West Indies v Pakistan, 5th ODI, Providence

Windies take pride in ten-wicket thumping

The Report by Andrew Miller

May 5, 2011

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West Indies 140 for 0 (Simmons 77*, Edwards 40*) beat Pakistan 139 (Hafeez 55, Rampaul 4-45) by ten wickets
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Darren Sammy high fives Carlton Baugh, West Indies v Pakistan, 5th ODI, Providence, Guyana, May 5, 2011
Darren Sammy ripped through Pakistan's top order in Providence © AFP
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Dead-rubber syndrome struck with a vengeance in the fifth and final ODI at Providence, as Pakistan succumbed to a crushing ten-wicket victory at the hands of Lendl Simmons and Kirk Edwards, who built on a disciplined bowling effort on a slow and low surface to chase down a moderate target of 140 with more than 26 overs remaining. Simmons was once again the star of the batting display, as he followed up his vital half-century in Barbados with an unbeaten 77 from 73 balls, while Edwards played the supporting role to perfection with 40 not out from 71.

The manner of West Indies' victory was every bit as emphatic as the margin, as they romped past a distracted Pakistan team to record their second crushing victory against Test opposition in the space of two months, having routed Bangladesh with more than 37 overs to spare during the recent World Cup. Soon after that performance, however, West Indies themselves were crushed by 10 wickets by Pakistan in their Dhaka quarter-final, and so, having already lost the series with two games to spare, there was only a limited amount of succour to be had. Still, a win is a win, and for a young and remodelled outfit, it could prove vital for forging confidence in the weeks and months to come.

For Pakistan, only Mohammad Hafeez produced a performance of any note. He continued his impressive run of form with an 83-ball 55, but the rest of the line-up succumbed meekly to a combination of seam and wrist-spin, as they were bundled out for 139 in 41.2 overs. Ravi Rampaul once again returned the outstanding analysis of 4 for 45, but it was the medium-pace of Darren Sammy, with 3 for 30 in ten overs, that carved open the top-order and laid the foundations for the win.

Hafeez, who made an excellent 121 from 138 balls in Pakistan's one-run D/L defeat in Barbados earlier in the week, took advantage of the chance to bat first by easing along to his 12th ODI half-century, and his fourth in the last six weeks. Having launched the innings with a first-ball pull for four off Rampaul, Hafeez added five more boundaries in reaching his half-century from 66 balls, but his was a lone hand as his colleagues came and went.

First to fall was Taufeeq Umar, back in the side after sitting out the fourth ODI. He made a laboured 3 from 12 balls before snicking a length ball from Rampaul through to Carlton Baugh behind the stumps.

Ahmed Shehzad proved to be even less fluent, as he ground along to 9 from 33 balls, including a solitary glanced boundary off the legspinner Anthony Martin, who took the new ball in his second ODI appearance. Sammy, however, double-bluffed him by calling the keeper up to the stumps and immediately sending down a bouncer. Shehzad took a wild swing, but under-edged the shot onto his stumps.

At 48 for 2 it was already proving to be a one-man show, and Pakistan's scorecard got even more lop-sided when Usman Salahuddin was nailed lbw on the sweep by Bishoo for 8, albeit to a shocker of a decision as the ball pitched way outside leg. One over later, Misbah-ul-Haq failed for the second match in succession, as Sammy tailed a wicked inswinger into his back pad, and this time there was little doubt about the lbw.

Umar Akmal, restored to the team after a break in Barbados, reinvigorated the scoring with a towering swipe for six over long-off, but when Hafeez under-edged a cut onto his own stumps to hand Sammy his third wicket, the innings was in freefall at 93 for 5. Umar added one more boundary in a 27-ball 24 before falling in a similar fashion, dragging on to Rampaul as he attempted a glide to third man.

Shahid Afridi has found some tame ways to get out in recent times, but he could do nothing about a brutal lifter that climbed from nowhere and flew through to Baugh, and three balls later Rampaul had his fourth as Wahab Riaz prodded loosely to slip. The wicketkeeper Mohammad Salman provided some resistance with an unbeaten 19 from 30 balls, including a fine cover drive as Rampaul over-pitched, but a brace of Dwayne Bravo lbws wrapped up the innings with more than eight overs to spare.

West Indies' run-chase was over in a flash. They eased along to 34 for 0 in six overs before the mid-match interval, and though each man survived a tough chance behind the wicket - Edwards on 6 and Simmons on 31 - the only real opportunity came when Edwards was sent back for a sharp single, only for an alert Mohammad Salman to whip off the bails having noticed that his bat was over the crease but still in the air. The third umpire decided that there was too much doubt to give the decision, and that was effectively that.

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Posted by   on (May 8, 2011, 16:12 GMT)

Both cric_fanatics and Tariq Shah make excellent points in that India have been the better team over the last dacade or so however one must remember that pakistan are in a rebuilding process right now as for us in the west indies we need to do some serious self examination with our cricket right now. Aslong as we have clowns such as Julian Hunte and Ernest Hilaire running our cricket we are going to continue to be in the absolute mess we`re in right now although the pakistan team themselves have alway run into problems with their board they always seem to find ways to bounce back hence the reason why people recognise them as probably the most resiliant team in world cricket. As for Vaseem Siddiqui I think that you should think twice before you refer to pakistan as rubbish one must remember that this was a relatively young team that came to the caribbean and to win a series with a team consistating of 5-6 player making their debut is great achievement.

Posted by cric_fanatics on (May 8, 2011, 13:49 GMT)

@ Tariq Shah..going by stats india has dominated since the turn of the century..and as for the future just wait and watch...you might make a fool out of yourself...the level of the sport will only rise now...

Posted by   on (May 8, 2011, 9:37 GMT)

@cric_fanatics... of course India is a nice team right now.... but we cant forget the past... as a cricket team of all time... i would like to say Pakistan is far better and miles ahead of indian team... let me tell you i am also indian but not emotional fool.... see the all over result against all countries...u will come to know every thing... be practical not emotional....

Posted by everfaithful77 on (May 8, 2011, 4:58 GMT)

GREAT WIN GUYS. I WAS EXPECTING YOU TO DO BETTER IN THIS LAST ODI BUT YOU EXCEEDED ALL MY EXPECTATIONS. JOB WELL DONE CAPTAIN SAMMY AND REST OF WINDIES TEAM. YOU MADE THE ENTIRE REGION PROUD. DON'T MIND THE DETRACTORS, JUST KEEP MOVING FOWARD AND FOCUSED ON THE JOB AT HAND WHICH IS 2 TEST MATCHES AGAINST A TEAM RANKED JUST AHEAD OF YOU. SO DON'T BE INTIMIDATED BY PAKISTAN. Now to team SELECTION for tests. Sometimes I wonder what is going on with this selection PANEL headed by Clyde BUTTS. Some of their selections just have me questioning whether these guys look at STATS at all or viewed the matches just played by Windies. Any viewer could have seen clearly that DEVON SMITH has a problem batting the Pakistan spinners but he was included. RUSSEL performed poorly in ODI series but is selected. Strangely KANTASINGH and AUSTIN are best bowlers in region but left out. Surely selectors must be aware of the SLOW nature of PITCHES IN GUYANA AND ST.KITTS. WI NEED 2 SPINNERS IN TEST TEAM.

Posted by getsetgopk on (May 8, 2011, 2:20 GMT)

@cric_fanatics... well speaking of ranks pak has won an odi wc, a t20 wc and a number of trophies and series and if u look at the over all odi's and tests pak played against the rest of wold you would find out that its only lagging behind 3 teams namely aus eng and sa and against india in odi they are like 67 wins to indias 47 wins personally i would rank them the world best for the kind of things going on back home...prety impressive for club level cricketers and btw do u think the team that played the semifinal was wi's first tier team?

Posted by westindian4life on (May 8, 2011, 1:36 GMT)

ummmm just to make clear...i think sammy is a decent odi captain but he should not be in the test team...

Posted by hardess699 on (May 7, 2011, 23:24 GMT)

@chicoguapo....your comments are very interesting and i tend to agree with them.....am from trini and i really cant stand all this ganga talk.. he has been given his ample opportunities......would love to see kraigg brathwaite given his test cap though as he has the hunger for runs and to score big runs at that......something most of our batsmen lack......wish him the best of luck

Posted by cric_fanatics on (May 7, 2011, 19:28 GMT)

@getsetgopk ..batsmen who fold out for 70,100.139..are for sure pakistani...cant play a good fast bowler even on a dead pitch..its pathetic...how is pak ranked...6,7,8..?....haha

Posted by getsetgopk on (May 7, 2011, 14:33 GMT)

@cric_fanatics as mentioned by the author in the first line dead rubbers are just dead rubbers but u still dont get it and speaking of habits yes pakistan have that habit but u seemed to be forgeting some other habits of pakistan like the way they beat aus and sri lanka in wc not to mention what they did to wi in semifinal and what kind of club cricketers would u some how think would be able to qualify for the cricket world cup?? if there are then where are they why aren't they playing i bet u would be their captain if not spiritual mentor haha!

Posted by   on (May 7, 2011, 9:08 GMT)

@BigGeorgeMehemood. Both teams are rubbish but Pakistan are slightly better particularly with the return of Yunus Khan and Umar Gul. West Indies only won 4th ODI because of our friend Duckworth Lewis. If the match had gone the full 50 overs West Indies would have lost. The 5th ODI, possibly Pakistan were experimenting too much but still there is no excuse, they should have beaten West Indies. In tthe tests the only advantage West Indies have is that they are playing at home and admittedly Bishoo is a good find. I will be very surprised if the West Indies would win any test. I expect Pakistan XI to be: 1. Hafeez, 2. Taufeeq, 3. Azhar, 4. Yunus, 5. Misbah, 6. Shafiq, 7. new w/k, 8. Gul, 9. Wahab, 10. Saeed, 11. Junaid/Rehman.

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Andrew Miller Andrew Miller was saved from a life of drudgery in the City when his car caught fire on the way to an interview. He took this as a sign and fled to Pakistan where he witnessed England's historic victory in the twilight at Karachi (or thought he did, at any rate - it was too dark to tell). He then joined Wisden Online in 2001, and soon graduated from put-upon photocopier to a writer with a penchant for comment and cricket on the subcontinent. In addition to Pakistan, he has covered England tours in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the World Cup in the Caribbean in 2007
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