West Indies v Pakistan, 5th ODI, Providence May 5, 2011

Pride still at stake as Windies break duck


Match Facts

May 5, 2011, Providence
Start time 9.30am (1330GMT)

The Big Picture

The rot has been stopped by West Indies, though it was quite a scramble to get across the line. Thanks to Dwayne Bravo's premeditated six over midwicket in the fourth ODI in Barbados, the Windies did just enough to sneak ahead of the Duckworth-Lewis calculations before the heavens opened two deliveries later. However, had the match gone the full 50-over distance, Pakistan would have been confident of defending their total of 248 for 9, the highest yet recorded in a low-scoring series.

The scoreline now stands at 3-1 instead of 4-0, and though it's not enough to get them back into the series, it is nonetheless a significant crumb of comfort for a team that had not beaten senior Test opposition for the best part of two years. Their eight-wicket victory at Kingston in June 2009 was the last such occasion, so the opportunity to claw the scoreline back to 3-2, with the two-Test series to follow, is not one that ought to be sniffed at.

Pakistan, however, look for the moment to be an enviably settled unit - and given their recent history, that arguably says more about West Indies' current turmoil than anything else, even if their chief selector Mohsin Khan is getting ready to rock their boat ahead of the Test series. The composure shown by Mohammad Hafeez in his second ODI hundred, and by Asad Shafiq in their 153-run stand for the second wicket, set the tone for what should have been a formidable total, until Devendra Bishoo's wiles derailed the latter stages of the innings.

There are clear signs of life in the West Indies squad, with Bishoo's exuberance matched by Lendl Simmons' early onslaught, in which he belted a 36-ball half-century to propel their rain-affected run-chase. But as the recall of Ramnaresh Sarwan demonstrated, not to mention the ongoing issues surrounding Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the changing of the guard in the Caribbean looks set to be a messy and protracted affair. Better times may lie ahead, but one dead-rubber victory can hardly be taken as proof of a new dawn.

Form guide

(completed matches, most recent first)

West Indies WLLLL
Pakistan LWWWL

Watch out for...

One of the few positives of West Indies' disappointing World Cup campaign was the emergence of Devendra Bishoo as a genuine wicket-taking legspinner. While he does not give the ball the biggest rip of all time, his composure under fire is matched by an impressive mastery of flight, and his three wickets in the closing stages of Pakistan's innings at Bridgetown were due reward for his aggressive intent. In particular his dismissal of the centurion Mohammad Hafeez was eye-catching - late dip, appreciable turn and the pleasing sight of the middle stump being pegged back.

Mohammad Hafeez waited eight years to record his maiden ODI century, and now two have come along in the space of six months. His classy accumulation and eye for a run-scoring opportunity belie an average that remains stuck in the mid-20s, but at the age of 30, his time -it would appear - has come. When you factor in his invaluable second string as an offspinner, he is a player upon whom Pakistan can rely, especially given the range of mavericks and matchwinners who feature lower down the batting card.

Team news

West Indies took a gamble in the fourth match by reducing their bowling options to include the specialist keeper Carlton Baugh at the expense of the allrounder Andre Russell. However, seeing as they got the result they wanted, there seems little reason to veer away from the winning formula. Sarwan, who also returned for that match, will be a major drawcard for his Guyanese home support.

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

Pakistan chopped and changed their options with the series in the bag, and offered ODI debuts to Usman Salahuddin, who was run out for 5 before he could show his full repertoire, and Tanvir Ahmed, who nabbed a maiden wicket in between being tonked by Simmons and Bravo. Both men are worthy of another look, with Umar Akmal and Wahab Riaz having little to prove ahead of the Test series.

Pakistan (possible) 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Asad Shafiq, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq, 5 Hammad Azam, 6 Shahid Afridi (capt), 7 Usman Salahuddin, 8 Mohammad Salman (wk), 8 Tanvir Ahmed, 9 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Junaid Khan.

Pitch and conditions

After a relatively brisk deck in Barbados, the Providence wicket promises to be slower and lower, which may tempt both teams to bulk out their spin options. Matches in Guyana rarely pass without some interference from the weather, so the Duckworth-Lewis charts will be close at hand once again.

Stats and trivia

  • Misbah-ul-Haq finally has a series average after being dismissed for 5 at Barbados. Prior to that he had made scores of 73 not out, 43 not out, and 62 not out, for an overall tally of 183 runs in four innings.

  • This will be the 11th ODI at the Providence stadium, although West Indies have only featured in five of the previous ten, and won just twice, against England in 2009 and Zimbabwe in 2010.

  • Pakistan have never won more than three matches in a one-day series against West Indies


"We needed this win. It's been a while."
Darren Sammy acknowledges the recent scarcity of West Indian victories.

"The way Mohammad Hafeez played on a difficult pitch, and Asad Shafiq, I think we should have got 270-275. We missed that chance, and didn't bat that well in the end."
Shahid Afridi rues the missed opportunities in Pakistan's innings.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • P Subramani on May 5, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    I can see the forming of a very good team from West Indies.I only wish someone big like Kingfisher will sponsor them. I say Kingfisher because the calypso spirit will become a brand.But more importantly, I think Fidel Edwards,Kemar Roach Jerome Taylor and Devendra Bishoo can make the best of batsmen struggle. In fact in Bishoo they have unearthed a gem who could be the next Warne. He has everything that one looks for in a leg spinner.I hope they get to play some good teams and bring in Darren Ganga as captain in place of Sammy. I am sure he has not gone so deep in retirement that he cannot play even at home. Or at least better than some of the batsmen currently playing. Benn could also be in the short list for selection. All they need is a captain with soem luck and a bit of presence. Ganga has it as we all saw in the Champion's league in India. The world wants to see the West Indians back and I wish it happens soon.

  • Douglas on May 5, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    So Chanderpaul is dumped from the 1-day squad - permanently it appears, leaving a legacy of 11 hundreds & 59 fifties at an average of 41.60 and strike rate of 70.74 - better than everyone else in the current team. In a series that is already lost, the selectors have shown their lack of heart by not giving him a farewell game in front of his home crowd. It just shows how much our administrators care about our cricketers. Thankless!

  • Dummy4 on May 5, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    hope WI win this match too........................

  • PATRICK on May 5, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    @ Sabir Sayed - Interesting...not. Why pick Ganga as captain? And then Sammy...as what? With your 4 and 5 as allrounders, surely you'd want another batsman? Chanders on his home pitch?

  • Basil on May 5, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    @Sabir Sayid, your team may be unbeatable - it has 12 players in the XI. Actually on current form they may need 15.

  • Dummy4 on May 5, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Unbeatable West Indies Team 1.Simmons 2.Chris Gayle 3.Darren Bravo 3.Darren Ganga (c) 4.D. Bravo 5.Pollard 6.Ramdin 7.Sammy 8.Kemar Roach 9. F. Edwards10.Bishoo 11.S.Ben

  • Dummy4 on May 5, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    @Muhammad Sajjad Awan: I disagree. Spinners can last for very long and Ajmal, Hafeez, and Afridi have never bowled better than they are nowadays. As for poor Salman, I don't mind his age if his athleticism isn't dead. Look at the man who recommended him. Rashid Latif was an excellent keeper to the very end. Not everyone's keeping has to deteriorate the way Kamran's did. @Perwaiz Ahmad : I think "fans" will be best served to think of the excellent bowler and captain Afridi has become. I was never in favour of him being captain but he has some magic up his sleeve. However foolish his tactics look, they often seem to work. @Farzana Faizal: Oh for heaven's sake people! Stop criticizing Afridi. I have stopped being annoyed at him and now only feel sorry for him. I think it was the 37-ball century that killed his batting. :( Besides, I believe in respecting the CAPTAIN and backing him all the way, just like we did after the world-cup.

  • PATRICK on May 5, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    @ IsaacM_7 - Gayle has had his chance and WI cannot rely on him being there full-time. No disrespect to Nash but he will not be an IPL pick, so it would make sense to make him captain. And bring back Ramdin for Baugh who is not of international standard. He has served his sentence and he can be groomed for captaincy - let's face it, he will not be an IPL pick either.

  • Basil on May 5, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    Today's XI if a were a selector - 1 Simmons (wk) 2 Sammy ( pinch-hitter while field is up) 3 Dr Bravo 4 Sarwan 5 Braithwaite (have a look at him before Test series) 6 Samuels (batting lower down hopefully forces him to get a move on) 7 Dw Bravo 8 Benn (on a spinning wicket) 9 Rampaul 10 Edwards ( needs a run before Test) 11 Bishoo. Roach needs a break before something breaks, and they cannot afford to lose him. Is Gayle and Taylor available for Test series and what sort of injury has Barath got? Why is a young batsman like him always injured?

  • Dummy4 on May 5, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    u ok HAFIZ hes better than saddaf ,sadaf should get a chance but hes not better than tanceer....................tanveer took 2 wickets............ and hes goin brilliantly..........

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