Pakistan win series despite Chanderpaul's ton
Openers Hafeez and Kamran Akmal hit half-centuries to power Pak to a comfortable win in the fifth and last ODI against West Indies.india Updated: Dec 16, 2006 22:55 IST
Openers Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal hit half-centuries to power Pakistan to a comfortable seven-wicket win in the fifth and final one-day international cricket match against the West Indies on Saturday to take the series 3-1.
Hafeez scored a career-best 92 while Akmal made 56 as the home team successfully chased the 239-run target with 3.1 overs to spare at the National stadium.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul hit 101 to help the tourists post 238-7 in 50 overs.
Pakistan, who won the second match at Faisalabad by two wickets and the third in Lahore by seven wickets, raced to 87 by the 17th over, with Akmal severe on the West Indian bowlers.
The 24-year-old wicket-keeper-batsman took 15 off one Daren Powell over, with two fours and a six, and then ten off Corey Collymore. He reached his fifty off just 47 balls.
Akmal holed out to Collymore in the 17th over but Yasir Hameed joined Hafeez and ensured that Pakistan remained on course for a victory with an 89-run second-wicket stand. Hameed gave a catch in the deep off Chris Gayle.
Hafeez and Shoaib Malik (34 not out) added another 48 runs.
Hafeez, whose previous best of 69 was against England at Old Trafford in 2003, hit five fours and two sixes during his 111-ball knock, before falling leg-before to Dave Mohammed when the win was just 15 runs away.
The West Indian total was built around a solid 142-ball knock by Chanderpaul, who added 96 runs for the fourth wicket with Brian Lara (44) before paceman Rana Naved-ul-Hasan halted their progress with 4-43.
First Published: Dec 16, 2006 20:39 IST