Pakistan vs West Indies ODI matches had always witnessed some great encounters. Both unpredictable sides had taken each other on several occasions. Here we will discuss top 5 victories of Pakistan against West Indies.
5. Pakistan tour of West Indies, 5th ODI: West Indies v Pakistan at Gros Islet, Jul 24, 2013
Who said that Pakistan West Indies matches are boring, this match reminds us of one of the close encounters of these two rivals. A solid brisk innings from captain Misbah and a late cameo full of aggression by Umar Akmal helped Pakistan to get over the line with only one ball remaining.
West Indies set up the target of 243 as their lower order specially DJ Bravo and Sammy smashed Pakistan bowling brutally in last phase of the innings. Junaid khan picked up 3 wickets.
Pakistan started their innings without losing wickets but soon they crumbled and wickets kept on falling. Pakistan was seemed to be on tough position as asking rate was constantly increasing. Pak was in need of a batsmen who could stay at the middle till the end. Misbah stepped up and scored and excellent 63 in much pressure situation.
With the wicket of Haris Sohail, Pakistan required 83 off last 12 overs. Then Umar Akmal as expected launched himself on Windies bowlers to get green shirts closer to victory his 37 off 28 was a great contribution to the total. Despite 20 minutes’ interruption, Windies didn’t lose hope.
After the dismissal of Akmal all eyes were on Shahid Afridi to finish off the things in style. Pakistan was required 15 off last 12 balls which they successfully chased on 2nd last ball. Earlier in the innings Shahzad also guided Pakistan run chase but was unable to keep on momentum. This thriller and exciting match helped Pakistan to win 3 successive ODI matches on Caribbean soil.
4. Cable & Wireless One Day International Series, 1st Final: West Indies v Pakistan at Bridgetown, Apr 19, 2000
This was surely another exciting match when Pakistan won this precious match from a losing position. On a slow pitch of Bridgetown, Pakistan batsmen didn’t get set and wickets kept falling. A good 60+ score from inzi and a late cameo from Wasim Akram helped Pakistan to get closer to 200.
Credit also goes to Windies bowling who restricted Pakistan to only 197 runs which was way too shorter for this match against mighty West Indies. Pakistan was seemed to be on losing side when opposition openers charged brilliantly on Pak Bowling. They lost only 2 wickets on the total of 100 runs. They were quite hopeful that this batting will take them over the line but it doesn’t turned out to be that easy later in the game.
West Indies 4th wickets felled at 121 after which they were given no chance to recover. Thanks to Afridi’s excellent bowling who restricted WI on only 180. He claimed 3 wickets, only giving 16 runs. In this process he dropped the important catch of jimmy Adams bur soon he was dismissed by Abdul Razzaq.
This was a crucial match for Pakistan as it gave them morale-boost for remaining matches followed by test matches. It was one of the match where Pakistan kept his nerve tight and didn’t lost hope. Pakistan made a fighting comeback against the quality batting line up of West Indies. Thus it is counted in one of the Pakistan victories against West Indies in a limited overs format.
3. 1st ODI: Pakistan v West Indies at Abu Dhabi, Nov 12, 2008
This was one of the most thriller matches ever played by Pakistan Cricket team. This was surely one of the greatest victory of Pak against West Indies. Pakistan sealed this match off last over thriller.
West Indies performing staggeringly in first innings as they summed up total of 294 with chris gayle scored a wonderful ton. Their top order played a blistering knocks to dominate Green Shirts. Pakistan played cautiously after losing their first wicket after 15 overs. Then it was khurram manzoor and younis khan who took the charge and played fluently for another 15 overs.
This partnership stabled the batting line up and guided Pakistan towards the chase. Right after the wicket of Younis khan Pakistan crumble and soon wickets started falling. 32 was needed off 16 and Kamran Akmal was the new man at the crease playing as a wicketkeeper only, in the process Pakistan also lost Shahid Afridi who is known to finish off the things. Kami smashed 6 off his 3rd ball but it was followed by only 6 runs overs.
Then it was time for the moment of the match where 17 runs were required off last 6 balls, fawad alam was on strike. He took a single on the first ball and then Kamran Akmal smacked 2 sixes out of the park taking Pakistan closer to victory, then it was easy for Pakistan to win from here and they successfully did it.
This match was a memorable one and a perfect ODI thriller as credit goes to Kamran Akmal who pulled off 3 sixes in crucial time. Gayle fantastic hundred was overcome by Team effort of Pakistan. This match also boosted Pakistan for rest of Series.
2. Wills Trophy, 4th Match: Pakistan v West Indies at Sharjah, Oct 21, 1991
This is also known to be one of the greatest victory of Pakistan against West Indies As Pakistan clinched thriller match by only 1 run. Pakistan playing first didn’t set up a convincing total as they could only score 236 runs which include rameez 90 and captain Imran khan 77.
Curtly Ambrose bowled pretty well and took a 5fer. West Indies struggled at the start as Aqib Javed strike twice dismissing both the openers. Their wickets kept falling as waqar younis and aqib javed produced an exceptional bowling spell. West Indies was in meager condition as they were 5 down for just only 57 runs.
But only one man from their top order, their captain RD Richardson holded team together and lead like a leader as he scored an prolific 122 with an marvelous SR of 100 against the bowling team which was dominating in the match. This 154 run partnership worried Pakistan as it looked like that they would end up losing side.
Waqar and Wasim (the two greats) didn’t lost hope and kept on bowling good deliveries until they were succeeding in striking. It was a decisive moment when only 10 runs were required off the last over with IAN BISHOP was out in the middle. Waqar was hit for 8 runs off first 3 balls, that nearly decided the match in favor of West Indies. But his temperament worked out and he bowled 2 dot balls and finally bowled IAN BISHOP out on last bowl.
Thus Pakistan sealed the match out of West Indies hands. It was an important fixture for Pakistan in wills trophy and a great encounter between Green and Red Shirts.
1. MRF World Series (Nehru Cup), Final: Pakistan v West Indies at Kolkata, Nov 1, 1989
It would be right to call it the best of encounter of Pakistan vs West Indies as Pakistan clinched this match off the second last ball and took the title of Nehru Cup. This stimulating, entertaining match was brought to a memorable climax by Wasim Akram, who came to the wicket in the final over when Akram Raza was run out.
West Indies decided to bat first and set up a huge total of 273 runs in a pressure final match against Pakistan. No bowler except Aqib Javed bowled well enough. Then as Pakistan started their batting, opener amir malik returned to pavilion scoring just 3 runs leaving Pakistan in deep trouble as they team was 4 for 1.
Ramiz Raja quick 35 helped Pakistan to recover but soon he felt too. Trouble increased as Javed Miandad and Ijaz Ahmed both lost their wickets in quick succession. Then captain Imran and salim malik stood up in important match and gave Pakistan some hope to get near to the victory. They played quite well rapid innings to bring Pakistan closer to victory. The last over was a decisive and a thriller one.
Captain Khan and Akram Raza was out at the middle and opposite captain Richard himself came out to bowl as his frontline bowlers quota was exhausted. Akram Raza was unfortunately run out, leaving Pakistan in trouble. 3 runs were needed off 2 balls as Wasim Akram smashed a mighty six to get Pakistan over the line. This was a great nail biting victory in an epic final match. Imran khan was awarded MOM for his all-round performance and this was his final ODI match on indian soil too.
These were some great encounters but unfortunately in the last decade there are very rare cases of Pak Wi close encounters although there are many in 1980’s and 1990’s.