W Indies vs Pakistan
Pakistan win by 2 wickets
Pakistan have won the first T20 against West Indies in style. West Indies looked like they had a good score after getting to 152 from their 20 overs. Pakistan kept up with the run rate and handy knocks from Umar Amin, Afridi and Babar in the end saw them through. They lead the series 1-0.
Over 20 Pak 158/8 (Babar 13, Khan 0)
Samuels to bowl the last over. Four, Babar plays a great shot through extra cover for four, after wasting so many balls, he carves a crucial boundary for Pakistan. Samuels comes back with a few fast balls, a leg bye levels the scores. It has started to rain here, everything happening here and WICKET! Ajmal is run out as they go for a quick single to finish the game. A chance of a super over here as the scores are level with one run to win from one ball. Junaid Khan walks out into the middle. Six, Babar powers it over the ropes and Pakistan win in style, in the rain. Babar gets under this and hits it over long off for a six, Pakistan win their first T20 against the West Indies.
Over 19 Pak 147/7 (Babar 3, Ajmal 0)
Two overs to go, Afridi needs to get a couple of boundaries in this one. Gabriel starts his 4th and last over. Sammy insists on Gabriel bowling another over, and he starts with a wide, Charles lets it go past and they pick up two. Four, that is the boundary that Afridi wanted. Afridi paddles it past the man at short fine leg for a boundary. A wide, Gabriel bowls it outside leg. WICKET! Is there another twist in this tale? Afridi is out, caught by Bravo, Ajmal comes out to bat. Gabriel bowls a wide down leg. Babar can't get a single. Seems like no one wants to win this game, Babar playing dots and Gabriel bowling wides. Babar takes a single from the last ball to retain strike. 6 runs needed from the last over.
Over 18 Pak 137/6 (Babar 2, Afridi 42)
3 overs to go, Pakistan will think they have a chance as long as Afridi is out there. A flatter deliver from Narine and Afridi works it away to mid wicket for a couple. A single brings Babar on strike. Narine appeals for a catch but Babar did not hit that. Babar wastes four balls, dots to end the over.
Over 17 Pak 134/6 (Babar 2, Afridi 39)
Best comes into the attack, a single to Afridi. A chance of a run out against, the third umpire is called on but Afridi is just safe. Four, that boundary releases the pressure, Afridi slices it over point for four, Best follows it up with a wide down leg. 19 runs needed from 18 balls.
Over 16 Pak 124/6 (Babar 1, Afridi 31)
Pakistan need 37 from 29 balls. Babar takes a single, and Afridi hits a six, that is his 400th six in international cricket, he clear long on with ease. 8 runs from the over, Pakistan need 29 from 24 now.
Over 15 Pak 116/6 (Babar 0, Afridi 24)
Afridi hits it for four to fine leg, he pulls it to fine leg. Gabriel places it on a good length and Afridi works it to deep cover for a single. Gabriel angles it into Azam's pads and he flicks it for a single. Afridi clips it to fine leg for two, Badree does well to stop a certain boundary. Afridi takes a single, to give the strike to Azam. WICKET! Gabriel gets Azam, a safe catch from Pollard. Azam mistimes it to deep square leg and Pollard takes a great catch diving forward.
Over 14 Pak 107/5 (Azam 9, Afridi 16)
Narine starts his second over, after an expensive first one. Four runs from the over, Pakistan need 46 from 36 with Afridi batting.
Over 13 Pak 103/5 (Azam 7, Afridi 14)
Tino Best comes back into the attack and Afridi takes a single to bring up Pakistan's 100. Afridi hits it in the air but it is safe, it falls short of extra cover and they get a single. Four runs from over, the required rate is over 7 now.
Over 12 Pak 99/5 (Azam 5, Afridi 12)
The pressure builds and Amin falls, throws his wicket away. WICKET, dances down the pitch to Samuels and is stumped! He played well to get to 47, but then the pressure got to him. Afridi comes out to bat and starts with a six, advances down the track and smashes it over long off. A couple of singles and then Afridi launches a low full toss to the extra cover boundary. 13 runs from the over, Afridi starts with a blast!
Over 11 Pak 86/4 (Azam 4, Amin 47)
Pakistan are going at 8.2 runs per over, they need 7.1 per over to win. Sammy brings himself on bowl, he changed the run of play in the field. Azam takes a single and gives Amin the strike. Amin blocks a full ball, floated up to the stumps. Another single to Amin, he moves on to 46. Four runs from the over, a couple of quiet overs for Pakistan.
Over 10 Pak 82/4 (Azam 2, Amin 45)
Marlon Samuels continues, Azam will settle at the crease, just a single to him. Amin plays out the rest of the over, just three runs from the over.
Over 9 Pak 79/4 (Azam 1, Amin 43)
Akmal joins the action, glorious shot from him, it was a full ball outside off and he slams it over long off for four. WICKET! Akmal is run out, Sammy gets a breakthrough in the field. The captain throws from midwicket and hits the stumps, a direct hit and Akmal is out. Hammad Azam comes out to bat. Six from the over,
Over 8 Pak 73/3 (Akmal 5, Amin 42)
West Indies shuffling their bowlers, trying to create a wicket, Samuels comes into the attack. Amin hits it straight down the ground for another boundary to long on. Badree lets one go through, for four. Seven runs from the over, the required rate around 6.6 now.
Over 7 Pak 66/3 (Akmal 3, Amin 37)
Tino Best comes into the attack. Amin is blasting away and Akmal is at the other end. Akmal takes a single to deep midwicket. A leg bye and Akmal takes another single, five runs to end the over. Pakistan need 87 runs from 13 overs to win.
Over 6 Pak 61/3 (Akmal 0, Amin 36)
Amin hits a four, Badree up the googly and Amin dances down the pitch and drives it over mid off for four. Another boundary, Amin is putting Pakistan in the driving seat, smashes this to the long off fence. Another four, it is raining boundaries, Amin hits it to long leg for another boundary. A boundary to end the over, poor bowling from Badree getting punished, 16 runs from the over.
Over 5 Pak 45/3 (Akmal 0, Amin 20)
Narine comes into the attack, to stem the run flow. Hafeez hits it square of the wicket for four, the required rate is around 7 per over, Hafeez cuts a short one from Narine. Another boundary, Hafeez sweeps it to square leg for four. WICKET! Narine gets the wicket, Gabriel takes an easy catch at short third man, a poor shot from Hafeez. Umar Akmal is the new batsman.
Over 4 Pak 36/2 (Hafeez 5, Amin 19)
Amin gets another boundary, this time to long off, Badree bowls a low full toss outside off. A couple of singles, Hafeez calls for a quick single and gets there safely. Another single to end the over, seven runs from the over.
Over 3 Pak 29/2 (Hafeez 4, Amin 13)
Amin is the new batsman and he gets off the mark with a boundary to deep midwicket on debut. Gabriel drifts on to Amin's pads and is put away for four. A short one from Gabriel and Amin pulls it into the deep mid wicket. Gabriel follows it up with a wide. Another boundary, another short ball from Gabriel and another four to deep midwicket. And another wide, Amin is putting pressure on Gabriel. A single to end the over, a good over for Pakistan.
Over 2 Pak 14/2 (Hafeez 4, Amin 0)
Badree will start from the other end. WICKET! Shehzad out, what a catch, Shehzad goes for the lofted shot, the ball catches the toe of the bat and Pollard takes a great catch at long on. Hafeez gets off the mark with a four, cuts this one past backward point for four.
Over 1 Pak 10/1 (Hafeez 0, Shehzad 3)
Shannon Gabriel starts the bowling, Jamshed starts with a six, he pulls with the wind, to deep square leg. Gabriel bowls a wide, under pressure. WICKET! The bowler has the last laugh, Gabriel gets his first T20 wicket, Jamshed hits into the wind and is caught by Simmons just inside the ropes, smart catch on the boundary. The captain comes out to bat.
End of Innings
West Indies started off blasting runs and losing wickets, and were 42 for 4. A couple of 50 run partnerships between Pollard and Bravo and then Pollard and Sammy took them to 152 for 7. Pakistani spinners bowled well but some poor fast bowling and fielding have let West Indies get to a good total.
Over 20 WI 152/7 (Pollard 49)
Irfan to bowl the last over, he has gone for more than 11 runs per over in his last two. Pollard hits it out of the ground, backs away and hits it over long on for a six. A couple of runs to long on, Sammy drops his bat but manages to finish the run. Pollard takes a single and Sammy hits it out of the ground, the long on boundary being peppered again, the 50-run partnership comes up. WICKET, Azam catches it, Sammy is out on the second last ball of the innings, hits it against the wind and is caught at midwicket. Narine comes out to bat and is run out, completes one run and is run out. West Indies end up with 152 for 7 from their 20 overs and Pollard falls just short of his 50.
Over 19 WI 136/5 (Sammy 24, Pollard 39)
It is still a bit murky, but rain has stopped. Sammy starts with a six, poor effort from Umar Amin on the boundary, palms it over for a six at deep midwicket. Four, Sammy hits this square of the wicket for four, dispatches a low full toss to deep point for another boundary. A couple of runs to end the over, making it a huge over for West Indies.
Over 18.3 WI 124/5 (Sammy 12, Pollard 39)
Khan continues after the rain, so either Hafeez or Irfan will bowl the last one. Six, Sammy launches this one into the forest outside the ground, Sammy waits for it and then hits it over long on. Junaid Khan bowls one outside off and it is called a wide. And it is raining again.
Over 18 WI 116/5 (Sammy 6, Pollard 38)
The shower has passed and Ajmal is back on. A couple of singles to end the over, 2 overs to go, West Indies 116 for 5.
Over 17.1 WI 114/5 (Sammy 5, Pollard 37)
Ajmal comes back into the attack to bowl his last over. He starts with a wide down leg side and the ball goes for a four, the quicker one turns and Akmal can't stop it as it goes for four, bonus runs for West Indies. It is pouring now and sunny at the same time. The umpires call for the covers and it gets heavier, this may be a short delay.
Over 17 WI 108/5 (Sammy 5, Pollard 36)
Khan continues, Pakistan pulling things back just when West Indies look to attack. Khan starts with a couple of balls just outside off and then bowls a well-directed yorker. Pollard inside edges it through fine leg for four, another great ball, Pollard gets an edge and it misses the stumps, and goes for four. The 100 comes up for West Indies. Sammy joins the action with a four, too full on middle stump and Sammy dispatches it straight down the ground for four.
Over 16 WI 98/5 (Sammy 0, Pollard 32)
Babar starts his last over, so far he is going at 7 per over and has picked up 2 important wickets. Bravo works him through square leg for a single. There are some dark clouds in the distance, could be rain. Pollard takes a single to long off, drives it straight down the ground, most of his runs have come in that region. WICKET! Babar provides the breakthrough, Ajmal takes a good catch, Bravo makes room and drives it through cover, but Ajmal holds on to a good catch. A dream debut for Babar.
Over 15 WI 96/4 (Bravo 24, Pollard 31)
Afridi finishes his spell, 4 overs no wickets for 24 runs. Junaid Khan is introduced into the attack with 6 overs to go, he is the death-overs bowler for Pakistan. Poor running from West Indies, Bravo pulls it to deep mid wicket and Umar Amin does well to stop the boundary, they only run a single. Pollard brings up the 50-run partnership with a boundary, hits it for four through long leg.
Over 14 WI 89/4 (Bravo 23, Pollard 27)
Afridi to bowl his last over. He rushes through his last over, three singles and then a couple of runs. This pair is rotating the strike well and picking up the odd boundary. Just five from the over, but if this pair can build a base, others can launch towards the end of the innings.
Over 13 WI 84/4 (Bravo 21, Pollard 24)
8 overs to go, Ajmal continues. A single as Bravo runs it down to third man. Pollard gets a single through midwicket, Bravo takes a single to point and then four! Pollard launches into the shot, hit hard straight down the ground for four.
Over 12 WI 77/4 (Bravo 19, Pollard 19)
Pakistan have realised that the pitch is not fast bowler friendly, Junaid Khan and Irfan held back for the end of innings. Pollard knocks it to point for a couple. Afridi bowls a quicker one, turns sharply and it goes through everyone for 2 byes. No boundaries but 8 runs from the over.
Over 11 WI 69/4 (Bravo 15, Pollard 17)
Ajmal comes back into the attack, West Indies have a lot of good batsmen and Pakistan have some great bowlers, so an interesting contest between bat and ball. Bravo drives and gets it through extra cover for four, Jamshed puts in the drive but can't stop the ball. Poor fielding giving Bravo four runs and Ajmal is not impressed. Four from the over.
Over 10 WI 65/4 (Bravo 11, Pollard 17)
Afridi continues, Pollard takes a single to square leg, inside edge and the ball rolls on the leg side. Bravo rotates the strike with another single to deep extra cover. A string of singles and then Pollard cuts loose. Six, straight down the ground again, that is his favourite area. A six to end the over, after 10 overs, West Indies 65 for 4.
Over 9 WI 55/4 (Bravo 9, Pollard 9)
Babar continues, and clocks in another quiet over, four runs from it. West Indies settling down now.
Over 8 WI 51/4 (Bravo 8, Pollard 6)
Shahid 'Boom Boom' Afridi is brought into the attack. Bravo waits for the ball to turn and takes a single to cover, Pollard on strike. A quiet over from Afridi, three singles from it. After 8 overs, West Indies are 51 for 4.
Over 7 WI 48/4 (Bravo 6, Pollard 5)
WICKET! What a debut, two wickets in two overs, Babar takes a sharp catch to get rid of Samuels who tore apart Irfan's bowling. Samuels falls for 25 hitting it flat down the ground, Babar takes a great catch. Pollard is the new man in. Babar gets some attention from the physio, that catch must have hurt. Pollard hits a four to long on, he likes hitting it straight down the ground and drills a tossed up delivery from Babar for four. Then he takes a single to long on, Junaid Khan does well to stop a four. Bravo takes a single from the last ball to stay on strike.
Over 6 WI 41/3 (Bravo 4, Samuels 25)
Irfan has been expensive so far, so Hafeez brings Ajmal on. Samuels marches on, another four through the cover region. He patiently blocks a couple from Ajmal then drives it past point for four, West Indies 41 for 3 after 6 overs.
Over 5 WI 37/3 (Bravo 4, Samuels 21)
Simmons will face Babar, one of the oldest debutants for Pakistan. Simmons flicks him over long on for a six. WICKET! This match is advancing at a speed of light here, Babar gets his first T20 wicket. A little slower through the air, it pitched on middle stump and turned sharply, Simmons tries to defend it but loses his off stump! Dwayne Bravo comes out to bat and starts with a boundary. It is drifting down leg and he flicks it off his pads to fine leg.
Over 4 WI 27/2 (Simmons 0, Samuels 21)
Irfan continues, what a start this has been for Pakistan. Samuels cuts this square of the wicket for four, the ball raced through point for four. Another four, Samuels gets it through cover this time, Irfan pitches it short and Samuels takes a step back and cuts it through cover. Another fine cut shot, goes straight to backward point. A play and a miss from Samuels and then a six, to deep backward point, Samuels peppering that region. Irfan drops it short again and Samuels just stands back and hits it square of the wicket for a six, stunning hit!
Over 3 WI 13/2 (Simmons 0, Samuels 7)
Hafeez continues, a couple of dots, he is tossing it up, giving the ball enough flight to do something in the air. Samuels defends three balls and then takes a single to short fine leg. WICKET! Gayle is caught in front of the stumps and what a wicket this is for Pakistan. Hafeez removes both openers, Gayle misses the straighter one.
Over 2 WI 12/1 (Gayle 5, Samuels 6)
Irfan to start the bowling from the other end. Samuels drives it for four, strong shot, placed it between cover and point for four. Gayle on strike, Samuels takes a single to backward point after the boundary. Four, this time it is Gayle, nudges it down to fine leg for four. Good over for West Indies, 9 runs from it.
Over 1 WI 3/1 (Gayle 1, Samuels 1)
Gayle gets promoted to the top of the order for T20s, Hafeez will start with the ball, Charles gets a single to bring Gayle on strike. Gayle gets off the mark with a single to long on. WICKET! Charles is bowled, he came down the wicket, trying to hit the ball down the ground, misses it completely and is bowled. Hafeez gets a wicket and Marlon Samuels comes out to bat sooner than he had hoped. Samuels takes a single to extra cover. Great start for Pakistan.
West Indies have won the toss and have elected to bat first. Darren Sammy will be leading the West Indies, Shannon Gabriel and Samuel Badree come into the side. Darren Bravo misses out because he is unwell. For Pakistan, Zulfiqar Babar, Umar Amin and Hammad Azam are the new faces. Hafeez will be their captain.
Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of the first Twenty20 International - in the two-match series - between the West Indies and Pakistan at the Arnos Vale Ground in St Vincent.
- 27th Jul 2013
- West Indies won the toss and elected to bat.
- Arnos Vale Ground
- G O Brathwaite, P J Nero
- TV Umpire
- J S Wilson
- Match Referee
- D C Boon
- Reserve Umpire
- D K Butler
pakistan BATTING CARD
|N. Jamshed||c Simmons b Gabriel||6|
|A. Shehzad||c Pollard b Badree||3|
|M. Hafeez||c Gabriel b Narine||13|
|U. Amin||s Charles b Samuels||47|
|S.S.M.K. Afridi||c Bravo b Gabriel||46|
|Z. Babar||Not out||13|
|S. Ajmal||run out (Simmons)||0|
|Total||20.0 Overs||158 - 8|