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March 21, 2009
West Indies 7 for 135 (Taitt 26*, Lavine 26) beat Pakistan 131 (Maroof 33, Daley 4-29) by three wickets
Shanel Daley took a career-best 4 for 29 to bowl out Pakistan for 131 and clinch a three-wicket win for West Indies which let them retain the fifth place in the world rankings. The two sides will have to play the World Cup qualifiers to make the cut for the 2013 edition.
Muggy conditions early on, offered swing for the bowlers and the outfield was slower than it has been because of overnight rain. However it was warm and sunny throughout the match.
Early on Nain Abidi, who had come off a fifty against New Zealand, was getting bogged down against the tight, rhythmic pace of Danielle Small and Shakera Selman. Frustration told and she holed out at mid off where Pamela Lavine was waiting. Bismah Maroof top scored with 33 and added 31 with Asmavia Iqbal before she was caught and bowled by Stafanie Taylor. Pakistan crumbled after her fall - the last seven fell for 68 runs - in a collapse triggered by Daley. She took her first three wickets in three successive overs - first trapped Sana Mir leg before for 1, then caught Armaan Khan off her own bowling for 3 and got Asmavia Iqbal to edge to the keeper for 24. At 9 for 60, Pakistan needed an aggressive approach from their lower order to get past 150 but in the absence of that they were bowled out for a below-par total.
West Indies' top order gave their side a decent start, which was just as well since a middle-order collapse - where three wickets fell for four runs - brought Pakistan back into the match for a brief while. But Charlene Taitt hung on and collected 26 unbeaten runs in 67 balls to take West Indies home.
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