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215dThe Bulletin by Jamie Alter

Akmal and Malik script a thriller

Those who say 50-overs cricket has lost its ticker needed to look no further than the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi for a humdinger

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

CH Gayle
113(106) 11x4 - 5x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 47 runs
  • 3x4 - 3x6
1 4 10 16 47 18 14 3
Khurram Manzoor
69(89) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 22 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
12 9 5 9 17 2 4 11

Best performances - Bowlers

Sohail Tanvir
O10
M1
R42
W3
Eco4.20
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
LS Baker
O9
M0
R47
W3
Eco5.22
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

West Indies , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Pakistan led the 3-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

15.00 start, First Session 15.00-18.30 Interval 18.30-19.15, Second Session 19.15-22.45

Match days

12 November 2008 - day/night match (50-over match)

ODI debut

TV Umpires

Match Referee

A superb finish to the inaugural match of this ODI series. Gayle bowled a brilliant 49th over, conceding just 6 runs but Kamran Akmal hit two big sixes in the final over to settle the game for Pakistan! The Pakistanis are rejoicing on the field and so they should, it's their first game in over four months, and after all the turmoil that has affected their cricket, this victory will come as big morale booster.

Chris Gayle was the star for West Indies with both bat and ball. He scored a brisk century and followed that performance up with some tight bowling in Pakistan's final few overs. However, some erratic bowling towards the end, and Akmal's heroics, thanks to some meaty length balls bowled in the final over, saw Pakistan sneak through to a fantastic win, just when it seemed the Windies had it wrapped up.

Shoaib Malik played a captain's innings, a pacy 66 off just 50 balls to keep Pakistan in the hunt throughout their innings. However, when he fell with the score on 262, West Indies most certainly had the edge. But they threw it away as they buckled under pressure, conceding overthrows, missing half-chances, and misfielding, to allow Pakistan to edge past them.

Chris Gayle: "I thought it was a good game. Pakistan paced their innings very well. We should have got a few more runs. I'll pick Taylor to bowl the last over any day, it was just one of his off days I guess. Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik batted brilliantly. Hopefully we'll have a good game again in the next couple of days."

Gayle is also the Man of the Match.

Shoaib Malik: "We haven't played international cricket in a while, but the way our batsmen played today, especially Akmal, it was brilliant. It was a team effort, the way we batted, bowled, and fielded. I had been playing in the Pentangular tournament, and so were many of my team mates, and that really helped. We have to assess Shiab Akhtar's fitness before we can confirm his availability for the next match."

Well, That's it folks. What a riveting start to the series, and hopefully we'll watch something equally exciting on the 14th when these two teams meet again.

Until then, it's adios from Siddhartha Talya on the commentary and Binoy George on the scoring desk. Goodnight!!

49.5
1
Taylor to Fawad Alam, 1 run, full on leg stump, Alam makes room and drives it wide of mid on for a single. Pakistan win!! What a match. 17 needed off the final over, and two big hits from Akmal swings it Pakstan's way.

1 off 2. Pakistan should win this from here

49.4
3
Taylor to Kamran Akmal, 3 runs, on a good length on middle, Akmal swings it away wide of mid wicket where the fielder dives to pull off a good save. But an overthrow allows the batsmen another run, three taken in all. West Indies have thrown it away here!!

4 off 3

49.3
6
Taylor to Kamran Akmal, SIX runs, six six six. short of a good length outside off, Akmal makes room and slices that one over deep point for a massive six!! Pakistan are back in this!! What a match

10 off 4

49.2
6
Taylor to Kamran Akmal, SIX runs, big one!! full outside off, a length ball that deserves the treatment, Akmal lofts that over long off for a big six!!
49.1
1
Taylor to Fawad Alam, 1 run, full outside the off, tries to strike that powerfully over long off, does not connect it well, lands to the fielder on the bounce

17 needed off the last over

END OF OVER:
49 | 6 Runs | PAK: 278/6 (17 runs required from 1 ball, RR: 5.67, RRR: 17.00)

  • Fawad Alam24 (23b)
  • Kamran Akmal9 (6b)
  • CH Gayle6-0-33-0
  • JE Taylor9-0-37-2
48.6
1
Gayle to Fawad Alam, 1 run, low full toss outside off, the batsman has no chance to dispatch that one, excellent length, all he can do is push it to mid off

Pakistan 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st64Salman ButtKhurram Manzoor
2nd78Younis KhanKhurram Manzoor
3rd17Younis KhanMisbah-ul-Haq
4th47Shoaib MalikYounis Khan
5th18Shahid AfridiShoaib Malik
6th38Shoaib MalikFawad Alam
7th33Kamran AkmalFawad Alam