Gros Islet - Marlon Samuels hit his fifth one-day hundred, pacing the West Indies
to 261 for seven against Pakistan in the fourth ODI at the Beausejour
Stadium on Sunday.
Early-morning rain delayed the start of play by over an hour and resulted in the match being reduced to 49 overs-per-side.
for 60 of the 106 deliveries he faced in compiling a painstaking 46 in
the tied thriller at the same venue on Friday, the experienced
right-hander Samuels returned to something like his sumptuous best.
stroked four sixes and nine fours off 104 balls in finishing on 106 not
out to give the West Indies bowlers something to work with in pursuit
of a 2-1 series lead ahead of the final match back at the Beausejour on
He put on 95 for the fifth wicket with Lendl Simmons who hit 46 off 44 balls before he played on to Saeed Ajmal.
Indies made two significant decisions before a ball was bowled in
replacing hard-hitting Kieron Pollard with Devon Smith and demoting
Chris Gayle to number five in the batting order in light of his
continuing struggle for runs against the new ball.
He was back in
the middle at 63 for two after Smith fell cheaply to Mohammad Irfan and
Johnson Charles (32) was trapped leg-before by Wahab Riaz, benefiting
from a huge slice of luck almost instantly when put down by Mohammad
Hafeez off Wahab before he had scored.
Although far from his
destructive best, Gayle contributed 30 to a 57-run third-wicket stand
with Samuels before failing to clear long-on off the bowling of Shahid
Despite that success, Afridi and Wahab Riaz felt the brunt
of the late batting assault, piloted by the determined Samuels, whose
celebration on reaching three figures off the penultimate ball of the
innings revealed a fierce determination not usually associated with the
elegant, almost laid-back Jamaican batsman.
West Indies: D.J. Bravo (captain),
J. Charles, D. Smith, D.M. Bravo, L. Simmons, C. Gayle, M. Samuels, D.
Sammy, K. Roach, S. Narine J. Holder.
Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez,
Haris Sohail, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Saeed
Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan.