About the Match
The fifth and the final match of the 5-match ODI series between the hosts West Indies and Pakistan will be played at the Beausejour Cricket Ground, St Lucia in West Indies. The match will be played on July 24, 2013 Wednesday and will start at 7 PM IST. Pakistan lead with 2-1 (with one match being tied).
After having the second match and having the tied the nail biting third match, the West Indies team looked to come back in the groove, but they were a bit unfortunate to have lost the forth match by Duckworth Lewis method because of rains. The top order again failed to click with first three wickets falling for just 63 runs on the board. However the middle order was superb with Marlon Sameuls remaining unbeaten at 106 off just 104 balls. Chris Gayle played well but could not score big and made only 30 runs. Lendl Simmons played superbly scoring 46 off just 44 balls. The bowling was not very impressive with almost all bowlers going over an economy of 5 except for Sunil Naraine but he failed to get the wicket. Jason Holder, Kemar Roach and Dwayne Bravo managed to get a wicket each but could not contain runs for the team.
Pakistan came back strongly in the match after having lost and tied last two matches. The batting unit clicked well with the captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez scoring half centuries for the team at almost run a ball pace. Umar Akmal played a small but effective cameo by making 29 off just 18 balls which helped the team to achieve the score of 189 runs off just 30 overs. The bowling which is the strength of the Pakistan team was good and almost all bowlers played well to their potential. Mohammad Irfan took highest two wickets but was a bit expensive giving away 60 runs from 10 overs. In terms of runs, Hafeez was the most economical with just 30 runs from 8 overs but did not get any wickets. Saeed Ajmal did not get the anticipated success and lot would be expected from him in this match. Overall the team played well as a unit and managed to sneak a win.
This is the last match of the series and West Indies would try their best and put in all efforts to win the match so that they can level the series. Obviously they have the advantage of playing at home and so they should be able to take benefit of it and would surely want their key batsmen including Gayle to fire and score big.
Pakistan, known for its unpredictability, would not lose the series from here but if they win this match they would be able to win the series 3-1 or else it would be a draw 2-2. The batting is coming at right times and bowling is always among the best when we talk about Pakistan side.
Another cracker competition can be expected and both the teams would go all out to win the match. However we would hope that the rain does not play the spoil sport again and the match happens for full 50 overs in each side.
Pakistan seems to have an upper hand and so we feel they are the favorites to win the match and so win the series as well though West Indies would not let this happen that easily.
Pakistan, 2.00 @ William Hill