Riaz really appreciating the change in ODI rules recently, bowling two bouncers every over now. Pollard, still, not off the mark - 16 deliveries faced and counting...
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Samuels breaks the lengthy succession of dot balls with a stolen single, leaving more blocking to Pollard, who fails to pick the so-called doosra and almost holes out at slip. He is yet to get off the mark - and these are trying times for a man who probably just wants to run down the track in an attempt to bang a biggie over long-on.
Left-armer Riaz really putting his back into it here - generating some great pace. He has fought hard for an ODI comeback, and isn't about to let this chance go amiss. Another maiden. That's two on the trot. Pressure buidling, indeed.
Pakistan are right back in this now, thanks to two quick wickets. Pakistan help their cause too, as Samuels dead-bats anything and everything put before him - despite advancing down the track to meet the ball at its pitch. Pressure-building maiden.
Sarwan quick to move off the mark, leaving Samuels to the strike. He soon tries to take on the short ball, again and again, but is consistently found wanting by the additional bounce. Riaz enjoying this head-to-head battle. WICKET! And he too has the final say. Much like Irfan to Bravo earlier, the bounce gets big on Sarwan, who isn't anywhere in line for the testing angle. The ball glances the edge, and wicketkeeper Ramdin is at hand for a straightforward catch. Sarwan, unlike, say, South Africa's Hashim Amla, isn't a walker. He stands his ground, leavingh the umpire to raise his finger. Pollard in now, before skipper Dwayne Bravo.
Play resumes and Ajmal continues to Gayle, who chops at some width - enough in that edge for four trickled to the thirdman fence. WICKET! Ajmal has the last laugh, though, sniping through the vast gate as the big-hitting left-hander misses a wild swipe at a bit of turn. Not quite a slog, not quite choice shot selection - but certainly inadequate enough to send Gayle packing. That breakthrough edges Pakistan back into the contest somewhat. Sarwan in now.
The first boundary in a little while comes as Samuels cracks a square cut. Riaz is really bending his back as the speed gun is working over-time. The West Indies cruise into the first drinks break with a strangle-hold on the match.
Ajmal is bowls a beautiful, tempting over to Gale. The big opening batsman keeps his cool and takes a single to steal the strike.
Gayle uncharacteristically misses out on a Riaz free hit after the no ball. The batsmen are curbing their natural instincts and playing according to the match situation. Singles are all that is needed by the Windies.
Irfan almost falls over his own over-sized feet as he chases the ball into the outfield. The end result is 3 runs to Gayle. Ajmal will find this situation more difficult than usual because there is no way for him to build scoreboard pressure.
Riaz is brought into the attack in an attempt to try and make something happen. The new bowler has settled into a short length which is difficult to get away, but it cuts down his wicket-taking options.
Pakistan bring the number 1 ODI blower in the world into the attack. Ajmal is worked for a single that brings up the 50. Samuels cautiously see's out the over. The West Indies can afford to be careful as time is in their favour.
Junaid may have a case of wiplash after seeing the ball fly straight back past him. Samuels is starting to get a feel for the conditions.
Gayle steps away as he anticipates a short ball from Irfan. Its full and it driven down the ground for four. The wicket-taker is leaking runs. It is worth the gamble to keep him going because the only chance that Pakistan have is to bowl out the West Indies.
Having seen a few zip around, Samuels is camping on the back-foot. Junaid is sticking to his guns, relying on the dot balls to pry on the batsman's mind. Samuels cuts loose off the final ball of the over as he creams a boundary through the covers.
Irfan and this slips have gone up two balls in a row. They are excited but this is bordering on rediculous appealing. Gayle gets one pitched in his half and deposits it into the stands.
Pakistan are up for the challenge. Gayle finds the middle of the bat, but a brilliant stop in the covers prevents any damage. A loud Pakistan unit is applying pressure, but with so few runs on the board it won't take a big partnership for them to fall away.
WICKET! The bounce gets big on the left-handed Darren Bravo, and the ball cops the edge of the bat's shoulder. Straightforward catch to the wicketkeeper, and Bravo is left a lazy shot en route back to the hut. He could be a accused of being slow to react, and might've been in two minds about playing or leaving. Regardless, he's a goner. Windies in early trouble. Gayle still there, though. Samuels in now.
Aaaaand we're back. Apologies for the lack of coverage for the first three overs of the innings. There was a brief rain delay, and Johnson Charles got himself out, and we endured some technical troubles. All is in order now, though, as the West Indies' pursuit of a 171-run target continues. They're 15 for one now.
Misbah is moving around the crease in an attempt to toy with the bowlers line. He takes a single and is now one closer to what would be a maiden ODI century. WICKET. The single was a poor decision as Irfan spoons a catch into the air. The innings ends and Misbah is left stranded.
Bravo almost bowls the ball into his own toes it is so short, but it still struggles to get chest high to the massive Irfan. Bravo tries again, and this time the tail-ender has to sway his head out of the way. It wasn't pretty but Irfan survives.
Misbah dances down the deck and hits Narine for a six over mid-on. The blow takes him into the 90's. The Pakistan captain is just one bit hit away from his 1st ODI century.
Irfan receives the loudest cheer of the day as he steers Rampaul down to third-man for a single. The 150 comes up and immediately after Misbah hits his second six of the innings straight down the ground.
Narine is well negotiated by Misbah, who turns down all singles. He has no faith in Irfan facing the spinner but the big quick will now have potentially an entire over to face.
Bravo delivers a shin-high full toss while attempting the yorker. Misbah deals with it and adds a welcome boundary to the total. Irfan entertains in his attempt to defend, but the job is done and Pakistan bat on.
Misbah is still defending the majority of the balls he faces and up until now has been taking singles early in the over. It could be argued that his average is the driving force behind this innings.
WICKET. Junaid is tired of hanging around and decides to throw his arms at the width. The edge is found and Gayle talks a spectacular one-handed catch at a floating slip. The giant, Irfan walks to the wicket with what looks like a mini bat.
Rampaul is cranking up the gas as he senses a chance to snare a few late wickets. Misbah is starting to attempt a few agricultural strokes now that he has run out of capable partners.
Narine returns to clean up the tail. Junaid has no idea which way the ball is turning but somehow manages to play out the maiden.
Misbah surprisingly takes a single off the first ball of the over, which leaves Ajmal firmly in Rampaul's sights. WICKET. A few desperate singles are followed by a run out. Ajmal is the victim of the classic "yes, no, sorry" call from Misbah.
Bravo is smashed back down the ground, but it deflects off his finger and the non-striker is run out. Riaz is replaced by Ajmal in the middle.
Rampaul returns at the start of the Powerplay, and cops a blow to the head from the umpire. The bowler was measuring run-up, the official signalling the five-over segment. It was all to comical. Quite over in the end, with Riaz warned for running on the wicket.
Quick running between the wickets brings two, when normally Pakistan would've settled for one. They don't want a run-out obviously, but certainly need to start looking for additions to an otherwise struggling total. And so Roach concludes his 10 overs - outstanding stuff from the pace ace: three for 28.
Now is a good time to squeeze in an over or two more from part-timer Samuels. Clever thinking from captain Bravo. Darting 'em in rather than floating 'em up, the freelance spinner keeps Riaz on the defence.
HALF-CENTURY! Misbah reaches the mini milestone, and if ever there was a situation that demanded three figures, this is it. A reminder - the Pakistani captain has never scored an ODI ton. Cometh the hour, cometh the man... perhaps.
WICKET! Akmal entirely tentative, too much, so - and eventually it tolls. When he does gets something slightly wider, he lunges at it. That really was more of a lunge than a cut. Hence a whiskered edge, which Ramdin hangs onto cleanly. Narine making a big impact here. Pakistan in trouble. A lot riding on the shoulders of Misbah, who is closing in on a half-century, as usual. Riaz in now, fresh from his match-winning strut against the Irish recently.
The double strike has made Misbah go back into his shell. As a result, Samuels is allowed to get through a cheap over. The rebuilding needs to start once again.
WICKET. Narine has struck. Straight after Jamshed raised his bat, he has lofted an off-spinner down long-offs throat. Malik is the new batsman for Pakistan. This is a huge breakthrough at this stage of the innings, as it is probable that the momentum will be lost. WICKET. Malik goes without scoring as he chips an easy catch to short mid-wicket.
Samuels continues which means that spin twins are now in operation. a succession of easy singles keeps the score ticking and brings up the 50 for Jamshed.
Enough seems to have been enough, as Narine evantually rejoins the attack. Immediately, the batsmen are forced to concentrate a little harder and run scoring is no longer the only thought that crosses their minds. Misbah seals the over with a boundary to bring up the 100 for Pakistan.
Samuels comes back into the attack and will provide a welcome change of pace. Bravo is being too defensive for my liking. Saving Narine for the death may safe some runs, but he could possibly have bowled Pakistan out if he had attacked with his best bowlers early on.
Pollard is given another over in an attempt to get through the fifth bowler's quota as soon as possible. It is starting to get to the stage where the West Indies require a wicket. It shouldn't be long before Narine is given another run.
Roach is getting a stern talking to by his skipper. The partnership is just starting to become a bother for the fielding team.
Misbah is tired of letting Pollard get away with rushing through the fifth bowlers overs. He smashes a six straight down the ground and a shift of pressure may be on its way. The 9 run over could be Pollard's last for a while.
Roach is brought back into the attack in an attempt to grab another wicket. It is a testing over but the batsmen negotiate it fairly comfortably.
Pollard bowls a very steady over which cost just two runs. The game is just starting to drift and neither team are trying toma ke anything happen.
Bravo is worked for a few singles. The batsmen are starting to do it nicely. They will need to stay in until the powerplay.
Pollard comes into the attack. The West Indies will be looking for 10 overs out of a combination of Pollard, Samuels and maybe Gayle. The first of Pollard's overs goes for 5 runs.
Bravo bowls a good over before finding the edge. Ramdin puts down another chance and now both batsmen have been given a life.
Seven runs off a Narine over brings up the 50 for Pakistan. Even more encouraging is that Jamshed looks to have found his feet.
Bravo seems to bet aking his cricket slightly more seriously now that he isthe captain. Let's hope it doesn't curb is flair. So far so good with his bowling as he completes another tight over.
One of our readers has written in, saying that Pakistan will still win narrowly even after this start. I must say that I have my doubts, but cricket is a funny game. Narine resumes after the drinks break and applies pressure.
Bravo switches ends and resumes the attack. The over goes for just three runs, but the 3rd seemer does not look as threatening as the first two.
The mystery spinner, Narine comes into the attack. He is a genuine wicket-taker and almost strikes first ball as the short-leg drops a sharp chance. Misbah has had more than his fair share of luck. It is up to him to make the most of it.
Roach takes a well earned rest and the quick off-spin of Samuels comes into the attack. This bowling change presents an opportunity for Pakistan to rotate the strike and get their innings going.
Bravo brings himself into the attack and immediately allows Misbah to get off the mark. The new bowler strays onto the pads and Jamshed accepts the gift as he clips a boundary through mid-wicket.
Roach starts his 6th over. He is looking threatening and it will be tough for the skipper to get the ball out of his hands. A leg-bye gets Misbah away from the danger end. He will be hoping to have a look at Rampaul from the other end.
It's Rampaul's turn to find the edge, but it flies past second slip and Jamshed adds four to his total. Ramdin claimed a catch in the last over that he clearly dropped, what are your views on the matter? Let us know on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roach bends his back and Misbah is forced to bob and weave to avoid a few bruises. It is unusual to see in an ODI but Misbah is focused soley on survival with run scoring seemingly at the back of his mind. WICKET. Misbah survives an LBW review. The very next ball Misbah is given out caught behind, but on further inspection, Ramdin has dropped the catch and the batsman lives to fight another day.
Rampaul is punched off the back-foot as Jamshed scores his first runs in quite some time. Another steady over is completed as Pakistan need to consolidate.
WICKET. Roach strikes for the third time as Shafiq is caught at third-man without even getting off the mark. Misbah will have to dig Pakistan out of a hole. The shining light is that he has experience and has done the job many times before.
Rampaul beats Jamshed as he is getting the ball to duck away from the left-handed batsman. Once again a wide prevents Rampaul from claiming a maiden.
Roach gives Hafeez some width and the ball hits the cover fence in a flash. WICKET. The line is back on the stumps and bursts through the defence. Hafeez is bowled for just four runs. Shafiq is the new man to the wicket.
Rampaul releases the pressure with a loose ball outside off. Jamshed jumps all over it as the ball races past point for a boundary. The over ends with a play and a miss, but five runs off the over gets the scoreboard moving.
Roach starts the over with a short and wide delivery which is cut hard by Hafeez. It flies straight to point who puts down a half chance near his boot laces. Will that cost the West Indies. Let us know your thoughts at: email@example.com. The maiden is completed but Hafeez survives.
Rampaul shares the new ball. The bowler has backed up his partner well by keeping it tight. A maiden over somewhat ruined by two wides.
The West Indies have won more Champions Trophy games than any other team. Roach will be hoping to set them on their way to another victory as he takes the new ball. WICKET. Roach settles into a good line and length. The final ball of a testing over finds the edge and Farhat is caught at slip.
Gayle, Charles, Darren Bravo, Samuels, Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Ramdin, Narine, Rampaul, Roach. This is probably their best combination, but Sammy will feel unlucky not to be in the starting team.
Farhat, Jamshed, Hafeez, Shafiq, Misbah, Malik, Akmal, Ajmal, Riaz, Khan, Irfan. This is the XI that was expected to play. It will be interesting to see what the giant, Irfan can get out of the English conditions.
The West Indies have won the toss and will field first. This is a trend that will continue, especially in the day fixtures, as the new ball will always do a little bit early doors.
Hello and welcome to the group B match between Pakistan and the West Indies at the Oval in London.