West Indies v Pakistan, 5th ODI, St Lucia

'Few key decisions went against us' - Bravo

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July 25, 2013

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Tino Best appeals for a wicket, West Indies v Pakistan, 5th ODI, St Lucia, July 24, 2013
Tino Best felt the umpire's decision to turn down the appeal against Misbah-ul-Haq may have turned the match for West Indies © WICB Media

West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo and fast bowler Tino Best have said the outcome of the fifth ODI in St Lucia, and of the series, may have been different if some 'key' umpiring decisions had gone in favour of the hosts.

"The matches could have gone either way. Even today a few key decisions went against us," Dwayne Bravo said, after Pakistan beat the West Indies by four wickets in the final ODI. "We can't fault the effort of the players. The series could have gone our way if some key decisions had gone our way."

Best, too, shared a similar opinion in a post-match interview with WICB Media, where he said that the third umpire's decision in favour of Misbah-ul-Haq could have changed the game. In the 43rd over, West Indies appealed after Misbah appeared to have gloved a Best bouncer going down the leg side. Misbah was on 49 at the time and Pakistan would have needed 53 off 46 if he had been given out. West Indies referred the decision after the on-field umpire turned down the appeal, a decision backed by the third umpire who had to rely on video and sound replays. Earlier in the match, Darren Bravo was given out after a similar appeal.

"We had a plan for Misbah-ul-Haq. Unfortunately, the decision didn't go our way, otherwise it would have changed the game," Best said.

For Pakistan, the victory was their third successive bilateral series win against West Indies in the Caribbean. Misbah-ul-Haq, who scored his fourth fifty in five matches to set up the 3-1 triumph, praised his bowlers for responding to the challenge of bowling first under pressure.

"A win is always good, especially after the losses in [the] South Africa series and Champions Trophy," Misbah said. "I knew this pitch was really good to bat on, and if we kept batting till the end, nothing was impossible. The bowling has obviously been our strength. Everybody bowled really well, which was the key in this win. Always tough to bowl first, especially in pressure games like this, but everybody was really positive that we were going to chase well."

Bravo praised his team for their performance in a closely fought series, while admitting that he was still adapting to the role of a leader. "If you bowl well, 242 was going to be a challenging total," Bravo said. "I liked how we believed right until the end. Those key decisions at crucial times cost us. A learning process to me, a new role for me. With the talent we have, I enjoy leading the team. We can't turn things around overnight, but with the talent we have we can become a very dangerous team."

Best, who finished with figures of 3 for 48 was happy with the manner in which he dismissed the Pakistan batsmen. "With [Ahmed] Shehzad, I just tried to hit the deck. He plays the hook and pull shots well. But I backed myself. Bravo took a brilliant catch and that gave me a lot of confidence and impetus to run in even harder. Haris Sohail was always going to be beaten for pace, so that was a good nick as well and Umar Akmal at the end, I think I bowled one bad ball which he hit for six, which swung things their way, but I came back and got his wicket. I feel good about those wickets because they are very good players."

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Posted by   on (July 26, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

Lame excuse by bravo...There were so many leg side wides and overhead wides were not given...Poor umpiring to be honest...Did Pakistan complain about that?..One run was cut short..that made the difference but pakistan doesnt complain...Otherwise it would have been 4-1..

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (July 25, 2013, 21:31 GMT)

I'd rather have Tino taking 3-50 than Rampaul taking 1-40. PAAAAAACE MAN, PAAAAAACE!!! Forget these medium pacers, give Delorn Johnson, Miguel Cummins, Ronsford Beaton and such a go - we have to get some life back into our cricket - and our pitches!

Posted by aclarity on (July 25, 2013, 20:48 GMT)

For Dwayne Bravo and the hapless WI selectors and coach, here are 3 key lessons from the series: 1. Pace matters - without Best wickets WI would have lost in 45 overs; 2. Big shots don't win games - batting is about timing the ball. Misbah covr drive off Samuels and straight drive off Best were the most memorable shots of the game. Only Samuels on the WI team tries to time the ball. 3. Naming Bravo as captain was a tragic error which will continue as well as the non-rotation of players (too big to drop). Would you pick Bravo primarily as a bowler or batsman? The Pak commentator said captain. I repeat Fire the Selectors and the Coach now!!

Posted by ravinauth on (July 25, 2013, 20:13 GMT)

What a shame on the WI selectors and WI current captain, First of all WI selector and current need to be sack immediately if cricket is to be develop in the region. Bravo should not even make the final eleven. What did Sammy did wrong in order for him to not continue to be captain?????? The selectors need to realize that 20/20 and 50 overs are two totally DIFFERENT format of the game. Look at any successful one day team around the world and tell me what the have in common!!! u know what they have a specialist test batsman that can hold a side together. Chanderpaul is not being pick because of personal issues that the selector have against him and nothing else. I personally think that Guyana should not be apart of the Caribbean cricket because of their current behavior towards Guyanese players who are much better than some of the current WI players. If I was the head of cricket in Guyana then I would form a South America team and work with them to compete to the highest level.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (July 25, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

WI should learn how to play proper cricket instead of complaining about Umpiring decision. Most of their matches are won by hit or miss slogging. Sometimes they score runs, sometimes they give their wickets away when using that technique. Had they played proper cricket, they would have easily scored 280 on that wicket.

Posted by Riddymon on (July 25, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

Continuing: A quality fast bowler shouldn't be leaking 4s and 6s in their opening spell. Best cleaned it up yesterday in his second, less expensive spell but the damage had already been done. Bravo needs to stop bowling at the death. Test Sammy as a death bowler or train him sommore to become a death bowler or bring in a second spinner that can bat like Deonarine. It was so annoying watching good starts get squandered away by wayward bowling because we were turning to people like Pollard to make up overs.

Posted by Riddymon on (July 25, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

All this bickering about decisions that went our way or pakistan's way is getting annoying. Who cares...the problems for West Indies is our batting AND bowling. Batting-wise, it's always a struggle for us to reach 100 runs without losing 3 or 4 wickets. Lack of consistency is also a huge issue as well as QUALITY batting..look how many failures from Pollard before he was dropped....and then we replace him with Devon Smith who is also doing nothing. Chris Gayle gets pushed down to 5 and he's making a few more runs but still not really contributing. Also our bowling, once our strike bowlers were switched off, there was no one to keep pressure alongside Sammy and Narine. Our senior fast bowlers NEED to be Rampaul (early wicket taker and most economical FAST bowler) OR Roach, backed up by Holder/Gabriel..no one else have been proven yet so i'm not adding any more names. Preferably I'd like to see Rampaul and Roach working in tandem. Best is fast but NOT ACCURATE...leaks too much runs

Posted by t20cric on (July 25, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

I think WI need to make Dwayne leave captaincy ASAP. It doesn't take much for him to start blaming the conditions or umpire decisions for his loss. There were quite a few times WI batsmen were given not out or given out when they didn't deserve it and same goes for Pakistani batsmen. WI cant really say anymore that DL favours team batting second cuz SA batted second against SL and they lost cuz of a tough DL target. Overall umpiring in this series was horrible: wides not given, clear run outs or clear non-runouts always being reviewed by the umpire, outs not given, not-outs given out. But the thing is that these decisions were given to both teams and both suffered and gained from the decisions equally so there is no point of complaining. By saying something like this he ruined his great knock of 48 from 27. Definitely Dwayne doesn't fall in the list of good captains. By becoming captain he became over confident thinking he's a good death bowler. Sammy deserves captaincy back after this

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

There was some decisions in an earlier game that didnt go for Pakistan (there was a caught behind of one of the openers in the 4th ODI when Irfan was bowling) either and there were some dodgy wide calls with the bouncers that Best was bowling. These things happen and for Bravo to use this as a crutch was trite and showed lack of leadership. As a Pakistani, I actually love the WI teams of the past and would like them to become a competitive team again. However, they need to evaluate themselves before pointing fingers....

Posted by A-Gunnie on (July 25, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

If we had a batsman like Chanders to offset what Misbah did,we would have a way better chance to winning the series.Please don't forget D/L also played a part and needs to be tweak by ICC for the future.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

This is very clear that Pakistan played better than West Indies in the whole series.If we look we can see that without the 2nd match Pakistan was better than Indies in other matches.Now due to lacking of the good quality of review system it was very clear that the same reason hampered Pakistan also to get right decision in these matches.Also If Misbah was out on that time it could not be mentioned that Pakistan was defeated by Indies.Because still Afridi and other players were in the match.

Posted by USAeed on (July 25, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

Overall a well fought series between two teams that lack good management and governance. Hope that the two boards develop a long term relationship to play frequent bilateral series as no other two teams are as unpredictable as these two (I say this with good intentions). Its like NCAA vs. NBA.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

@ Blade-Runner. Here I am; fully supporting your view. I still don't understand, why Sammy was stripped of the Captaincy! He first pulled all the players together. Then was gradually succeeding in pulling WI back on the upwards climb, by standing in the front and pulling with all his might. Suddenly, he finds himself, being pushed off the climbing cliff! Just don't understand!

Posted by MichealT on (July 25, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

West Indies were an awsome team in the past but pakistan always manage to challenge them at their home. Those were the times when home umpires ruled and there were no Live telecast in WI. There were few series where Pakistan could have been the series winner in at least 4 times. Those series are still alive in everyones memories and still hurts. Specially the one in 1978 and the other one under Imran. Pakistan was the first country to raise this issue and allowed neutral umpires to stand in its home series. I wonder why ICC still allows one local umpire in One days. Nevertheless, this series was an exciting series till the end and the cricket was the winner. To Bravo's comment, one can say Pakistan could have won the series 5-0. Pak was unlucky with the third tie game and the 2nd one Pakistan batsman didn't plan well after a very good start and Misbah got out. WI morale was high after 3rd game tie and they were expected to fire on small ground but Pak showed lots of guts in the end.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

West indies were unlucky to lose another series, not because of the umpiring, but because they could have done alot more damage batting wise then they did. West indies could have easily won the series if they had batted a little bit better. They played unintentional shots which made them get out. Pakistan ere lucky that afridi fired in the first and last match. Pakistan needs an extra batsmen as it will stabilize the batting order. Ialso feel chris gayle should have fired this match but got out in crucial times, he would have done alot of damage in the last orders. This was a very entertaining series overall, the last four odis went all til the last overs.

Posted by MMZCric on (July 25, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

Misbah was out, the ball clearly changed direction after passing his gloves, the DRS was a farce this series, however that is not the reason why WI lost the game and the series, even if Misbah was given out, Pakistan would have still win this game because Bravo was bowling at the death, he is a poor leader and a weak captain and that is the reason why they lost.

Posted by A-Gunnie on (July 25, 2013, 11:56 GMT)

Well said Blade-Runner....I agree with your comments 110%.

Posted by A-Gunnie on (July 25, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

As a West Indian,I am deeply disappointed in the performances by our batsmen.Pak is always known for their good bowling however they exposed us to the level where the coach and manager of the W.I staff will have to analysed seriously for future series.We would not last four days in a test against other teams similar to Pak.As for skipper Bravo,your bowling is very predictable and have some (lots) blame to take in our losses.....containment is better than taking wickets at a higher run rate in limited overs game my friend.

Posted by Anwar-Lara on (July 25, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

I watched the match and then highlights too, it wasn't conclusive at all , umpires are there for a reason and they made a right decision. Bravo! you need to perform in the field. Tino Best is becoming the Sreesanth of West Indies team..

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 10:57 GMT)

The current west indian players are an embarrassment, whining, crying fowl and talking of 'what ifs'...

Posted by applethief on (July 25, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

@japper Don't know what elusive angle you got to see, but I saw no deflection whatsoever, the ball carried on true and the seam rotation was constant for Misbah. It doesn't do to hang the balance of the series on this non-event, just shows desperation by WI to find an explanation to make up for what was nothing more than poor batting and very poor fielding. THAT was the deciding factor in the series, not any umpiring calls (which overwhelmingly went against Pakistan.) West Indies could have had this series if they fielded better, they weren't exactly outplayed by middle-of-the-road performances by Pakistan (barring the first ODI)

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

Now that's not a sportsmanship u can expect from a captain.I think that bravo should be fined

Posted by Blade-Runner on (July 25, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

No offence, But this guy is a joke. First, he is completely detached from the reality n thinks he is a good bowler + a great death bowler. I mean C'mon... How can windies can even attempt to win when their skipper himself is a liability to the team. For god sake he had the worst figures as a bowler yesterday, 8 runs per over. LOL Second he has no leadership skills what so ever. WICB made the biggest fatal mistake by sacking Sammy (a good leader) n replacing him with this dude. Seriously ??? Now he comes up with all the excuses he can muster in order to avoid the media scrutiny. What a leader..Phew :(

Posted by japper on (July 25, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

@irishwolfhound: Everyone who saw the match knew there was a clear deflection of Misbah's gloves. And, if Darren Bravo's decision could be overturned by just a noise, so should have Misbah's on clear visual evidence. It was plain bias by the Australian umpire Steve Davis who overturned the decision made by a West Indian while the same did not hold true for his fellow countryman. Those two decisions definitely played a key role in not just deciding the outcome of the match but also the series. Regarding Darren Sammy's runout, it was far too close to call and for once the benefit of doubt went to a Windies batsman. And, I saw several Pakistan fans complaining of the one short signaled to Akmal. They should be aware, if there was a correction to be made to the score it should have been done at the start of the Windies innings and not when they needed 3 runs of 1 ball.

Posted by keptalittlelow on (July 25, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

I am sorry its very low sportsmanship by Bravo, his team had the lion's share of bad decisions go there way, and to get hung up on a CORRECT call by the umpire - no deviation and no sound on Misbah's glove, therefor not out. Windies will go even lower in rankings if they kept finding excuses. Pakistan di not complain at all.

Posted by Morfi on (July 25, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

If you really analyse the bad decisions in the entire series, they mostly went in favour of West Indies. Akmal's short run, countless wides down the leg side, Sammy's run out. Had the decisions been correct, this series could have been 4-1 or even 5-0 Pakistan. Lil Bravo's caught behind had clear evidence to overrule on sound and proximity to nothing else BUT the bat. In Misbah's case, there was no clear sound, no deviation on the ball land there was ample doubt - so it was not overruled.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

Woulda shoulda coulda.... time for Bravo to stop complaining about what might have been and step up to the plate. Why doesn't he complain about the fact that , as his teams "best finishing bowler",he was smashed for three consecutive 4's ( Pakistan at the time needed 15 or so off twelve balls ) ? There is to much posturing going on and not enough acceptance of responsibility. This is further enhanced by iconic commentators harping on the "fact" that the players are tired !!!! If Wi players are fatigued then what can be said about Indian players, or Sri Lankans etc etc etc.....

Posted by applethief on (July 25, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

Umpiring favoured West Indies throughout this series, on dismissals, run-outs, wides (tonnes of wides) and runs. Incredibly weak of Bravo to complain about this when his team had the lion's share of bad decisions go there way, and to get hung up on a CORRECT call by the umpire - no deviation and no sound on Misbah's glove, therefor not out. Bravo should worry more about his top order's inability to stay at the wicket, his middle-order's inability to get runs and his side's inability to field like a school second XI

Posted by applethief on (July 25, 2013, 9:23 GMT)

Bravo really showing that he's not captaincy material,disappointing stuff. Particularly because the comparison doesn't hold: Bravo clearly struck the ball, there was sound and deviation. With Misbah, no sound, no deviation, therefore not out. Very poor attempt to look for excuses when in fact West Indeis' appallingly bad fielding cost them the game. To lose a game on fielding against Pakistan really takes some effort, which goes to show how atrocious West Indies really were

Posted by Kak-mal_Khan on (July 25, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

@smellyleathersniffer - yes you are spot on right, I do not know much about Windies cricket, but from what I remember of it Chanderpaul & Sarwan could hold an innings together and play for long periods to support the likes of Gayle, Pollard & Bravo, and I wouldn't bring both of them in, just one or the other, I don't know how the politics work in Caribbean. I don't rate Rampaul either, but I know that he has good returns against Pakistan, this is because Pak batting line-up is VERY susceptible to moving ball and he used to move off the seam, not at great pace, but that is not necessary against Pakistan. I would like to see the guys you mention, but I dont follow these mickey mouse T20 tournaments, I presume they play in the Caribbean version? I also question why Test matches were dropped, I would rather have seen 3-match Test series without ODI or T20.

Posted by razaqaiser on (July 25, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

the standard of umpiring has become poor off late. It is good that ICC is working on real time replays for 3rd umpire. Would he intervene himself in case of any wrong decision by himself even if not been referred? This is also for ICC to take control of implementing DRS for all matches irrespective of bullying by BCCI. ICC should bear the costs of DRS as well because many boards cannot afford it.

Posted by alipk52 on (July 25, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

@Rohit Who said Pakistan has the weakest batting line-up in world? it's the same batting line-up who scored lots of hundreds against India, few hundred plus opening partnerships, 200 opening partnerships, they just need to regain their confidence they lost suddenly, i don't know why? but they're brilliant, umar akmal inclusion already gave them huge boost, also there are various youngsters started making their way in as well, but apart from that i must say bravo lacks sportsman spirit big time, in 3rd odi, the umpires made such huge number of errors that went in favour W.I, like short run, 3-4 wides not given, sameuls clear edge not heared even by tv umpire,, all of them made by one umpire who also didn't heared d.m bravo's clear nick in 5th odi, this umpire should be removed forever. Pakistan faced far more bad decisions than windies did, and you must digest it.

Posted by Roamer on (July 25, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

Sorry Mr. Bravo this is very disappointing, in the previous game you were moaning about Duckworth Lewis method for the loss, this time key decisionS, where did 'S' come from, it seems you have forgotten that in the same game the WI got benefit of the doubt multiple times like Sammy's runout and multiple wides that were not given by the umpires .... I believe you have played enough cricket to know and understand that a person should move on and try to make the best of the situation, not bowl full tosses and wide on the off stump with every one inside the circle on the off side in the death overs, a person with your experience these comments are really shocking, it speaks volumes about the dressing room environment that you are creating, time to learn to play with passion and dignity, a perfect eg. is Darren Sammy .... learn from him.

Posted by iNsiDers on (July 25, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

Oh really Mr. Bravo !!! What about the short run of Umer Akmal & Sammy's run out in the 5th ODI?

Did you hear from anyone of Pakistani team crying about that? Accept your defeat and praise the team who played better cricket than you.

Posted by S.h.a.d.a.b on (July 25, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

We always heard that such decisions are part of the game. We have felt more pain than WI does in this tour. If you study all Pakistan tours of West Indies since 1957, you would find that Pak was the unluckiest team as far as umpiring is concern. I think I have said it all in response to Bravo and his fellows' similar comments.

Posted by Ropsh on (July 25, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

Yet again DRS has been shown to be the fraud that it is. It's about time that these useless piece of "technology" is abandoned.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

Hats Off to Clark who refused to bash Broad, here, instead of Praising Pakistan and Saying Pak played better, Bravo find Solace in excuse making. SHAME

Posted by KaptaanCricket on (July 25, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

@Man_at_work:-You said '' Pakistan past their prime with out Mishaba and few fast bowlers Pakistan is not competitive team." well if you say like that then that is lame! Reasons:-"Without few fast bowlers"- What do you mean few fast bowlers? We have it,right?If we didn't have then come. You are saying as if" if there wasn't the yolk in the egg it would have been tasteless". Without Misbah only? I guess you didn't watch the match,Ahmed Shehzad top scored with 64 while Umar Akmal sealed the deal. I guess you need to watch matches before just coming out with lame excuses after losing. Justlike your captain-Bravo,crying over something with all know.It went against Pakistan as well Sammy run out,Akmal short run in tied match,3 wides not given today,2 clear wides not given in last match because Misbah backed to leg,Simmons plumb LBW not given today etc.

Posted by dani_1773 on (July 25, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

Bravo & Co....Comon Guys.....show some character & sports man spirit.....we understand its hard for you guys to absorb a home defeat humiliation at the hands of a struggling team....but don't try to put off by saying it was because of some umpiring decisions......remember Pakistan tour of West Indies, 2000...final test....WIndies umpire (Mr. Billy Doctrove) made mockery of his job & changed the outcome of the whole series by not lifting his index finger at the right moments.......it is part of the game.....face it & move on.....

Posted by KarachiKid on (July 25, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

Very disappointing stuff from Bravo. Pakistan has been at the receiving end of bad umpiring but I have never heard any of Pakistan captains say something like that in post match comments. As for umpiring, there were a number of decisions that wen WI way, Akmal's one short run in tied match, numerous wides by West Indian bowlers in previous match and even this match. Bravo was clearly out, wooden sound. In case of Misbah there was no clear sound so there was not enough justification to overrule the decision. Anyway, there were three wide balls from best that were not given. Sammy's run out was not given. And Best should have been penalized for screaming on Akmal for no reason. Umpires have been rough on Pakistan as well.

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (July 25, 2013, 8:18 GMT)

Re: Kak-mal_Khan,

Bring back Sarwan and Rampaul...?

You know nothing of West Indies cricket. Players such as Mihuel Cummins, Delorn Johnson, Ronsford Beaton should all be in the running ahead of Rampaul, whilst Sarwan has proven he is far from the level he once was - so very long ago. Perhaps Bravo was looking at things in a one sided manner, but DB Bravo was given a rough decision yesterday, and Tino Best had Misbah out - clearly. These things tend to even out over time. Roll on some test matches...PROPER cricket!!!

Posted by MAN_AT_WORK on (July 25, 2013, 7:57 GMT)

To be honest Pakistan past their prime with out Mishaba and few fast bowlers Pakistan is not competitive team.

Posted by Gdesai on (July 25, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

Umpiring not only in this series but in recent times has been very inconsistent. It's not because the DRS system or the Technology is so bad, but the decision making from the Umpires based on the proofs they get is pretty inconsistent. Bell was given out stumped in CT-2013 Final based on a slender evidence and Broad wasn't given, where it looked as close as Bell's was in the same game. In this match, Darren Bravo was given out just based on the sound and Misbah wasn't given even if it looked like there was a deviation of the glove. I wouldn't mind both being given out or not but has to be consistent in similar cases at least in the same game!

Posted by imtiazjaleel on (July 25, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

There is always IFS & BUTS to this game. No team or player always is satisfied with the Umpiring Decisions. What is the guarantee that If Misbah would have been given out, still Pakistan could have won the match, he was not the last wicket. When a batsman like Holder can tie the match why cant Pakistan win the match without Misbah.

Anyhow, it was a good series overall, but I feel WI needs to bat well to win matches.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

Sorry, Mr Bravo, but for us West Indians your words sound like sour grapes. Sammy would have been a better diplomat. The batting lineup failed every time this series, and tail enders had to come to the rescue. Gayle and Pollard and Smith were big let downs. The bowling effort was mediocre, especially your death bowling. We say some poor fields set in this last match. And horrible fielding on several occasions by Narine and Li'l Bravo. So let's show a bit of humility and say that Pakistan played great, and they played with heart, and they played BETTER than our team. And we need to work on being better in the future if we are to be the mighty West Indies, the team with the flair and the magic, and the team that the whole world loves.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

He forgot about Sammy's run out where clearly he was on the line- their score wouldve been short by 15.

The first thing Bravo needs to do is to look himself in the mirror. His bowling in the last 10 overs cost WI the match and series - outcome would've been different. He eased the pressure what was being created on the other side-not allowing required run rate to escalate.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

Key Decision"S"? what decisions? It was one decision of misbah which may have went against WI. Bravo was clear out and given out. clear wooden noise when bat was no way near anything else. Misbah's can not be compared to bravos. misbah's was not that clear but SHOULD HAVE been given out in my opinion. That is 1 decision. What about sammy's close call? benefit of doubt given to batsman and rightly so.

I dont know which KEY DECISIONS he is talking which would have changed the series result? The other debatable decision was 1 short run which could have given pak 4-1.

IF he meant by his last match's comments about D/L then D/L is there even before most of us were born. and it will stay like that. it may have flaws but it is open calculation. no body can change it. so his moaning about it are so crazy.

the reason WI lost this series is because of Bravo. not good captain. his bowling changes are poor. He thinks himself as good bowler but given continuously 8+ runs /over in close games.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

I so very agree with Shahid Anwar. Atleast as a captain he shudnt be saying this..

Posted by SyedArbabAhmed on (July 25, 2013, 6:40 GMT)

Umpiring was one of the worst I have seen, one short run of Umar Akmal 3rd ODI, run out of sammy 5th ODI and clear cut leg-side wide balls not given as wides otherwise Pakistan could have won the series 4-1

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 6:39 GMT)

Yea and it would been alot more different if the runout of sammy was given.. cry babies

Posted by Kak-mal_Khan on (July 25, 2013, 6:23 GMT)

Bravo was not complaining at the start of the series when host of decisions had been going in W.I favour. Please bring Sammy back as captain, atleast he could hold himself in interview and appreciate the opposition. West Indies need to train their guys with PR skills. Well done Pakistan on hard earned victory, still I need to question Dav Whatmore? is he the right man for the job? I will agree with Bravo (but no need to use as excuse) that Pakistan did get rub of the green, finally in THIS match, and so there is still room for improvement. On paper Pak team looked more formidable with likes of Ajmal, Afridi, Irfan, but there are a couple of players that Windies could have done with like Chanderpaul, Sarwan and Rampaul. Looking forward to T20's and pls whoever loses don't blame decisions, the best teams ride the decisions good or bad. Pak lost a Test series on a bad decision few years back in the Windies when Akram had clear caught behind edge from Jimmy Adams I think it was last wicket

Posted by Rohit... on (July 25, 2013, 6:22 GMT)

Its high time WI to stop following Bangladesh ways... They are happy with the performance of 1 or 2 players and are hoping that they can beat any team on their day... Wake up guys!!! Only Sammy and Narine are not going to win any match if rest of ur players play for the opposition and not for your team... Stop celebrating a single fine innings out of 10 innings... Pakistan had the weakest batting line up in the world and even they managed to beat WI in their home-soil.... Don't say -" Not counting series wins, WI fortunes are clearly on the up swing."

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 6:02 GMT)

He forgot the one short of Umar Akmal. Had it not been for that, Pakistan would have won the series 4-1.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

And what about that Umar Akmal's one run that was not given? We would have been 4-1 up!, and offcourse Sammy's out, so please stop crying. I really respect Misbah for not asking ICC for that one run of Umar Akmal unlike Bagladesh who appealed in ICC against Hafeez. And then most importantly going on to win the series:)

Posted by venkatesh018 on (July 25, 2013, 5:43 GMT)

Windies have got a nice pace attack capable of testing any Test line up in Roach, Best and Rampaul backed up by Shillingford and Narine. Hope they get to play more Tests against the bigger teams.

Posted by CricketChat on (July 25, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

WI team can be proud of the way they fought hard against a vastly superior spin bowling attack. They tied one and lost another with barely a ball to spare. They might even have won the series with better contribution from Gayle and other top order bats. Unfortunately, Dwayne Bravo devalued this terrific fighting effort by blaming the loss on marginal decisions which are part and parcel of the game. His stature as a leader will only grow if he learns to accept the results for what they are and work towards future goals. Not counting series wins, WI fortunes are clearly on the up swing.

Posted by iqbaladnan on (July 25, 2013, 5:31 GMT)

Umpiring in this series was really poor and inconsistent. Both teams had their share of of favorable and unfavorable wrong decisions. Not just this Misbah's caught behing decision, I was really surprised to see clear cut leg-side wide balls not given as wides across several matches.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 5:29 GMT)

What about run out of Sammy and short run of Umar akmal?

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 5:17 GMT)

Please ask Best and Bravo : "What about the run out of sammy ? "

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