West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Providence

Narine and Bravo brothers level series

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

July 16, 2013

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West Indies 232 for 8 (Darren Bravo 54) beat Pakistan 195 (Jamshed 54, Akmal 50, Narine 4-26) by 37 runs
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Dwayne Bravo pulls on one leg, West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Providence, July 16, 2013
Dwayne Bravo's cameo at the death proved vital © WICB Media
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West Indies were unusually generous in the field but their batting showed signs of returning to form and Sunil Narine roared back to his best as they overcame Pakistan in Providence to level the series at one-each. West Indies themselves had been helped by a sloppy effort from Pakistan's bowlers, who conceded a whopping 38 extras in a low-scoring game.

Darren Bravo provided the stability at the top of the order and, though Pakistan's naggingly accurate trio of spinners choked the scoring in the middle overs, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard played some big shots towards the end of the innings to lift West Indies to a competitive 232 on a slow surface.

Pakistan's response was guided by Nasir Jamshed, who was more than compensated for being incorrectly adjudged lbw early in the first ODI. He was dropped three times during his half-century and Johnson Charles fluffed one stumping chance in an ungainly innings that also had several inside-edges and mishits. Jamshed took forever to get off the mark as Kemar Roach began with four maidens in a row, and was dropped on duck off his 21st delivery. You could feel the frustration and in the next over, he connected with a pick-up shot over midwicket for six to relieve some of the pressure.

His opening partner Ahmed Shehzad failed for the second consecutive match on his comeback. Mohammad Hafeez decided to hit his way back to form before unwisely thinking he could smash Narine over the man at long-on to fall for 20. Misbah-ul-Haq could have been run-out on 0, a score he remained on after facing 11 deliveries before breaking free with a typical loft over midwicket. The manner of his dismissal was totally out of character though, as he skipped beyond leg stump to make room and missed a straight one from Darren Sammy. Asad Shafiq was the next to go, slapping a long hop from Marlon Samuels to extra cover and Pakistan slid to 122 for 4.

Through it all, Jamshed persevered, putting aside the false strokes and strokes of fortune and, in the 35th over, he completed his fifty with a calculated chip over mid-on for four. With the flamboyant pair of Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi to come, Jamshed didn't need to go for the big hits but when Pollard was given his first over in the batting Powerplay, Jamshed promptly holed out to wide long-on.

After the magical performance in his comeback match on Sunday, could Afridi deliver once more? He couldn't, as he fell for 5 after an innings in which he batted as though on hot coal. Every ball, he charged out of the crease or backed away from the stumps or shuffled across to the off; none of that was enough to counter the canny variations of Narine, who had him stumped to expose Pakistan's lengthy tail. Pakistan were left needing 82 off the final 10 overs, which proved too much for Akmal, who finished with a 46-ball 50 to reduce the margin of defeat.

Pakistan had actually been on top for much of the time that West Indies batted. When West Indies were 150 for 5 in the 39th over, with only the inconsistent allrounders to come, the only thing Pakistan had to complain about was some chewing gum which was stuck to the ball, but Pollard and Dwayne Bravo put on 70 brisk runs to lift West Indies to a respectable score.

Chris Gayle's miserable run continued as he fell to a swinging Mohammad Irfan delivery in the first over, before Darren Bravo and Charles showed some spine on either side of a 45-minute rain break. The more gentle medium-pace of Asad Ali didn't complement the threat provided by Irfan, as he routinely strayed with the new ball to allow Darren Bravo some confidence-building boundaries.

The art of taking singles continues to mystify Charles - he took only one single in the first ten overs - forcing him to go for the big hits often. It was one such attempt that ended his innings on 31, as he completely missed a legbreak from Afridi to be stumped yards out of his crease.

Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels kept out Pakistan's dangerous spinners for a while, without scoring at much pace, but Saeed Ajmal removed them both - Darren Bravo with a doosra, and Samuels with one that didn't spin. It extended Samuels' wretched run in ODIs, and he walked off with a shrug acknowledging that Ajmal had got the better of him.

When the batting Powerplay only yielded 18 runs and produced two wickets, West Indies looked headed for a score around 200. Pollard and Dwayne Bravo haven't covered themselves in glory in recent times but they played the role they are well suited for. Pollard repeatedly powered the ball down the ground, and Dwayne Bravo regularly pinged the off-side boundaries in the quick-scoring partnership. The big push arrived when Wahab Riaz was taken for 18 in the 47th over, and West Indies ended up with a total that has usually proved a winning one at this ground.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by unregistered on (July 18, 2013, 0:15 GMT)

@11PM Afridi , not Nasir or Akmal, was your best player on Tuesday. As a batsmen, none played decently. and as a bowler he had the best figures. When he came to bat, it was the powerplay, he was required to hit big shots. He is the most unselfish player on the team. All he cares about is winning the match. He didnt see any point in scoring a half-century in a losing proposition there, like Akmal. If Pakistan wanted to win that match they needed to up the run-rate there, and Afridi knows only one of doing that.

Posted by NCassie on (July 17, 2013, 22:32 GMT)

WI Selectors can not continue to accept 25-30 runs in extras every game. Bring back Ramdin and drop one of the star batsmen that are not performing. If they rest Gayle you can let Simmons open, if they drop Samuels, Simmons can still bat in his position. Charles batting will suffer because he can't do both bat & wicket keep at this level. Devon Smith needs to be changed as the reserve batsman and replace with Dwayne Smith. Bring back RAMDIN!

Posted by Sports4Youth on (July 17, 2013, 20:23 GMT)

Posted by spellbinder76 on (July 17, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

For some reason the captain and coach cannot drop Hafeez and Wahab Riaz. Take my word they wuill drop Asad Shafiq and bring in Umar Amin and probably Junaid Khan for Asad Ali. The sensible thing would be to drop Hafeez, Wahab Riaz and Asad Ali and bring in Umar Amin, Junaid Khan and A. Rahman.

FAR TOO MANY SPINNERS BY BRINGING IN A.REHMAN FOR W.RIAZ. I WOULD PREFER TO DROP HAFEEZ, SHAFIQ & W.RIAZ AND BRING IN HARIS SOHAIL, UMAR AMIN & JUNAID. The rest of the bowling is strong enough with Junaid, Irfan, Asad Ali, Afridi, Hafeez. . Umar Amin can fill in with a few overs if required.

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Posted by Sports4Youth on (July 17, 2013, 20:17 GMT)

Posted by t20cric on (July 17, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

Pakistan should use this team for the next match: 1.Nasir Jamshed, 2.Ahmed Shehzad, 3.Umar Akmal, 4.Harris Sohail, 5.Misbah-ul-haq, 6.Shahid Afridi, 7.Mohammad Hafeez, 8.Junaid Khan, 9.Saeed Ajmal, 10.Asad Ali, 11.Mohammad Irfan

I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH THE CHOICE OF YOUR ELEVEN BUT IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER.

1.Nasir Jamshed, 2.Ahmed Shehzad, 3.Misbah-ul-haq, 4.Harris Sohail, 5.Umar Akmal, 6.Mohammad Hafeez, 7.Shahid Afridi, 8.Saeed Ajmal, 9.Junaid Khan, 10.Asad Ali, 11.Mohammad Irfan.

I place Misbah at no.3 because he is a blocker, so if he comes early on and succeeds in blocking then atleast he can stop the fall of wickets from one end. Seccondly by comming in middile of the innings and blocking till the end Misbah messes up the batting completely. Umar Akmal is too immature to play at no.3.

Posted by cooldxve on (July 17, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

Pakistan cricket has totally collapsed. They don't have the domestic structure which can bring genuine talent into the limelight. There is no home games taking place. And add to it the politics, which requires recommendations for a player to be selected.

The only reason why Pakistan is still being counted among the top teams is because of their bowling attack. Once the bowling starts to loose fuel, there will be nothing left in the team and Pakistan will have to join the Associates.

But still as a Pakistani supporter I am hoping for a revival in their cricket. The team for the 3rd ODI should be as following: Nasir Jamshed, Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal, Misbah Ul Haq, Haris Sohail, Mohammed Hafeez, Umar Amin, Abdur Rehman, Asad Ali, Junaid Khan, Mohammed Irfan.

I am not against Riaz, or Ajmal, or Asad, or Shehzad, but Pakistan has no other options. The only thing they can do is use the best they have. They should rotate the options they have and try to bring out the best combination.

Posted by t20cric on (July 17, 2013, 18:30 GMT)

Pakistan should use this team for the next match: 1.Nasir Jamshed, 2.Ahmed Shehzad, 3.Umar Akmal, 4.Harris Sohail, 5.Misbah-ul-haq, 6.Shahid Afridi, 7.Mohammad Hafeez, 8.Junaid Khan, 9.Saeed Ajmal, 10.Asad Ali, 11.Mohammad Irfan

If Pakistan chase then they should try to score at least some runs every over. Pak had 7 maidens in their chase and they bowled only 1 maiden. Mohammad Hafeez is brought in at No.7 because of his recent performances. If he manages to score a 20 again then he will be strengthening the tail. Junaid Khan replaces Wahab cuz Wahab is the weakest link in the pace attack. Irfan and Junaid(not Asad) should open bowling cuz they have been successful doing it. Hopefully this team will be able to bat and bowl much better.

Posted by spellbinder76 on (July 17, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

For some reason the captain and coach cannot drop Hafeez and Wahab Riaz. Take my word they wuill drop Asad Shafiq and bring in Umar Amin and probably Junaid Khan for Asad Ali. The sensible thing would be to drop Hafeez, Wahab Riaz and Asad Ali and bring in Umar Amin, Junaid Khan and A. Rahman.

Posted by t20cric on (July 17, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

Although Pakistan lost it shouldn't be of much worry, I think Pak should use this and the next few series to find a young team that can consistently perform so they do good in the 2015 WC. Pakistan have to find replacements for 2 of their best yet oldest players on the team; Saeed Ajmal and Misbah-ul-haq. For Saeed Ajmal they can bring in the promising Raza Hassan and groom him to take over from where Ajmal left off. But they need another anchor to replace the almost 40 Misbah. If Asad Shafiq gets his batting right and shows some consistency then he can be the next Misbah or they can try Azhar Ali.

Pakistan should learn from the previous 2 matches. The Misbah-Afridi partnership shows that a defensive player on one end and an aggressive one on the other can be very successful and Pak should try to build as many of these partnerships as possible. As for this match they should learn not to give extras and not to rely on only one player (all Pak batsmen aren't consistent).

Posted by t20cric on (July 17, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

Pakistan need to regroup before the next odi. Umar Akmal was amazing though his batting was good but more importantly he had a terrific game behind the stumps with 2 catches,1 Stumping and 2 runouts. Nasir needs to play better, he wouldn't have made a 50 if WI feilding wasn't so bad. Hafeez got off to a good start then threw it away and he was the most expensive spinner. Ahmed got a good start a lost his wicket as well. Everyone in the top 6 got starts but only Umar Akmal played good. Afridi once again played well as a bowler but batted horribly when we really needed him. The bowlers need to make sure they don't give as much extras cuz we lost by the amount of extras conceded. The top order did better as we got past 100 without losing 3 wickets but ever since MIsbah got out the wickets came at regular intervals and we failed to cross 200. I think Harris Sohail should come in and Junaid should replace Wahab Riaz.

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