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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 May, 2005, 21:25 GMT 22:25 UK
Run-shy Windies fall to Pakistan
First one-day international, St Vincent:
Pakistan 192 beat West Indies 133 by 59 runs

Pakistan lead three-match series 1-0

Shahid Afridi
Afridi would have made his ground had he not dropped his bat

West Indies, with Brian Lara resting in the stands, were bowled out for 133 to lose the first one-dayer against Pakistan in St Vincent by 59 runs.

Chasing 193 to win, the Windies were skittled in the 46th over with Abdul Razzaq claiming figures of 4-29.

Runako Morton, Lara's replacement, made 13 off 48 balls in his first one-dayer since February 2002.

Chris Gayle earlier took 3-48 as Pakistan were dismissed for 192 in the 45th over after losing the toss.

It looked to be a run-chase well within the home side's grasp, but, fresh from a 5-0 defeat at the hands of South Africa and missing Lara, they were never in the hunt.

Gayle and Morton both perished to dubious umpiring decisions, but it would flatter the hosts to say the result was in any way influenced.

There's no excuse for us losing this game
Shivnarine Chanderpaul
West Indies skipper

They were in early trouble when Rana Naved (2-23) had openers Gayle and Xavier Marshall caught behind inside the first seven overs, the former off a no-ball.

Ramnaresh Sarwan, who was given a life after apparently edging behind, was soon caught in slip off Shabbir Ahmed before Morton had his painful innings terminated with Afridi's first ball, though it was not certain he touched the ball on its way to the keeper.

Wavell Hinds, returning to the side, was bowled by Razzaq off an inside edge, starting a slide that saw the Windies fall from 74-4 to 77-7.

Skipper Chanderpaul was the fourth batsman to wind up in the gloves of Kamran Akmal, and Cortney Browne survived one ball before playing back to Razzaq for a duck.

Dwayne Bravo (27) and Ian Bradshaw (17) briefly lifted spirits with a stand of 39 for the eighth wicket, but victory was always Pakistan's and Razzaq and Shabbir returned to finish off the tail and quicken the inevitable.

West Indies and Pakistan do battle in St Vincent
Collymore celebrates in a rare joyous moment for the hosts

It was all West Indies at the start of the day, though Pakistan were not helped by freakish run-outs to opener Shahid Afridi and Yousuf Youhana.

Afridi, returning for an easy second run to the striker's end, was an unfortunate casualty after his bat stuck in the ground in front of the popping crease, leaving him airborne as he crossed the line with the bails removed.

He had looked in good touch with three meaty boundaries, and the dismissal palpably gave the hosts some momentum.

Shoaib Malik fell to a lazy swipe at a wide ball from Ian Bradshaw (2-27), and Salman Butt, who had taken few risks en route to 43, swished uncharacteristically at Dwayne Bravo with Xavier Marshall taking a nice catch low down at point.

If the nature of Afridi's dismissal was ill-fated, then Youhana's was downright bizarre.

He set off casually for a single after dobbing Gayle into the ground behind the wicket, only for Browne to extend his right glove, collect the ball and whip off the bails.

Gayle was a central figure four overs later, claiming a brace of scalps to reduce Pakistan from 152-4 to 153-6.

Inzamam-ul-Haq was bowled around his legs before, two balls later, Younis Khan fell to a cracking right-handed return catch for nine.

Akmal soon gave his keeping counterpart Browne some catching practice off Corey Collymore, who had returned to the field after earlier splitting some webbing in his hand.

Gayle capped his colourful performance with the wicket of Naved lbw for one, and Bradshaw returned to the attack to have Razzaq caught for 22.




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