Jul 17, 2013 Sports
Bravo siblings also contribute
By Sean Devers
Number one ranked ODI bowler Sunil Narine returned to form with 4-26, while the Bravo siblings, Darren (54) and Dwayne (43*& 2-9) spearheaded West Indies to a series leveling 37 runs win in the second ODI of the five match series at the Guyana National Stadium at Providence yesterday.
Watched by a fair size crowd in glorious sunshine the West Indies reached 232-8 off 50 overs before bowling out Pakistan for 195 in 47.5 overs to avenge their 126-run loss in the opening match on Sunday.
Darren Bravo, the 24-year-old Trinidadian registered his 12th ODI fifty and added 79 with Johnson Charles (31) for the second wicket after Chris Gayle fell in the first over of the match for one.
Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard (30) and Marlon Samuels (21) also contributed to the West Indies’ total while man-of-match Narine, the 25-year-old off-spinner from Trinidad, grabbed his fourth ODI four-wicket haul to help hand Pakistan their 14th ODI defeat in the Caribbean in 31 games.
Bravo supported Narine by picking up the last two wickets off successive balls to start his next match in St. Lucia on a hat-trick.
Once Shaid Afridi failed to reproduce his form of two days ago when he smashed an explosive 35- ball 76 Pakistan were never really in the hunt despite half centuries from opener Nasir Jamshed (54) and Wicketkeeper Umar Akmal (50).
Put in to bat on the same track that was used for Sunday’s match, West Indies lost Gayle with just two runs on the board when left arm seamer Mohammed Arfan ensured the Jamaican’s recent poor form continued.
Charles was joined by Darren Bravo as both teams remained unchanged and the pair took the score to 50-1 when rain interrupted play for 43 minutes from 09:47hrs.
The contest resumed in sunny conditions and the second wicket pair soon posted their 50 partnership much to the delight of small crowd which gradually built as the day progressed.
Sunday’s hero Afridi broke the 79-run stand in the 19th over when he lured Charles, who hit three fours and a six, out of his crease for wicketkeeper Akmal to complete the stumping and leave West Indies on 81-2.
Bravo reached his 50 from 72 balls and played some delightful shots around lush green Providence sward before he was outfoxed by a beauty which went on with the arm from off-spinner Saeed Ajmal and was bowled through the gate as the left-hander played for turn. His 54 lasted 81 balls and was decorated with six fours.
From 123-3 West Indies slipped to 137-4 when Samuels tried to cut a ball but only succeeded in doing so on his stumps from Ajmal and was bowled as he threw his wicket away with an injudicious shot just when he looked set for a big score. He faced 61 balls and managed just a solitary boundary.
Afridi struck again when he removed Lendl Simmons (10) to a diving catch by Akmal running towards square-leg at 150-5 to bring Dwayne Bravo to the crease in the 39th over.
Bravo and fellow Trinidadian Kieron Pollard put together 70 for the sixth wicket with an array of thumping shots on the large ground in just 9.2 overs as they clobbered 19 from the 47th over bowled by left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz.
After Pollard who slammed 30 from 27 balls with two fours and a six, was bowled playing a huge drive at 220-6.
Darren Sammy (3) and Kemar Roach (0) were then run out in quick succession as the host were reduced to 226-8 leaving the Skipper unbeaten on 43 from 27 balls with two fours and a six.
Ajmal and Afridi conspired to take two wickets each for Pakistan who began their run chase in a circumspect manner with Roach sending down four maidens on the trot.
Holder with 4-13 on Sunday also bowled well and found the edge of Nasir Jamshed before he had scored only to see Darren Bravo at slip juggle the ball before grassing it with the score on 11.
The left-handed Jamshed responded with nonchalant six over mid-wicket and Ahmed Shehzad pulled Holder over mid-wicket for another six in the next over.
But his fight was not a prolonged one and he was caught behind for 19 at 37-1, while Mohammed Hafeez departed at 64-2 off Narine after striking three fours in 20.
Sammy then bowled Skipper Misbah ul-Haq as one of Pakistan’s most successful ODI batsman against West Indies was sent packing for 17 to leave the total on 103-3. It was soon 122-4 when Asad Shafiq fell to Samuels for 10.
Jamshed, dropped on 0, 19 and 32 in addition to being miss-stumped on 45, rode his luck well to reach his 50 off 85 balls with a four and a six as Pakistan remained in the hunt.
But Jamshed’s luck ran out with him on 54 from 93 balls when he hit a catch to Roach off Pollard with Pakistan on 137-5.
The 150 was posted in 39.3 overs and with 73 needed from 63 balls and Afridi at the crease the target looked very gettable. However Afridi charged down the track to Narine, operating from around the wicket, missed a big heave and was stumped for five at 151-6. Neither the shot nor the result was unexpected from the highly talented but disappointingly inconsistent Afridi who almost single handedly won the match for his team on Sunday.
With the pugnacious Afridi out of the way it was always going to be a difficult task for Pakistan on a slow pitch with some assistance for the spinners and Narine picked up his third wicket when he dismissed Riaz (3) and had further success when he got rid of Ajmal (1) as Pakistan slipped to 164-8.
A four and a six by Akmal off Bravo kept hopes alive for the visitors but the West Indies Captain finished off the match in two balls by having Akmal taken at long-off after striking five fours and a six and Asad Ali (2) caught on the mid wicket boundary.
The Teams now move to St Lucia for the Final three matches in the ODI series from Friday.
WEST INDIES (maximum 50 overs)
C. Gayle c wkpr Umar Akmal b Mohammad Irfan 1
+J. Charles st Umar Akmal b Shahid Afridi 31
D.M. Bravo b Saeed Ajmal 54
M. Samuels b Saeed Ajmal 21
L. Simmons c wkpr Umar Akmal b Shahid Afridi 10
*D.J. Bravo not out 43
K. Pollard b Asad Ali 30
D. Sammy run out (+Umar Akmal) 3
K. Roach run out (+Umar Akmal) 0
S. Narine not out 1
Extras (b5, lb11, w21, nb1) 38
TOTAL (8 wkts) 232
J. Holder did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Gayle, 0.6 overs); 2-81 (Charles, 18.2);
3-123 (D.M. Bravo, 32.1); 4-137 (Samuels, 35.3);
5-150 (Simmons, 38.5); 6-220 (Pollard, 48.3);
7-226 (Sammy, 49.2); 8-226 (Roach, 49.3)
Bowling: Mohammad Irfan 10-0-38-1 (nb1, w2);
Asad Ali 6-1-35-1 (w6); Saeed Ajmal 10-0-45-2 (w8);
Mohammad Hafeez 7-0-32-0; Wahab Riaz 7-0-37-0 (w3);
Shahid Afridi 10-0-29-2 (w2)
PAKISTAN (target: 233 off 50 overs)
Nasir Jamshed c Roach b Pollard 54
Ahmed Shahzad c wkpr Johnson b Roach 19
Mohammad Hafeez c Simmons b Narine 20
*Misbah-ul-Haq b Sammy 17
Asad Shafiq c Holder b Samuels 10
+Umar Akmal c Samuels b *D.J. Bravo 50
Shahid Afridi st Charles b Narine 5
Wahab Riaz b Narine 3
Saeed Ajmal c Sammy b Narine 0
Asad Ali c Pollard b *D.J. Bravo 2
Mohammad Irfan not out 0
Extras (lb3, w11) 14
TOTAL (all out, 47.5 overs) 195
Fall of wickets: 1-37 (Ahmed Shahzad, 10.4 overs);
2-64 (Mohammad Hafeez, 17.1); 3-103 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 28.4);
4-122 (Asad Shafiq, 33.1); 5-138 (Nasir Jamshed, 36.2);
6-151 (Shahid Afridi, 39.5); 7-162 (Wahab Riaz, 43.1);
8-164 (Saeed Ajmal, 43.4); 9-195 (+Umar Akmal, 47.4)
Bowling: Roach 6-4-14-1; Holder 7-2-30-0; Narine 10-1-26-4;
Sammy 10-0-46-1; Samuels 7-0-32-1; Pollard 6-0-35-1;
D.J. Bravo 1.5-0-9-2
Result: West Indies won by 37 runs
Series: Pakistan lead five-match series 1-0
Man-of-the-Match: S. Narine (West Indies)
Umpires: N. Llong (England), P. Nero
TV umpire: P. Reiffel (Australia)
Match referee: D. Boon (Australia)
Reserve umpire: J. Wilson
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