West Indies v Pakistan, 4th ODI, St Lucia July 21, 2013

Without rain, game would have been different - Samuels

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels rued the interference of rain during his team's defeat to Pakistan in the fourth ODI in St Lucia, hinting at the possibility of a different result had the weather held good. A formidable 262-run target, masterminded by Samuels' fifth ODI century, was revised to 189 in 31 overs, which was chased down courtesy rapid fifties from Mohammad Hafeez and Misbah-ul-Haq.

"If the rain didn't come today, then definitely we would have been in the driver's seat," Samuels told WICB media after the game. "It was a lot of runs on the board and the Pakistan batting has not been clicking consistently. We know we have quality bowlers, so I think that we could have put some pressure on them today and it would have been a different game."

Samuels steered West Indies after a difficult start, playing cautiously to begin with, as was demanded. He added 57 runs with Chris Gayle, who came in at No. 5, to prepare a foundation for a late-order charge that he led himself, having gained confidence from reaching his fifty - his first since his century against Bangladesh in 2012. With Lendl Simmons for company, he smashed his way to a hundred in the next 35 balls.

"I had a good talk with Dr Scott Hamilton [West Indies' sports psychologist] and I was trying to refresh my memory of the way my style of play is," Samuels said. "My style of play is give myself a chance and push it around, and then I can definitely make up at the end. I've been doing that job for the past two years and it was just for me to refresh my memory and continue along the road that I was on.

"They [Pakistan] have a high-class bowling attack but when I see a bowling attack two or three times, I sum it up properly. I've been watching a lot of tapes with Richard Berridge [video and statistical analyst] and by just summing them up, I realised who I'm going to target and who I'm not going to target and get as much singles as possible, so I batted to a plan today and it actually worked."

Rain arrived in the 17th over of the chase and stole over an hour from the game, reducing it to a 31-over sprint. Then, Pakistan captain Misbah and Hafeez's partnership of 72 runs in 55 balls put the game beyond West Indies' reach. "We were looking to exploit the pitch but the rain came early," Misbah said. "It was like a normal T20 game, Hafeez and I wanted to play normal cricketing shots. It was a case of not panicking. We needed eight an over and I had to adjust. The team will gain from the momentum today."

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  • Jawwad on July 24, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    P.S It was Captain's attitude that cost WI the game. It was evident in their body language when they were on the field and street smart cricketers like Hafeez and Misbah can sense that.

  • Ata on July 24, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    Dear Samuel, Minus rain you were not Man of the Match

  • Dummy4 on July 23, 2013, 23:35 GMT

    100 % Agreed with Kak-mal_Khan, Desihungama & bouncer709. Guys, Your words explain it all... Any neutral person would suggest Samuels to refrain from giving such statements that weakens the spirit of the game.

  • Ning-nong on July 23, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    I needed to do this to highlight the batting consistency questioning of Samuels. Pakistan during the 4 ODI's of the series have scored aggregate of 837 runs = 209.25 per innings (remember guys the 4th match innings was reduced for Pak and so could not face the full alloted 49 overs as WI had). OK now WI who have been able to complete all their innings in more or less normal playing conditions have aggregate of 820 runs = 205 per innings. OK why is it possible that WI can score 261 runs in a match after scoring ONLY 98 runs in the 1st match, and Pakistan who so famous for their 'unpredictability' (that the word should be accompanied with a pic of the Pak team when looked up in a dictionary), would not have been able to chase a target, which in this day and age is hardly formidable? I'm sorry to say Samuel's, I do support your team when they play against others, but your bowling is hardly Holding, Garner & Marshall.

  • asad on July 23, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Samuels ruined his good century by saying something like this. Pakistan were at 68/2 at the 17th over and at the same spot WI were 63/3. Pak still needed 194 in 32 overs which means the required run rate was 6.06. After rain Pakistan needed 121 in 14 overs so figuratively rain bowled an economical 18 overs for only 73 runs. That meant the required run rate spiked from 6.06 to 8.64 after the rain. Given that Misbah known for slow batting and Hafeez who is in bad form were at the crease I think Pak had the disadvantage after the match resumed. The fact that they accelerated was due to their relatively good start. I was watching this match and had a bad feeling about Pak's chase but was surprised to see Bravo complaining about the target. The captain's negativity showed in all the WI players after the match resumed. They were definitely not playing wholeheartedly and as a consequence they lost the match. The target was set by empires and Pak is a regular victim of umpiring desicions.

  • Rhonda on July 23, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    First off, I have no idea why everyone assumes the WI were evaporating the moisture from the pitch. It's umpires that control start times, not the teams. Second, Samuels is right. And not because of the 261 alone--because of the fact that all our best bowlers had already reached their 5 over limit by the time the match resumed. If you think Pakistan would have made that amount of runs against our best bowlers on that day with 49 overs, you haven't been paying attention to the series. It's the Pakistan supporters on this post that are being really biased when you all know you breathed a sigh of relief when you heard the new conditions when the match re-started. Please stop pretending that this Pakistan team was guaranteed to win this when you know they were one wicket away from collapse before the rain. After, all the pressure was off, the best bowlers were gone, and Misbah just had to hold on for a few overs and it wouldn't matter what Afridi did or didn't do.

  • Ata on July 23, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    @SaintAubyn: oh dear don't play with the facts, in fact the 45 min delay in the start was to help WI, because there was moisture in the pitch, and they gave extra 45 min before match start to evaporate that moisture from the pitch, Pakistan had won the toss and choose to bowl first looking at the moisture in the pitch. So you were going to score 20-25 runs in 50th over? Why didn't your team scored 25 in 49th over, 48th over? Don't be fool and don't try to make people fool. Nasir Jamshed LBW, one Short run, Ahmed Shahzad doubtful catch out at boundry, Samuel LBW at 0 not given, .... we did not cry, Why are you crying... It is also dumb excuse that there top bowler had already bowled overs, see what hafeez did to your top Holder after rain, Narine also gave more run in his last over. He bowled 2 overs of last 13 overs, minus rain he could have bowled 5 overs of 32 overs, the ratio remains the same.

  • Dummy4 on July 23, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    The point is not what conditions favored who, the point is rules are made to follow and we must follow them in the great spirit of the game and accept the challenge, rain, no rain, overcast, clouds, moisture, sun shine, rough surface and what else may or may not be, it all comes down to overcoming the challenge, D/L method favored Pakistan, is is their fault? Samuel would have been equally happier to have encountered the same situation if they batted 2nd. sometimes games are won with an external force. Let us take it that way and accept it, no whats and no iffs..

  • Ning-nong on July 23, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    Poor to blame rain, may be Pakistan would have thrashed off the 262 runs if Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal clicked with Misbah as anchor. The target was not that formidable, not like a 300+ score. Also this is home game for Windies so Samuels should be scoring century that is his job as batsman, especially at home, you grew up in these conditions bro, and you are representing your country! P.S. One run disallowed in previous game cost Pakistan a victory.

  • Dummy4 on July 23, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    If Pakistan was not amongst runs, same is the case with WI. If WI click in a single match then why he doubt on Pakistan. So stop making excuses and face the music

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