Johannesburg: The nature of the surface — lively and bouncy — added much to the ODI between Pakistan and the West Indies at the Wanderers here on Wednesday.
The ball flew around and the batsmen — in a format favouring them — were posed searching questions by the pacemen. Pakistan, chasing 134, eventually won this Group ‘A’ match of the ICC Champions Trophy by five wickets.
However, credit is due to a depleted West Indies side for the manner in which it fought back on the field after being let down by its specialist batsmen.
The impressive Gavin Tonge — the paceman finished with four wickets — struck early for the West Indies.
’Keeper Chadwick Walton was busy behind the stumps. He took his fourth catch of the innings when Misbah-ul-Haq played a loose drive at a David Bernard delivery.
With Pakistan at 76 for five, the West Indies appeared to have an outside chance. But then Umar Akmal and stand-in skipper Shahid Afridi settled the issue in Pakistan’s favour.
West Indies: 133 in 34.3 overs.
Pakistan: I. Nazir b Tonge 5 (6b,1x4), K. Akmal c Walton b Tonge 5(12b, 1x4), S. Malik c Walton b Tonge23 (39b, 2x4, 1x6), Mohd. Yousuf cWalton b Tonge 23 (31b, 4x4), Misbahc Walton b Bernard 6 (22b), U. Akmal(not out) 41 (51b, 6x4), S. Afridi (notout) 17 (23b, 1x4); Extras ((lb-2, w-9,nb-3) 14. Total (for five wkts. in 30.3overs): 134.
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Nazir), 2-21(K. Akmal), 3-54 (Malik), 4-61 (Yousuf),5-76 (Misbah).
West Indies bowling: Sammy 7-0-29-0, Tonge 10-3-25-4, Best 6.3-0-50-0, Bernard 7-0-28-1.