5th ODI, Gros Islet, Jul 24 2013, Pakistan tour of West Indies
(49.5/50 ov, target 243)
Pakistan won by 4 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
Player Of The Match
• The Report by Abhishek Purohit

Steady Misbah steers 3-1 triumph

With his fourth half-century in five games this series, Misbah-ul-Haq, the world's leading ODI run-getter of 2013 shepherded his volatile band of batsmen home in another tricky chase

Match centre 
Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan
Commentator: Sidharth Monga
Scorecard summary
West Indies242/7(50 overs)
Pakistan243/6(49.5 overs)
Tino Best3/48(10)
Daren Sammy1/35(10)

Oh boy. Those are pretty serious quotes from Bravo about "key decisions". He has not uttered the word "umpire", but it no mystery what he is talking about. I am not going to comment whether what he is saying is right or wrong - you can always go back and read our ball-by-ball commentary - but this could get him into trouble with the ICC. I can still see Ottis Gibson have a long chat with the match referee David Boon. Possibly he is trying to understand on what basis was Darren Bravo given out but not Misbah. They seemed pretty similar cases, to be fair to him. Anyway, I hope they make an official complaint about it, and not just make suggestive noises in press conferences. If they make an official complaint, only then will we know if the umpires were right or if they had made a mistake.

Meanwhile, Pakistan get the trophy and pose for the photos. They still have two more matches left before they leave these shores, the two T20Is on Saturday and Sunday. See you there then

Quotes from the presentation

"Today we lost," says Dwayne Bravo, "but the guys fought. You have to give credit to them. Must congratulate Pakistan, and well done to my boys too. The matches could have gone either way. Even today a few key decisions went against us. We can't fault the effort of the players. The series could have gone our way if some key decisions had gone our way. If you bowl well, 242 was going to be a challenging total. 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."

"Pretty satisfying," says Misbah-ul-Haq, who is also the Man of the Match and Series. "A win is always good, especially after the losses in South Africa series and Champions Trophy. 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."

Afridi and Ajmal erupt with joy. Some of their team-mates rush onto the field. Misbah walks on coolly. All smiles in the Pakistan camp. West Indies are expectedly distraught, but there are handshakes all around. The series has been played tough but largely in good spirit

So Pakistan have finally won the series although they had to endure a nervous end. They began well with the ball with left-arm quicks Junaid Khan and Mohammad Irfan leading the way. Towards the end, they lost their composure a bit, conceding 74 in last six overs. The same happened with the bat. Ahmed Shehzad and Misbah led them with fifties, but it took an exceptionally nervous last over for them to make it. We will shortly bring you the quotes from the presentation

Holder to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run
gets a low full toss which he has hit it straight to mid-on. Ajmal is not sure whether to go for it. Afridi wants him to. So that at least Afridi gets the strike. Pollard, though, misses the stumps from close range. And Pakistan have won 3-1

"Saamne, saamne," Afridi is still telling Ajmal. [Hit straight]

Holder to Saeed Ajmal, no run
slower ball, Ajmal slogs, is beaten. The game is still alive

"Saamne marna," Afridi tells Ajmal. [Hit it straight]

Holder to Saeed Ajmal, no run
nearly another wicket. Full and straight, Ajmal is beaten, is hit on the pad outside the line of off. Wants the single but is rightly sent back

In the dressing room, Whatmore stands up and hugs some PCB official before applauding Misbah's effort. He gets a standing ovation from everybody. Pakistan have won the series already. They need a single to make this a 3-1 win

Holder to Misbah-ul-Haq, OUT
Misbah, you little tease. How do you even manage to do this? The game is still alive. Low full toss, hit straight down straight short midwicket's throat. Before leaving, Misbah has a word with Afridi. And also the new batsman, Ajmal
Misbah-ul-Haq c DJ Bravo b Holder 63 (161m 93b 5x4 1x6) SR: 67.74
Holder to Shahid Afridi, 1 run
nearly that twist. Afridi attempts a cute little ramp, is beaten by a full toss. Misbah calls him through for a leg-bye, Sammy shies from square leg, misses by inches. He has gone had this hit

Two required off the last over. is there still a twist left? I don't think so. Here is Holder. Seven men inside the ring, but none of them catching

end of over 4913 runs
PAK: 241/5CRR: 4.91 • RRR: 2.00 • Need 2 from 6b
Shahid Afridi12 (5)
Misbah-ul-Haq63 (92)
Dwayne Bravo5-0-41-0
Tino Best10-2-48-3
DJ Bravo to Shahid Afridi, 1 run
short, skiddy, hits him high on the pad, but can't deny him a leg-bye

People have begun to leave the ground

DJ Bravo to Shahid Afridi, FOUR runs
poor bowling from Bravo. Short and wide and meek with a strong leg-side field. Afridi crunches it past point for four

Misbah to Afridi: "Ab bolein jada hai, run kum hain. Idhar maar, idhar khali hai." [Now balls left are more than runs required. Hit on the off side, it is vacant]

DJ Bravo to Shahid Afridi, SIX runs
and Afridi wins the bouncer challenge. Looks like the regulation-paced one, head high, Afridi stands tall, doesn't bother transferring the weight back, and hooks. Takes the deep midwicket on, and clears him. Now less than a run a ball for Pakistan
DJ Bravo to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run
Misbah moves across, Bravo bowls full and straight. Clipped to square leg for one

Now square leg goes back, fine leg comes up. Long-on goes back

DJ Bravo to Shahid Afridi, 1 run
quicker short ball, Afridi moves across to try to drag it to leg, but is hit on the body. However, the leg-bye is taken, and Misbah is on strike now

Third man goes back now. Long-on comes up to mid-on. Now mid-on, Sammy, and midwicket, Best, exchange places

DJ Bravo to Shahid Afridi, no run
slower bouncer as expected. Afridi wants to ramp it over third man, but makes no connection

That couple has brought Afridi on strike. I am suspecting Bravo and Holder will bowl these overs. Bravo is bowling the 49th. Could even be Samuels for the 50th

Bravo to continue round the stumps. He has done well so far, has Bravo. Sammy and Bravo having a ling chat. The field is set for the bouncer. Fine leg, two midwickets and long-on are back. Slower bouncers more like. Third man is in

end of over 4812 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 228/5CRR: 4.75 • RRR: 7.50 • Need 15 from 12b
Misbah-ul-Haq62 (91)
Shahid Afridi0 (0)
Tino Best10-2-48-3
Dwayne Bravo4-0-28-0
Best to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs
short, rib high, pulled along the ground, past midwicket, for a couple
Best to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run
bouncer, middle and leg. Misbah wants the wide call. Not given. It has been called one for the over. Touch and go again. Misbah has ducked a little so it is hard to tell exactly how high this is

5.18pm No overs lost. We are ready to go. Misbah on strike. Afridi at the other end. Best to bowl. The lights are on

5.15pm The covers are off. The players are walking back. You have got to believe this rain break can have helped only West Indies

4.57pm It's raining hard, and the covers are coming on, but this rain has to persist for a long time to bring the D/L in. On D/L, Pakistan are still ahead by five runs. Remember, overs start reducing only after 45 minutes have been lost

Best to Umar Akmal, OUT
Akmal has played one shot too many. He has premeditated a drive, but the ball is short of a length, and all he manages is a lob to mid-off. And the covers are coming on. Forget D/L, Pakistan have lost a settled batsman who was going well to a premeditated shot. Pakistan are five ahead on D/L, though
Umar Akmal c sub (KAJ Roach) b Best 37 (50m 28b 5x4 1x6) SR: 132.14

Pakistan are now seven ahead of the D/L par. And it has begun to rain

Best to Umar Akmal, FOUR runs
short. Quick and short. Akmal swings hard. Gets a top edge over the keeper's head
Best to Umar Akmal, SIX runs
as is Akmal. Gets a half-volley, a quick one. Akmal clears the front leg, and goes inside out to hit it over mid-off. Turns out he has hit it so well it goes for six

The ground staff is ready

Best to Umar Akmal, no run
Akmal makes room and swings hard at a length ball outside off. Beaten

I don't think rain will play a part. Pakistan should also think similarly. Because overs won't start reducing until there has been a 45-minute delay. Twenty-seven required off three overs. Here is Best

end of over 476 runs
PAK: 216/4CRR: 4.59 • RRR: 9.00 • Need 27 from 18b
Umar Akmal27 (24)
Misbah-ul-Haq60 (89)
Dwayne Bravo4-0-28-0
Sunil Narine10-0-42-0
DJ Bravo to Umar Akmal, 1 run
down the wicket, but Bravo stays full and straight, and all Akmal can get is a single
Best performances - batsmen
Ahmed Shehzad
64 runs (100)
8 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
15 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
63 runs (93)
5 fours
1 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
30 runs
0 fours
1 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
Junaid Khan
TL Best
Match details
Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
TossPakistan , elected to field first
SeriesPakistan tour of West Indies
Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
Series resultPakistan won the 5-match series 3-1
Match numberODI no. 3396
Hours of play (local time)09.00 start, First Session 09.00-12.30 Interval 12.30-13.15, Second Session 13.15-16.45
Match days24 July 2013 (50-over match)
Joel Wilson
Paul Reiffel
TV Umpire
Steve Davis
Reserve Umpire
Peter Nero
Match Referee
David Boon