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Shahid Afridi inspires Pakistan to West Indies demolition

Afridi's 76 came off 55 balls. (©GettyImages)
Afridi's 76 came off 55 balls. (©GettyImages).

Pakistan took a 1-0 lead in their ODI series against West Indies, as they recorded a 126-run victory in Guyana on Sunday.

Jason Holden took early wickets as he helped reduce Pakistan to 23-4, before a quick rain delay halted proceedings. Luckily, the men were back out in less than half an hour, and play resumed as a 50 over game.

However, a fantastic stand between Misbah-ul-Haq (52 from 121) and Shahid Afridi (76 from 55) wrestled the tie back into their favour, before finally reaching a respectable 224-9 from their 50 overs. Afridi's innings were especially impressive, his 50 coming from 36 balls, while he carded 11 boundaries, including five maximums.

Holden's figures of four wickets to just 13 runs from his ten overs were the primary reason for limiting Pakistan to less than 250, as no other bowler went for less than 3.8 runs per over.

Not to be outdone, Afridi matched his batting heroics with the ball, taking the final seven wickets, being sent for just 12 runs in the process.

It was Mohammed Irfan that struck first, Charles was taken for a duck, before 

Bravo was caught off just five, leaving West Indies reeling on 7-2. Then, it was time for the Afridi show. After six consecutive ODIs without a wicket, he took Simmons and Dwayne Bravo in successive balls, as they struggled on to 41-5.

It was clear that Bravo and his team had it all to do, but there was no letting up from Afridi and co. as just 14 runs were added for the next three wickets, setting West Indies the near-impossible task of adding 170 runs with just two wickets remaining.

Darren Sammy and Sunil Narine gave it their best shot, but could only drag their team on to 98 before the last two wickets fell with nine overs remaining, Afridi again the punisher.

Afridi's figures of 7-12 were his best in 355 attempts in the one-day format. Pakistan fans will be hoping he can repeat his efforts in the second ODI, that takes place at the same venue on Tuesday.


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