4th ODI (D/N), Multan, Dec 13 2006, West Indies tour of Pakistan
(34.5/50 ov, target 210)212/3
West Indies won by 7 wickets (with 91 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
100* (99) & 1/53

It has been three and half years since Samuels went past fifty, leave alone 100. And what a nice comeback into the big league. It was a dazzling knock, full of pleasing drives, imperious lofted shots, and dismissive pulls. But the win is not all about Samuels, much of the credit should go to the bowlers who had done the hard work earlier and restricted Pakistan to a below-par total. And then Samuels decided to impose himself.

Iftikhar to Lara, FOUR runs

And that's it. West Indies have won their first game on this tour. Full, angled across, Lara leans forward, head over the ball, square-drives it past point.

Iftikhar to Lara, no run

And that great shot is followed up with a ugly swipe! Banged in short and Lara tries to slap it across but doesn't connect

Iftikhar to Lara, SIX runs

Orgasmic drive over cover! What a shot! It was a length delivery but Lara leant forward, and just drove on the up. Elegant, Imperious and Languid.

Iftikhar to Lara, no run
Iftikhar to Lara, no run

length-delivery, eased to cover point&

end of over 3414 runs
WI: 202/3CRR: 5.94 RRR: 0.50
Marlon Samuels100 (99)
Brian Lara3 (15)
Abdul Razzaq 6-0-51-0
Iftikhar Anjum 5-0-46-0
Abdul Razzaq to Samuels, FOUR runs

That's his hundred, his second. Brought up in style. Full and on the legs, clipped away powerfully. This has been such a dazzling knock. Has Samuels finally arrived?

Abdul Razzaq to Samuels, FOUR runs

Banged in short, stands up on his toes, swivels and bang, To the deep midwicket boundary

And some in the crowd have had enough. they are walking out.

Abdul Razzaq to Samuels, 2 runs

full in length, outside off, eased past cover

Abdul Razzaq to Samuels, no run
Abdul Razzaq to Samuels, FOUR runs

Ah....Length-delivery, lands on middle, came back in but Samuels adjust to that movement, whips it past midwicket

Abdul Razzaq to Samuels, no run

beaten. Ambitious heave outside the offstump. doesn't make contact . Lara goes across, has a chat with the youngster. Lets see what he does next ball

end of over 335 runs
WI: 188/3CRR: 5.69 RRR: 1.29
Brian Lara3 (15)
Marlon Samuels86 (93)
Iftikhar Anjum 5-0-46-0
Abdul Razzaq 5-0-37-0
Iftikhar to Lara, no run

fullish, on the off and middle, Lara leans forward, slightly late, brings his bat down across the line, dabs the ball to midwicket

Iftikhar to Lara, no run

length-delivery, outside off, Lara goes back and across, steers it to Hafeez at point

Iftikhar to Lara, no run

full, outside off, Lara leans forward, opens the bat-face, steers it to right of point and Hafeez makes a good diving stop

Iftikhar to Samuels, 1 run
Iftikhar to Samuels, no run

Lovely comeback from Anjum. Slower deliv ery, on the stumps, almost had Samuels who somehow adjusted at the last minute, stopped his intended lofted drive, and pushed the delivery away to the off side

Iftikhar to Samuels, FOUR runs

Wah! Wah! Samuels is flowing like a river tonight. Imperious lofted drive. Full in length and Samuels just took out the left foot out of the line and creamed it, in the air , between the bowler and mid-on