Brain Lara crosses 10,000 ODI runs

During the last match of the ODI series against Pakistan West Indies captain Brain Lara became only the fifth batsman in the annals of ODI cricket to reach 10,000 ODI runs. He achieved this feat in the 278th innings of his 287th match. At the age of 37 years 228 day he is the oldest to reach this milestone. The accompanying table lists his ODI batting performances against each Test playing nation.

Pakistan-West Indies ODI series averages

Pakistan tour was disappointing for me: Gayle

West Indian batsman Chris Gayle admits that the tour of Pakistan was personally disappointing for him but called for the West Indies to have a steady squad for the World Cup to be played in the Caribbean early next year.

Commenting on the just-concluded Pakistan tour, during which the Windies lost both the Test and One-day International (ODI) series, Gayle said conditions in Pakistan were bit cooler unlike India.

“In the last ODI (at Karachi) we came up a bit short defending 238. I think we should have got more runs on the board. It was a flat pitch and Pakistan came out easy in the end with a lot of wickets in hand,” he expressed.

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.

Pakistan seek series triumph after Yousuf, Inzamam boost

Pakistan and the West Indies will carry out a dress rehearsal for their World Cup opener next March when they meet in the final one-dayer under floodlights today here at the National Stadium.

And both the teams are looking forward to score some psychological points ahead of the March 13 clash in Jamaica and in the process should provide an entertaining finale to this five-match series which Pakistan lead 2-1.

Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer said that his team would go all out for a win after losing the previous game in Multan, a result that kept the visitors’ chances alive in the series. “We just have six one-dayers before the World Cup and we would like to do well in all of them,” he said.

Pakistan enjoys a fair record at National Stadium

ODI’s at National Stadium Karachi – Facts & Figures

Selection of Afridi uncertain for final ODI

afridiThe fate of Shahid Afridi hangs in the balance ahead of the fifth and final one-dayer against the West Indies here at the National Stadium tomorrow.

Given a lifeline in the fourth One-day International (ODI) in Multan, Afridi flopped again with the bat and is now doubtful for the Karachi game.

The playing eleven for Karachi’s match would be finalised by the team management and chief selector Wasim Bari this evening and it remains to be seen whether Afridi manages to get another chance following the return of Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf.

Floodlights tested before Karachi ODI

Local officials carried out extensive testing of floodlights at the National Stadium on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s fifth one-dayer between Pakistan and the West Indies.

Having learnt their lessons from the sorry episode of the Lahore match last Sunday when the floodlights went off at the twilight stage of the West Indian innings, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials made it a point to thoroughly check the light towers at the National Stadium.

At Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium, floodlights went dead in the 28th over of the third one-dayer before umpires stopped play in the 47th due to poor natural light in the day-night game.

Woolmer confident of ODI series triumph

Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer is expecting his team to push for a series-winning triumph in the final one-dayer against the West Indies here at the National Stadium tomorrow following the return of master batsmen Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf.

“It is always great to win a series and I believe we are in a good position to do so on Saturday when some of our leading batsmen will be back in the side,” Woolmer told ‘The News’ in an interview here on Thursday.

The home team leads the five-match One-day International (ODI) series 2-1 in spite of a seven-wicket defeat against the West Indies in the previous game held in Multan on Wednesday.

Akmal completes 1000 ODI runs

In the third ODI against West Indies at Lahore, Pakistan’s Kamran Akmal completed his 1000 ODI when he reached 14 during his innings of 23. He thus became the 23rd wicketkeeper overall and the third Pakistani (keeper) to reach this milestone. Adam Gilchrist with 8154 runs in 242 games tops the list. For Pakistan, Moin Khan holds the record of being the top run-scoring keeper with 3100 runs in 211 matches. The accompanying table has the details.