West Indies v Pakistan, 4th ODI, Barbados May 2, 2011

West Indies sneak home in the rain

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West Indies 154 for 4 (Simmons 76) beat Pakistan 248 for 9 (Hafeez 121, Shafiq 71) by one run - D/L
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Dwayne Bravo cracked a vital six off Shahid Afridi in the final over before a terminal rain shower rolled across the Kensington Oval, as West Indies clawed their way to a face-saving victory in the fourth ODI against Pakistan. Chasing a reduced target of 223 in 39 overs after a Mohammad Hafeez century, West Indies were given a flying start by Lendl Simmons, who made 76 from 70 balls, but an untimely burst of wickets left them needing Bravo's late injection of humpty to secure a one-run victory courtesy of Duckworth-Lewis.

In a game punctuated by rain delays, the denouement was dramatic. West Indies had at one stage been coasting to victory, with Simmons and the recalled Ramnaresh Sarwan going steady in a 75-run stand for the third wicket, but when both men fell in the space of seven deliveries, the final overs turned into a scramble, with Bravo and Marlon Samuels struggling to get the better of a disciplined bowling attack.

At 148 for 4 after 29 overs, the scores were tied on D/L. With orders ringing out from the dressing room, Bravo leant back to wallop Afridi for the decisive blow over midwicket, then blocked out two more balls before the heavens opened. The result was West Indies' first victory over senior opposition since India's tour of the Caribbean in June 2009, and though it arrived by an unconventional means, it was no less welcome for that fact.

The final result was due reward for Simmons' purposeful approach to the run-chase. His opening partner, Kirk Edwards, was caught behind off Junaid Khan for a golden duck, but that set-back did not impede his approach in the slightest. After a let-off from the keeper, Mohammad Salman, on 3, Simmons smashed Tanvir Ahmed over midwicket for six before repeating the dose in Tanvir's next over, which went for 20 all told, including consecutive fours for Simmons, the first from a free hit, and an effortless flick off the pads from Darren Bravo.

In the very next over, Bravo undid his good work with a rank slap to third man to give Junaid his second wicket of the innings, whereupon Sarwan arrived to embark on the partnership that should have made the game safe. He had reached 28 from 56 balls when he allowed his good work to go to waste with a limp chip to mid-off, before Simmons chased a hint of width from Tanvir and holed out to deep point. But Dwayne and the rain ensured their efforts were not in vain.

If the defeat was harsh on any one player, it was the Man of the Match Hafeez, who confirmed his new-found reliability at the top of the order with a superbly paced 121 from 138 balls, his second ODI hundred of the year and of his career. On his watch, Pakistan posted a dominant 248 for 9, the highest total in the series to date, although it could have been more formidable still but for the wiles of Devendra Bishoo, whose legbreaks claimed 3 for 37, and applied an emergency brake to an innings that had been running away from West Indies at 210 for 3 in the 44th over.

In five of his previous seven ODIs, Hafeez had made scores between 32 and 61, and he followed up with another measured anchor role. Though he had struck his third ball of the day, from Roach, through point for four, he had added just one more boundary, again from Roach, in a 40-ball 25, when the rain started falling in the 12th over. Upon the resumption, however, he lifted the tempo to good effect.

Dwayne Bravo's fourth over went for 14 runs, including the first six of the innings, before Sammy was launched over midwicket with a disdainful pull. At the other end, Shafiq bedded in to play the supporting role. He notched up just one boundary in his first 58 deliveries, a lofted swat off Sammy, having survived a tough caught-and-bowled opportunity from the previous delivery, but together with Hafeez, he scarcely put a foot wrong in a 153-run stand for the second wicket.

Bravo eventually forced the breakthrough in the 39th over, when he brought up his midwicket to tempt a cross-batted stroke, and Shafiq duly obliged with a flick to long-on. Afridi promoted himself to No. 4 for a quick bash, and though he swiped a Roach beamer for four through third man, he fell one ball later to a front-foot swipe to mid-off as Roach dug the ball in.

Hafeez by this stage had eased along to his century, but Bishoo ensured the gloss would be taken off the innings with three wickets in the space of six balls. The reliable Misbah-ul-Haq was bowled off the back pad for 5, before Hammad Azam's skittish innings of 1 ended with a wipe to leg gully, one ball after Bishoo had dropped him off his own bowling. The big wicket, however, was that of Hafeez, who was bowled by a beauty that dipped and turned from leg to middle, as Pakistan slipped to 220 for 7.

A pair of crass run-outs accounted for Mohammad Salman and the new boy Usman Salahuddin, but his fellow ODI debutant, Tanvir, smacked a four and two sixes in a 12-ball 18, to ensure a difficult chase lay ahead for West Indies. Nevertheless, that late loss of momentum would prove crucial in the final reckoning.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 5, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    @cric_fanatics: I agree, and I would have loved to see ireland qualify for the knockouts. They certainly won all our hearts. About fielding, not really. Our worst is still as bad (as you saw in the semifinal), but our best is definitely excellent now, and more common (as you saw in our match against Australia). @Asis Rout: Good to see an Indian fan willing to show faith in his own side rather than denigrating team Pakistan. I don't think Gayle and Pollard will strengthen the side. And on our performance thus far, MashaAllah, it is difficult to be more "convincing".

  • on May 4, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    @ cric_fanatic , Then you should have said that England bowlers destroyed Pak not Morgan, clear up your mind and the same Pak team has done alot better since then but I guess you're still stuck in that summer.

  • on May 4, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    Webster.sak is right when he says that eoin morgan made only 2 hundreds in total of 15 innings.Also its sad to say as a west indian fan pakistan cricket is way ahead of us had it not been for the rain we would be 4-0 down against a team that be considered pakistan`s b team simmons and bishoo have by far and large been the stand out players for west indies as for people like cric_fanatics you guys seriously need to wake up and smell tthe coffe west indies cricket is in a mess.

  • on May 4, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    @cric_fanatics: I agree, and I would have loved to see ireland qualify for the knockouts. They certainly won all our hearts. About fielding, not really. Our worst is still as bad (as you saw in the semifinal), but our best is definitely excellent now, and more common (as you saw in our match against Australia). @Asis Rout: Good to see an Indian fan willing to show faith in his own side rather than denigrating team Pakistan. I don't think Gayle and Pollard will strengthen the side. And on our performance thus far, MashaAllah, it is difficult to be more "convincing".

  • cric_fanatics on May 4, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    @ Webster.sak...i think morgan was great as compared to pakistan team that folds for 70 odd every other day....and are you talking about the same league for inclusion in which afridi keeps pleading..?...

  • on May 4, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    well...but the thing is that Pakistan has won the series...n its no use now to criticise Pakistan....well atlast after T20...westindies showed some competition otherwise they were just playing for survival n not for winning!!!

  • stevedd on May 4, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    Now the west indies management has recalled sarwan (28 runs in 56 balls almost let the side down) to the side to bolster the batting line up. had it not for simmons batting and bravo's six west indies would have also lost the 3rd odi. my humble request to the management is to please get richards, gomes, llyod or richardson instead of sarwan. the more odi sarwan plays the more problems will the team face in chasing or scoring runs.

  • on May 3, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    TO SIMMONS GREAT GOING.PLEASE DON'T FORGET THE LESSON AFTER ENGLAND TOUR A FEW YEARS AGO.AFTER U PERFORM CREDITABLE THE WICB STILL DROPPED U.AND REMEMBER DEVON SMITH JUST OUT-PERFORM EVERY OTHER WI BATSMAN IN THE WC ONLY TO BE DROP 3 MATCHES LATER.GOOD PERFORMANCE DOESN'T ENSURE U A PLACE IN THE SERIES THAT FOLLOWS.CONTINUE TO DO WELL AND TRY TO CONVERT ONE OF THOSE FIFTIES INTO A 100.A LITTLE MORE CONSISTENCY FROM THE OTHER BATSMEN AND THE WI WILL BE A FORCE TO COMPETE WITH.TO U SAMUELS START ACTING LIKE U HAVE BEEN ON THAT STAGE BEFORE.YOUR TIMIDITY IS HURTING THE TEAM AS WELL AS YOURSELF.U HAVE A REPUTATION OF BEING A STROKE MAKER.BE THAT!!!!BISHOO U CONTINUE TO BE THE FIND OF THE LOT.NEED NO MORE JUSTIFICATION FOR YOUR SELECTION.K EDWARD IS LOST OR STILL ASLEEP.PLEASE AWAKE HIM.WHY DID DEVON SMITH HAD TO GO AND NOT U IS STILL A MYSTERY.LAST QUESTION WILL WE EVER SEE GAYLE AND CHANDERPAUL IN WI COLORS AGAIN?SINCE MR.HILIARE JOIN THE PARTISANSHIP IN FEEDING THE FIRE OF DIVISION.WI!

  • Finn92 on May 3, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    Edwards, Samuels, Sammy have to go they aren't good enough, Edwards might be one day but he's not ready yet. My Test XI would be: Barath, Gayle(depending on an apology, if not then bring in Simmons), Bravo, Sarwan, Simmons(if he opens instead of Gayle then bring in Hinds/Ganga), Nash, Baugh, Russel, Roach, Rampaul, Bishoo Taylor needs to show committment and fitness for a full days play and not just four over blitz in IPL

  • bigrishi on May 3, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    @NCassie... justify please, i see gayle there, so it means you are including ppl from the ipl, therefore jerome taylor should be eligible, and comment on your other choices please, thanx

  • on May 5, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    @cric_fanatics: I agree, and I would have loved to see ireland qualify for the knockouts. They certainly won all our hearts. About fielding, not really. Our worst is still as bad (as you saw in the semifinal), but our best is definitely excellent now, and more common (as you saw in our match against Australia). @Asis Rout: Good to see an Indian fan willing to show faith in his own side rather than denigrating team Pakistan. I don't think Gayle and Pollard will strengthen the side. And on our performance thus far, MashaAllah, it is difficult to be more "convincing".

  • on May 4, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    @ cric_fanatic , Then you should have said that England bowlers destroyed Pak not Morgan, clear up your mind and the same Pak team has done alot better since then but I guess you're still stuck in that summer.

  • on May 4, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    Webster.sak is right when he says that eoin morgan made only 2 hundreds in total of 15 innings.Also its sad to say as a west indian fan pakistan cricket is way ahead of us had it not been for the rain we would be 4-0 down against a team that be considered pakistan`s b team simmons and bishoo have by far and large been the stand out players for west indies as for people like cric_fanatics you guys seriously need to wake up and smell tthe coffe west indies cricket is in a mess.

  • on May 4, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    @cric_fanatics: I agree, and I would have loved to see ireland qualify for the knockouts. They certainly won all our hearts. About fielding, not really. Our worst is still as bad (as you saw in the semifinal), but our best is definitely excellent now, and more common (as you saw in our match against Australia). @Asis Rout: Good to see an Indian fan willing to show faith in his own side rather than denigrating team Pakistan. I don't think Gayle and Pollard will strengthen the side. And on our performance thus far, MashaAllah, it is difficult to be more "convincing".

  • cric_fanatics on May 4, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    @ Webster.sak...i think morgan was great as compared to pakistan team that folds for 70 odd every other day....and are you talking about the same league for inclusion in which afridi keeps pleading..?...

  • on May 4, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    well...but the thing is that Pakistan has won the series...n its no use now to criticise Pakistan....well atlast after T20...westindies showed some competition otherwise they were just playing for survival n not for winning!!!

  • stevedd on May 4, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    Now the west indies management has recalled sarwan (28 runs in 56 balls almost let the side down) to the side to bolster the batting line up. had it not for simmons batting and bravo's six west indies would have also lost the 3rd odi. my humble request to the management is to please get richards, gomes, llyod or richardson instead of sarwan. the more odi sarwan plays the more problems will the team face in chasing or scoring runs.

  • on May 3, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    TO SIMMONS GREAT GOING.PLEASE DON'T FORGET THE LESSON AFTER ENGLAND TOUR A FEW YEARS AGO.AFTER U PERFORM CREDITABLE THE WICB STILL DROPPED U.AND REMEMBER DEVON SMITH JUST OUT-PERFORM EVERY OTHER WI BATSMAN IN THE WC ONLY TO BE DROP 3 MATCHES LATER.GOOD PERFORMANCE DOESN'T ENSURE U A PLACE IN THE SERIES THAT FOLLOWS.CONTINUE TO DO WELL AND TRY TO CONVERT ONE OF THOSE FIFTIES INTO A 100.A LITTLE MORE CONSISTENCY FROM THE OTHER BATSMEN AND THE WI WILL BE A FORCE TO COMPETE WITH.TO U SAMUELS START ACTING LIKE U HAVE BEEN ON THAT STAGE BEFORE.YOUR TIMIDITY IS HURTING THE TEAM AS WELL AS YOURSELF.U HAVE A REPUTATION OF BEING A STROKE MAKER.BE THAT!!!!BISHOO U CONTINUE TO BE THE FIND OF THE LOT.NEED NO MORE JUSTIFICATION FOR YOUR SELECTION.K EDWARD IS LOST OR STILL ASLEEP.PLEASE AWAKE HIM.WHY DID DEVON SMITH HAD TO GO AND NOT U IS STILL A MYSTERY.LAST QUESTION WILL WE EVER SEE GAYLE AND CHANDERPAUL IN WI COLORS AGAIN?SINCE MR.HILIARE JOIN THE PARTISANSHIP IN FEEDING THE FIRE OF DIVISION.WI!

  • Finn92 on May 3, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    Edwards, Samuels, Sammy have to go they aren't good enough, Edwards might be one day but he's not ready yet. My Test XI would be: Barath, Gayle(depending on an apology, if not then bring in Simmons), Bravo, Sarwan, Simmons(if he opens instead of Gayle then bring in Hinds/Ganga), Nash, Baugh, Russel, Roach, Rampaul, Bishoo Taylor needs to show committment and fitness for a full days play and not just four over blitz in IPL

  • bigrishi on May 3, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    @NCassie... justify please, i see gayle there, so it means you are including ppl from the ipl, therefore jerome taylor should be eligible, and comment on your other choices please, thanx

  • Paddlesweep4six on May 3, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    @ cric_fanatics , Morgan single handedly destroyed Pakistan??? He made only 2 hundreds in total 15 innings throughout the summer, is that destroying? dude you are too busy watching boring premier league to know anything.

  • DANALEE on May 3, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    You could never put Sammy & Polllard in that West Indies test team,where is B Nash,Sarwan & Chanderpaul ?

  • truth1 on May 3, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    @asis Rout. may i take this opportunity to correct you as well.The D/L method was devised by two British statisticians, Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis. It was first used in international cricket in the second game of the 1996/7(not 1998 as u wrote) Zimbabwe versus England One Day International series, which Zimbabwe won by seven runs, and was formally adopted by the ICC in 2001 as the standard method of calculating target scores in rain shortened one-day matches. Anyway this does not make WI or zimbabwe win a great achievement if thats what you were trying to imply.As far as Aina maria's comment, she was responding to cric_fanatic's comments that Pak,WI,BD and ireland should be in 1 group.If you also believe in this then India shouldn't be playing with WI in june.Winning convinsingly is remote as India 's performance outsideIndia is pathetic. In may/june 2010 India finished 3rd against Zimbabwe and sriLanka.Also champ trophy,last 2 T-20 WC and in SA.So plz stay within context.Thanks

  • sunnymachoo on May 3, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    cric_fanatic and candyfloss are living in their dream world.... Guys, also check out the world of cricket! Its really cool!

  • on May 3, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    @Mohammad Ali Jawaid I will take the oppurtunity to correct you here.There was no DL system in 1992 WC.They had a more weird "Target " rule back then.DL was introduced in the 1998 season.@Aina Maria Waseem I think as an Indian fan I will expect them to win more convincingly than Pakistan did even though with the inclusion of Gayle,Pollard,Taylor WI will be a better team.

  • Yolk_Eater on May 3, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    @candy floss and cric fanatics- are you two the same person?? ROLLFFFFFFF

  • on May 3, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    D/L system is extremely unfair! can anyone honestly say Windies deserved to win? remember 1992 world cup when South Africa were asked to score 22 runs in one ball under the same system! i'm sure heavens will not fall if such a match is declared 'washed out' instead of putting match's fate on mathematics.

  • Paddlesweep4six on May 3, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    WI is yet to win a proper 50 over game against a test team rather then winning by luck.

  • on May 3, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    that not a win i want to see a 50 over defeat, and win r lose sammy should just stay away from the wi just cant watch this guy argggg

  • on May 3, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Good to see WI win finally against a test playing nation. But i think everyone knows that if the rain had not come, there is no way WI would have won, but its good to see the WI fans smilling, as they are always good cricket fans. I predict a 4-1 series at the end.

  • cric_fanatics on May 3, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    Add eoin morgan to ireland..(the guy who single handedly destroyed pakistan in all formats..last summer.)..and ireland already have some good bowlers...add their fielding in the mix(this pakistan will never achieve) and we have a very good team...had they had morgan in the team they would have reached the next stage at world cup...

  • Silva-Surfa on May 3, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    I've never been a fan of the Duckworth/Lewis system since i first took notice of it in the 92 World Cup, but at this stage of cricket in the Caribbean, i'd take any victory that's presented to us against one of the recognised nations. Bishoo and Simmons have been our two best players for the Windies this series and despite the series already being settled, i hope the boys continue to fight hard, progress and compete.

  • NCassie on May 3, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    West Indies Unbeatable Team Lendl Simmons, Cris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Darren Ganga (c), Dwayne Bravo, Ramdin(wk), Pollard, Darren Sammy, Kemar Roach, Ravi Rampaul, Devendra Bishoo - I TOTALLY AGREE WITH THIS TEAM 100% Please selectors consider this team for the TEST series and future ODI games

  • on May 3, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    Sarwan can steady the ship he can change the tempo depending on the state of the game.

  • on May 3, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    candyfloss and cric_fanatics you both are talking absolute rubbish Pakistani cricket is way ahead of the west indies right now although i`m happy the west indies won its really amazing to see how some of my fellow west indian supporters get ahead of themselves whenever west indies win a match even by a dose of luck.

  • on May 3, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    Hey cric fanatics and candy floss, it wasnt pak first team they were missing gul, younis, u akmal, aamer, asif, razzaq. Think before you speak. Wow you underestimate pakistan's skill. We have the potential to be the very best and you think ireland will win hands down against pak. hahaahah. How about hands up! Why 4-1, isnt that the same scoreline gayle predicted against aus.

  • Ali-Sial on May 3, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    @Vindaliew yes D/L calculates only by runs...since doing so by wickets wouldn't really be accurate....this applies regardless of if you are batting first or second

  • on May 3, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    Lucky Chance.. Or else they wont win a match for a decade...

  • Zahidasl on May 3, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    The Pakistani team is composed of new and inexperienced players and still only way WI could win was with the help of D/L , Go Windies . As far as Ireland is concerned I believe their buzz form the world cup is still running through their veins . They were a FAD and will remain a FAD until they learn to respect their seniors .

  • on May 3, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    well if the rain wud not have been there ...Pakistan wud have won this game 2...as Westindies stumble a lot in late overs!!!

  • Bilal94 on May 3, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    WI got lucky and happy that finally some luck goes their way.I hope the success after sarwans return results in the return of gayle taylor shiv benn ramdin and others.

  • on May 3, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    Well if beating west indies is a contemptible achievement for 6th rankers Pakistan, imagine how much more lowly it would be for india. I'd advise the indian team to lose in june, or atleast have the good grace to not be happy if they beat the windies, for fear people might look down on them. I hope people get what I'm saying.

  • HamMydagr8 on May 3, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    @candyfloss, if ireland can win 4-1 against pakistan, it must have done that in the semi final, oooppss ireland didnt even qualify for the quarters, lolzz, jealous much??

  • on May 3, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    Go West Indies...............!=D

  • HamMydagr8 on May 3, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    how cleverly@ cric_fanatics is comparing pakistan with mennows like windies, ireland etc, and btw, pakistan has dropped many professional players like younus, umer akmal, umer gul, razzaq, shoaib akhter kamran akmal etc, pakistan has just made a whole new unprofessional inexperienced team just on the bases of young talent, so going with the notion that windians defeated the best of pakistan is a very stupid notion.. pakistan is as much a B team as westindies is, as much as i appreciate the westindies win , i also say that win came on the bases of d/l method, since it rained

  • Cool_Jeeves on May 3, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Windies "dream" team (the best team currently possible, and looks like only in dreams): Gayle, Bharat, Bravo, Bravo, Simmons, Samuels, Thomas, Rampaul/Bishoo, Roach, Edwards, Taylor. This team (if ever assembled) will certainly beat Pakistan. Taylor is bowling well in IPL.

  • Stark62 on May 3, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    I can't believe Windies won by 1 run because of being ahead by that margin according to the D/L system! LOL

    I still don't understand how Tanvir (should only be used for Tests), Salahuddin, Salman (many better wkt/batsmen then him) and Taufeeq were selected for this series.

    Are you trying out youngsters or something?

    pcb needs to be reformed in every dept. Also, spare a thought for Afridi; who bowled one bad delivery and got punished for a 6 hence, ultimately giving the victory to the Windies.

  • JustIPL on May 3, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    I think we are giving too much credit to WI for winning at D/L method. On a normal day the result would be as usual. Again, if we want WI to improve then show them the reality where they have to do more to be significant. Pakistan changed their winning combination and that costs them the match. Anyway, it is Pakistan who are gaining in this series while WI are still searching for the replacements of Gayle, Sarwan and Chanderpaul.

  • getsetgopk on May 3, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    windies played much better this time around but a bit too late and winning by 1 run in a D/L system thats just pure luck. one more thing is that windies bat and bowl well on bouncy pitches than slow and low pitches and pak the opposite maybe thats why they lost this one

  • on May 3, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    @cric_fanatics and candyfloss - Do you people even follow cricket. How can anyone say this is Pakistan's best. No Younis, Gul, Riaz, Yousuf, Razzaq, Kamran Akmal (batting only), Shoaib Malik, Rana Naveed, Amir, Asif, Butt.....I just named a whole starting XI. And I don't understand why people are calling this WI second string....the only player they are missing is Gayle - Pollard is very over-rated. And putting Pakistan, who reached the semi-finals in the World Cup, in a second division is laughable!

  • VivGilchrist on May 3, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    @sabir sayed, I really don't think so. To all WI fans - congratulations, you have a gun legspinner. Believe me as an Aussie, it's great having one of those in your team. I look forward to see Bishoo star in Test cricket. All he needs is a good pair of fast bowlers (Roach and Taylor) and he will prosper.

  • candyfloss on May 3, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    @cric_fanatics I totally agree with you,besides I think pakistan may be finally ready to tour Ireland for a 5 match series,although I think Ireland will win 4-1 hands down.

  • cric_fanatics on May 3, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    west indies cricket is perfectly fine...if their second string team can beat what is best of pakistan theres no problem with talent...a second division of WI,PAK,IRELAND,BANGLADESH..will be very competitive...ireland will dominate it though..

  • Vindaliew on May 3, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    Is it victory by 1 run or 6 wickets, since West Indies batted second? Or does D/L method always calculate victory by runs even if you're chasing?

  • on May 3, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    Ind shud send a b-tem to WI-Ambati Rayudu(wk),Rahul Dravid,Gautam Gambhir(CAPTAIN) ,Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina(vc), Yusuf Pathan,Irfan Pathan, Amit Mishra, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma,RP Singh~~~(in Batting Order) . . . (Extras) Paul Valthaty,Iqbal Abdulla,Praven Kumar,Manoj Tiwary . . . . P.S(SELECTORS!!!! PLEASE LET THE SENIORS REST FOR THE MONTH LONG TOUR OF ENGLAND!!!) . . . . . POST-POST-SCRIPT(GAMBHIR HAS WHITEWASH TO HIS AS A CAPTAIN AGAINST NZ. WITH A WEAKER BATTING LINE UP)

  • nadubhai2011 on May 3, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    I think more than anything, even the win( since the series is won by Pakistan already ), this game was great thanks to the all around superb batting performance from Mr. Hafeez. Truly becomming better as he ages and demonstrated class, temperment and pure skill with his shot selection. Great game yaar!

  • on May 3, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    West Indies Unbeatable Team

    Lendl Simmons, Cris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Darren Ganga (c), Dwayne Bravo, Ramdin(wk), Pollard, Darren Sammy, Kemar Roach, Ravi Rampaul, Devendra Bishoo

  • denwarlo70 on May 3, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    Does this win means the WI teams moral is high after the inclusion of Ramnaresh Sarwan? It's anybody's guess I think..

  • on May 3, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    too much baggage on wI team. The Cap't is not the pick of the bowlers, he is not the pick of the batsmen, but the pick of the selectors....another lot of baggage. When we get the selectors right then we will get the selection right!!

  • exuma on May 3, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    Wow! sars back and WI won their first game. Its not that he mada a ton of runs, but he was there with simmonds when he made fifty and allow him to carried on. He stop the endless fall of wickets after simmo/bravo partnership is broken and eased the pressure on the incoming batsmen. Hope WICB sees it this way and dont drop him as soon as they are finish with the Guyana leg of the tour. keep batting sars, remember you have a target on your back and for the coach/selectors its open hunting season. EXUMA

  • Silloh on May 3, 2011, 1:28 GMT

    A win is a win so kudos to our Windies team.There are obvious weaknesses but convert these into opportunities and build on the positives. Roach obviously needs a rest for the next one day, bring in Ravi Rampaul and the under 19 skippper for Edwards. Aso tell Samuels to wake up and bat and stop being so tentative.

  • on May 3, 2011, 1:16 GMT

    sarwan and simmions partnership.....75 runs...

  • on May 3, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    Sarwan averages 40.03 in ODI who drops a player like this WICB .....perfect example of the idiots we have running WI cricket. Chanderpaul the WICB wants to dump him.....another example of the morans running the WI Cricket board.

  • mso797 on May 3, 2011, 0:52 GMT

    tanvir was too expensive if they want young blood try sadaf or maybe just stay safe and play wahab tanvir should be replaced in the tests

  • Balb on May 3, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    Way to go Bish (Bishoo) A staight deliver is always a deadly weapon. Trust me me it work all the time. Advantage - wicket. disadvantage - a dot ball. You benefit both ways.

    Give Sars (Sarwan) a few matches more.

    Now get Gayle and Chanderpaul back. You cannot clean house all at once.

    You cannot breed a new team all of a sudden. As a minimum four to six new caps at any one time.

    Thank you Gibson and Hillaire for listening. You are never too old to learn

  • on May 3, 2011, 0:34 GMT

    we couldve still played 4 overs minimum since we only lost 25 minutes which means we lost 5 overs during rain. When the umpires came to the field there was hardly any rain and what happened after 10 minutes, they removed the covers...silly umpiring. However afridi also had to blame himself for being not so serious about the consequences of his poor, careless bowling. As a captain everyday gets tougher so instead of being quite and dull on the field he should keep animating himself. When will he ever learn from his mistakes is a question. I wouldnt fully blame the loss on afridi because its a matter of luck.

  • HamMydagr8 on May 3, 2011, 0:24 GMT

    bad luck for pakistan, we should have made a white wash in this series

  • on May 3, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    Windies get reallll lucky and pull off the W!

  • shawnsundar on May 2, 2011, 23:53 GMT

    If the current situation ever clears up, I see a perfect-matched opening partner for Gayle, a great leggy to support Benn, a No.3 who can bat but needs mentoring from Sars,Tiger, and Nash, and a almost cemented spot for Ravi (maybe they can rotate him and Roach while keeping Jerome and Fidel as main strikers, depending on conditions. But all this is just a fantasy, which is so, so sad.

  • on May 2, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    Pakistan paid for their mistakes. A batting collapse, drop catch of simmons by tanvir, and bad ball by afridi which was smacked for six by bravo and in the end it proved to be very crucial. Dont know when pak top order play well (which is quite rare), then rest of the batting order fail. WI may have got a bit lucky aswell here, because you never really know whether they could have if the match had lasted the distance. Their middle and lower order is not dependable. But still, they won the match. after two years they beat a big team in ODI. this might give their team some confidence

  • WestIndies1987 on May 2, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    We have won a match in the 50 overs, unfortunately it is after we have already lost the series.Hopefully we can build on this but I will not allow my hopes to be increased.

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  • WestIndies1987 on May 2, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    We have won a match in the 50 overs, unfortunately it is after we have already lost the series.Hopefully we can build on this but I will not allow my hopes to be increased.

  • on May 2, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    Pakistan paid for their mistakes. A batting collapse, drop catch of simmons by tanvir, and bad ball by afridi which was smacked for six by bravo and in the end it proved to be very crucial. Dont know when pak top order play well (which is quite rare), then rest of the batting order fail. WI may have got a bit lucky aswell here, because you never really know whether they could have if the match had lasted the distance. Their middle and lower order is not dependable. But still, they won the match. after two years they beat a big team in ODI. this might give their team some confidence

  • shawnsundar on May 2, 2011, 23:53 GMT

    If the current situation ever clears up, I see a perfect-matched opening partner for Gayle, a great leggy to support Benn, a No.3 who can bat but needs mentoring from Sars,Tiger, and Nash, and a almost cemented spot for Ravi (maybe they can rotate him and Roach while keeping Jerome and Fidel as main strikers, depending on conditions. But all this is just a fantasy, which is so, so sad.

  • on May 3, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    Windies get reallll lucky and pull off the W!

  • HamMydagr8 on May 3, 2011, 0:24 GMT

    bad luck for pakistan, we should have made a white wash in this series

  • on May 3, 2011, 0:34 GMT

    we couldve still played 4 overs minimum since we only lost 25 minutes which means we lost 5 overs during rain. When the umpires came to the field there was hardly any rain and what happened after 10 minutes, they removed the covers...silly umpiring. However afridi also had to blame himself for being not so serious about the consequences of his poor, careless bowling. As a captain everyday gets tougher so instead of being quite and dull on the field he should keep animating himself. When will he ever learn from his mistakes is a question. I wouldnt fully blame the loss on afridi because its a matter of luck.

  • Balb on May 3, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    Way to go Bish (Bishoo) A staight deliver is always a deadly weapon. Trust me me it work all the time. Advantage - wicket. disadvantage - a dot ball. You benefit both ways.

    Give Sars (Sarwan) a few matches more.

    Now get Gayle and Chanderpaul back. You cannot clean house all at once.

    You cannot breed a new team all of a sudden. As a minimum four to six new caps at any one time.

    Thank you Gibson and Hillaire for listening. You are never too old to learn

  • mso797 on May 3, 2011, 0:52 GMT

    tanvir was too expensive if they want young blood try sadaf or maybe just stay safe and play wahab tanvir should be replaced in the tests

  • on May 3, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    Sarwan averages 40.03 in ODI who drops a player like this WICB .....perfect example of the idiots we have running WI cricket. Chanderpaul the WICB wants to dump him.....another example of the morans running the WI Cricket board.

  • on May 3, 2011, 1:16 GMT

    sarwan and simmions partnership.....75 runs...