West Indies v Pakistan, 4th ODI, Barbados

Pakistan look to continue dominance

Preview by Andrew McGlashan

May 1, 2011

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Match Facts

May 2, 2011, Barbados
Start time 9.30am (1330GMT)


Saeed Ajmal struck to remove Lendl Simmons, West Indies v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Barbados, April 28, 2011
Spun out: Pakistan's spinners have caused problems throughout the series © AFP
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The Big Picture

The series is wrapped up after Pakistan overcame two mini collapses in Barbados to complete a three-wicket victory. Given the lack of confidence in the West Indies camp, especially from the batsmen, the visitors must now be targeting a whitewash. These continue to be desperate times for the men from the Caribbean.

However, the spells from Ravi Rampaul and Devendra Bishoo in the third match were the first time the series had sparked into life. Before that the West Indian batting had been woeful - with the exception of Lendl Simmons - and Pakistan had barely needed to break sweat in two comfortable run chases. The way they faltered in Barbados, though, offered a glimpse of how they can be exposed for the rest of the tour if the pitches offer pace and bounce. Sadly, for West Indies, after this match the remaining games are in Guyana and St Kitts.

Pakistan's bowling attack, led by the spinners, has managed to contain the West Indies batting. The slow bowlers have been well supported by Junaid Khan and Wahab Riaz - the latter can be expensive but often takes wickets. Meanwhile, the experienced head of Misbah-ul-Haq has provided the fulcrum in the middle order and he has yet to be dismissed in the series. His calmness was vital as nerves frayed in the previous match. West Indies desperately need someone to match him.

Form guide


(completed matches, most recent first)

West Indies LLLLL
Pakistan WWWLW

Watch out for...

It was only a matter of time before the selectors went back to experience so the call-up for Ramnaresh Sarwan has not come as much of a surprise. While the idea of pushing youth is laudable, some of the players on show just haven't been good enough. Sarwan's 166 matches of experience and mountain of runs can't be discarded yet. However, quite how match-ready he is remains to be seen. He hasn't had any cricket since being dropped after the World Cup but things can't really get much worse for the home side.

Hammad Azam played a crucial role in Pakistan's series-clinching victory as he contributed a calm 36 after his team had been stumbling on 49 for 4 following Ravi Rampaul's spell. He provided Misbah with the support he needed in a 78-run partnership and showed impressive composure for a player in his first ODI innings. Coupled with his handy medium pace Azam has the makings of being a very useful cricketer.

Team news

Sarwan will return to bolster the batting, but he has replaced Devon Smith in the squad which means a reshuffling of the batting order will be required and Kirk Edwards may be asked to open. Andre Russell returned for the previous match although didn't contribute much and given how the Pakistan batsmen have struggled against Bishoo a recall for legspinner Anthony Martin could be an option.

West Indies (possible) 1 Lendl Simmons (wk), 2 Kirk Edwards, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 5 Marlon Samuels, 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Darren Sammy (capt), 8 Ravi Rampaul, 9 Kemar Roach, 10 Devendra Bishoo, 11 Anthony Martin

Shahid Afridi hinted that Pakistan may take the chance to give some of the squad players a game with the series won. That may mean a rest for Junaid Khan, the young left-armer, and possibly one of the top-order batsmen.

Pakistan (possible) 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Taufeeq Umar, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq, 5 Umar Akmal, 6 Hammad Azam, 7 Shahid Afridi (capt), 8 Mohammad Salman (wk), 8 Wahab Riaz, 9 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Tanvir Ahmed

Pitch and conditions

The Kensington Oval pitch was certainly the quickest either side had seen for a while following the World Cup and the earlier games of this series in St Lucia. There is the chance of showers again in the Bridgetown area but the ground drains very well.

Stats and trivia

Quotes

"The way forward is to gain experience. This group is not short on talent, we need to play and get more consistency."
Darren Sammy urges patience with his young team

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by candyfloss on (May 2, 2011, 15:06 GMT)

Pakistan is ready to play Ireland now I think.After this victory they should tour Ireland and MIGHT be able to win atleast one out of a 5 match series.

Posted by likeintcricket on (May 2, 2011, 12:59 GMT)

Afridi needs to sharpen his captaincy and batting. He is not a confident captain in One day games and against better teams he'll struggle. Also he needs to spend some time in the middle to improve his batting. He should promote himself up and try play out 15-20 overs with Misbah.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2011, 12:32 GMT)

Afridi should bat sensible

Posted by   on (May 2, 2011, 10:29 GMT)

@The_Dynamite_Kid; you may be Indian and I do respect India winning the World Cup but do name the team played Semi Final of all ICC events during last 3 years including 2 T20 finals

Posted by   on (May 2, 2011, 10:16 GMT)

well criciinfo is a little underinformed this time... since tanvir ahmed will play in place of wahab riaz who will be rested before the test series, and taufeeq in place of hafeez..as said by the captain

Posted by malik86 on (May 2, 2011, 8:22 GMT)

@cric_fanatics............wat the hell u r speaking....pak r the semi-finalists in WC beating aus(who lost after 34 matches) and SL (which was the only defeat in thier homeland in WC)..son!it wil tak time 2 understand cric...wait on....

Posted by MNHaq on (May 2, 2011, 7:53 GMT)

@ bobagorof: Pakistan are just 1 point behind England who have rating 105 while Pakistan have 104. If Pakistan defeat West Indies 4-1 or 5-0 it will be at 5th spot. Furthermore, 4th Team has rating 116 which is also 12 points more than Pakistan

Posted by WestIndies1987 on (May 2, 2011, 7:07 GMT)

I hope our team can save the people of the West Indies some pride and win or at least be competitive.

Posted by   on (May 2, 2011, 6:20 GMT)

Pakistan have done very well in 2011 with a very inexperienced side. however hopefully we will be in for some real competition after this WI tour and the ZXimbabwe tour.

Gayle I have lost a lot of respect for. how can he leave his country to play for money in that cursed IPL?

Posted by everfaithful77 on (May 2, 2011, 5:43 GMT)

The WI SELECTORS keep making IRRATIONAL decisions in picking the team that takes the field for West Indies. In the last match they played an obviously imbalanced side after dropping the keeper with 5 seamers and 1 spinner. Playing Russel instead of Martin who had kept things very tight at one end in St. Lucia made no sense. Russel has not taken any wickets, has been wayward and expensive, and his batting has fallen away. He seems very short of confidence. Yet the selectors decided to play him hoping for nothing short of MIRACLES. I think this has been the story of the WICB selectors for a long time: They just can't seem to get the RIGHT BALANCE in the team that plays even when the right players are available. SARWAN should have been recalled for the last game. The selectors must have a HARD LOOK at the ODI and T20 stats before selecting the next ODI team to play against India. Finally the West Indies team for the 4th ODI selected by writer above is the best combination possible.

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