West Indies cruise to victory over Pakistan

James Fiztpatrick | cricket20

Lendl Simmons scored an impressive half century on his return to international cricket to help the West Indies beat Pakistan by 7 runs to win their one game series in St Lucia.

Simmons was the pick of the West Indies batsman blasting 7 fours and 2 sixes to give the West Indies the perfect against the 2009 t20 World Cup Champions.

Faced with a tricky run chase of 151 the visitors got off to a less than auspicious start losing Mohammad Hafeez (7) at the end of the 2nd over after he was dismissed by Darren Sammy.

Ahmed Shehzad (12) quickly followed before Asad Shafiq steadied the ship with a cameo innings of 25 which included 3 fours and a towering six off the bowling Sammy.

With Pakistan back on track Devendra Bishoo (17-4) struck twice in the 7th over to remove Shafiq and the Misbah-ul-Haq, who knocked his stumps off with his back foot after just one delivery to leave the visitors 49-4.

Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi (12) soon followed after he became Bishoo’s third victim of the game and although Kamran Akmal (41) and Saeed Ajmal (21) kept the visitors in contention the West Indies held on to record victory with the visitors reaching 143-9 in reply.

Despite the early loss of Andre Fletcher (1) at the start of the 2nd over the West Indies prospered against a Pakistan attack which laboured on a favourable batting wicket.

Simmons and Darren Bravo shared a 2nd wicket partnership of 99 to get the West Indies off to an impressive start much to the delight of the sparse crowd inside the Beausejour Stadium in Gros Islet.

Simmons completed a well deserved half century on his return to international cricket, taking just 31 deliveries to record his second t20 International half century.

The opener went on to record an impressive total of 65 before he was run out in the 15th over thanks to some quick fielding from Wahab Riaz at short third man.

Bravo (42) offered some valuable support to Simmons but once the pair were back in the dugout the West Indies middle order failed to take advantage as Pakistan fought their way back into the game.

Marlon Samuels (4), Darren Sammy (1), Danza Hyatt (14) and Andre Russell (0) quickly followed as Saeed Ajmal (35-2) and Wahab Riaz () picked up two wickets a piece to leave the game evenly poised with Pakistan chasing a victory target of 150-7.

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