junaid Khan to Samuels, no run, short of a length, angling in towards the top of off. Defended off the back foot

End of over 10 (5 runs) West Indies 49/2 (122 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 4.90, RRR: 3.05)
MN Samuels    10* (16b 2x4)      Junaid Khan    5-0-20-0
CH Gayle    23* (26b 3x4 1x6)      Mohammad Irfan    5-0-23-2

Saeed Ajmal to bowl ahead of Wahab Riaz. A slip in place

10.1

Saeed Ajmal to Gayle, 1 run, short of a length, flat, worked away for an easy single

10.2

Saeed Ajmal to Samuels, no run, offbreak, slightly flat, defended off the back foot

10.3

Saeed Ajmal to Samuels, no run, flighted this time, dipping a little, defended off the front foot

10.4

Saeed Ajmal to Samuels, no run, slightly shorter, defended off the back foot

10.5

Saeed Ajmal to Samuels, no run, flighted outside off, Samuels presses well forward to defend

10.6

Saeed Ajmal to Samuels, no run, slower through the air, flighted on off, driven back to Ajmal

End of over 11 (1 run) West Indies 50/2 (121 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 4.54, RRR: 3.10)
MN Samuels    10* (21b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-1-0
CH Gayle    24* (27b 3x4 1x6)      Junaid Khan    5-0-20-0

In comes Riaz too

11.1

Wahab Riaz to Gayle, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, punched to deep cover

11.2

Wahab Riaz to Samuels, no run, dug in short, rising towards the chest, Samuels defends with soft hands

Tim: "@Prateek, technically Sangakkara, who debuted in 2000 did too. The year 2000 was the last year of the 20th century as there was no year 0"

Oh boy, let the debates about origin of time begin

11.3

Wahab Riaz to Samuels, no run, short of a length, on off, defended off the back foot

11.4

Wahab Riaz to Samuels, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, punched away to deep cover for one

11.5

Wahab Riaz to Gayle, no run, good bouncer, at 141ks, gets it shoulder high. Gayle is looking to pull but he has to withdraw because it is too high to control

11.6

Wahab Riaz to Gayle, 1 run, short of a length, on off, pushed to mid-off and pinches a single

End of over 12 (3 runs) West Indies 53/2 (118 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 4.41, RRR: 3.10)
CH Gayle    26* (30b 3x4 1x6)      Wahab Riaz    1-0-3-0
MN Samuels    11* (24b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-1-0

12.1

Saeed Ajmal to Gayle, 3 runs, quick ball, no turn, hits the inside edge of the bat. Nearly gets the lbw, but it has run away off the inside half of the bat

12.2

Saeed Ajmal to Samuels, no run, shimmies down the wicket to defend this quick ball

12.3

Saeed Ajmal to Samuels, no run, short of a length, he goes back to punch this to cover

12.4

Saeed Ajmal to Samuels, 1 run, down the wicket to drive this to long-on for one

ikrana: "Tim, I'm sorry but I can't accept that. Numbering systems are zero based. Even if there was no year zero, the first century was from 1-99, second from 100-199 and so on. 2000 was the first year of the 21st century."

12.5

Saeed Ajmal to Gayle, 1 run, short of a length, into the pads, punched down the ground for one

12.6

Saeed Ajmal to Samuels, 1 run, down the wicket to reach the pitch of the ball, and gets a single to long-on

End of over 13 (6 runs) West Indies 59/2 (112 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 4.53, RRR: 3.02)
MN Samuels    13* (28b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-7-0
CH Gayle    30* (32b 3x4 1x6)      Wahab Riaz    1-0-3-0

Rahul Sethi: "@Tim 2000 was the first year of the 21st century and 3rd millenium."

13.1

Wahab Riaz to Samuels, no run, short of a length, on off, defended with an open face

13.2

Wahab Riaz to Samuels, 1 run, pushed nicely to the right of mid-off for a single

13.3

Wahab Riaz to Gayle, 1 no ball, good bouncer, but he has overstepped. At 147ks, it goes head high for Gayle, who sways out of its line just in time

13.3

Wahab Riaz to Gayle, no run, the free hit is full and wide, and is beaten on the big drive

Ben: "who said there was no year "0"? The date always started with year 0, month 1, day 1..."

13.4

Wahab Riaz to Gayle, 1 run, full, into the pads, clipped away to long leg

Mark: "@Ikrana Sorry, Tim is right. A century is 100 years, including the first century AD. The change of century and the millennium occurred on December 31st 2000, although people celebrated as soon as those three zeros came up. (as I scientist I can certify that)"

13.5

Wahab Riaz to Samuels, 2 runs, short of a length, rising towards the chest, punched wide of deep cover for two

Alok: "@ ikrana : So the first century had only 99 years according to you, while the rest had a full 100?"

13.6

Wahab Riaz to Samuels, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, defended back to him

End of over 14 (5 runs) West Indies 64/2 (107 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 4.57, RRR: 2.97)
MN Samuels    16* (32b 2x4)      Wahab Riaz    2-0-8-0
CH Gayle    31* (35b 3x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-7-0

jebranali: "if 20.1 is the 21st over of inning. then 2000+1day is the first day of 21st century."

14.1

Saeed Ajmal to Gayle, no run, flighted on off, defended back to him

DK: "Does a batsman get a century when he reaches 99 or 100?"

14.2

Saeed Ajmal to Gayle, no run, flatter, into the pads, deflected to short fine leg

Sam: "Such questions of when the 20th century ended can be argued to no end. And this is where conventions come in handy. The convention of today is what Tim suggests.January 1, 2001 was the first day of the 21st century is the present convention."

14.3

Saeed Ajmal to Gayle, no run, slower through the air, on a length, in front of off, defended back to him

14.4

Saeed Ajmal to Gayle, no run, even slower, and higher, defended off the front foot

14.5

Saeed Ajmal to Gayle, no run, swept away, but finds short fine leg

14.6

Saeed Ajmal to Gayle, 1 run, driven to long-off for one

End of over 15 (1 run) West Indies 65/2 (106 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 3.02)
CH Gayle    32* (41b 3x4 1x6)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-8-0
MN Samuels    16* (32b 2x4)      Wahab Riaz    2-0-8-0

15.1

Wahab Riaz to Gayle, 1 run, length ball, middle and leg, pushed wide of mid-on for one

Andrew: "Ahem: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/21st_century"

15.2

Wahab Riaz to Samuels, FOUR, short, outside off, extra bouncer, but he has cut this well over point for four

KevJ: "Oooh...got to come back at all those who say the millenium started 1st Jan 2000. There was NO year zero, zero did not exist as a mathematical concept in Romanised Europe until it was borrowed (OK, stolen) from the Arabic number system. As for cutting short the first century to make your argument work, when you count does your first hundred numbers start at zero or 1?"

15.3

Wahab Riaz to Samuels, no run, full outside off, driven to cover

15.4

Wahab Riaz to Samuels, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, hits the inside half of the bat, but they take a single

ikrana: "1 is the first year. Or do you mean to say that a baby is born 1 year old? All I'm saying is that just because someone forgot to have a year zero doesn't mean that the error should propagate to the end of time. It's as absurd as not accepting the Gregorian calendar correction. Dates were skipped to fix earlier errors."

15.5

Wahab Riaz to Gayle, no run, slower ball, misses the inside edge, but it is headed down leg

Atul Bhogle: "The correct analogy would be - the batsman's century is not counted when he is 'running' the 100th run. Similarly Jan 1 2000 is when the batsman starts to run his 100th run. Dec 31 2001 is the 'completion' of the century. Hence Jan 1 2001 is the first day of the twenty first century. QED."

15.6

Wahab Riaz to Gayle, 1 run, short of a length, into the pads, helped away for one

Time for a drink

End of over 16 (7 runs) West Indies 72/2 (99 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 2.91)
CH Gayle    34* (44b 3x4 1x6)      Wahab Riaz    3-0-15-0
MN Samuels    21* (35b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-8-0

By the way, if you haven't been here, you are not technologically up to date

16.1

Saeed Ajmal to Gayle, FOUR, makes him play back at a ball that is not short enough, but Gayle gets a healthy enough edge to send it past slip

16.2

Saeed Ajmal to Gayle, 1 run, sweeps at this, and just about gets a bottom edge to short fine leg

Jason: "To be fair, the AD/BC system wasn't created until 525 years after the year zero point, so nobody at 1 AD (which directly followed 1 BC) actually saw it as that. But, by definition of the system, December 31, 1 BC was followed immediately by January 1, 1 AD."

16.3

Saeed Ajmal to Samuels, no run, down the wicket to defend this to shirt midwicket

John: "Oh no. You've started something here. Somebody has edited Wikipedia to substantiate their "2000" argument!"

16.4

Saeed Ajmal to Samuels, no run, down the wicket, beaten in the flight, but offers it the pad

16.5

Saeed Ajmal to Samuels, 1 run, Samuels looks to push forward, but the ball is flat. Bunted off the back foot for a single to short leg, which has been facilitated by Riaz's throw to short fine leg

16.6

Saeed Ajmal to Gayle, OUT, the doosra. Gayle has not picked it. On a length, outside off, Gayle wants to go back over the bowler's head, but the ball turns in to beat the inside edge by a mile and hits the middle stump

CH Gayle b Saeed Ajmal 39 (80m 47b 4x4 1x6) SR: 82.97

End of over 17 (6 runs) West Indies 78/3 (93 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 4.58, RRR: 2.81)
     Saeed Ajmal    4-0-14-1
MN Samuels    22* (38b 3x4)      Wahab Riaz    3-0-15-0

17.1

Wahab Riaz to Samuels, 1 run, short of a length, pushed wide of mid-on for one

Ramnaresh Sarwan is the new man in

17.2

Wahab Riaz to Sarwan, 1 run, short of a length, rising into the ribs, drops it around the corner for one

Gerry: "John, probably a fully paid-up member of the flat earth society ..."

17.3

Wahab Riaz to Samuels, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended back to Wahab

17.4

Wahab Riaz to Samuels, no run, bouncer this time, on off, head high, beats him on the pull

Ryan: "Oh dear Wikipedia has decided to shut down!!"

17.5

Wahab Riaz to Samuels, 1 run, short-arms this shortish delivery to deep midwicket

Allwyn Kingsley: "I'll be kicking myself for this.,.. but can't help but draw parallels with our time system too. As the day starts at 12:00 AM I still can't seem to decide if the moment 12:00:00 belongs to the previous day or next..."

17.6

Wahab Riaz to Sarwan, OUT, terrific delivery. Dug in short, but not too short, gets it to rise higher than the chest. Sarwan is fending uncomfortably, and edges it through to the keeper. Never in control of the bounce. What a match this is turning out to be

RR Sarwan c †Kamran Akmal b Wahab Riaz 1 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

End of over 18 (3 runs) West Indies 81/4 (90 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 2.81)
     Wahab Riaz    4-0-18-1
MN Samuels    24* (42b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-14-1

Pollard is in ahead of Bravo. This is a leaf out his CSK captain's book

18.1

Saeed Ajmal to Samuels, no run, nice dip on this, Samuels presses forward to pad this away. Beaten in the flight

Russ: "Just popped on to catch with the score on my fav cricket site, but what's this? An argument about time! Huzzah! Shall we all just agree that time is relative and since the sun will go supernova in a few billion years or so rendering all human endeavour ultimately pointless, we should focus on the beauty of Samuels' straight drive?"

18.2

Saeed Ajmal to Samuels, no run, shimmies down the track to defend this flat delivery

18.3

Saeed Ajmal to Samuels, no run, full, flat, pushed to short midwicket

18.4

Saeed Ajmal to Samuels, no run, down the wicket, beaten in the flight by the dip, but defends well

18.5

Saeed Ajmal to Samuels, no run, short of a length, turning in, defended to leg

Peerzada: "12 am belongs to the next day"

18.6

Saeed Ajmal to Samuels, no run, the maiden ends with a forward-defensive after a slight tootsy down the track

End of over 19 (maiden) West Indies 81/4 (90 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 4.26, RRR: 2.90)
MN Samuels    24* (48b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-1-14-1
KA Pollard    0* (0b)      Wahab Riaz    4-0-18-1

Pollard has dug his guard. Riaz to bowl

19.1

Wahab Riaz to Pollard, no run, bouncer first up, followed by a stare, and a huge cheer from the crowd. Akmal has had to jump this full length to collect this after Pollard sways out of its way

19.2

Wahab Riaz to Pollard, no run, full outside off, left alone

19.3

Wahab Riaz to Pollard, no run, length ball, on off, holds its line, defended back to him

19.4

Wahab Riaz to Pollard, no run, dug in short, outside off, left alone

Nik: "@Russ Nah, let the Pundits correct definition of time, wasting their own time and missing out on cricket. Meanwhile CricInfo gets more hits and money, us get cricket at work."

19.5

Wahab Riaz to Pollard, no run, sucker ball, Pollard is nearly sucked into it. After bowling short, he pushes one full wide outside off. Pollard follows it limply, and is beaten on the push

19.6

Wahab Riaz to Pollard, no run, short of a length, on off, seams away to beat the edge, at 146ks. Last four overs: nine runs and two wickets

End of over 20 (maiden) West Indies 81/4 (90 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.05, RRR: 3.00)
KA Pollard    0* (6b)      Wahab Riaz    5-1-18-1
MN Samuels    24* (48b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-1-14-1

20.1

Saeed Ajmal to Samuels, 1 run, down the wicket to drive this wide of mid-off for one

A slip and a short leg in

20.2

Saeed Ajmal to Pollard, no run, offbreak, full, outside off, defended off the front foot

20.3

Saeed Ajmal to Pollard, no run, doosra, doesn't pick it. Short of a length, outside off, holds its line, takes the edge, falls just short of slip

20.4

Saeed Ajmal to Pollard, no run, flighted, dipping on him, defended in front of his body

20.5

Saeed Ajmal to Pollard, no run, and he doesn't read the doosra again, but it doesn't carry to slip

20.6

Saeed Ajmal to Pollard, 1 wide, wide down the leg side. Just fired in

20.6

Saeed Ajmal to Pollard, no run, quick offbreak, at 93ks, defended from the crease

End of over 21 (2 runs) West Indies 83/4 (88 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 3.95, RRR: 3.03)
KA Pollard    0* (11b)      Saeed Ajmal    6-1-16-1
MN Samuels    25* (49b 3x4)      Wahab Riaz    5-1-18-1

21.1

Wahab Riaz to Samuels, 1 run, sort of a length, hits the bat as opposed to the bat hitting it. Goes to third man for one

Pollard 0 off 11

21.2

Wahab Riaz to Pollard, no run, short of a length, outside off, angling away. Left alone

21.3

Wahab Riaz to Pollard, no run, short of a length, into the body, defended to midwicket

21.4

Wahab Riaz to Pollard, 1 wide, slower ball gone wrong. A full wide down the leg side. At 101ks

21.4

Wahab Riaz to Pollard, no run, back to quick shortish bowling. Defended back to him off the back foot

Ben: "After Nik's comment about pundits wasting their time and Cricinfo getting more hits, there seem to be no comments?! Does this mean no one wants more hits for Cricinfo? Selfish people:("

21.5

Wahab Riaz to Pollard, no run, slightly shorter, slightly higher, much wider. Left alone

21.6

Wahab Riaz to Pollard, no run, bouncer, on the stumps, Pollard ducks under it. Still 0. Off 16 balls

Simon: "Its very simple - when did you have your Millenium party 31 Dec 1999 / 1 Jan 2000? or 31 Dec 2000 / 1 Jan 2001?"

End of over 22 (2 runs) West Indies 85/4 (86 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 3.86, RRR: 3.07)
KA Pollard    0* (16b)      Wahab Riaz    6-1-20-1
MN Samuels    26* (50b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    6-1-16-1

It is clear Pakistan are playing a 40-over match. All-out attack. No part-time stuff

22.1

Saeed Ajmal to Samuels, 1 run, down the wicket to push this to long-on for one

Peerzada: "In line with so many analoies having been drawn, i submit a wish to avoid confusions, if any--Centuries be renamed as Natural Century, Whole Century, Real Century on lines of natural, whole and real numbers.."

22.2

Saeed Ajmal to Pollard, no run, sharp offbreak after dipping on him. Defended back to him

22.3

Saeed Ajmal to Pollard, 1 run, what a mix-up. Pollard is off the mark. First he doesn't pick the doosra, then ambles across for an easy single wide of point. Samuels, though, hasn't. But despite a late start, Samuels makes it

22.4

Saeed Ajmal to Samuels, no run, short, wide, looks to cut, but this one is a doosra too, and he hasn't picked it. Beaten

22.5

Saeed Ajmal to Samuels, no run, defended off the front foot

22.6

Saeed Ajmal to Samuels, 1 run, short of a length, turning in, punched away to deep midwicket

End of over 23 (3 runs) West Indies 88/4 (83 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 3.82, RRR: 3.07)
MN Samuels    28* (54b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    7-1-19-1
KA Pollard    1* (18b)      Wahab Riaz    6-1-20-1

Hafeez to bowl now

Patrick: "If Pakistan are playing a 40 over match, Pollard is clearly playing a timeless test."

23.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Samuels, 1 run, down the wicket to push this towards long-on for one

David: "@ Simon: Both, obviously!"

23.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Pollard, no run, defended off the back foot

"@Simon: "The new millenium will be Jerry-free". I'm not sure if people will get this Seinfeld reference." John Knolls, let's go for a Newmannium

23.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Pollard, no run, another defensive off the back foot

23.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Pollard, no run, full, flat, pushed to mid-on

23.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Pollard, no run, short of a length, flat, defended off the back foot

23.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Pollard, no run, topspinner, on off, kept out by him

End of over 24 (1 run) West Indies 89/4 (82 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 3.70, RRR: 3.15)
KA Pollard    1* (23b)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-1-0
MN Samuels    29* (55b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    7-1-19-1

julian: "The only millennium change of significance was the IT date when the year number went from 1999 to 2000 and potentially screwed many algorithms. I watched on a double shift for a non-event thankfully."

Slip, short leg and a silly mid-on in place

24.1

Saeed Ajmal to Samuels, 1 run, short, turning in, helped away around the corner for one

24.2

Saeed Ajmal to Pollard, FOUR, Pollard breaks free. Just a flick. Too full from Ajmal, on the pads, and he has flicked this back over the bowler's head. Nonchalant

24.3

Saeed Ajmal to Pollard, no run, slower through the air, dipping on hi, then turns in sharply from outside off, hits him on the pad, but outside the line of off

24.4

Saeed Ajmal to Pollard, no run, slightly quicker, doesn't turn in either, hits the outside half of the bat

harish_work_from_home: "@Perzeeda and of course complex centuries :P"

24.5

Saeed Ajmal to Pollard, no run, short of a length, outside off, defended to cover

Maaz D : "You've got to watch this match Jerry, its the besttt.."

24.6

Saeed Ajmal to Pollard, no run, tossed up on off, defended to cover

End of over 25 (5 runs) West Indies 94/4 (77 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 3.76, RRR: 3.08)
KA Pollard    5* (28b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    8-1-24-1
MN Samuels    30* (56b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-1-0

It's an exciting match, but Pakistan need to strike now to keep the excitement alive. What a relief from the ordinary bowling yesterday

25.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Samuels, OUT, Hafeez has got the huge wicket. Samuels has run past one. Quick ball, outside off, on a length, drifts away from Samuels to leave his stranded. Superb bowling. No turn, just the drift away, and the quick pace

MN Samuels st †Kamran Akmal b Mohammad Hafeez 30 (93m 57b 3x4 0x6) SR: 52.63

In comes captain Bravo

25.2

Mohammad Hafeez to DJ Bravo, no run, full, and stylishly flicked away to short midwicket

"I was disappointed by the 'Millenium Bug'. I flew to Cape Town in Dec 99 for the Test and hoped my return flight would be delayed but no such luck." David, I won't mind losing my passport in Cape Town, and being accepted as a Capetonian for life

Slip and short leg in

25.3

Mohammad Hafeez to DJ Bravo, no run, flighted outside off, defended away from the body, with an open face

25.4

Mohammad Hafeez to DJ Bravo, no run, non-turner, Bravo has had to make a late adjustment to defend this in front of off

25.5

Mohammad Hafeez to DJ Bravo, 1 run, flighted outside off, driven to short cover for one

25.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Pollard, 1 run, short of a length, punched down to long-on for one

End of over 26 (2 runs) West Indies 96/5 (75 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 3.69, RRR: 3.12)
KA Pollard    6* (29b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-3-1
DJ Bravo    1* (4b)      Saeed Ajmal    8-1-24-1

Irfan is back. Ajmal bowled 8-1-24-1. One slip in for Pollard

26.1

Mohammad Irfan to Pollard, 1 wide, short, but down the leg side. Concedes a wide

"Would you agree with me when I claim that low-scoring thrillers are much more exciting than high-scoring ones? The tension in the atmosphere is always much more in the low-scoring ones with something seemingly about to happen every ball." S.Potnis, I agree

26.1

Mohammad Irfan to Pollard, no run, short of a length, pitched outside leg, defended in front of off

26.2

Mohammad Irfan to Pollard, no run, fuller, but not full enough. Left alone outside off

26.3

Mohammad Irfan to Pollard, no run, short of a length, on off, angling away, defended to cover

ShaKi: "The Platform is perfectly set for Ramdin to prove everyone, including me, wrong. Good Luck Den!"

26.4

Mohammad Irfan to Pollard, no run, tennis-ball bounce outside off, he goes for the cut, and is beaten by the extra bounce

Prabhu: "This is where v miss a Chanders here... He almost carried us through most of the low-scoring matches"

26.5

Mohammad Irfan to Pollard, 1 run, Pollard dances down the wicket and hopes for the best. He gets a thick edge but it doesn't carry to third man

26.6

Mohammad Irfan to DJ Bravo, 1 run, moves inside the line to bunt this length ball into the leg side for one

End of over 27 (3 runs) West Indies 99/5 (72 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 3.66, RRR: 3.13)
DJ Bravo    2* (5b)      Mohammad Irfan    6-0-26-2
KA Pollard    7* (34b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-3-1

27.1

Mohammad Hafeez to DJ Bravo, 1 run, length ball, on off, pushed to deep midwicket to bring up the 100

27.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Pollard, 1 run, quick, into the pads, helped away for a single around the corner

27.3

Mohammad Hafeez to DJ Bravo, no run, flighted outside off, defended back to him

27.4

Mohammad Hafeez to DJ Bravo, no run, offbreak, outside off, blocked off the front foot

27.5

Mohammad Hafeez to DJ Bravo, 1 run, swept away from leg to fine leg for one

27.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Pollard, no run, topspinner, short of a length, punched down the ground, not wide enough of Hafeez

End of over 28 (3 runs) West Indies 102/5 (69 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 3.64, RRR: 3.13)
KA Pollard    8* (36b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-6-1
DJ Bravo    4* (9b)      Mohammad Irfan    6-0-26-2

28.1

Mohammad Irfan to DJ Bravo, no run, short of a length, just outside off, left alone to angle away

28.2

Mohammad Irfan to DJ Bravo, no run, dug in short, rising towards the chest, defended off the back foot

28.3

Mohammad Irfan to DJ Bravo, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, pushed wide of cover for one

Round the wicket now. Interesting

28.4

Mohammad Irfan to Pollard, no run, length ball outside off, defended from the crease

Paul Di Resta in a Force India has set the quickest time in practice (so far!) ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix. Follow events live and join in the chat on ESPNF1

28.5

Mohammad Irfan to Pollard, 1 run, angling in, tucked off the hip for one

28.6

Mohammad Irfan to DJ Bravo, no run, that's nasty. Rises towards the chest from just short of a length, hits the shoulder of the bat, but there is no gully to take this

End of over 29 (2 runs) West Indies 104/5 (67 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 3.58, RRR: 3.19)
DJ Bravo    5* (13b)      Mohammad Irfan    7-0-28-2
KA Pollard    9* (38b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-6-1

29.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Pollard, 1 run, doosra. Doesn't pick it, but gets a single off the outside half of the bat

Ben: "The balls are almost 15 overs old....it may be too late for Pak unless they get a couple of wickets now. Otherwise Pollard will take it away."

29.2

Mohammad Hafeez to DJ Bravo, no run, flighted outside off, defended back to him

29.3

Mohammad Hafeez to DJ Bravo, 1 run, short of a length, dabbed away to backward point where they pick on Irfan

29.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Pollard, no run, quick and flat, holds its line in front of middle and leg. Watchfully defended back

29.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Pollard, SIX, Pollard smacks this flat over long-off. This is full, and he has drilled it neat. He is picking the hitting balls well

29.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Pollard, no run, dropped. Pollard doesn't read the doosra, edges it through, but Akmal grasses it. I am sorry, you can;t blame Akmal for that. That was a huge deflection. Shouldn't call this a drop

End of over 30 (8 runs) West Indies 112/5 (59 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 3.73, RRR: 2.95)
KA Pollard    16* (42b 1x4 1x6)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-14-1
DJ Bravo    6* (15b)      Mohammad Irfan    7-0-28-2

Irfan runs in for his eighth over. Back over the stumps. I think they just changed the ball

30.1

Mohammad Irfan to DJ Bravo, no run, yorker, outside off, squeezes under Bravo's bat

Ahsan: "@Ben: the old ball is just what Junaid needs for some good old reverse swing."

30.2

Mohammad Irfan to DJ Bravo, no run, full, outside off, driven powerfully, but straight to mid-off

30.3

Mohammad Irfan to DJ Bravo, no run, short of a length, chest high, outside off, Bravo manages to keep it down

30.4

Mohammad Irfan to DJ Bravo, 1 run, short of a length, angling away outside off, worked to leg with both feet in the air. Gets a single

30.5

Mohammad Irfan to Pollard, no run, bouncer, on the stumps, he ducks under it pretty early

30.6

Mohammad Irfan to Pollard, no run, short again, just outside off, Pollard sways out of its line

Time for the final drink of the evening

End of over 31 (1 run) West Indies 113/5 (58 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 3.64, RRR: 3.05)
KA Pollard    16* (44b 1x4 1x6)      Mohammad Irfan    8-0-29-2
DJ Bravo    7* (19b)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-14-1

Hadi Muhammad: "I am sorry but Hafeez does not bowl dosras.. That must have been the naughty pitch"

Riaz is back

31.1

Wahab Riaz to DJ Bravo, 1 wide, bouncer, but down the leg side. Called wide

31.1

Wahab Riaz to DJ Bravo, no run, short of a length, pitches in front of off, defended just outside off

Time has come when Pakistan need another wicket to keep this exciting

31.2

Wahab Riaz to DJ Bravo, no run, slashes away at a wide shortish ball. Nowhere near the ball

31.3

Wahab Riaz to DJ Bravo, 1 run, short of a length, on off, bunted into the leg side for a single

31.4

Wahab Riaz to Pollard, no run, short of a length again, just outside off, defended to mid-off

31.5

Wahab Riaz to Pollard, 2 runs, edged past slip. This one seems to have seamed back in from a short of a length and outside off. It cramps him up, but the edge beats Hafeez. They steal the second to rub it in further

31.6

Wahab Riaz to Pollard, 2 runs, driven powerfully on the up, substitute Abdur Rehman does well to mid-off to dive and get a hand to this. Two runs saved

End of over 32 (6 runs) West Indies 119/5 (52 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 3.71, RRR: 2.88)
KA Pollard    20* (47b 1x4 1x6)      Wahab Riaz    7-1-26-1
DJ Bravo    8* (22b)      Mohammad Irfan    8-0-29-2

Junaid Khan is back into the attack. One slip still in

32.1

Junaid Khan to DJ Bravo, no run, starts with a length ball, middle and off, angling away, defended just outside off

32.2

Junaid Khan to DJ Bravo, no run, short of a length, just outside off, pushed off the back foot

Attendance at The Oval: 20,491

32.3

Junaid Khan to DJ Bravo, 2 runs, short of a length, outside off, covers the line to open the face late, and send it past point for a couple

32.4

Junaid Khan to DJ Bravo, 1 run, short of a length, on off, pushed into the leg side for one

Pollard digs a fresh guard

32.5

Junaid Khan to Pollard, no run, bouncer, on off, Pollard does well to sway out of its line

32.6

Junaid Khan to Pollard, no run, short of a length, holds its line in front of off, hits the inside half of the bat

End of over 33 (3 runs) West Indies 122/5 (49 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 3.69, RRR: 2.88)
KA Pollard    20* (49b 1x4 1x6)      Junaid Khan    6-0-23-0
DJ Bravo    11* (26b)      Wahab Riaz    7-1-26-1

Two overs before we enter the Powerplay

33.1

Wahab Riaz to DJ Bravo, 1 run, punched away to deep cover for one

33.2

Wahab Riaz to Pollard, no run, short of a length, on middle and leg, the extra bounce hits him on the thigh pad

Amin: "Actual attendance at The Oval is now 20,492....one of my friends has just joined the thrilling show!"

33.3

Wahab Riaz to Pollard, 1 run, no direct hit. They take a quick single to cover, Misbah lets the throw go at Bravo's end, but he is in comfortably

Rakhy: "Most of the attendance at the Oval belongs to 21st century... please"

33.4

Wahab Riaz to DJ Bravo, 2 runs, full this time, Bravo covers the line and closes the face to place it for a couple into the leg side

Bravo has brought a lot of calm to the middle if you are a WI fan

33.5

Wahab Riaz to DJ Bravo, no run, short of a length, outside off, angling away, defended back to him

33.6

Wahab Riaz to DJ Bravo, 1 run, length ball, outside off, driven on the up to deep cover for one

End of over 34 (5 runs) West Indies 127/5 (44 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 3.73, RRR: 2.75)
DJ Bravo    15* (30b)      Wahab Riaz    8-1-31-1
KA Pollard    21* (51b 1x4 1x6)      Junaid Khan    6-0-23-0

34.1

Junaid Khan to DJ Bravo, no run, appeal for lbw, but it is one of those optimistic Junaid ones. This has hit him high on the thigh. Bravo is limping

Kevin: "@Amin: I joined after that count so it's 20,493 now...."

34.2

Junaid Khan to DJ Bravo, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, pushed into the leg side for one

34.3

Junaid Khan to Pollard, no run, dug in short, Pollard drops his wrists and stays inside the line. Collected chest-high by Akmal

34.4

Junaid Khan to Pollard, no run, dug in short again. Lets out a huge grunt as he puts in the effort. Left alone well outside off again

34.5

Junaid Khan to Pollard, FOUR, gloved over the keeper's head. This bouncer was at his body, Pollard tried to pull, was late into it, but is lucky enough to avoid the keeper

34.6

Junaid Khan to Pollard, 1 run, short of a length, pitched outside leg, pushed wide of mid-on for one

End of over 35 (6 runs) West Indies 133/5 (38 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 3.80, RRR: 2.53)
KA Pollard    26* (55b 2x4 1x6)      Junaid Khan    7-0-29-0
DJ Bravo    16* (32b)      Wahab Riaz    8-1-31-1

We are entering crucial phase now. Pakistan's last chance. Powerplay is on now. Riaz to bowl the first over of the Powerplay

35.1

Wahab Riaz to Pollard, FOUR, Poallrd backs away and charges at him, and drives it solidly past cover for a four. This is a scintillating shot

35.2

Wahab Riaz to Pollard, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

"SiD, I have sent my spirit to Oval, Can we count that as a half person attendance plssss" ShaKi, that's just 21 grams

35.3

Wahab Riaz to Pollard, OUT, Riaz strikes. This game is alive still. Extra bounce for Riaz. He has bowled his heart out today. Short of a length, steep bounce, on off, rises towards the chest again, and takes the edge through. Shoulder of the bat. A good restrained hand from Pollard

KA Pollard c †Kamran Akmal b Wahab Riaz 30 (78m 58b 3x4 1x6) SR: 51.72

"Make it 20,492. I just left after seeing Amin and Kevin's comments." kaidranzer, you might want to go back. We could still have a thriller

Denesh Ramdin to bat now. Two slips for him

35.4

Wahab Riaz to Ramdin, no run, length ball, outside off, left alone

35.5

Wahab Riaz to Ramdin, no run, another leave outside off. Ramdin is cautious here

35.6

Wahab Riaz to Ramdin, no run, fuller still, on off, defended back to him. Riaz threatens to throw it back at him. Good aggression. This match is on

End of over 36 (4 runs) West Indies 137/6 (34 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 3.80, RRR: 2.42)
D Ramdin    0* (3b)      Wahab Riaz    9-1-35-2
DJ Bravo    16* (32b)      Junaid Khan    7-0-29-0

Saeed Ajmal has two overs left. He is going to bowl one of them now. A slip and a short leg in

36.1

Saeed Ajmal to DJ Bravo, 1 run, offbreak, worked past short leg for a single

36.2

Saeed Ajmal to Ramdin, 3 runs, edged wide of slip. Ramdin has no clue about this doosra. It starts middle and leg, takes the leading edge, and beats slip. What's more? Ramdin goes off the strike with this three

36.3

Saeed Ajmal to DJ Bravo, no run, doosra again. Bravo reads it off the pitch, and defends it outside off

36.4

Saeed Ajmal to DJ Bravo, 2 runs, flatter, but not short enough to play the flashy punch that Bravo has played. And he has played it well, wide of point

36.5

Saeed Ajmal to DJ Bravo, OUT, brain fade for Bravo. He has batted so well for so long, so calmly, but sees this flighted delivery and throws the works at it. This is cleverly bowled. Slow through the air, flighted, dipping, turning in from outside off. Beats the huge sweep, hits him in front of off. This is plumb. Bravo reviews it because he is the last recognised batsman, but this is plumb. Game on

DJ Bravo lbw b Saeed Ajmal 19 (57m 36b 0x4 0x6) SR: 52.77

"Is the soul just 21 grams, Sid? How did you come to that figure. That would give a whole new dimension for the phrase "Selling ones soul". Out with the truth, I say. Tell, tell." Yes backwardpoint, google "21 grams"

Sunil Narine comes in ahead of Ravi Rampaul

36.6

Saeed Ajmal to Narine, FOUR, and he smacks the first ball he faces for four through cover. It's short, flat, outside off, and has been dismissed from his presence

End of over 37 (10 runs) West Indies 147/7 (24 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 3.97, RRR: 1.84)
SP Narine    4* (1b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    9-1-34-2
D Ramdin    3* (4b)      Wahab Riaz    9-1-35-2

37.1

Wahab Riaz to Ramdin, 1 run, length ball outside off, mis-hits the drive, gets a single

37.2

Wahab Riaz to Narine, no run, dug in short, outside off, Narine stays inside the line

This is Riaz's last over. Needs to sign off with a wicket. West Indies need to see him off

37.3

Wahab Riaz to Narine, no run, short again, into the body, Narine fends, in the air, but straight of short leg

37.4

Wahab Riaz to Narine, FOUR, Narine is playing a blinder. He makes room and hits this leg-stump full toss between point and cover. Seems the yorker has gone wrong, and he has hit this hard into the ground

Target under 20 now

37.5

Wahab Riaz to Narine, 1 run, dug in shirt, fended away through where gully would have been. Takes the single

37.6

Wahab Riaz to Ramdin, 1 run, driven powerfully on the up, gets a single to deep point

End of over 38 (7 runs) West Indies 154/7 (17 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 4.05, RRR: 1.41)
D Ramdin    5* (6b)      Wahab Riaz    10-1-42-2
SP Narine    9* (5b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    9-1-34-2

Ajmal's last over. Irfan is going off the field. Wonder what's up. A slip and a gully in

38.1

Saeed Ajmal to Ramdin, 2 leg byes, full, into the pad, turning down, goes for two leg-byes

38.2

Saeed Ajmal to Ramdin, FOUR, Ramdin loves to cut. And he has done it again. This is not too short, and is turning in sharply, but he manages to cut it between the legs of gully. I won't call it a drop because it has gone fast, but he should have stopped it at least

38.3

Saeed Ajmal to Ramdin, 2 leg byes, doosra, starts outside leg, hits the pad, and goes for two

38.4

Saeed Ajmal to Ramdin, no run, flighted on off, driven back at him, hits the stumps at the non-striker's end, but Ajmal hasn't got a hand to it

38.5

Saeed Ajmal to Ramdin, no run, flat, outside off, defended solidly back to him

38.6

Saeed Ajmal to Ramdin, no run, another sharp offbreak not short enough to cut. Ramdin tries it, and is beaten this time

End of over 39 (8 runs) West Indies 162/7 (9 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 4.15, RRR: 0.81)
D Ramdin    9* (12b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    10-1-38-2
SP Narine    9* (5b 2x4)      Wahab Riaz    10-1-42-2

Irfan went off the field at the start of the previous over, but he is back now. He will bowl this over. Irfan has two to go, Junaid has three

39.1

Mohammad Irfan to Narine, 2 runs, short, into the body, Narine flicks this over midwicket for two. He is playing a lovely cameo here

Slip and a short leg in

39.2

Mohammad Irfan to Narine, 1 no ball, bouncer, just outside off, left alone. Will you believe this? Pakistan have only seven to defend, but they don't have enough fielders inside the circle. Called a no-ball. Well done Nigel Llong. Alert. No free hit, though

39.2

Mohammad Irfan to Narine, OUT, Pakistan stay alive. This game stays alive. Long live ODI. Narine backs away to drive, the ball is not short enough, the extra bounce gets the edge. Akmal hasn't dropped anything today, he is not about to now

SP Narine c †Kamran Akmal b Mohammad Irfan 11 (14m 8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 137.50

Still no Rampaul. Roach in ahead of him. West Indies need six. A slip in. Four men saving one on the off side

39.3

Mohammad Irfan to Roach, no run, a nervous nervous push outside off. Full, sucker ball. Roach is nearly sucked into it, but doesn't edge it

39.4

Mohammad Irfan to Roach, no run, what a beauty. A 140k yorker from that height. On off. Well done, Roach too for keeping it out

39.5

Mohammad Irfan to Roach, no run, short of a length, outside off, angles away, Roach plays inside the line of it

Now to compensate for that no-ball earlier in the over. Will Pakistan get a wicket? Will West Indies end the game here? Will this be a dot?

39.6

Mohammad Irfan to Roach, no run, it is a dot. Short of a length, middle and leg, defended off the back foot. Well done, Roach

End of over 40 (3 runs) West Indies 165/8 (6 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 4.12, RRR: 0.60)
KAJ Roach    0* (4b)      Mohammad Irfan    9-0-32-3
D Ramdin    9* (12b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    10-1-38-2

Junaid Khan into the attack now. Will he go round the stumps? No he won't. over the wicket with a slip in

40.1

Junaid Khan to Ramdin, 1 run, short of a length, cut away to third man for one

Roach on strike now. Junaid goes round the stumps

40.2

Junaid Khan to Roach, 1 run, Malik adds a lazy attempt at point to his golden duck. The misfield not only gives them one, but it takes Roach off strike too

Nitin Chaudhary: "Time to hit winning runs and show what u got in your pocket Ramdin."

40.3

Junaid Khan to Ramdin, 1 run, short of a length, middle and leg, drops it to leg and takes a single

Over the wicket now

40.4

Junaid Khan to Roach, FOUR, how fitting that Roach has finished it all. Length ball outside off, Roach square-drives it over point for the winning runs. That to go with his 10-4-28-3

That's all then from tonight. Thanks for joining us, and we hope for more such low-scoring thrillers

Quotes from the presentation
"The plan was to see off the new ball," says Misbah-ul-Haq. "but we did oppositely. Credit goes to them too, they bowled well. With nasir and I, we could have gone to 240-250, but some bad shots and we kept on losing wickets. If you are set, you can't make mistake, otherwise your team suffers. The century doesn't matter. Runs matter only if the team wins. Really happy with the way the bowlers bowled. Everybody bowled their hearts out. We need to rectify the small mistakes. Everybody who made the little mistakes need to say they could have done better."

"Tough situation," says Dwayne Bravo. "Lot of credit to the boys. Kemat set the stone, backed up by Rampaul and Narine. yes it was a close match but it is important to get the nerves out of the way. We didn't want Pakistan to bowl first, because there would be moisture and movement. They bowled really well in the chase too, but credit to the boys. Words can't explain how it felt. Last time Chris Gayle mentioned in the meeting that The Oval is like a home game. We were outnumbered by the Pakistan fans, but we enjoyed it."

"Wanted to pitch the ball up and let the ball do the work," says Kemar Roach, the Man of the Match. "It's great to win the first match. The guys are relieved. Pakistan are a tough side to pay against. Definitely my rhythm was on today. I am proud of myself and the team."

What a superb match we have had here. Roach punches the air and keeps running. He is rightly jubilant. Both sides bowled well here. Roach at the start, followed by repair work by Misbah and Jamshed. The latter threw it away, but Misbah batted until the end with an unbeaten 96 out of a total of 170. he could have easily played just for his hundred, but he kept turning down singes with the last man in.

The chase was exciting with the Pakistan bowlers defending this in a possessed manner. There was a lot of good short-pitched bowling and spin, but the West Indies batsmen made enough small contributions to edge ahead in the end. We will bring the presentation quotes soon

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Jun 7, 2013

Saeed Ajmal approaches the bowling crease, Pakistan v West Indies, Champions Trophy, Group B, The Oval, June 7, 2013

Saeed Ajmal approaches the bowling crease

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Denesh Ramdin leaps in the air after the win, West Indies v Pakistan, Champions Trophy, Group B, The Oval, June 7, 2013

Denesh Ramdin leaps in the air after the win

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