University of WI vice-chancellor's XI v Pakistanis, tour game, St Lucia April 19, 2011

Hafeez, Rehman star in convincing win

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Pakistanis 287 for 7 (Hafeez 101 retd., Umar 57*, Brathwaite 3-38) beat University of West Indies vice-chancellor's XI 219 for 8 (Bravo 63, Rehman 4-27)
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Pakistan made a winning start to their tour of West Indies, as stand-in captain Mohammad Hafeez's ton and Abdul Rehman's four-wicket haul steered them to a comfortable 68-run victory against University of West Indies vice-chancellor's XI.

Pakistan chose to bat, and immediately benefited from the hosts' generosity. Hafeez was dropped in the first over by Keron Cottoy, off the bowling of Fidel Edwards. Hafeez made the home side pay, slamming ten fours and two sixes in his 93-ball 101 , before retiring out. He was supported well by opening partner Taufeeq Umar, who dominated the 77-run first-wicket stand with a score of 44 before becoming the first of three Carlos Brathwaite victims.

Ahmed Shehzad took over where Taufeeq left, contributing 49 to a 130-run stand as Hafeez shifted gears. Umar Akmal went after the bowling in the end overs, carting eight fours and a six in his aggressive unbeaten 57. His flurry lifted the Pakistanis to a strong total of 287 for 7. Dwayne Bravo had a forgettable time with the ball, leaking 69 runs in his eight-over spell.

Miles Bascombe and Omar Phillips began the chase well, adding 40 for the opening wicket, before wickets began to tumble. The seam trio of Tanvir Ahmed, Junaid Khan and Wahab Riaz struck once each to reduce the hosts to 75 for 3 before Nkruma Bonner and Bravo began a repair job. They added 48 for the fourth wicket after which Rehman began to make incisions.

Bonner's dismissal for 43 triggered a mini-collapse as 123 for 3 became 146 for 6 in quick time. Bravo scored a breezy 63 off 70 balls and showed little evidence of the injury that curtailed his participation in World Cup. He hit four fours and two sixes before holing out against Rehman. Kevin McLean and Cottoy added an unbroken 39 for the ninth wicket to reduce the margin of defeat, but Pakistan still won the game by 68 runs.

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  • z-awan on April 20, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    hmm pakistan need to work on there batting alot so if some one makes 300 runs on em then they can chase the score the yneed to work on there batting they really need a batting coach like the alrounders should work on theree batting abit more than bowling n the bowlers abti batting n more more bowling

  • z-awan on April 20, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    where can i watch thisss whole tour thing ?????

  • z-awan on April 19, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    man i wana watch the whole tour n stuff where can i go to watch this n yes mohammad hafeez did an excellent job n the others as well

  • I.F.Butt on April 19, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    Decent stuff and a positive intent towards the series from a couple of players (Hafeez, Taufeeq, Rehman and Akmal) which is good to see. Unfortunately, the youngsters have not blossomed expect Junaid Khan who was very economical and we can expect a decent performance from him. As well as that, M.Yousuf and S.Malik should have definitely been in the squad, but oh well. My playing ODI XI would be: 1. M.Hafeez 2. T.Umar 3. A.Shafiq 4. M.Ul-haq 5. U.Akmal 6. S.Afridi 7. H.Azam 8. M.Salman 9. W.Riaz 10. J.Khan 11. S.Ajmal. Yep yep, but lets see how it goes. Good Luck Pakistan, wish you all the best!

  • on April 19, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    @rayinto: No Kamran around as wicket-keeper this time, it will be Mohammad Salman

  • on April 19, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    good work boys !!!! keep p the good work...!!!

  • on April 19, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    well this good game we see what happen later stop think what we are saying give the team a chance we have been losting with the greatest player so why then can we lost or win with these guy thank

  • omarqureshi111 on April 19, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    @wajahat ... they haven't been left out, they were rested , they played the youngsters !

  • on April 19, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    very good start Pakistan insha allah pakistan will win over W I

  • on April 19, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Great perfomance but i guess the new youngsters would have also been batted well and I hope that Sayed Ajmal would be bowling in the upcoming series.

  • z-awan on April 20, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    hmm pakistan need to work on there batting alot so if some one makes 300 runs on em then they can chase the score the yneed to work on there batting they really need a batting coach like the alrounders should work on theree batting abit more than bowling n the bowlers abti batting n more more bowling

  • z-awan on April 20, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    where can i watch thisss whole tour thing ?????

  • z-awan on April 19, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    man i wana watch the whole tour n stuff where can i go to watch this n yes mohammad hafeez did an excellent job n the others as well

  • I.F.Butt on April 19, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    Decent stuff and a positive intent towards the series from a couple of players (Hafeez, Taufeeq, Rehman and Akmal) which is good to see. Unfortunately, the youngsters have not blossomed expect Junaid Khan who was very economical and we can expect a decent performance from him. As well as that, M.Yousuf and S.Malik should have definitely been in the squad, but oh well. My playing ODI XI would be: 1. M.Hafeez 2. T.Umar 3. A.Shafiq 4. M.Ul-haq 5. U.Akmal 6. S.Afridi 7. H.Azam 8. M.Salman 9. W.Riaz 10. J.Khan 11. S.Ajmal. Yep yep, but lets see how it goes. Good Luck Pakistan, wish you all the best!

  • on April 19, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    @rayinto: No Kamran around as wicket-keeper this time, it will be Mohammad Salman

  • on April 19, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    good work boys !!!! keep p the good work...!!!

  • on April 19, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    well this good game we see what happen later stop think what we are saying give the team a chance we have been losting with the greatest player so why then can we lost or win with these guy thank

  • omarqureshi111 on April 19, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    @wajahat ... they haven't been left out, they were rested , they played the youngsters !

  • on April 19, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    very good start Pakistan insha allah pakistan will win over W I

  • on April 19, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Great perfomance but i guess the new youngsters would have also been batted well and I hope that Sayed Ajmal would be bowling in the upcoming series.

  • rayinto on April 19, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    Prrof in the pudding - Rehman 4-27 - is the forecast for more calamity for West Indies now that thet have dropped the only two good players of spin for the past 10 years (barring Lara ) - Chanderpaul & Sarwan. Pakistan, just load your teams with spinners, and the West indians would be drawing maps on the pitch. oh, I almost forgot, you need to have a good wicket keeper for the stumpings! That kind of brings it back even i would think.

  • Stark62 on April 19, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    Good start!

    Also, I hope the selectors finally see the light and not pick players based on relationships.

    I don't know what guys like Azhar Ali, Naveed Yasin, Nasir Jamshed, Yasim Murtaza, Asad Ali, Junaid Nadir, Mohmmad Rizwan and Sarfraz Ahmed are doing at home when, we have rubbish and useless players such as: Azam, Salauhadin (whatever the correct spelling is), Taufeeq, Tanvir and not to forget that old fogy Misrat.

    My playing 11 for all the 5 ODI's would be: Taufeeq, Hafeez, Shezhad, Shafiq, Akmal (wk), Afidi (cpt), Azam (no other choice), Rehman, Khan, Ajmal, Hussain

  • on April 19, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    This team of Pakistan is better than Indian Team!

  • on April 19, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    Great work boys and I think its time to see new faces in the Pakistan Squad, Well done Hafeez I think Pakistan Needs a new captain and Hafeez is the best Candidate. Good to see K Akmal, Razzaq,Younis and Misbah all together with Afridi been left out of the squad.

  • on April 19, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    Positive start by team pakistan , though both teams are equal because so many youngster and i hope it will be a great contest still balance shifted towards Pakistan slightly more than the Westindies because of the Bowling attack Pakistan got is simply superb.. !!

  • on April 19, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    i m die hard cricket fan n i watch each n every match of pakistan , the main problem in our team is placing the ball for single n doubles , our players want boundaries n if they dont get a boundary in 2 or 3 over they panic n throw their wicket ,we need someone who can carry the work inzi M Yosusuf did , Younis M yousuf did , whenever our players see slow wicket where boundaries r very hard to get , they r very much in panic there

  • on April 19, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    Afridi didnt play?? how should he have reacted??

  • antiboson21 on April 19, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    Hi guys. What is the use now Hafeez making the cetury. When it did matter really in semifinal against India he got out after being set. He played an intentional shot to get out. He should be banned for 1 year atleast. Same goes for other pak players. Pakistan cricket board should b replaced with dynamic people like Majid Khan.

    PAK CRICKET SHOULD B REVIVED TO SUCCESS....

  • MNAWAZJANJUA on April 19, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    A welcome win by Pakistan. But, very upset on dropping the senior players so early. PCB has a very bad habit of axing its own cricket tree by dropping senior player like Mohammad Yusuf so early. He could easily play for 2-3 years more. He may be a little out of form like any cricketer does in its career but he is still the best batsman in Pakistan with an aggregate of 7530 (average 52,29) with 24 hundreds in tests and almost 10,000 runs in ODIs. He is being spoiled like many other Pakistan senior players like Zaheer Abbas, Majid Khan, Inzamul Haq. Its a common practice that whenever any of our senior player reaches near 8,000 runs, he is somehow forced to drop, why, everybody knows. Pls. don't do this with Mohammad Yusuf. He is still an asset. He has to be given another chance. He can still be the backbone of Tests. I fear that the same may not happen with Yunus Khan in near future. When we start loving & taking care of our heroes, we shall become a real nation. Lets take a start now.

  • the.person.without.a.cool.name on April 19, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    great to see the win, BUT all the new youngsters failed against a poor bowling attack. the only main bowler was abdur rehman, who is old and useless anyway. nice to see ahmed shezad and asad shafiq bowling aswell, they could be usefull if someone is having a bas day with the ball. the team should be: 1 hafeez 2 taufeeq umar 3 ahmed shezad 4 asad shafiq 5 umar akmal 6 shahid afridi 7 azam 8 salman 9 wahab riaz or junaid khan 10 umar gul 11 saeed ajmal or abdur rehman

  • on April 19, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    good 2 start on a winning note but would hv bn gd 2 c Afridi react when Bravo was going great guns.......

  • on April 19, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    good win but would have been nice to see afridi react when Bravo was going great gun

  • Khalidujan on April 19, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    Great work Inshallah Pakistan will win but hafeez played a great innings nut i dont think that he will play good in other matchs because his opnening partner is not there.

  • Mianwali_12chak on April 19, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    Well i belive this man hafeez gona be real star in upcoming all big tournments that man got all shorts in book just need litle a bit temprament to stay on wicket,For me cpatain of pak team should be hafeez very good sense of moving fields according to bowling ,he himself is ecnomical bowler just becz of this abilty he is container ...Well hafeez this is your tour i will simply say....

  • fahadchughtai on April 19, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    Good result, but a lot needs to be done. I like the opening combination of Taufeeq and Hafeez, It works well in Tests too, so it brings consistency at the top of the order. Note how Pak are back to their 2003 combination after 8 years. Shehzad played well, but he's inconsistent.

    The lower order is a mess, in terms of bench strength. Dropping Razzaq wasn't a good call, Hammad Azam isn't good enough yet though he is very talented (he needs to be mentored by Razzaq and Misbah) and Sallahuddin shouldn't be in the side at all. Salman should be persisted with. Pak can afford a great keeper who can't bat because their batting runs to 8 anyway.

    In terms of bowling, Junaid Khan and Abdul Rehman pose a challenge to Wahab Riaz and Saeed Ajmal, so that's good to see. Tanvir Ahmed needs to be dropped, he's not good enough at this level, though he's great in domestic cricket.

    Overall, it was a good game. The gaps in bench strength have been identified, and Pakistan need to work on them.

  • NabeelAziz on April 19, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    Good win. But if it were an intl match Hafeez would have been out after scoring 40 runs :). I hope Pakistan will perform well and chase 250+ scores more often like in the past when chasing 250+ was always on cards.

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  • NabeelAziz on April 19, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    Good win. But if it were an intl match Hafeez would have been out after scoring 40 runs :). I hope Pakistan will perform well and chase 250+ scores more often like in the past when chasing 250+ was always on cards.

  • fahadchughtai on April 19, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    Good result, but a lot needs to be done. I like the opening combination of Taufeeq and Hafeez, It works well in Tests too, so it brings consistency at the top of the order. Note how Pak are back to their 2003 combination after 8 years. Shehzad played well, but he's inconsistent.

    The lower order is a mess, in terms of bench strength. Dropping Razzaq wasn't a good call, Hammad Azam isn't good enough yet though he is very talented (he needs to be mentored by Razzaq and Misbah) and Sallahuddin shouldn't be in the side at all. Salman should be persisted with. Pak can afford a great keeper who can't bat because their batting runs to 8 anyway.

    In terms of bowling, Junaid Khan and Abdul Rehman pose a challenge to Wahab Riaz and Saeed Ajmal, so that's good to see. Tanvir Ahmed needs to be dropped, he's not good enough at this level, though he's great in domestic cricket.

    Overall, it was a good game. The gaps in bench strength have been identified, and Pakistan need to work on them.

  • Mianwali_12chak on April 19, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    Well i belive this man hafeez gona be real star in upcoming all big tournments that man got all shorts in book just need litle a bit temprament to stay on wicket,For me cpatain of pak team should be hafeez very good sense of moving fields according to bowling ,he himself is ecnomical bowler just becz of this abilty he is container ...Well hafeez this is your tour i will simply say....

  • Khalidujan on April 19, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    Great work Inshallah Pakistan will win but hafeez played a great innings nut i dont think that he will play good in other matchs because his opnening partner is not there.

  • on April 19, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    good win but would have been nice to see afridi react when Bravo was going great gun

  • on April 19, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    good 2 start on a winning note but would hv bn gd 2 c Afridi react when Bravo was going great guns.......

  • the.person.without.a.cool.name on April 19, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    great to see the win, BUT all the new youngsters failed against a poor bowling attack. the only main bowler was abdur rehman, who is old and useless anyway. nice to see ahmed shezad and asad shafiq bowling aswell, they could be usefull if someone is having a bas day with the ball. the team should be: 1 hafeez 2 taufeeq umar 3 ahmed shezad 4 asad shafiq 5 umar akmal 6 shahid afridi 7 azam 8 salman 9 wahab riaz or junaid khan 10 umar gul 11 saeed ajmal or abdur rehman

  • MNAWAZJANJUA on April 19, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    A welcome win by Pakistan. But, very upset on dropping the senior players so early. PCB has a very bad habit of axing its own cricket tree by dropping senior player like Mohammad Yusuf so early. He could easily play for 2-3 years more. He may be a little out of form like any cricketer does in its career but he is still the best batsman in Pakistan with an aggregate of 7530 (average 52,29) with 24 hundreds in tests and almost 10,000 runs in ODIs. He is being spoiled like many other Pakistan senior players like Zaheer Abbas, Majid Khan, Inzamul Haq. Its a common practice that whenever any of our senior player reaches near 8,000 runs, he is somehow forced to drop, why, everybody knows. Pls. don't do this with Mohammad Yusuf. He is still an asset. He has to be given another chance. He can still be the backbone of Tests. I fear that the same may not happen with Yunus Khan in near future. When we start loving & taking care of our heroes, we shall become a real nation. Lets take a start now.

  • antiboson21 on April 19, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    Hi guys. What is the use now Hafeez making the cetury. When it did matter really in semifinal against India he got out after being set. He played an intentional shot to get out. He should be banned for 1 year atleast. Same goes for other pak players. Pakistan cricket board should b replaced with dynamic people like Majid Khan.

    PAK CRICKET SHOULD B REVIVED TO SUCCESS....

  • on April 19, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    Afridi didnt play?? how should he have reacted??