Guyana v Pakistanis, tour match, Georgetown July 11, 2013

Ajmal triggers Pakistanis win

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Pakistanis 246 for 9 (Shehzad 68, Permaul 3-27) beat Guyana 239 (Deonarine 55, Johnson 31, Ajmal 5-37) by 7 runs
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Saeed Ajmal ended with figures of 10-0-37-5 as the Pakistanis secured a seven-run win over Guyana in a closely fought tour match at Bourda.

Ajmal took the crucial wickets of Narsingh Deonarine and Leon Johnson, and also later struck twice in the 40th over to help the Pakistanis successfully defend their total of 246.

Guyana had earlier won the toss and elected to field. The Pakistanis, batting in slightly overcast conditions, reached 12 in three overs before rain briefly stopped play.

The game resumed with openers Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad dominating the Guyana bowlers, as the pair put on 62 runs for the opening wicket in 14 overs before Jamshed fell for 19 to Veerasammy Permaul. Mohammad Hafeez departed six overs later, hitting one back to Permaul, who accepted the offer low to his right, to leave the Pakistanis at 86 for 2.

Shehzad then put up a 30-run partnership with the captain Misbah-ul-Haq, with Shehzad reaching his 50 from 58 balls with six fours. He eventually made a 79-ball 68 which included nine fours, before getting stumped by Anthony Bramble off Devendra Bishoo.

Misbah was the next to go, lbw to Steven Jacobs for 22, and when Umar Akmal and Asad Shafiq were both sent back by Bishoo, the Pakistanis were struggling at 160 for 6, with Shahid Afridi and Wahab Riaz at the crease.

But the pair delivered a counterpunch, with Afridi hitting both Jacobs and Keon Joseph for sixes. They put on 31 runs for the seventh wicket, before Afridi was caught by Paul Wintz at long-off, when he looked to clear the boundary off Permaul.

A late surge from Umar Amin, who hit two fours during his unbeaten 17, took the Pakistanis to a final score of 246 for 9. Permaul was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts, finishing with figures of 10-3-27-3.

Guyana began their run chase in poor fashion, as Mohammad Irfan dismissed the openers Trevon Griffith and Bramble within the first five overs. Ramnaresh Sarwan and Johnson revived the innings, putting on 54 runs for the third wicket before Sarwan edged a delivery from Abdur Rehman to Akmal. The hosts began to grow in confidence as Johnson struck Afridi for two fours in one over and then pulled Rehman over wide midwicket for six, taking the team to 138.

But Ajmal turned the game around for the Pakistanis, dismissing Johnson for lbw and later removed Assad Fudadin for 11. Deonarine, who hit five fours and two sixes, put up a fight but was eventually bowled by Ajmal for 55.

With Guyana needing 77 from their final 10 overs, Jacobs and Bishoo took the fight to the Pakistanis, as they added 41 for the ninth wicket. Ajmal trapped Jacobs lbw for 27 and Ali completed the victory for the Pakistanis, bowling Bishoo for 28.

Pakistan will next play the first ODI against West Indies at Providence on Sunday.

*July 12, 0932 GMT: Corrected Kamran Akmal reference to Umar Akmal

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  • on July 14, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    glad afridi scored some runs

  • on July 14, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Hafeez should bat at no.3, He scored runs in World Twenty20, 61, 55 in T20Is Vs India and 76 Vs India in 2nd ODI. 86 Vs South Africa T20I, 122 vs Ireland, and a fifty vs South Africa in the warm up-match. The last time Mohammed Hafeez was on a tour to west indies, he had scored fifties and a hundred.

  • babycricketer on July 14, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    Drop Hafeez from ODI team. We need 2 spinners because of the dry conditions. My XI: 1) Jamshed, 2) Shehzad, 3) H Sohail, 4) Shafiq, 5) Misbah (c), 6) U Akmal (wk), 7) Afridi, 8) A Rehman, 9) Ajmal, 10) Junaid, 11) Irfan.

  • on July 13, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    The biggest blunder of Pakistan's cricket inrecentyears has been to drop Abdul Razaq due to the politics introduced by Misbah and Hafeez both of who are mediocre cricketers in comparison to Abdul Razaq . How could Abdul Razaq be out with Imran Farhat , Shoaib Malik and Kamran Malik be in ?

  • on July 13, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    From a Windies perspective, why not give Deonarine a go in the one day team, he has been in good form lately and has the temperament to build a good innings and bat through a fair few overs, I think the Windies need a few more batsmen like him in their one day team, is Powell still out injured?

  • Solid_Snake on July 13, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    @Omarrz->People are talking about Hafeez because of a reason..Can you tell me why this guy fails in ODI & Test matches while he play like a champion in T20 only.He scores piles of runs & takes wickets one after another in T20 matches.But in ODI & Tests,it looks like he dont even know how to hold the bat properly..What's the reason of his huge decline?Never heard of any player changing his form so quickly as Hafeez does.Never saw any inconsistent player like him..Hafeez broke all records of inconsistency.

  • rsiddiqi on July 12, 2013, 21:12 GMT

    bad batting again......we know how erratic Ahmed Shehzad can be and the fact that he was the only one get past the 50 mark does not bode well for Pakistan. Disappointment yet again with Umar Akmal. Disappointment with Mohammad Rizwan's batting...disappointment with Nasir Jamshed...heck disappointment with everyone except Ajmal and Irfan.

  • SamWintson92 on July 12, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    Misbah is superfit. Remember his diving catch in CT that'll throw a challenge even to a young athlete. I'm sure he will make & captain the WC 2015 side. His personal form has been tremondous. Misbah should play & captain the T20 side as well. Apart from him, I see Afridi is an excellent captain who lead Pak to semis of WC 2011. It's indeed surprising that Harris Sohail was left out. Hafeez will make the team only for his off spin, a bowling allrounder to be exact. Definitely his position at the top should be vacated & given to young guns like Harris Sohail. Hafeez should be at 6/7. Wahab Riaz can be expensive but he can click 90 mph which few bowlers can. Pace department should comprise Irfan, Junaid & Wahab. Abdur Rehman has ordinary ODI stats. I would have taken promising leggie Raza Hasan in place of him & Fawad Alam who has massive average with the bat for Umar Amin.

  • Omarrz on July 12, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Why there are calls of dropping Hafeez? He was great in the India tour and also scored 86 against SA in the T20.

  • salmantarar on July 12, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    I think they should really play Hafeez lower down the order maybe at 5 or 6. He is not as good a bat as he is a bowler. I will equate him more with R Jadeja than T Dilshan. He will be asset down the order and a better finisher and would really like him to bowl his 10 overs in the mid innings(He can be used as an attack bowler too under right conditions). That will really give much needed balance to Pakistan A much needed position to be filled is one down and I think here Misbah is the answer as He can anchor the innings maybe play till the end(or at least try). that way experience can envelope the exuberance of the young and inexperienced.

  • on July 14, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    glad afridi scored some runs

  • on July 14, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Hafeez should bat at no.3, He scored runs in World Twenty20, 61, 55 in T20Is Vs India and 76 Vs India in 2nd ODI. 86 Vs South Africa T20I, 122 vs Ireland, and a fifty vs South Africa in the warm up-match. The last time Mohammed Hafeez was on a tour to west indies, he had scored fifties and a hundred.

  • babycricketer on July 14, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    Drop Hafeez from ODI team. We need 2 spinners because of the dry conditions. My XI: 1) Jamshed, 2) Shehzad, 3) H Sohail, 4) Shafiq, 5) Misbah (c), 6) U Akmal (wk), 7) Afridi, 8) A Rehman, 9) Ajmal, 10) Junaid, 11) Irfan.

  • on July 13, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    The biggest blunder of Pakistan's cricket inrecentyears has been to drop Abdul Razaq due to the politics introduced by Misbah and Hafeez both of who are mediocre cricketers in comparison to Abdul Razaq . How could Abdul Razaq be out with Imran Farhat , Shoaib Malik and Kamran Malik be in ?

  • on July 13, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    From a Windies perspective, why not give Deonarine a go in the one day team, he has been in good form lately and has the temperament to build a good innings and bat through a fair few overs, I think the Windies need a few more batsmen like him in their one day team, is Powell still out injured?

  • Solid_Snake on July 13, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    @Omarrz->People are talking about Hafeez because of a reason..Can you tell me why this guy fails in ODI & Test matches while he play like a champion in T20 only.He scores piles of runs & takes wickets one after another in T20 matches.But in ODI & Tests,it looks like he dont even know how to hold the bat properly..What's the reason of his huge decline?Never heard of any player changing his form so quickly as Hafeez does.Never saw any inconsistent player like him..Hafeez broke all records of inconsistency.

  • rsiddiqi on July 12, 2013, 21:12 GMT

    bad batting again......we know how erratic Ahmed Shehzad can be and the fact that he was the only one get past the 50 mark does not bode well for Pakistan. Disappointment yet again with Umar Akmal. Disappointment with Mohammad Rizwan's batting...disappointment with Nasir Jamshed...heck disappointment with everyone except Ajmal and Irfan.

  • SamWintson92 on July 12, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    Misbah is superfit. Remember his diving catch in CT that'll throw a challenge even to a young athlete. I'm sure he will make & captain the WC 2015 side. His personal form has been tremondous. Misbah should play & captain the T20 side as well. Apart from him, I see Afridi is an excellent captain who lead Pak to semis of WC 2011. It's indeed surprising that Harris Sohail was left out. Hafeez will make the team only for his off spin, a bowling allrounder to be exact. Definitely his position at the top should be vacated & given to young guns like Harris Sohail. Hafeez should be at 6/7. Wahab Riaz can be expensive but he can click 90 mph which few bowlers can. Pace department should comprise Irfan, Junaid & Wahab. Abdur Rehman has ordinary ODI stats. I would have taken promising leggie Raza Hasan in place of him & Fawad Alam who has massive average with the bat for Umar Amin.

  • Omarrz on July 12, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Why there are calls of dropping Hafeez? He was great in the India tour and also scored 86 against SA in the T20.

  • salmantarar on July 12, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    I think they should really play Hafeez lower down the order maybe at 5 or 6. He is not as good a bat as he is a bowler. I will equate him more with R Jadeja than T Dilshan. He will be asset down the order and a better finisher and would really like him to bowl his 10 overs in the mid innings(He can be used as an attack bowler too under right conditions). That will really give much needed balance to Pakistan A much needed position to be filled is one down and I think here Misbah is the answer as He can anchor the innings maybe play till the end(or at least try). that way experience can envelope the exuberance of the young and inexperienced.

  • Jda123 on July 12, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Pakistan didn't play well, scoring scores like this on a pratice match and winning by a small margin of 7 runs isn't great.

    I wonder why Harris Sohail wasn't played, a bad choice unless he is injured which also then brings the fact that he always seems to be getting injured when coming to the international games, he was in the squad for India and SA and had to return back to Pakistan due to injuries.

    Hafeez has been playing poor, people see him as a captain for the WC but that would be a horrible decision, he has no consistency at all and it should be a wake up call for the selectors if he has another bad tour.

    Shafiq isn't a ODI player also, Afridi once again went wicketless but had good numbers.

    Umar Akmal batting is still not there.

    Really shocked though that we didn't get to see Sohail playing.

  • on July 12, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    hafeez should play down the order. some calling for him to be dropped. i dont think it will happen and also not possible, he has been average performer. and did ok with both ball and bat in last 12-18 months. not extra ordinary but ok. the thing which they need to do is to play him at 6.

    hope haris and rizwan gets few games. good to see afridi scoring some runs may boost his confidence. he needs to improve his bowling as thats also a concern,

    i would go with ahmed, nasir, misbah, umar, haris, hafeez, afridi, ajmal, irfan, junaid, wahab/ali

    hard to get in rizwan.

  • ilililililililililililililx on July 12, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    Shehzad Jamshed Hafeez H. Sohail Misbah U. Akmal U. Amin/M. Rizwan/ Afridi Ajmal Junaid Khan Irfan A.Ali/Wahab Riaz

    People are saying Hafeez is pointless, drop him from the side, etc... Dont forget hafeez is 4th ranked bowler in ODI. He may be a slouch with the bat ( because he is out of form) but his bowling remains economical as usual. We need young guys who are not afraid to hit the ball further than 30 metres. SHOW SOME INTENT. That is what Pakistan had learned from the CT this year. blocking out 20 overs then loosing a wicket will do nothing. This is why Shafiq, Farhat ect... should not play shorter forms of the game. Averaging in mid 30s and Striking at only 70 is not good enough. We can win if we show intent and the PCB pick batsment that are not afraid.

  • huhohuhohuho on July 12, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Sohaib Maqsood is also an off spin bowler we do not need hafeez and as for misbah it is a real question whether he will play in the wc 2015 because of his age we should give a chance to sohaib who is so far the highest scorer in the t20 cup. We should test him in the zimbawe and other series to see whether he can replace misbah.

  • Sports4Youth on July 12, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Its high time that newer players like Umar Amin, Hammad Azam etc be preferred over Hafeez. The sooner they realise the better it will be for the team.

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  • Sports4Youth on July 12, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    @ Stark62 : I agree with you that Hafeez needs to be dropped further down in the batting order. His temporary form with the bat is long gone. Now he is only burdening the top order with his shakky batting.

    .

  • Sports4Youth on July 12, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Hearteas CONGRATULATIONS to Ahmed Shehzad. Hope his form continues in the series. MOHAMMED IRFAN's performance was on expected lines. The poor rookies must have had a tough time against him.

    But most importantly good to BOOM-BOOM among the runs. Also he bowled economically though was unlucky in not picking wickets. Asad Ali could have been more successfull though.

    WAHAB Riaz , as usual expensive. Umar Akmal is being his usual self, selfish. Hafeez continuing his poor show with the bat and ordinary with the ball.

    BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, A SCORE OF 246 AGAINST GUYANA ONLY SUGESSTS THAT THE PAKISTANI BATSMEN LIKE MISBAH, HAFEEZ ETC ARE GOING TO STRUGGLE AGAINT THE INFORM WINDIES. They lost 6 wickets to the spin of Bishoo and Pemaul, that was bad. Cant face pace, cant face spin.

    .

  • on July 12, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    nasir shehzad akmal/ rizwan misbah shafiq hafeez amin/ haris afridi ajmal junaid/ riaz/ asad irfan

    this should be the line up

  • on July 12, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Drop non performer Hafeez, Only Play him against Ban,Zim and Ird. He has worst batting technique...

  • xylofon on July 12, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    If they play new people like Umar Amin they play them at position where its hard to show anything. And this type of match should be left 100% to new batters. Haris Sohail, Umar Amin, mohd Rizwan and anyone else should play up the order so they can be tried & tested.

    Hafeez...we cant keep him on his bowling only, we have supergreat spinners anyway so he has to perform with his batting or step aside. Why doesnt he concentrate 100% on batting and lets the bowling go completely I will never understand.

  • Stark62 on July 12, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Hafeez needs to be dropped down to no. 6!!

    We can't have a proper batsman like Umar batting at no. 6, whilst an insecure and patchy batsman at no. 3.

    Hafeez has a FC average of 34.93, whilst Umar has a FC average of 48.94.

    The team should be: Nasir, Shezhad, Harris/Shafiq, Umar, Misbah, Hafeez, Afridi, Riaz, Ajmal, Junaid and Irfan.

    Also, Misbah's place in the ODI side will be under fire after the Windies tour because the likes Sohaib Maqsood, Fawad Alam, Naved Yasin and Usman Salahuddin are still sitting at home.

  • Chaudry_Cricket on July 12, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    What sort of captaincy is this sending wahab riaz above mohammad rizwan and umar amin and why did haris sohail not get to bat. Hafeez should not be in the top order first he wasted the operners spot now he is wasting the one down spot which is arguably the most important batting position. Hafeez should bat as a finisher..... Our playing 11 should be

    Ahmed Shehzad Nasir Jamshed Mohammad Rizwan (i watched in domestic and he is an accumelator) Haris Sohail Misbah ul haq Umar Akmal Mohammad Hafeez / Shahid Afridi

    Bowling Junaid Khan Asad Ali Mohammad Irfan Saeed Ajmal

  • on July 12, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    This is disgrace why Haris Sohail hasn't playing in this game. We are wasting talent like him. Misbah should have rested for this game. Well don't understand why they took Haris if they not going to give him chance. Afridi took no wicket in this game so i don't think he should be in the team.

    1 Nasir 2 Shahzad 3 Umer Akmal 4 Hafeez 5 Misbhan 6 Haris 7 Afridi 8 Wahab 9 Ajmal 10 Irfan 11 Khan

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 12, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    It is also a great shame that this ODI series took precedence over a short test series. Two tests would have been a much better event on the cricket calendar - not more of the overused shortened format.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 12, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    The Guyanese middle order sums up West Indies batting.

    Firstly, Sarwan, who will retire with a decent test and ODI record, yet never really fulfilled his potential but still at 33 years and far from his previous level of play, is considered by the selectors. Deonarine, at almost 30 years of age has been given opportunities and despite the promise shown, never took the chance with both hands. Johnson, still young enough at 26 but hasn't shown enough to be seriously considered, despite his obvious ability. Fudadin. At 27 his time is now. Proved on debut tour in alien conditions against a strong English attack that he has talent and temperament - but will the selectors give him the opportunity? Unfortunately, I fear that the selectors lack the guts to go with youth and promise, instead preferring mediocre (or worse) results from names such as Sarwan, Ramdin, Fidel Edwards or Rampaul. It is high time to see players such as Fudadin, Delorn Johnson, Miguel Cummins + Jason Holder in tests.

  • huhohuhohuho on July 12, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    This should be the last chance for Hafeez to show that he belongs in the squad his recent records are not very impressive. If he does not perform than he should be removed. He does not perform well even in the domestic circuit in the previous domestic tournament he only scored 2 fifties yet he was chosen. Hafeez is no imran khan that we have to put him in the squad. Sohaib maqsood has been the highest scorer in the domestic cups he averages 52 in list a and still he hasnt been selected whils hafeez averages in the mid 30s and he gets selected how is this fair. The pcb should not waste a talent like him.

  • on July 12, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    Kamran Akmal???????? Wasn't Umar supposed to keep? Stop mixing the brothers up

  • on July 12, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    " Sarwan edged a delivery from Abdur Rehman to Kamran Akmal." Kamran is not on the tour. Please make the correction.

  • on July 12, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Editor - can you please replace "Kamran Akmal" with "Umar Akmal" in the article - its giving me haunting flashbacks.

    Thanks.

  • glowing_ss on July 12, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    Why da hell we are keep on wasting umar akmal at no 6... he is a talented young batman put him to no. 3 .. that will give him extra time to bat on and settle him self in ..... and drop hafeez to no. 4 or 6...

  • kc69 on July 12, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Well this upcoming series can termed as a contest between 2 of the most prolific spinners Saeed Ajmal Vs WI batting and Suni Narine Vs Pak Batting the batting side that does better wins.

  • adnankaps on July 12, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Don't tell me Kamrn somehow made it to the Carribean? OMG!

  • on July 12, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    where did kamran come from.

  • on July 12, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Wait a sec......... Kamran Akmal????? :o :o

  • SamWintson92 on July 12, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    Ajmal's currently worlds one of the best. WI has a massive task ahead of them to play Ajmal with his variations, specially doosra. Bishoo's an excellent leg spin prospect for WI. Hope we'll see him in WI colours when Narine is injured/rested. Glad that Shehzad top scored, stylish player. I'll put Hafeez in the middle order as an allrounder just like the role Afridi plays. Harris Sohail should bat at 3.

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  • SamWintson92 on July 12, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    Ajmal's currently worlds one of the best. WI has a massive task ahead of them to play Ajmal with his variations, specially doosra. Bishoo's an excellent leg spin prospect for WI. Hope we'll see him in WI colours when Narine is injured/rested. Glad that Shehzad top scored, stylish player. I'll put Hafeez in the middle order as an allrounder just like the role Afridi plays. Harris Sohail should bat at 3.

  • on July 12, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Wait a sec......... Kamran Akmal????? :o :o

  • on July 12, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    where did kamran come from.

  • adnankaps on July 12, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Don't tell me Kamrn somehow made it to the Carribean? OMG!

  • kc69 on July 12, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Well this upcoming series can termed as a contest between 2 of the most prolific spinners Saeed Ajmal Vs WI batting and Suni Narine Vs Pak Batting the batting side that does better wins.

  • glowing_ss on July 12, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    Why da hell we are keep on wasting umar akmal at no 6... he is a talented young batman put him to no. 3 .. that will give him extra time to bat on and settle him self in ..... and drop hafeez to no. 4 or 6...

  • on July 12, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Editor - can you please replace "Kamran Akmal" with "Umar Akmal" in the article - its giving me haunting flashbacks.

    Thanks.

  • on July 12, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    " Sarwan edged a delivery from Abdur Rehman to Kamran Akmal." Kamran is not on the tour. Please make the correction.

  • on July 12, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    Kamran Akmal???????? Wasn't Umar supposed to keep? Stop mixing the brothers up

  • huhohuhohuho on July 12, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    This should be the last chance for Hafeez to show that he belongs in the squad his recent records are not very impressive. If he does not perform than he should be removed. He does not perform well even in the domestic circuit in the previous domestic tournament he only scored 2 fifties yet he was chosen. Hafeez is no imran khan that we have to put him in the squad. Sohaib maqsood has been the highest scorer in the domestic cups he averages 52 in list a and still he hasnt been selected whils hafeez averages in the mid 30s and he gets selected how is this fair. The pcb should not waste a talent like him.