Cricket: Pakistan's pace levels the series: Pakistan rip through West Indies after Basit provides solid foundation

Tony Cozier,St Vincent
Tuesday 30 March 1993 23:02 BST
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Pakistan. . . . . . . . . . . . .186-9

West Indies . . . . . . . . . . .148

Pakistan win by 38 runs

THE St Vincent tourist authorities advertised their island as the perfect place for harassed visitors to recuperate. Pakistan found the message to be no exaggeration as they beat the West Indies by 38 runs in the fourth one-day international yesterday to level the five-match series and set up the decider in Georgetown, Guyana, on Saturday.

The tourists found the pitch had very familiar characteristics. It was slow, played at varying heights and responded increasingly to spin. It suited their purposes ideally, while the West Indies could never come to terms with it.

Richie Richardson won the toss for the fourth consecutive time and reverted to his tactics in the first two matches which the West Indies comfortably won by choosing to bowl first. Pakistan managed 186 for 9 from their 50 overs which was a misleadingly modest total.

Scoring at more than four an over would always be difficult in such conditions and a packed crowd of 10,000 - a 10th of the population - became muted as the Pakistanis removed Brian Lara, Desmond Haynes and Richardson within the first 11 overs for 19. After that there was only one team going to win.

While the captain Wasim Akram accounted for Haynes and Waqar Younis removed Lara, the real pressure was exerted by Pakistan's two youngest and rawest fast bowlers, Ata-ur- Rehman and Aamir Nazir, in a combined spell of 11 overs.

Rehman, 18 last Sunday, big and tall and bowling outswingers at speed, dismissed Richardson and Phil Simmons to edged catches to the keeper. Nazir, on his first overseas tour and with only a single first-class match behind him, conceded only 17 from his six overs.

The Pakistanis were further encouraged by the batting of another of their young newcomers, Basit Ali. He adapted perfectly to the dictates of the pitch, grafting his ones and twos into the gaps in the field and top-scoring with 60 from 86 balls with four fours. His partnership of 57 with Javed Miandad for the fourth wicket and 48 for the fifth with Asif Mujtaba were decisive.

(West Indies won toss)

PAKISTAN

Aamir Sohail c Richardson b Simmons. . . . . . . . . . . . . .29

Ramiz Raja lbw b Bishop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

Inzamam-ul-Haq c Murray b Hooper. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

Javed Miandad b Ambrose. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19

Basit Ali b Walsh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60

Asif Mujtaba c and b Hooper. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23

* Wasim Akram b Walsh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

] Rashid Latif not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

Waqar Younis run out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

Ata-ur-Rehman run out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

Aamir Nazir not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Extras (lb3 w5 nb5). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

Total (for 9, 50 overs). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .186

Fall: 1-9 2-52 3-54 4-111 5-159 6-161 7-166 8-169 9-180.

Bowling: Bishop 10-0-44-1 (w2 nb3); Walsh 10-0-34-2 (w1); Ambrose 10-2-32-1 (w1 nb2); Hooper 10-1-34-2; Simmons 10-0-39-1 (w1).

WEST INDIES

B C Lara c Rashid Latif b Waqar Younis. . . . . . . . . . . . .5

D L Haynes lbw b Wasim Akram. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

P V Simmons c Rashid b Ata-ur-Rehman. . . . . . . . . . . . . .20

* R B Richardson c Rashid b Rehman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

C L Hooper b Aamir Sohail. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16

J C Adams c Javed b Wasim Akram. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27

A L Logie c Wasim Akram b Asif Mujtaba. . . . . . . . . . . . .8

] J C Murray b Waqar Younis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

I R Bishop not out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20

C E L Ambrose b Wasim Akram. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

C A Walsh lbw b Wasim Akram. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Extras. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24

Total (44.2 overs). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .148

(Photograph omitted)

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