West Indies v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Gros Islet April 23, 2011

Pakistan's batsmen seal the job started by spinners

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Pakistan 222 for 2 (Misbah 73*, Shafiq 61*, Hafeez 54, Bishoo 2-48) beat West Indies 221 for 6 (Bravo 67, Sammy 29*, Ajmal 1-24, Hafeez 1-36) by 8 wickets
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Pakistan strolled to victory in the first one-day international against West Indies at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia, Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq all contributing half-centuries as West Indies' score of 221 for 6 was overhauled with more than eight overs to spare.

It appeared West Indies had a fighting chance of continuing the success of the opening Twenty20 of the tour after Darren Bravo's 67 helped them to a workable total and legspinner Devendra Bishoo struck twice in quick succession to reduce Pakistan to 88 for 2. Bishoo had precious little support from the rest of the bowling attack, however, and Misbah and Shafiq put together an unbroken partnership of 134 for the third wicket to steer Pakistan home.

This match had been billed as a chance for West Indies to get revenge for their World Cup humiliation by Pakistan, but in the end it was more like a replay. Even the Man of the Match, Hafeez, was the same and West Indies' greatest errors stemmed from their misreading of the pitch for today's game - an unforgivable error as they should have known what to expect after the Twenty20, which was also played at Gros Islet.

It had been thought the pitch would be slow, and it was, but it also offered turn and bounce to the spinners. Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and Hafeez bowled a combined 30 overs for just 100 runs, picking up two wickets, but Bishoo was the only slow bowler in an unbalanced seam-heavy attack as Devon Smith bowled two ineffectual overs of offspin and Marlon Samuel's respectable offerings weren't called upon.

West Indies were left chasing the game almost from the start as, reprising his World Cup role, Hafeez was brought on early and soon dealt with Smith while Ajmal toyed with Lendl Simmons before sending down a doosra that the batsman feathered through to the keeper to give a sluggish start an even more sombre tone.

Samuels maintained his trademark ice cool composure and exhibited his best poker face but fell to some indecisive running and it was left to Darren Bravo and Kirk Edwards to get an increasingly rudderless innings back on track. They gritted out a fourth-wicket partnership worth 59, replete with snappy singles and dinks into the outfield, that carried West Indies to 135 before Edwards tried to break the shackles with a heave into the deep that could only get as far as Junaid Khan at deep midwicket.

That brought Darren's half-brother Dwayne to the crease, and it was in his company that he reached a boundary-free half-century from 97 balls. The brothers Bravo continued to push the ones and twos wherever possible, and when the Batting Powerplay was called for at the start of the 43rd over Darren took it as his cue to take the attack to Pakistan's seamers.

With much of the boundary unprotected, Dwayne Bravo attempted to follow Darren's lead but his charge came to a premature end when he chipped a Riaz full toss towards mid-off, where Afridi skipped to his right and bent low to hold the catch inches from the turf.

Sammy's walk to the crease was accompanied by a warm reception from a middling crowd - St Lucia being his home island - but they were soon hushed into silence by another piece of inept running. Bravo dug a free hit towards deep mid-off and Sammy cajoled him into a second run that was never there, the result being that the set batsman was run out for 67 just as he began to accelerate and West Indies faced the final five overs of the innings with two brand new batsmen at the crease.

While Ajmal continued to weave mysteries around the batsmen until the very end, Sammy took the dismissal in his stride and responded with a flurry of boundaries - including a memorably monstrous six that landed on the roof of the stands on the western side of the ground - and together with an energetic Carlton Baugh boosted West Indies' total at the death.

It was soon made to look nowhere near enough, however, as Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad put on an untroubled 68 for the first wicket at close to a-run-a-ball before Bishoo's intervention. Hafeez had set about Pakistan's chase with alacrity from the start, displacing a silken touch on both sides of the wicket as he raced to 20 from just 10 balls without a slog in sight and taking full advantage as a swirling top-edge evaded Kemar Roach, running in from long leg.

After a slow start his opening partner, Shehzad, started to catch up with three classy boundaries from one Roach over and with Pakistan soon racing along at better than a-run-a-ball West Indies began to wilt visibly in the field.

Bishoo's introduction quickly changed that, however, as he gave away just one run from his first nine deliveries and then lured Shehzad forward with a looping, dipping legbreak that fizzed past the outside edge for wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh to complete a smart stumping with the batsman's back foot in the air. Hafeez went to his fifty with a slog sweep over deep backward square off Bishoo, but was then undone by what appeared to be a wrong 'un as, cramped for room, he clipped straight to a diving short midwicket.

The wickets reduced Pakistan to 88 for 2 and brought West Indies back into the game, but with the seam attack unable to contain the batsmen and spin support for Bishoo unavailable Misbah and Shafiq soon settled. Both played with increasingly imperious confidence, Misbah raising a 63-ball fifty in the 35th over and Shafiq following suit four overs later. West Indies' demise thereafter was swift, and they will have to improve in all areas if they are to square the series in the second match at the same ground on Monday.

Liam Brickhill is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • everfaithful77 on April 25, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    The West Indies on-field selectors (Capt Sammy and Coach Gibson included) have missed the plot yet again. In the T20 match on Thursday they played one spinner in Bishoo who took 4 wickets whilst Pakistan played 4 spinners who mesmerized all the WI batsmen except Simmons and Bravo. Wasn't that a good enough indication of the type of pitch to play 2 spinners (Bishoo and Martin) inthe first ODI ? What was there to lose in playing Martin who was among the best performers in the last regional ODI tour instead of 4 seamers in Roach, Russell, Bravo and Sammy? Two days ago they failed to expose Santokie in the T20 when he had only been selected for that match. Also I was surprised that Simmons and Bravo batted so cautiously compared to the T20. That killed their game because they are naturally agressive batsmen. It's not clear whether this was the instruction from the coach but he should allow these stroke makers to play their natural game. The other batsmen could consolidate if one gets out.

  • VivGilchrist on April 24, 2011, 22:44 GMT

    WI plays too many bits and pieces players in one team. Genuine allrounders are rare but guys that can bowl a bit and bat a bit are plentiful. You can't play both Russel and Sammy in the same team. Only room for one, and the other spot SHOULD be taken by a frontline quick - Taylor, Fidel etc. On a general pitch WI should have 5 batsmen, 1 good wk-batsman, 1 batting allrounder, 1 bowling allrounder, 1 spinner, 2 frontline quicks. The team looks unbalanced at the moment but as they select correctly the sooner as they'll start winning games. Aus, SAf, Ind, if they chose teams like the WI they wouldn't win a game often either.

  • rashoon on April 24, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    ha brothers before we start taking these young boys apart let us give them a chance to learn the craft. remember last year Austrial and South Africa beat us 5 -0 so the out come is not different but we are seeing a new generation of cricketers who we hope will perform. Gale scored 100 in the IPL but what did he give us in the world cup. these guys have failed us for the past 10 years. Gale, Sawn are in their 30s they should be at their best now scoring runs using their experience and talent. but i notice their talent has not improve and their experience is poor. Summy must start scoring runs, his wicket colum is empty this days so he mus help his team. we will not be beaten 5 -0 with these young guys we will do better. i would include sawan for the other 3 ODIs but shan. will have to wait for the test. the years are having an effect on him and so let us protect him for the test marches. what is going on with Baret this guy need a new body more mucles.

  • sunnymachoo on April 24, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    Let me see what " cric_fanatics " has said!!!

  • malikabdulrehmanawan on April 24, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    @cric fanatics-Try to live in the present and use past as a lesson.Aussies have been a great team but now is Pakistan,s time.If you want to rule the world of cricket then try to act like a sportsman.Try to digest the figures that now pakistan are continuously beating Australia.They have been beaten by Pakistan in England,India in India and SriLanka in Australia.Your time is over.

  • howahluvmehwestindies on April 24, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    So WI fans, have you braced yourselves for more licks on Monday and throughout the series? Or do you think we will witness a resurrection of sorts? A resurrection of winning ways, maybe? Well I can dream, right? And while I'm dreaming, I'll dream of a resurrection of Chanderpaul in the test matches! And of this series being the one where Darren Bravo, Kemar Roach and Bishoo comes of age. Maybe Barath if he's fit for the test matches. Maybe Simmons will fulfill the expectations. Or maybe I should just stop dreaming and wake up to the reality of administrators and a players' association that disagree so much they've forgotten what's important. And the young generation of the WI public that no longer holds cricket dear to their hearts.

  • on April 24, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    how the hell Misbah-ul-Haq score now ...... shame on you mishab for semi final ...

  • Finn92 on April 24, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    I think with Hafeez's bowling getting better with every game, Pakistan could maybe afford to play another seamer if conditions are right, he's a hell of a lot better than Rehman. And I bet Afridi is hoping Misbah decides to play for another couple of years as he's in the form of his life!

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on April 24, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    @ cric_fanatics you for get to check the situation that is now 4-0 ? Pakistan won 4 consecutive matches against Aus in all three formats...

  • Professor_king44 on April 24, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    Ainsley van Hal,... Brian Lara is clearly the best batsman against spin bowlers. Just ask Murali and Warne. He should be made batting coach or batting consultant to the West Indies team. Then certainly, the batsmen will learn to come out on the front foot and stop staying back in the crease to the spinners.No one in the team took the attack to the spinners. They all played them out in fear and calm.Come on players, go the archives and dig up some old videos of Lara and Hooper batting the great spinners of the world. You will learn some valuable lessons!

  • everfaithful77 on April 25, 2011, 2:17 GMT

    The West Indies on-field selectors (Capt Sammy and Coach Gibson included) have missed the plot yet again. In the T20 match on Thursday they played one spinner in Bishoo who took 4 wickets whilst Pakistan played 4 spinners who mesmerized all the WI batsmen except Simmons and Bravo. Wasn't that a good enough indication of the type of pitch to play 2 spinners (Bishoo and Martin) inthe first ODI ? What was there to lose in playing Martin who was among the best performers in the last regional ODI tour instead of 4 seamers in Roach, Russell, Bravo and Sammy? Two days ago they failed to expose Santokie in the T20 when he had only been selected for that match. Also I was surprised that Simmons and Bravo batted so cautiously compared to the T20. That killed their game because they are naturally agressive batsmen. It's not clear whether this was the instruction from the coach but he should allow these stroke makers to play their natural game. The other batsmen could consolidate if one gets out.

  • VivGilchrist on April 24, 2011, 22:44 GMT

    WI plays too many bits and pieces players in one team. Genuine allrounders are rare but guys that can bowl a bit and bat a bit are plentiful. You can't play both Russel and Sammy in the same team. Only room for one, and the other spot SHOULD be taken by a frontline quick - Taylor, Fidel etc. On a general pitch WI should have 5 batsmen, 1 good wk-batsman, 1 batting allrounder, 1 bowling allrounder, 1 spinner, 2 frontline quicks. The team looks unbalanced at the moment but as they select correctly the sooner as they'll start winning games. Aus, SAf, Ind, if they chose teams like the WI they wouldn't win a game often either.

  • rashoon on April 24, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    ha brothers before we start taking these young boys apart let us give them a chance to learn the craft. remember last year Austrial and South Africa beat us 5 -0 so the out come is not different but we are seeing a new generation of cricketers who we hope will perform. Gale scored 100 in the IPL but what did he give us in the world cup. these guys have failed us for the past 10 years. Gale, Sawn are in their 30s they should be at their best now scoring runs using their experience and talent. but i notice their talent has not improve and their experience is poor. Summy must start scoring runs, his wicket colum is empty this days so he mus help his team. we will not be beaten 5 -0 with these young guys we will do better. i would include sawan for the other 3 ODIs but shan. will have to wait for the test. the years are having an effect on him and so let us protect him for the test marches. what is going on with Baret this guy need a new body more mucles.

  • sunnymachoo on April 24, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    Let me see what " cric_fanatics " has said!!!

  • malikabdulrehmanawan on April 24, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    @cric fanatics-Try to live in the present and use past as a lesson.Aussies have been a great team but now is Pakistan,s time.If you want to rule the world of cricket then try to act like a sportsman.Try to digest the figures that now pakistan are continuously beating Australia.They have been beaten by Pakistan in England,India in India and SriLanka in Australia.Your time is over.

  • howahluvmehwestindies on April 24, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    So WI fans, have you braced yourselves for more licks on Monday and throughout the series? Or do you think we will witness a resurrection of sorts? A resurrection of winning ways, maybe? Well I can dream, right? And while I'm dreaming, I'll dream of a resurrection of Chanderpaul in the test matches! And of this series being the one where Darren Bravo, Kemar Roach and Bishoo comes of age. Maybe Barath if he's fit for the test matches. Maybe Simmons will fulfill the expectations. Or maybe I should just stop dreaming and wake up to the reality of administrators and a players' association that disagree so much they've forgotten what's important. And the young generation of the WI public that no longer holds cricket dear to their hearts.

  • on April 24, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    how the hell Misbah-ul-Haq score now ...... shame on you mishab for semi final ...

  • Finn92 on April 24, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    I think with Hafeez's bowling getting better with every game, Pakistan could maybe afford to play another seamer if conditions are right, he's a hell of a lot better than Rehman. And I bet Afridi is hoping Misbah decides to play for another couple of years as he's in the form of his life!

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on April 24, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    @ cric_fanatics you for get to check the situation that is now 4-0 ? Pakistan won 4 consecutive matches against Aus in all three formats...

  • Professor_king44 on April 24, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    Ainsley van Hal,... Brian Lara is clearly the best batsman against spin bowlers. Just ask Murali and Warne. He should be made batting coach or batting consultant to the West Indies team. Then certainly, the batsmen will learn to come out on the front foot and stop staying back in the crease to the spinners.No one in the team took the attack to the spinners. They all played them out in fear and calm.Come on players, go the archives and dig up some old videos of Lara and Hooper batting the great spinners of the world. You will learn some valuable lessons!

  • cric_fanatics on April 24, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    @Stark62...last time i checked pak got beaten 10-0 in all three formats by aussies...

  • APositron on April 24, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    I agree wholeheartedly with wambling_future. Let's give this team a chance. Sure they need experience; this is how they gain it. Keep on hoping for a successful outcome and good luck to Sammy and the team on Monday.

  • on April 24, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    @Ambrose Alexander. You left out Lara from your list of WI captains who have our cricket in the doldrums. I hope it was a mistake.

  • on April 24, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    yeh the Innings od MISBAH UL HAQ and ASAD SAHFIQ was superb the take the match from the WEST INDIES . but PAKISTAN has to prove that they can win the series of odi matches . Pakistan is a gr4eat tem and if they have lost the T20 match so what the will INSHALLH win the ODI and TEST sereis

  • on April 24, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    misbal ul haq and asad shafiq innings was superb and they make pakistan to vicory

  • on April 24, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    @cric_fanatics weaker teams such as pakistan, bangladesh, etc? who else do you want to include in this division? Or are you forgetting the fact that 3 out of the 4 teams in the semis were asian teams, pakistan being one of them. Are you a fan of the IPL? An organization that has completely commercialized cricket. Players are now abandoning their national team to wear ugly jerseys splattered with various business's logo feces all over. Now you are suggesting yet another division. Don't be scared of the competition buddy.

  • Stark62 on April 24, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    @ cric_fanatics

    Are you on the same planet as I'm on or should I say the same dimension?!?!

    Who ended the Aussies unbeaten WC streak?

    Who beat the 3rd favourites in their home ground?

    Oh yeah, that's right it was PAK!

    Pak are only going to get better and mark my words with Yasin, Azhar Ali, Yasim Murtaza, Rizwan, Jamshed, Nadir and Alam, Pak are going to be the no. 1 side!

  • 400NO on April 24, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    Gibson was appointed coach in Jan 2010, Since then WI have not won a SINGLE Odi against a team ranked higher than Bangladesh. Reasons heard are poor first class set-up, less than committed Players, Poor Infrastructure et al. In todays result oriented world, you don't give timely results, you out, thats the reason shiv, sars and gayle's out. I don't for a single second believe that there's no talent here, i think streamlining that talent into a winning combination is the job of the coach and the captain. Our Captain is a stop-go arrangement, so no fingers there, But the coach??? Steady falling back in terms of the way Roach and Russel bowled in yesterday's match means Gibson not doing his Job. We need a coach who's more intelligent and on the Ball than Gibson.

  • rash143 on April 24, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    Yes to the core!!! I hate him so much and this guy still playing !!

  • Biso on April 24, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    When the head is rotten what can you expect from the rest of the body.That is the problem faced by West Indies cricket. Many people might ask-"Does West Indies cricket really have a head?"Well , the feeling of being from the caribean exists among their fans.It was there among the players of the eigties and nineties.It is also not any different now.Is it? The region is facing economic realities.Talent is drifting away towards other sports. The potential Richards is now playing baseball or soccer. The potential Garner is playing basketball.The sprinters from Jamica continue to excel.Dont they? The patronage from English county cricket is not there any more.And we have , people living in oblivion talking about evils of money and IPL. Dammit! when the whole region's sport has turned topsy turvy on economic realities, accept it. Look for solutions for cricket. All talent and no application is not a problem , it is a symptom of the bigger problem.CG, Chanders etc are just symptoms.

  • on April 24, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    West Indies cricket was summed up not so long ago by some able statesman , I forget his name. It became big news - the man targeted not only the cricketers but the public in the Carribean in general, for their overt love of lifestyle, their covert love of not working hard. World Cricket today is not about talented teams doing well . World Cricket is about Cricket Boards squaring off against each other. It is not surprising that England, India, Australia and South Africa are the best teams - they have the best , most powerful boards, they control cricket. This will remain the state for the next fifty years at least , with WI, Sri Lanka, NZ and Pakistan occasionally providing entertainment and delight , but nothing sustained. Sri Lankans may argue with me and point out Sri Lanka's good performances over the last fifteen years. I will respond thus: It's also time for Sri Lanka with their bankrupt board to plummet to the ground as their top tier calls it a day. There are no replacements.

  • on April 24, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    Its time that the Windies Board remove the dead wood rather than focussing on just the senior players. I mean what is a player like Devon Smith doing in the squad? Its time that they start looking for a suitable partner for Gayle. Sacking of Sarwan is acceptable coz he was showing no commitment on the field whatsoever, which was also evident from his body language. Some experience in the middle order is required which can be provided by either Chanderpaul or Brendan Nash.. Why isnt Nash given a knock so far..If u r planning to build a team for the World Cup which is going to be played in Australia, Nash could be of great help there. Gayle needs to be back.. Also does Jerome Taylor and Fidel Edwards.. Sammy's place is safe as far as captaincy goes, but he has to step up and start showing some performances which reflect upon him being a leader..

  • ashraf_noor on April 24, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    yes bharath74, he is a floop hero,,

  • Cricket_Man on April 24, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    Hammad Azam was played but wasn't given a chance with the bat or ball. I am watching this series just to see how these youngsters perform and they aren't even given a proper chance. I always disliked Misbah's game. He mostly plays for himself and scores against weaker teams or in unimportant matches just to stay in the side. Not good enough. Drop Misbah get Usman Sallahuddin in. Sounds weird but its not Misbah whose going to play in 2015 world cup its going to be some youngster. Like Srilanka look for the future and don't sacrifice your future for current glory. Seems selfish on the part of people who don't give chance to youngsters.

  • mrafas on April 24, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    Misbal ul hak is old batsman. he is not support to important match of pakistan.

  • cric_fanatics on April 24, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    @Umair mansha...thanks to IPL...no one is watching dead matches as this one....

  • cric_fanatics on April 24, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    Such matches dont provide class cricket...there should be a separate division for weaker teams like pakistan,bangladesh etc...

  • Afridipak on April 24, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    We not hate any player of the pakistani team because We are Pakistani Pakistan zindabad

  • on April 24, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    well done pakistan,well done Muhammad Hafeez...a class act shown by hafeez, best of luck for the next games..

  • VivGilchrist on April 24, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    (cont'd) The selectors can't select players not committed to WI, what sort of message would that be sending out? Yes Sammy is not in the best Test XI, but the unfair criticism the guy faces compared to the overrated Bravo who himself counted himself out of the test series to play IPL is disgusting.

  • on April 24, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    W never hated Misbah. We were a bit angry on him. We all love the pakistani team

  • VivGilchrist on April 24, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    As an outsider this is how I view the WI players - Sammy, overly criticized and committed to WI, and has the job of captaining a team that no-one else wants.20/20 and ODI regular but not ready for Tests. Gayle, fearsome, an important cog, but doesn't look committed to the cause. Dw Bravo, overrated as his stats show. Pollard, bully of mediocre bowling and lover of $$$. Still, I would like to see him open with Gayle in ODIs. Roach and Taylor, a vert high-class pair of opening bowlers that never seem to bowl together. Bishoo, a future champion. Dr Bravo, a no3 for yrs to come. Shiv, Test only regular to boost middle order. Sarwan, has class but out of form and has to be persisted with, still young enough. Simmons, just not good enough. Barrath, Test opener. Ramdin, so important for the team for him to improve his batting. Samuels, average at best. Please people, put away your island bias and see it for what it is. There are players that have chosen IPL over WI and some of you still.....

  • ImranSiddiqi on April 24, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    Good Win after a bad performance in T20 Bravo!

  • KarachiKid on April 24, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    One things is quite clear - Salman is far better a wicket keeper than Akmal. I am a bit flusterred at lack of positive comments about Salman's visibly superioer keeping, compared to Akmal i.e.....

  • on April 24, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    That's what Pakistan cricket is all about ...THE UNPREDICTABLES...they complete their job with ease under the captaincy of BOOM BOOM. WI never looked like winning the match ,Professor that is the name given to the MOM ( HAFEEZ) and he proved them right by his clinical performance both with the bat and bowl.He has became an asset to the team...n the way Afridi uses him is fantastic.While batting first WI maintained a poor run rate,their batsman always looked struggling specially against the spin trio of tourist,they bowled exceptionally well .Darren looks in good touch but mighty slow in strike rate...in reply Pakistan played really well n controlled the match.WI bowlers was never effective apart from the Leggie Bishoo , he was the alone wicket taker..Misbah n the young promising Asad played well for their 50's n took the team home with a win...it will be interesting to see WI tactics later in the series.Well played Pakistan

  • on April 24, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    i think WI fans must not be dissopointed because they loss from 8 wickets in the absense of gayle and chaderpaul.In wc qfinnal they loss by 10 wickets.I think players should given confidence.I am a pakistani fan but in past few 1 6 months PAKISTAN passed from biggest controversies but they recovered very fast.they finshed 3 in WC.

  • WIsupporter on April 24, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    Sri Lanka lost in the World Cup final. The Captain, Vice and the selectors resigned. WI lost in quarter finals. Not 1 person resigned.Instead the Captain is appointed for an unprecedented 4 series, while he cannot command a place in a WI XI.The coach blames everyone but himself. The selectors are buffoons. Gayle has embarrassed them all. The experienced players have to guide the youths. Look at the Australian example. Bring in youths, but keep the key experienced ones to provide guidance.

  • bharath74 on April 24, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    Do u guys still hate Misbah????

  • wambling_future on April 24, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Since WI selectors have invested in youth, the fans and even selectors now have to be patient with the team. They ain't going to become world beaters over-night. They need some time to find their place in International Cricket. Hope they show perseverance and patience with the current crop of players and they need to show confidence in Sammy as a leader. Good Luck !!

  • on April 24, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    Well well well...I knew it would happen and lo and behold it did. Chris Gayle BLAZES a century in the IPL and West Indies get BATTERED! Typical. Darren Sammy has NO PLACE in that team. I don't care if he made 29 from 17 - he ran out the best player!! GET RID OF SAMMY!!! Whatever people say about Gayle and Windies still getting beaten with him in the team the FACT of the matter is that EVERY TEAM FEARS Gayle (Should he get going) no one else in that team is feared and very few are respected by the opposition. FACT. WICB try to teach Gayle a lesson and cut off their nose to spite their face. Pointless in-fighting that is dragging West Indies deeper and deeper into the ground. Come back Jerome Taylor, Fidel Edwards and Chris Gayle.

  • WIsupporter on April 24, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    WI cricket like other countries has become political. Why are these games being played in St Lucia where there are hardly any spectators? It is because the President of the Board is St Lucian and wants to increase his profile. The Captain and Coach are useless, as are the selectors. The coach speaks to the team in his best British accent.The Captain cannot command a place in the team.The selectors say they are picking young players and drop Gayle and Sarwan. Time for a change in WI cricket

  • on April 24, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    CONGRATULATION Pakistan team.This is the way to bowl and bat.WI were no where in the whole game.You can see defeat,from the begning on their face.Only Bishoo has shown talent and he is a fine bowler. Well done Pakistan team and keep it up and put this series and Test series in your name.Afridi should not bowl in the last 5 overs anyhow he did a good job. I love Paksitan team.PAKISTAN ZINDABADD..................

  • on April 24, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    Good luck getting misbah out in the series, he's an immovable fortress at the crease the past year and is improving with age only chance west indies have is darren bravo with the bat and kemar roach and bishoo can be good with the ball, then dwayne bravo is handy too

  • P.Srikanth on April 24, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    Gayle left out of national squad and is blowing away opposition at IPL and so is Kieron Pollard with his fielding. Jerome Taylor fully fit and waiting for chance in Pune Warriors. Chanderpaul and Sarwan, one of the best stroke makers that WI had, are left out. WI selection to me is "ABSOLUTE COMEDY OF ERRORS". I think we have to respect the words of Tony Cozier, who said that "FEAR OF DEFEATISM" is now dissolved in the blood of WI cricket. The WI cricket is like an army personnel without Arms, talent without direction. If they go on to lose to a young Pakistan side, imagine what could be their fate with the strong Indian side in their next series.........

  • rayinto on April 24, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    WICB test tube 1 - the 1st 1-day experiment results are in - you need the experienced players back - stop being bullies of the Caribbean people. Wake up and smell the roses, otherwise you risk facing the thorns.

  • indicricket on April 24, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    I agree with Muhammad Sajid. Hafeez is very talented and has a very calm and assured demeanor (unlike Afridi) about him. Is a very good candidate for captaincy.

  • on April 24, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    Nice batting stuff shown by Shafiq and Misbah.Shafiq is very calm and match winning player

  • stevedd on April 24, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    I thought i was watching a test match, but later i came to know it was and ODI when pakistan came to bat. what are these old players doing in the current side players such as bravo Sr. (14 runs- 20 balls), bravo Jr (67 runs- 109 balls), baugh (10 runs-15 balls), smith (17 runs - 30 balls) and the old rotten guy samuels(2 runs-19 balls) still the poor west indies people trust this guy. get new guys try them give them some 7-8 ODI's I bet you west indies u will find another richards, gomes,garner, roberts etc. do not persist will the old lame ducks.

  • on April 24, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    i totally agree with lankan_neutral, and the example is the innings of cris gayle and also the catch which he took in the first match, just think aobut it, what was the last time when he played for WI like this and did such a good feilding.

  • on April 24, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    the situation is the same for both pakistan and WI, the only difference is that some how Waqar Younis and Intikhab Alam got united the Pakistani team and make them to play for the country, while the WI is lacking that, and that is why they are not performing well

  • on April 24, 2011, 3:28 GMT

    Its been good game for PAKISTAN they bowled well and batting was superb as we were not expecting this from PAKISTAN team..............West Indies should concentrate on their strength!!!

  • cricket_for_all on April 24, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    I am a big fan of WI after my country. They have hell lot of telnets but they are not utilizing it properly. I think that WI should not pick up the players who sell their country for money even for the future. It is hard to see these guys hitting sixes for IPL while their country got beaten (This is the country which recognized you so that you became world famous and don't you feel shame? shame on you Gayle and shame on you Pollard- I agree money does matter still!!!!!). I don't understand why people are blaming Sammy. He never asked for captaincy he was force to lead the team (I am really proud of him for his patriotism). He is the only one did well in both batting and bowling today as an allrounder. BTW Pakistan is one of the best four teams in the world now (according to the world cup and It is true) so WI should not worry much. Please try your best WI and you will be a world beater again!!!.

  • getsetgopk on April 24, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    very early days to speak of revenge. wi needs to work on their cricket first before avenging defeats of the past. wouldn't have made any diffrerence if gayle was playing this game or not. the wi players need to change their attitute towards the game work hard on how to play spinner nobody really played ajmal they just survied him and where is their team spirit and team unity. in a country where the players association is demanding answers from the team administration and quarreling like school kids is just .... they should think hard about it if they want to continue playing international cricket

  • on April 24, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    Simple...this West Indies Team is just not competitive and time time these selectors realize this!!! They hoping for a miracle. U need to experience guys no matter what. Simple!!!

  • 44johter on April 24, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    We will continue to lose no matter what, the seniors will fAil because they are not mentally stong, have no detemination to win and we continue to lag behind the rest of the world and we seem to be content to remain where we are, the juniors will fail b/cause of a lack of experience which they will gain over time, but attitudes and the mental aspect along with the wipa will interfere so we will be back to square one, the coach will fail us beacuase he is either incompetent or we have a team that just does not listen, and the board will fail us because with them it seems that failure is their only option right now. Looking forward to mondays match. Go windies...

  • on April 24, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    I really think Hafeez should be Pakistan Next Captin. He is intelligent, very well aware of his surroundings and has the temperament of a captin. Congrats to Pakistan for producing such a useful cricketer....

  • on April 24, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    The experience in the batting was lacking, no one is to blame. The team lacks the experience. Dwayne should have come in higher and not as late as he did and thats a management failure. I don't think either Bravos gave away their wicket. Dwayne came in too late and tried to raise the scoring whilst Darren responded to the call for a second run. Simmons looks like he is afraid the selectors drop him inexplicably as they had done in the past. Marlon is now making his way back and added to his run out by not rotating the strike and playing out maidens and his susceptibilty to quality spin is something he needs to look at, but I am sure he can come up with a plan. The bowling was also lacking as well. Edwards looked decent enough. We need to select the best players of spin bowling for this series.

  • Zahidsaltin on April 24, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    I don't understand why WI are playing younger players when they aren't ready for international cricket yet. I mean two bravoes, Sammy, Gayel, Chanderpaul and Sarwan are the best players they have at the moment and they should play them.

  • on April 24, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    I THINK THAT WEST INDIES NEED A FOREIGN BATING COACH TO IMPROVE THEIR BATING AGAINST SPIN BOWLING AN BETTER STOKE PLAY

  • Vinod on April 24, 2011, 0:49 GMT

    Though Sammy played a good cameo innings, I would still have to see his consistency as a player. His bowling is mediocre. He used up a spot where otherwise Ravi Rampal could have played. With Rampal, Russel and Roach, West Indies have a decent pace bowling attack & Bishoo chipping in as a spinner plus Bravo as their perfect all-rounder. I think if Sammy doesn't perform in the next 4 ODI games he should be dropped. Since many still thinks he is going to turn things around for West Indies, it is just fair to have him play this one-day series. If his average score in this ODI series doesn't cross 30, then he should go back to domestic cricket. It is just fair. Also seeing the crowd in this First One-day I can easily predict the beginning of end of this ODI format. It's boring and won't sustain in the long run with some stiff competition from the short format of the game. In the future Limited Overs International with maximum 30 or 35 overs would be decent alternative for ODI.

  • on April 24, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    Simple...this West Indies Team is just not competitive and time time these selectors realize this!!! They hoping for a miracle. U need to experience guys no matter what. Simple!!!

  • WestIndies1987 on April 24, 2011, 0:20 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan. We played like crap espicially the batsmen who gave the bowlers NOTHING to defend. The openers were playing like it was a test match and both Bravos gave thier wickets away.I am so dissapointed right now but we must fight on.

  • on April 23, 2011, 23:59 GMT

    You really think that Gayle would have made a difference? It doesn't matter. He opted out. Sarwan slowest strike rate in WC(he beat shiv?) The only person I have said from the start I will clamour 4 is chanderpaul. We know the nay sayers no matter what happens will trash the team. We expect nothing different. Didnt we lose 5 nil to SA with gayle in the team. Was it any different in Sri lanka or Aus 2010(ODI's)? Come on, get serious. Are we oblivious to the mess the WI cricket has been in the last 15-16 years? Under Richardson, Walsh, Hooper, Chanderpaul, Gayle we have been in the doldrums and can u seriously compare a carefree IPL hundred to what obtains in international cricket? Seriously? Bashing a couple of deliveries around in IPL is fine but why does he struggle against the Steyns, the Bollingers, the Andersons and the likes in ODI cricket. CG himself said that with the pressure off he enjoyed himself and that t20 is entertainment. He himself was given a run initially. Check stats

  • roopans64 on April 23, 2011, 23:52 GMT

    West Indies cricket is going in the wrong direction.Agree they wanted to groom a young team ,you still to to have a good few of the veternan player to help in this process.

  • Silloh on April 23, 2011, 23:15 GMT

    SHI ..Y 77 , why single out the skipper alone after the defeat. Yes he has to take ownership but there were ten others on the team. It's better we lose with a young team and keep trying, rather than go back to the past. Depending on the wicket we should consier replacing a fast bowler with a spin bowler and focus on the next match. Pakistan had three spinners.

  • VivGilchrist on April 23, 2011, 22:59 GMT

    Stop blaming Sammy! The guy scores 29no off 17 balls when every other WI batsman treated the game like a test match and bowled giving away 4.5 runs per over. Cut the guy some slack! His batsman didn't score enough runs to apply scoreboard pressure, and Roach and Russel let him down by bowling too loose. Yet, once again its Sammys head they call for??? Some of you WI "fans" don't deserve a team to follow.

  • on April 23, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    Where are all the people who were in favour of the selectors bringing in "young, fresh talent"? I see they have all shut their mouths now...

  • ramgoat on April 23, 2011, 22:35 GMT

    No coach cant help west indies cricket .Their batsman lack mental strenght also the coach ( OTIS GIBSON).He was a mediocre bowler in his hay days,how can he tell a batsman how to bat.West indies will get a 5-0 drubbing in the hands of pakistan,then Gibson will be fired!

  • on April 23, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    Even in their selection of seamers the Windies continue to befuddle. Ramphal is currently and by far the best seamer in ODIs and he was dropped in favor of Russel. Worse yet is the continued selection of a captain who does not deserve a place on merit and whom therefore takes up space that someone more deserving can fill. It seems that administration of Windies cricket listens to no one and I guess the only way to change things is for the sports ministers of the various islands to intervene and set up an interim management committee to sort out the mess.

  • on April 23, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    y am i not surpize.................

  • Shilly77 on April 23, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    Not shock that we lost. Sammy should just own up and quit as capt!!! He just NOT good enough!!!

  • squaddy on April 23, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    OMG this is just perfect.... gayle flies off with a bang in the IPL and the Indies havent even started as far as i am concerned. What will the indies do next??? The young talents on show were a mess the captincy and team strategics were horrible... We need some experience in the squad both for batting and bowling. The selectors need to recall sarwn and chanderpaul for strength in the middle order... Use chanderpaul to open the batting and Sarwan to strengthen the middle orde. Gayle and pollard are definitely missed and so is Jerome taylor and fidel Edwards... The selectors need some changing.. mayb some youth will help

  • paulramraj on April 23, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    I always wondered whether the WICB ever read and listened to comments from fans and viewers. They really should bow to the demands of the world. Millions of people see differently and yet a few cannot see that this is not the way to build a championship team. On our own ground which we prepared we only played one spinner and no batsman who can bat spin.

  • wnwn on April 23, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    Good to see some new faces playing for pakistan. Hopefully we've seen the last of kamran akmal. He's not good enough to make it into the team as a specialist batsman because he has a poor technique.

  • Rahic on April 23, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    Todays WI lost will only prove that you can fluke a win some of the time, but you cannot fluke a win all of the time. Do you think we need Gayle, Sarwan and Chanderpaul? Will be a good practice series for Pakistan. How about that Gayle blistering 100+ in the IPL? That performance may be a fluke in the eyes of the WI selectors.

  • on April 23, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    Wi playing an opposition that is loaded with spinners ...yet WI Coach and selectors decided to drop their two best batters of spins in the world ..Chanderpual and Sarwan! Looks like WI moving......backwards.

  • bigrishi on April 23, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    i thought they would be like two hundred at twenty five overs now that the snail chanderpaul has been dropped.... oh wait maybe it was a good thing that he could have keet an end rock solid

  • on April 23, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    Love'd to watch the game! Xcited :D

  • mso797 on April 23, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    can some one please explain where usman he should be where misbah is

  • UmairMansha on April 23, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    well..before the start of tournment i was missing gayle..a great entertainer but after watching his hundred ,being a pakistani,i will only say THANKS TO IPL.lols

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  • UmairMansha on April 23, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    well..before the start of tournment i was missing gayle..a great entertainer but after watching his hundred ,being a pakistani,i will only say THANKS TO IPL.lols

  • mso797 on April 23, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    can some one please explain where usman he should be where misbah is

  • on April 23, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    Love'd to watch the game! Xcited :D

  • bigrishi on April 23, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    i thought they would be like two hundred at twenty five overs now that the snail chanderpaul has been dropped.... oh wait maybe it was a good thing that he could have keet an end rock solid

  • on April 23, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    Wi playing an opposition that is loaded with spinners ...yet WI Coach and selectors decided to drop their two best batters of spins in the world ..Chanderpual and Sarwan! Looks like WI moving......backwards.

  • Rahic on April 23, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    Todays WI lost will only prove that you can fluke a win some of the time, but you cannot fluke a win all of the time. Do you think we need Gayle, Sarwan and Chanderpaul? Will be a good practice series for Pakistan. How about that Gayle blistering 100+ in the IPL? That performance may be a fluke in the eyes of the WI selectors.

  • wnwn on April 23, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    Good to see some new faces playing for pakistan. Hopefully we've seen the last of kamran akmal. He's not good enough to make it into the team as a specialist batsman because he has a poor technique.

  • paulramraj on April 23, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    I always wondered whether the WICB ever read and listened to comments from fans and viewers. They really should bow to the demands of the world. Millions of people see differently and yet a few cannot see that this is not the way to build a championship team. On our own ground which we prepared we only played one spinner and no batsman who can bat spin.

  • squaddy on April 23, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    OMG this is just perfect.... gayle flies off with a bang in the IPL and the Indies havent even started as far as i am concerned. What will the indies do next??? The young talents on show were a mess the captincy and team strategics were horrible... We need some experience in the squad both for batting and bowling. The selectors need to recall sarwn and chanderpaul for strength in the middle order... Use chanderpaul to open the batting and Sarwan to strengthen the middle orde. Gayle and pollard are definitely missed and so is Jerome taylor and fidel Edwards... The selectors need some changing.. mayb some youth will help

  • Shilly77 on April 23, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    Not shock that we lost. Sammy should just own up and quit as capt!!! He just NOT good enough!!!