Misbah’s 53 outweighs Marlon ton,Pakistan take series lead

Captain Misbah-ul-Haq hit his third half-century of the series to overshadow Marlon Samuels’ 106 not out as Pakistan defeated West Indies by six wickets

Written by Associated Press | Gros Islet (st Lucia) | Published: July 23, 2013 4:24 am

Captain Misbah-ul-Haq hit his third half-century of the series to overshadow Marlon Samuels’ 106 not out as Pakistan defeated West Indies by six wickets by the Duckworth/Lewis Method in the fourth ODI on Sunday.

Misbah scored an unbeaten 53 off 43 balls after Pakistan’s target was revised to 189 in 31 overs. Samuels had smashed nine fours and four sixes to steer West Indies to 261-7. Misbah added a match-winning 72 runs for the third wicket with Mohammad Hafeez,who scored 59. Pakistan lead 2-1 in the five-match series.

Pakistan were 68/2 after 17 overs and needed a further 121 off 14 overs when play resumed. Hafeez made his intentions clear by hitting out before he was well caught by Darren Bravo at point with Pakistan needing 57 in 7.3 overs.

Shahid Afridi fell for 7,but Umar Akmal (29*) and Misbah added 45 as Pakistan cruised home with an over to spare. West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo,who was hit for three successive boundaries by Akmal in the 30th over,had to rely on himself as his main bowlers had already bowled five overs each before the rain came. He proved costly,giving away 49 runs.

Samuels smashed a brilliant unbeaten 106 and featured in two productive stands,adding 95 with Lendl Simmons (46) after putting on 57 with Chris Gayle (30).

Brief scores: West Indies 261/7 in 49 overs (J Charles 32,M Samuels 106*,L Simmons 46; M Irfan 2/60) lost to Pakistan 189/4 in 30 overs (M Hafeez 59,Misbah ul-Haq 53*) by D/L

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