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Sep 24, 2009

Pakistan beat West Indies by 5 wickets

Fast bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Umar Gul shared 6 wickets as Pakistan beat West Indies by 5 wickets in their ICC Champions Trophy 2009 Group A match at the Wanderers on Wednesday.

West Indies, fielding a weakened lineup in the tournament, were dismissed for 133.

Umar Akmal and AfridiPakistan stumbled in their reply before an unbeaten stand of 58 from Umar Akmal (41*) and Shahid Afridi (17*) leaded them home with over 19 overs to spare.

West Indies winning the toss and electing to bat first, the West Indies batsmen fell flat as 17-year-old Aamer and Gul reduced them to 47 runs for seven.

Aamer c&b Dale Richards for a single at the end of the 1st over and then added the wickets of Travis Dowlin for a duck and David Bernard for six to finish with three for 24 in 7 overs.

Gul produced a probing spell of three for 28 in eight overs as he claimed the wickets of Devon Smith (18), captain Floyd Reifer (7) and Chadwick Walton (0), the latter two with consecutive deliveries.

There was fighting from the West Indies lower-order, however, as Darren Sammy scored 25 and Nikita Miller made 51, his maiden ODI half-century.

The Wanderers pitch, unlike the flat surface up the road in Centurion, always offered the pacemen some support and West Indian opening bowler Gavin Tonge made use of what was available to make Pakistan sweat in their run-chase.

He bowled Imran Nazir for five with his first delivery and then had Kamran Akmal (5), Shoaib Malik (23) and Mohammad Yousuf (23) all caught behind by wicketkeeper Walton.

Misbah-ul-Haq (6) was dismissed by David Bernard as Pakistan slipped to 76 for five.
But West Indies' hopes of a spectacular victory dimmed as Umar Akmal played an smart innings, the 19-year-old stroking six fours in his unbeaten 41.

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