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5th ODI, Gros Islet, Jul 24 2013, Pakistan tour of West Indies
(49.5/50 ov)243/6
Pakistan won by 4 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
Player Of The Match
63 (93)
misbah-ul-haq
Player Of The Series
260 runs
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• 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 
Scores: Gopi Rangarajan
Comms: 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

49.5
1
Holder to 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]

49.4
Holder to Ajmal, no run

slower ball, Ajmal slogs, is beaten. The game is still alive

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

49.3
Holder to 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

49.2
W
Holder to Misbah, 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
49.1
1
Holder to 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
Shahid Afridi12 (5)
Misbah-ul-Haq63 (92)
Dwayne Bravo 5-0-41-0
Tino Best 10-2-48-3
48.6
1
Bravo to 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

48.5
4
Bravo to 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]

48.4
6
Bravo to 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

48.3
1
Bravo to Misbah, 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

48.2
1
Bravo to 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

48.1
Bravo to 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
Misbah-ul-Haq62 (91)
Shahid Afridi0 (0)
Tino Best 10-2-48-3
Dwayne Bravo 4-0-28-0
47.6
2
Best to Misbah, 2 runs

short, rib high, pulled along the ground, past midwicket, for a couple

47.5
Best to Misbah, 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

47.4
W
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

47.3
4
Best to Umar Akmal, FOUR runs

short. Quick and short. Akmal swings hard. Gets a top edge over the keeper's head

47.2
6
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

47.1
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
Umar Akmal27 (24)
Misbah-ul-Haq60 (89)
Dwayne Bravo 4-0-28-0
Sunil Narine 10-0-42-0
46.6
1
Bravo to Umar Akmal, 1 run

down the wicket, but Bravo stays full and straight, and all Akmal can get is a single

I see rain clouds approaching. The ground staff is ready. Pakistan are tied with the par score

46.5
1
Bravo to Misbah, 1 run

full, nearly a yorker, Misbah can't get under it. Drives it for a single

46.4
1
Bravo to Umar Akmal, 1 run

backs away to take a full delivery from middle to push it to extra cover for one

Best performances - batters
Ahmed Shehzad portrait
Ahmed Shehzad PAK
64 runs (100)
8 fours
0 six
Control83%
Productive shot
leg glance
15 runs
2 fours
0 six
6111858466
Misbah-ul-Haq portrait
Misbah-ul-Haq PAK
63 runs (93)
5 fours
1 six
Control78%
Productive shot
leg glance
30 runs
0 four
1 six
7716551616
Best performances - bowlers
Tino Best profile photo
TL Best WI
O
10
M
2
R
48
W
3
ECO
4.8
Junaid Khan portrait
Junaid Khan PAK
O
10
M
1
R
48
W
3
ECO
4.8
Match details
Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
TossPakistan, elected to field first
SeriesPakistan tour of West Indies
Season2013
Player Of The Match
Misbah-ul-Haq
Misbah-ul-Haq
Player Of The Series
Misbah-ul-Haq
Misbah-ul-Haq
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 - day (50-over match)
Umpires
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Joel Wilson
Australia Image
Paul Reiffel
TV Umpire
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Steve Davis
Reserve Umpire
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Peter Nero
Match Referee
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David Boon