West Indies beat Pakistan by 10 wickets


West Indies defeated Pakistan by 10 wickets in the fifth and final one-day international at the Guyana National Stadium on Thursday. Pakistan won the series 3-2.Brief scores: Pakistan 139 all out in 41.2 overs (Mohammad Hafeez 55; Ravi Rampaul 4-45) v West Indies 140-0 in 23.3 overs (Lendl Simmons 77 not out, Kirk Edwards 40 not out).
Earlier, Pakistan were bowled out for 139 in 41.2 overs in the fifth and final one-day international against West Indies at the Guyana National Stadium on Thursday. Dead-rubber syndrome struck with a vengeance as Pakistan’s batsmen collapsed in a heap to gift West Indies the chance of a second victory in quick succession and the succour of a 3-2 final scoreline.
Mohammad Hafeez continued his impressive run of form with an 83-ball 55, but the rest of the Pakistan line-up succumbed meekly to a combination of seam and wrist-spin, as they were bundled out for 139 in 41.2 overs. Hafeez, who made an excellent 121 from 138 balls in Pakistan’s one-run D/L defeat in Barbados earlier in the week, eased along to his 12th ODI half-century, and his fourth in the last six weeks. But Ravi Rampaul, with 4 for 45, and Darren Sammy, with 3 for 30, were ably backed up by the leggies Devendra Bishoo and Anthony Martin, who took the new ball in his second ODI appearance and conceded 21 runs in nine disciplined overs.
Having launched the innings with a first-ball pull for four off Rampaul, Hafeez added five more boundaries in reaching his half-century from 66 balls, but his was a lone hand as his colleagues came and went. First to fall was Taufeeq Umar, back in the side after sitting out the fourth ODI. He made a laboured 3 from 12 balls before snicking a length ball from Rampaul through to Carlton Baugh behind the stumps.
Ahmed Shehzad proved to be even less fluent, as he ground along to 9 from 33 balls, including a solitary glanced boundary off Martin, before Darren Sammy double-bluffed him by calling the keeper up to the stumps and immediately sending down a bouncer. Shehzad took a wild swing, but under-edged the shot onto his stumps.