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June 7, 2013
Pakistan and West Indies. Two of the more unpredictable sides going around. When they are playing each other, expect the unexpected.
Thing I'm most looking forward to in today's match? Misbah doing Gangnam Style when Gayle gets out.— karachikhatmal (@karachikhatmal) June 7, 2013
Dwayne Bravo's appointment as West Indies captain had generated some interest leading into the tournament. Bravo's first move as West Indies' ODI captain was to drop his predecessor.
Bravo elected to bowl in cloudy conditions, and Kemar Roach got the new ball to swing in devilishly. Pakistan's top order was quickly back in the hut.
And farhat departs...imran farhat and slips still a better love story than twillight #ct13— Jameela Anderson (@Intruder17) June 7, 2013
Just think how fast Kemar Roach could bowl if he didn't run in wearing a 4kg necklace #ct13— The Cricket Geek (@TheCricketGeek) June 7, 2013
Some Pakistan fans were having a bad time off the field as well.
Replaced Roach with Rampaul in my Fantasy side. To just compound the misery.— karachikhatmal (@karachikhatmal) June 7, 2013
Pakistan were in disarray but in Misbah-ul-Haq, they had just the man for the situation. He began in dour fashion, as demanded by the situation.
Misbah-ul-Haq is a man who seems like he'd complain that life in the old folks' home was "too hectic" for him.— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) June 7, 2013
But Roach kept probing. Misbah survived a torrid lbw appeal, before Denesh Ramdin dropped a sitter, but joined in celebrations after picking it up off the turf. That didn't go down too well with the twitterati.
Booing for Ramdin at the Oval after claiming grassed catch. "He needs to have a good look at himself, very poor" says Alec Stewart on TMS— Nick Hoult (@NHoultCricket) June 7, 2013
BREAKING: Ramdin claims ball was kept off ground by his pet worm Enid, who balanced it on her head as part of an orchestrated celebration.— Andy Zaltzman (@ZaltzCricket) June 7, 2013
After that Misbah dug in with extra resolve and the cricket turned attritional.
There is a term in Cricket called 'Single' which is very much unknown to Pakistani Batsmen. #CT13— Suhail (@Crictwitte) June 7, 2013
What did we say about expecting the unexpected?
tuk, tuk, tuk, tuk, tuk, bang, tuk, tuk, tuk, tuk. Oh Misbah we love you for that. Out of the blue #ct13— Guddu Malik (@GudduAamir) June 7, 2013
After a commendable repair job, Jamshed perished to a poor shot. One wicket quickly led to another. Pakistan had once again dug a hole for themselves.
Shoaib Malik following in his wife's footsteps in the French Open: they're both out early. #CT13— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) June 7, 2013
drive on the up playing away from the body. Playing across the line. Uppercut to thirdman. Slog sweep. Chipped to a catching fielder. #5wkts— Hassan Cheema (@mediagag) June 7, 2013
Who would have thought that Pakistan would be even more self-destructive without Shahid Afridi? #CT13— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) June 7, 2013
It's never a bad time to crack a joke about Kamran Akmal's keeping. Not even when he's batting.
@AltCricket What's the difference between Kamran Akmal and a rake? One catches the grass while the other grasses the catch :)— Darshan Senthil (@dagiroxforever7) June 7, 2013
Sunil Narine's confounding bunch of variations had the Pakistan batsmen in a twist. It also had the BBC confused - they classified him as a legspinner.
Just like that Pakistan were 138 for 9. But Misbah was still around, farming the strike from Mohammad Irfan, and going for big shots.
Misbah's the right-handed Chanderpaul. First gear to fifth in 2 seconds #ct13— Kanishkaa B (@kanishkaab) June 7, 2013
A thoroughly entertaining partnership followed, with Irfan playing like a proper No. 11, while Misbah smashed boundaries.
Pakistan's No 11 man is 7ft 1in. Bravo just bowled a bouncer at him that almost reached his belly button.— Patrick Kidd (@patrick_kidd) June 7, 2013
I have a feeling today is the day Misbah will unbutton his shirt. He'd have an 'M' on his chest. And a cape behind him. And he'll fly away.— Chachi Chatters (@ChachiChatters) June 7, 2013
The world needs Mohammad Irfan and Misbah-ul-Haq to be a crime-fighting duo. #CT13— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) June 7, 2013
Irfan fell with three overs remaining, and Misbah's wait for his maiden ODI ton continued as he was stranded on 96.
If there was one bowling attack that could defend 170, it had to be Pakistan's. Their talented left-arm new-ball pairing struck early to keep Pakistan in the game. Two early wickets got the crowd interested.
The Pakistani fans are standing on chairs already.— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) June 7, 2013
The most riveting passage of play in the day ensued, with Irfan testing fellow giant Chris Gayle with some purposeful seam and bounce.
Mohammad Irfan's greatest achievement is that he makes Chris Gayle look small— The Cricket Geek (@TheCricketGeek) June 7, 2013
it will be even more interesting to see chris gayle and irfan in a hell in a cell match #PakvWI— S a m i S a a y e r (@SamiSaayer) June 7, 2013
Irfan is so tall, Jon Snow and Ygritte have decided to climb him.— Chachi Chatters (@ChachiChatters) June 7, 2013
Gayle survived a torrid spell, and along with Marlon Samuels took West Indies towards momentary safety. Some sports fans were spoilt for choice.
Ajmal brought them rushing back to the cricket with a doosra that castled Gayle. Wahab Riaz threw another punch, hustling Ramnaresh Sarwan with a bouncer.
Interestingly Djoker and Nole weren't, and Rafa was trending lower than the cricket terms.
The pressure mounted on the West Indies when Marlon Samuels walked past Mohammad Hafeez's doosra. Kieron Pollard found himself in a veritable cauldron, with Ajmal turning it in every direction, and Riaz making each ball count - slightly different circumstances than the IPL.
Pollard playing some real cricket after six months.— Mohammad Isam (@Isam84) June 7, 2013
This was ODI cricket at its best, a day after India and South Africa had muscled it out in a high-scorer.
The atmosphere alone makes you wonder why they're ditching the Champions Trophy. Imagine this vibe at the second match of a 45-day World Cup— Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) June 7, 2013
Pollard and Bravo buckled down, and the tide turned gradually. Pakistan continued to bowl with purpose, but the lack of runs didn't help their cause.
An old West Indian just got up and turned the Pakistani fans and said, "come on boys, I can't hear you". They continued to look depressed.— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) June 7, 2013
On cue, an Indian fan chimed in with an IPL reference.
If Pollard goes in to win it for WI, another case of an Indian defeating Pak in a world tourney. #Mumbai— Subash (@thecricketcouch) June 7, 2013
But Pakistan weren't done. Riaz managed to get the better of Pollard at the start of the Powerplay. It's never a bad time to crack a joke about Kamran Akmal's keeping. Not even when he's just taken a catch.
Got to love the genuine look of surprise that Kamran Akmal has every time he successfully takes a catch. Very self-aware bloke :)— Sriram Subramanian (@sriram_s) June 7, 2013
Ajmal promptly did his bit, trapping Bravo in front with an offbreak. With Sammy not playing, the responsibility fell squarely on Ramdin's shoulders.
yeh ramdin finish this nah— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravCNNIBN) June 7, 2013
Sunil Narine strode out and smoked a four off the first ball he faced. Another couple of streaky boundaries followed.
9 runs will win it for WI. 3 wkts needed by Pakistan. Or 11 maidens.— Andy Zaltzman (@ZaltzCricket) June 7, 2013
The game refused to die. Irfan forced an edge out of Narine. Six to win off 64 with two wickets in hand. It's never a bad time to crack a joke about Kamran Akmal's keeping. Not even when he's just completed his fifth dismissal of the day.
West Indies eventually stumbled home, with Roach hitting a boundary to end a job he'd begun at the start of the day.
Windies win! Pakistan move one step closer to being cornered (after which they will, of course, emerge tigers)— Sidvee (@sidvee) June 7, 2013
West Indies win with a bowler and a wicketkeeper at the crease. 2004 meet 2013 #ct13— Andrew McGlashan (@andymcg_cricket) June 7, 2013
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