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

Ajmal triggers Pakistanis win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistanis 246 for 9 (Shehzad 68, Permaul 3-27) beat Guyana 239 (Deonarine 55, Johnson 31, Ajmal 5-37) by 7 runs

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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  • Dummy4 on July 14, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    glad afridi scored some runs

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Baby 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.

  • Dummy4 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 ?

  • Dummy4 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?

  • Yasir 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.

  • Rizwan 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.

  • Sam 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.

  • Omarr 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.

  • Muhammad 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.

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