St Lucia ODI ends in dramatic last ball tie

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The third ODI between the West Indies and Pakistan ended in a tie in St Lucia, keeping the series level at one all thanks to some big hitting from the home side's tail-enders and poor fielding from Pakistan.

The third ODI between the West Indies and Pakistan ended in a tie in St Lucia, keeping the series level at one all thanks to some big hitting from the home side's tail-enders and poor fielding from Pakistan.

Pakistan made 229 for six in their innings, thanks to a half century from Misbah-ul-Haq and a quick cameo from Umar Akmal. The Windies the played one of the most boring chases in recent memory, losing wickets along the way, before scoring 38 runs in the final three overs to secure the tie.

The Windies won the toss and sent Pakistan in to bat at Beausejour Stadium, with the series level at one all. The visitors advanced to 39 in 12 overs before losing their first wicket, that of Ahmed Shehzad.

Jason Holder, who got four wickets in the first match, removed the opener, caught brilliantly by Kemar Roach on the boundary. It looked to be going for six, but he parried it into the air, crisscrossed the ropes and took it inside the field of play.

Roach was again the catcher two balls later, when Darren Sammy removed Nasir Jamshed for 20, though this was a relatively easy one that went high in the air and he caught it at mid on.

Misbah and Mohammad Hafeez put on a grinding partnership, with the latter making just 14 off 33 balls, and they pushed the score to 92 in the 28th over. Hafeez was then removed by Dwayne Bravo, caught by Sammy.

The skipper's vigil continued, with Haris Sohail at the other end, and they put on 60 runs in 13.4 overs. Sohail, a new addition to the side for this series, made 26 off 37 balls before being caught by Kieron Pollard off Roach.

Misbah's half century knock finally came to an end with his score on 75. he'd faced 122 balls, and hit two rare sixes, but could again not continued to a maiden ODI century as he was bowled by Dwayne Bravo.

Shahid Afridi, the hero of the opening match with his half century and seven wickets, could make only one run this time, leaving Pakistan on 177 for six in the 46th over.

Luckily for them Umar Akmal came to the party, as did Wahab Riaz, and they pushed the score to 229 in the final four overs. Umar made 40 not out off 31 balls, including six fours, while Wahab made 19 off 10 balls.

Windies openers Chris Gayle and Johnson Charles were both out for single figures early on, to Junaid Khan and Mohammad Irfan respectively, before Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels pushed the score to 50.

Bravo was then out for 17 off 40 balls, leaving Samuels and Lendl Simmons to bat out the majority of the innings at an agonising pace. The pair put on 91 runs together in 22 overs, before Samuels was out for 46 off 106 balls.

Simmons continued on to his half century, with Dwayne Bravo at his side, but the man named after tennis player Ivan Lendl eventually fell to Saeed Ajmal for 75 off 86 balls. He hit seven fours and two sixes.

Ajmal triggered a collapse, and he bagged Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine too, while Junaid removed Darren Sammy for 10. The ninth wicket fell in the 48th over, with 25 runs still required off 13 balls.

The West Indies knock was not remotely good enough for a tie, let alone a win, but they managed to rely on their big-hitting fast bowler Jason Holder at the death, and he hit 19 runs off nine balls to level the game.

There should have been a run out off the final ball, to give Pakistan the win, but Ajmal, standing close to the stumps, missed the easy chance and Holder was able to complete his run.

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy, Kemar Roach, Sunil Narine, Jason Holder

Pakistan: Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan

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