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West Indies defeats Pakistan by two wickets – 7th Jun 2013

wi-ss-07-06-13The West Indies opened their 2013 Champions trophy campaign with a tense 2 wkt victory over Pakistan at the Oval in England. Set 171 to win the Windies lost 2 quick wickets, opener Johnson Charles for 9 and Darren Bravo for duck, to give their opponents some hope in the  relatively low scoring match. Chris Gayle led the West Indies fightback along with Marlon Samuels and they patiently rebuilt the innings. Gayle eventually fell for 39 which brought Ramnaresh Sarwan to the crease. Sarwan did not last too long making just 1. Samuels followed not long after for a patient 30 bringing Captain Bravo to the crease. Bravo and Pollard then engineered another recovery and the Windies eventually scrambled to their total in the 41st over for the loss of 8 wickets.

Kemar Roach and Sunil Narine each took 3 wkts with one each for Ravi Rampaul and Captain Dwayne Bravo.

Captain Bravo gave credit to his team for the manner in which they approached the match.

For Pakistan Misbah Ul Haq scored more than half their score and was left stranded on 96 when their innings came to a close. Other than Nasir Jamshed no other batsmen reached 7 runs.

Kemar Roach,  was named the Man of the Matcha and he said it was a relief to win the first match.

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