It turned out to be a monotonously one sided affair at Christchurch, as West Indies beat Pakistan, comprehensively by 150 runs. After posting a challenging-total of 310, West Indies made full use of Jerome Taylor’s opening burst to scuttle the Misbah-ul-Haq’s men out for 160. Jerome Taylor, in his historic opening spell, managed to take 3 wickets for just 1 run!
West Indies fail to get the early momentum
Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith faced familiar problems at the top of the order, after West Indies were put into bat by Misbah-ul-Haq. With both openers dismissed cheaply, Pakistan looked set for the early ascendancy. Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo, however, controlled things with a 75 run partnership during the middle overs. But, Samuels’ departure in the 25th over brought Pakistan back into the match. Bravo’s unfortunate injury in the 32nd over ultimately led him back to the pavilion, retired hurt with the score at 152-3.
Ramdin, Russell, Simmons And Sammy Turn On The Heat
West Indies pressed the accelerator, with real urgency, in the later half of the innings. Denesh Ramdin and Lendl Simmons hit brisk half centuries while Andre Russell produced a whirlwind innings of 42 to steer the team to 310 in 50 overs. Darren Sammy too, chipped in with a 28 ball 30. The West Indians were considerably helped in their efforts, by Pakistan’s below par fielding performance.
Jerome Taylor Rocks Pakistan Early
As if 310 was not daunting enough, the Pakistan top order made it worse for themselves in the first 15 minutes of the chase. Fast bowler Jerome Taylor ran through the top order, within the first three overs, and reduced Pakistan to 1/3 in 3 overs. Skipper Jason Holder made things merrier for his team with the wicket of Ahmed Shehzad in the very first ball of the 4th over. Pakistan, by then, had surely lost all hopes of staging a comeback, as the scoreboard read 1/4.
Maqsood, Umar Akmal and Afridi Resist In Vain
Captain Misbah-ul-Haq departed in the 11th over, with Pakistan reeling at 25/5. Umar Akmal and Sohaib Maqsood then provided some solace to the team with a 80 run stand. Both the batsmen hit half centuries, but were not able to carry the innings any further. Following Maqsood’s dismissal in the 26th over, Afridi provided company to Akmal for some time with a handy innings of 28. However, the Pakistan resistance did not last much longer after Akmal’s dismissal in the 32nd over, for a score of 59. The tail caved in, and Pakistan were bowled out for 160 in 39 overs.
West Indies – 310/6 (Ramdin, 51, Simmons 50, Haris Sohail 2/62)
Pakistan – 160 (Umar Akmal 59, Sohaib Maqsood 50, Jerome Taylor 3/15)
Man Of The Match: Andre Russell