Lendl Simmons’ fourth half-century of the series saw West Indies record a comprehensive ten-wicket victory over Pakistan in Guyana on Thursday.
Having bowled Pakistan out for just 139 in 41.2 overs, the hosts wasted no time in knocking off the runs as Simmons hit a career-best 77 not out and Kirk Edwards stroked an unbeaten 40.
That saw the West Indies reach their target in just 23.3 overs and salvage some pride, despite Pakistan having already clinched the series.
Simmons hit three sixes in his 73-ball knock and never took his foot off the pedal, while Edwards was content to play a more orthodox innings as he played second fiddle to his partner.
Having spent more than a year outside of the West Indies set-up prior to this series, Simmons finished with 279 runs from the five games at an average of 69.75.
Earlier the West Indian attack, aided by the odd dodgy lbw decision and the inconsistent bounce of the pitch, restricted Pakistan to a score that was well below par.
While umpire Asoka de Silva had no right in adjudging Usman Salahuddin out lbw to a delivery that pitched well outside the leg-stump, low bounce accounted for Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez’s departures.
Hafeez’s 55 was as good as it got in an order otherwise riddled with insignificant contributions.
Ravi Rampaul was the pick of the Windies’ bowlers with figures of 4 for 45, which included the scalp of danger man Shahid Afridi.
The Pakistan captain was another victim of the unpredictable bounce at the Providence Stadium as Rampaul had the right-hander caught behind off a delivery that pitched on a standard length only to scream past his nose.
Three more lbw dismissals – the lot of them pretty stock standard in comparison to de Silva’s blunder – further undid Pakistan’s choice to bat first, with Darren Sammy (three for 30) and Dwayne Brvao ((two for 16) snapping up those scalps Rampaul didn’t get to first.
Nevertheless while several Pakistani batsman might have pointed to the pitch as an excuse for their dismissal, Simmons and Edwards had no problem with the surface at all.
Pakistan still walked away with the trophy for a 3-2 series win, but the West Indies will have been pleased to bounce back after losing the first three fixtures. Cricket365