Cable & Wireless Series, 1999-2000: First Final Match

West Indies v Pakistan 1999-2000

At Bridgetown, April 19. Pakistan won by 17 runs. Toss: Pakistan. International debut: S. C. Joseph.

A tense, low-scoring game was clinched by Pakistan, who won their first toss of the tournament and held their nerve when it mattered. Only Inzamam-ul-Haq, with seven fours in an accomplished 86-ball 66, broke free against the disciplined home attack; he became the tenth batsman to score 7,000 one-day international runs and also passed 1,000 against West Indies. However, his 49-run stand with Younis Khan took up 18 overs, and wickets fell when Pakistan tried to accelerate. West Indies were in control at 144 for eight before Wasim Akram, coolly supported by Mushtaq Ahmed, smashed 42 off 36 balls: the last two overs cost 28. Wasim and Waqar Younis then stalled West Indies' reply, which laboured to 21 for one in 12 overs. A second-wicket stand of 86 had lasted almost 25 overs when Wallace fell to Mushtaq's final ball; Hinds soon followed as five wickets tumbled for 24. Only Sylvester Joseph, playing because Powell injured his ankle, raised hopes with a busy 28 off 32 balls, but Shahid Afridi completed victory with his career-best three for 16.

Man of the Match: Wasim Akram.

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