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Hafeez, Rana shepherd Pakistan to series win


Pakistan completed a 3-1 series win over the West Indies through an impressive seven-wicket victory in the fifth and final one-dayer with openers Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal shining under the National Stadium floodlights here on Saturday.

Medium pacer Rana Naved-ul-Hasan continued his return to form with 4-43 to restrict the West Indies to 238-7 and later Hafeez hit a career-best 92 and together with Kamran (56) set up a comfortable win for the home team in front of over 30,000 jubilant fans.

Pakistan sailed to 239-3 with 19 balls to spare with Shoaib Malik (34) and Abdul Razzaq (7) the two unbeaten batsmen.

The spirited showing by the Pakistan team dwarfed a solo effort by veteran West Indian batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul who hit a composed 101, his fourth One-day International (ODI) hundred and the first against Pakistan.

Hafeez scored his 92 from 111 balls with five fours and two splendid sixes, adding 87 with Kamran, 89 with Yasir Hameed and 48 with Shoaib Malik. The Faisalabad player surpassed his previous one-day best of 69 he scored in 2003 against England at Old Trafford.

The win capped a highly satisfying series for Pakistan who won the three-Test contest against Brian Lara’s men 2-0 before clinching the ODI series 3-1. After the opening game in Rawalpindi was washed out, the hosts won in Faisalabad and Lahore before the West Indies recorded their only win of the tour in the fourth one-dayer in Multan.

It was a clinical performance from Pakistan as their bowlers kept the West Indian batsmen quite on a good batting track before the batsmen finished off the job with calculated big-hitting.

Pakistan are scheduled to begin their World Cup campaign with an important game against the West Indies on March 13 in Jamaica and the convincing win in this series should have given them an early boost.

Inzamam-ul-Haq surprisingly chose to field first on a batting strip but he was not let down by his accurate bowlers.

Rana, who was later named the man-of-the-match, added four more scalps to finish the series as the top wicket-taker with 11 victims while left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman (2-39) and fast bowler Mohammad Sami (1-39) also returned with impressive spells.

Rehman, rested in Multan, replaced Shahid Afridi who flopped in the previous game while Sami managed to retain his place in the line-up. Inzamam and Mohammad Yousuf returned to the side after sitting out in Multan but were not needed to bat at all. They replaced Faisal Iqbal and Imran Farhat.

Pakistan’s move to open with Kamran paid off as the 24-year-old wicket-keeper hit nine fours and a six in a sparkling 56 off 59 balls to feature in a solid 87-run partnership with Hafeez.

Kamran drove and pulled with complete authority and when he was caught by substitute Jerome Taylor at long leg off Corey Collymore in the 17th over, Pakistan’s job was almost half done.

Yasir followed his 71 in Multan with 41 and added 89 runs with Hafeez for the second wicket as Pakistan marched towards the target with ease. Yasir was caught by Runako Morton off Chris Gayle at long-on, leaving Pakistan at 176-2 in the 36th over.

Hafeez, who completed his fourth ODI fifty off 70 balls, was unlucky to fall to a seemingly harmless Gayle delivery when Pakistan needed just 15 runs to win. He was just eight short of what could have been his first ODI ton.

Shoaib Malik, promoted up the order, scored a confidence-boosting 36-ball 34 to guide the hosts to a comfortable win.

While the West Indies were made to work hard for every run, the Pakistani batting was free-flowing and delightful. They scored 99-1 in the first 20 overs and cruised to 198-2 in 40 as none of their batsmen was tested by the visiting bowlers.

In contrast, the tourists lost four wickets in the last 39 balls, three of them going to the in-form Rana. The medium pacer’s superb second spell was one of the reasons why the tourists were unable to step up their run-rate in the final overs.

Earlier, the West Indian innings revolved around Chanderpaul who opened it with Gayle and batted till the 48th over for a well-deserved ton.

Looking for a sizeable total on a wicket that was not bad for batting, the tourists suffered an early setback when the explosive Gayle was trapped lbw by Rana in the fourth over for just 7.

Chanderpaul began to stabilise the innings with Lendl Simmons as the duo batted through the first eight overs bowled by Rana. Mohammad Sami replaced Umar Gul in the ninth over and conceded eight in his first over.

But he quickly found his rhythm and gave Pakistan the breakthrough in the 13th over, getting rid of Simmons who edged an uppish one onto his stumps to walk back after hitting a 35-ball 21 with the help of three fours. He added 34 off 56 balls with Chanderpaul for the second wicket leaving his side at 53-2.

Chanderpaul managed another useful partnership (51) with Marlon Samuels, the architect of the visitors’ win in Multan, but the introduction of Rehman in the 23rd over brought it to a halt. Bowling his third over, Rehman beat Samuels with a gem of a delivery that drifted in before spinning away leaving the batsman well short of his ground and Kamran did a good stumping job. Samuels hit three fours in 22 that came off 37 balls.

Lara got a big applause from the crowd as he walked in to begin his final outing on Pakistani soil. There were no fireworks but Lara and Chanderpaul kept the scoreboard ticking as the Pakistanis continued to bowl tightly.

When he reached 25, Lara became only the fifth player in ODI history to score 10,000 runs just behind Sachin Tendulkar, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Sanath Jayasuriya and Sourav Ganguly.

Rana returned for his second spell in the 44th over and made it sure there would be no run feast in the final overs with three important wickets. He began the demolition work by bowling Lara with a swinging delivery. Lara made a patient 44 off 55 balls with two fours, adding 96 from 108 balls with Chanderpaul for the fourth wicket.

Shoaib Malik dropped newcomer Denesh Ramdin (3) off Rehman, a simple catch at long-off but the spinner struck on the very next delivery by catching the wicket-keeper off his own bowling.

Chanderpaul, who got Samuels as his runner at 88 in the 43rd over, reached his fourth ODI ton with a boundary off Rana. It took him 141 balls to reach his century that included eight hits to the fence. He fell on the next ball spooning a simple catch to Yasir Hameed at deep mid-wicket to hand Rana his third wicket.

Rana added another in the final over that cost him 16 runs, when Dwayne Smith failed to read the line of the ball and was given lbw. Morton was unbeaten on 14 that included a sizzling sixer.


Pakistan won toss

West Indies

C H Gayle lbw b Naved 7

S Chanderpaul c Hameed b Naved 101

L M P Simmons b Sami 21

M N Samuels st Akmal b Rehman 22

*B C Lara b Naved 44

†D Ramdin c and b Rehman 3

R S Morton not out 14

D R Smith lbw b Naved 1

D Mohammed not out 0

Extras: (b1, lb11, nb8, w5) 25

Total: (7 wkts, 50 overs) 238

Fall: 1-19, 2-53, 3-104, 4-200, 5-205, 6-217, 7-222.

Bowling: Gul 10-0-48-0, Naved 10-1-43-4, Sami 10-1-39-1, Razzaq 6-1-36-0, Rehman 10-0-39-2, Hafeez 4-0-21-0


Mohammad Hafeez lbw b Mohammed 92

†Kamran Akmal c sub (Taylor) b Collymore 56

Yasir Hameed c Morton b Gayle 41

Shoaib Malik not out 34

Abdul Razzaq not out 7

Extras: (lb2, nb3, w4) 9

Total: (3 wkts, 46.5 overs) 239

Fall: 1-87, 2-176, 3-224

Bowling: Powell 10-1-50-0, Smith 6-1-32-0, Collymore 10-0-44-1, Mohammed 9.5-0-53-1, Samuels 3-0-17-0, Gayle 8-0-41-1

Result: Pakistan won by 7 wickets.

Series: Pakistan win the 5-match series 3-1

Man of the Match: Rana Naved-ul-Hasan

Man of the Series: Mohammad Yousuf

Umpires: N J Llong (England) and Asad Rauf (Pakistan). TV umpire: Riazuddin (Pakistan). Match referee: A G Hurst (Australia).
Source:The News

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