Gros Islet, 19 July
Pakistan were again indebted to captain Misbah-ul-Haq and the late aggression of Umar Akmal in totalling 229 for six against the West Indies in the third one-day international at the Beausejour Stadium on Friday.
In his usual calm, unruffled manner, Misbah compiled a topscore of 75 to steady the innings after the early loss of both openers, while Akmal swatted an unbeaten 40 off 31 deliveries. Akmal&’s dominating unbroken seventh-wicket partnership of 52 with Wahab Riaz (19 not out) to give the tourists a fighting chance on a pitch offering considerably more pace and bounce than for the first two ODIs in Guyana.
Fast-medium bowlers Jason Holder and Dwayne Bravo took two wickets apiece but skipper Bravo’s decision to persist with himself over the final overs proved costly. It was a bewildering decision given that Marlon Samuels was only allowed three overs, which cost four runs.