Pak­istan ham­mer West Indies in ODI opener

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT -

SHAR­JAH, United Arab Emi­rates, (CMC): ELEAGUERED WEST Indies ex­tended their mis­er­able run when they slumped to a fourth straight de­feat to Pak­istan, los­ing the open­ing one­day in­ter­na­tional (ODI) by 111 runs un­der the Duck­worth-Lewis method yes­ter­day.

Chas­ing a re­vised tar­get of 287 off 49 overs at the Shar­jah Cricket Sta­dium, the Caribbean side once again pro­duced an in­sipid bat­ting ef­fort and were bun­dled out for a dis­ap­point­ing 175 off 38.4 overs.

Only Mar­lon Samuels of the front-line bats­men showed any en­ter­prise with a top-score of 46, while tail-en­der Sunil Narine struck a cameo 16-ball 23, and opener John­son Charles, 20.

They were the only three to pass 20 as left-arm spin­ner Mohammad Nawaz ripped apart the in­nings by grab­bing four for 42, while seamer Hasan Ali claimed three for 14 to of­fer great sup­port.

Man of the Match Babar Azam had ear­lier slammed his maiden ODI hun­dred to help the hosts mo­tor to 284 for nine, in a game re­duced to 49 overs fol­low­ing a flood­light fail­ure in the dy­ing stages of the in­nings.

The 21-year-old right-han­der hit 120 from 131 balls with eight fours and three sixes and was sup­ported by dash­ing opener Shar­jeel Khan, who made 54 from 43 de­liv­er­ies, with six fours and three sixes.

Wick­et­keeper Sar­fraz Ahmed chipped in with 35, while Imad Wasim got a run-a-ball 24 down the or­der.

Medium pacer Car­los Brath­waite picked up three for 54, but his wick­ets came late in the in­nings, with Pak­istan al­ready rac­ing to­wards a chal­leng­ing to­tal.

The de­feat fol­lows an em­bar­rass­ing white­wash in the pre­ced­ing three-match Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional se­ries, which saw the Windies lose each game heav­ily.

BTheir hopes of re­dis­cov­er­ing the win­ning touch would have been boosted when cap­tain Azhar Ali nib­bled at the first de­liv­ery of the game from fast bowler Shan­non Gabriel, and was caught at the wicket by De­nesh Ramdin with­out a run on the board.

How­ever, Babar then an­chored two stands to wrench the ad­van­tage away from West Indies and put Pak­istan on top.

First, he put on 82 for the sec­ond wicket with the at­tack­ing Shar­jeel be­fore adding a fur­ther 99 for the fourth wicket with Sar­fraz, who faced 45 balls and counted a sin­gle four.

18TH-OVER STUM­BLE

Stum­bling at 93 for three in the 18th over, Pak­istan re­cov­ered through Babar, who, un­til then, had played the an­chor role. He reached his half-cen­tury off 74 balls at the end of the 25th over and then re­quired only 45 more de­liv­er­ies to raise three fig­ures.

Charles and debu­tant Kraigg Brath­waite gave West Indies a promis­ing start when they posted 27, but they per­ished in quick suc­ces­sion there­after, leav­ing a rebuilding ef­fort to be un­der­taken.

As usual, Charles was pos­i­tive, strik­ing a four and a six in his 21ball knock be­fore push­ing un­cer­tainly at seamer Mohammad Amir and edg­ing be­hind in the eighth over.

Brath­waite, who played and missed at Amir sev­eral times, even­tu­ally nicked Hasan Ali be­hind in the 13th over to end a 38-ball labour over 14, and when left-han­der Dar­ren Bravo was bowled by Nawaz for 12 in the 17th, West Indies were tot­ter­ing at 54 for three.

Samuels then staged a brief re­cov­er­ing by putting on 35 for the fourth wicket with Ramdin, who made eight.

The Ja­maican was eye­ing his 28th ODI half-cen­tury when he gave him­self room to hit through the off-side and was bowled by left-arm seamer Wa­hab Riaz. Samuels ... top-scored for the West Indies with 46 runs.

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