Best's poor day ends with another wide down the leg side which gives Pakistan victory
Pakistan have had to endure a few anxious moments today before completing their win. They will be thrilled with the manner in which their fast-bowling department performed today (making you wonder whether Mohammad Asif will get a place in the XI). Equally heartening will be the young Umar Akmal's display. He showed an ability to adapt his game according to the situation, leaving plenty of deliveries during Gavin Tonge's fantastic spell. Winning with nearly 20 overs to spare will also boost their net run-rate, something which could be a factor in deciding which team progresses from Group A.
For West Indies, Nikita Miller's batting effort and Gavin Tonge's superb bowling bodes well, and the manner in which the entire team fought despite the batting failure are pluses.
Floyd Reifer says he doesn't regret the decision to bat first. "I would like to congratulate Miller, Tonge bowled well, and our bowling and fielding as a unit was very good.
"Somebody in the top four has to score a hundred, if we are to compete."
Shahid Afridi "I think the guys bowled very well, they showed great maturity ... I just told Umar just play positive, don't bother about the wicket. I love bravehearts, and that's why I like him." He says the opening batting and the fielding are areas where Pakistan need to improve.
Umar Akmal is the Man of the Match." I didn't feel any pressure, I just maintained a positive attitude, as the seniors in the team advised."
That's it from us at Cricinfo. Thanks for tuning in, I'll be back for tomorrow's game between South Africa and New Zealand. Till then, it's bye from me, Siddarth Ravindran
a superb yorker from Best, Afridi manages to dig it out towards the bowler
Afridi punches the ball towards cover, thinks of a single but then decides against it
Best has struggled with his line and length all day, and he sends down yet another wide down the leg side to level the teams' scores
Afridi shows he has touch as well, opening the face and dabbing delivery from outside off to the third man boundary
chases a wide delivery outside off but doesn't make contact
One stroke away from victory now Pakistan
'Two, two, two' says Umar as he punches the ball towards long-on, Afridi is back in a flash for the second
it was a pretty full ball, but Afridi flatbats it towards midwicket
Afridi leaves an outside-off delivery through to the keeper
Afridi is beaten as he gets on the front foot and looks to power a short-of-length delivery through the off side
Sammy pegs away at a back of a length, pushed towards cover for a single
this one is speared into Afridi, who gets on the back foot and defends the ball back down the pitch
it's a back of a length, outside off, steered down to third man for a single
Best wipes the ball meticulously with a towel before sending down the next ball
Umar Akmal is in serious pain here after being hit by a beamer, he ducked but in trying to defend he tried to get his bat in the way and is hit flush on the finger, he is jumping around in pain, takes off his glove to take a look at his fingers, luckily he seems to be alright, he's even managed to flash a smile when Afridi asks how he's doing
driven firmly off the front foot towards long-off for an easy couple
Umar Akmal again shows he can do aggression very well, clobbers a leg stump ball to the long-on boundary
this is awful stuff from Best, another wide down the leg side
too full and on the pads, Umar Akmal whips that behind square leg for a boundary
Afridi, as he has tried all innings, turns an offstump ball towards midwicket
Tino Best starts his new spell with a wide down the leg side
|New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg|
|Toss||West Indies, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||ODI no. 2894|
|Hours of play (local time)||14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15|
|Match days||23 September 2009 - daynight (50-over match)|
|Points||Pakistan 2, West Indies 0|