The Pakistani squad under the inspiring leadership of Misbah-ul-Haq degraded the mighty West Indies at their home grounds with a huge margin of 3-1 in 5 ODIs.
The Green shirts landed in the Windies after their dismal performance in the recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy, 2013, held in England and won by India. Pakistan was placed in Group B and they found themselves at the bottom of the table after losing all three pool games vs. India, South Africa, and West Indies. Their batsmen surrendered against the bowlers of the three countries and ended up scoring 170, 167 and 165 against the Caribbeans, the Proteas and the Blue Shirts respectively. Misbah-ul-Haq was the only batsman who batted well by scoring 173 runs at an excellent average of 86.50, the best of unbeaten 96 with two fifties.
The Pakistani top order batsmen, except Misbah-ul-Haq, were unable to deliver in the first three One Day Internationals against the hosts, West Indies, but came back strongly in the last two games. The strong batting line up of the Caribbeans kept on struggling throughout the series except Marlon Samuels and Lendl Simmons who scored most of the runs. The Green Shirt bowlers bowled excellently and the home batsmen had no answer to their lethal bowling.
Below, we will highlight the achievement of the Pakistani team in the five ODIs vs. West Indies.
1st match played on July 14, 2013, at Providence Stadium, Guyana.
Pakistan – 9-224, Shahid Afridi 76 (55b 6×4 5×6), Misbah-ul-Haq 52 (121b 1×4), Jason Holder 4-13.
West Indies – 98 all out in 41 overs, Marlon Samuels 25 (75b 2×4), Darren Sammy 21* (43b 1×4), Shahid Afridi 7-12.
Player of the match – Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)
Result – Pakistan won by 126 runs.
2nd match played on July 16, 2013, at Providence Stadium, Guyana.
West Indies – 8-232, Darren Bravo 54 (81b 6×4), Dwayne Bravo 43* (52b 5×4), Shahid Afridi 2-29.
Pakistan – 195 all out in 47.5 overs, Nasir Jamshed 54 (93b 4×4 1×6), Umar Akmal 50 (46b 5×4 1×6), Sunil Narine 4-26.
Player of the match – Sunil Narine (West Indies)
Result – West Indies won by 37 runs.
3rd match held at Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia, on July 19, 2013.
Pakistan – 6-229, Misbah-ul-Haq 75 (112b 3×4 2×6), Umar Akmal 40* (31b 6×4), Jason Holder 2-40.
West Indies – 9-229, Lendl Simmons 75 (86b 7×4 2×6), Marlon Samuels 46 (106b 4×4), Saeed Ajmal 3-36.
Player of the match – Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan) and Lendl Simmons (West Indies)
Result – match tied
4th match was played at Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia, on July 21, 2013.
West Indies – 7-261, Marlon Samuels 106 (104b 9×4 4×6), Lendl Simmons 46 (44b 5×4 1×6), Mohammad Irfan 2-60.
Pakistan – (target 189 from 31 overs) 4-189 in 30 overs, Mohammad Hafeez 59 (62b 5×4 2×6), Misbah-ul-Haq 53* (43b 3×4 1×6), Kemar Roach 1-33.
Player of the match – Marlon Samuels (West Indies)
Result – Pakistan won by six wickets (D/L method)
5th match played on July 24, 2013, at Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia.
West Indies – 7-242, Dwayne Bravo 48 (27b 5×4 3×6), Marlon Samuels 45 (89b 2×4 1×6), Junaid Khan 3-48.
Pakistan – Ahmed Shehzad 64 (100b 8×4), Misbah-ul-Haq 63 (93b 5×4 1×6), Tino Best 3-48.
Player of the match – Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan)
Player of the series – Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan)
Result – Pakistan won by four wickets
The Pakistani skipper, Misbah-ul-Haq, once again led from the front by hammering 260 runs in the series at an awesome average of 65.00, the best of 75 with 4 fifties as the Green Shirts Won the five match series 3-1.